Review of ‘Sing Me Forgotten’

Sing Me Forgotten takes a turn at retelling Phantom of the Opera in such a way that makes it stand out and apart from the original and other retellings.

Grounded Storytelling

Sing Me Forgotten

Sing Me Forgotten
Jessica S. Olson
Inkyard Press

I have to say I was pleasantly impressed with the development of Sing Me Forgotten.

The growth between Isda and Emeric and the illusions to Phantom of the Opera draw me in instantly. However, the way the story itself develops is what makes Sing Me Forgotten stand out.

Admittedly there is that first 25% of the story that is a tad slow. The pacing does run the risk of alienating the reader. However, with the combination of world-building and history, the reader is drawn in. Olson sets up the stage for the reader, giving the reader a solid footing to lose themselves within Isda’s world. And the reader does.

It also helps that the use of French and the scene structure and detail create this image of pre-revolutionary France. Of course, this is not France, but the illusion is there to ground the reader, making it more accessible.

Olson did an incredible job of setting up the story, giving Sing Me Forgotten an atmosphere and history that pulls the reader in.

Honestly, watching Isda go through catacombs and secret passageways of an opera house makes the story so engaging.

Great Characterization

Isda goes on an incredible journey in Sing Me Forgotten. Born with a mark on her face that announces her identity as one who can manipulate memories with song and magic, Isda keeps out of sight. Those born with her power are put to death the moment they are born. However, lucky for her, Cyril saved her.

Isda’s whole journey is one of finding freedom, love, and discovering her self-worth, and it is an incredible journey. Her ferocity shines as she grows to accept her power, grows to accept herself, and sees herself not as others would, as a monster, but rather as a girl, just a girl.

I also love her dynamic with Cyril and Emeric. Both men have strong impacts on her life and impact the way she grows as a character. Cyril is the only father figure she has ever known, and Emeric is the only other person to see her beyond her magic. Both of these characters interact with her, bring out different sides of her personality and her voice, creating believable growth between their relationships.

Final Thoughts

Sing Me Forgotten broke my heart. The ending was bittersweet and gut-wrenching, leading to a compelling and fitting ending worthy of an opera.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Product Details:

Pub Date: March 9, 2021Page Count: 336ppAge Range: 13 & Over
ISBN: 978-1-3351-4794-3Publisher: Inkyard PressList Price: $19.99

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Sing Me Forgotten

$19.99
8.8

Writing Quality

9.0/10

Character Development

9.0/10

"Couldn't Put It Down"-ness

9.0/10

Intellectual Depth

8.5/10

Originality

8.5/10

Pros

  • Great scene structure.
  • Excellent characterization.
  • Amazing/bittersweet ending.
  • Good pacing/tension/momentum.

Cons

  • Slow start.

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