Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison

Title: Sing Me To Sleep
Author: Angela Morrison
Pages: 320
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: March 18, 2010 (8 days after my B-bay!)


Beth has always been “The Beast”—that’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.


When Beth’s choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek’s untethered passion—for music, and for Beth—leaves her breathless. Because in Derek’s eyes? She’s not The Beast, she’s The Beauty.


When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?


The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek’s been hiding a dark secret from her …one that could shatter everything.

Beth has always been known to be ugly; ever since her dad's first words when she was born: 'Damn, she's ugly'. And to her peers, she's known as 'the Beast'. Everyone calls her that except for Scott, her best friend, who wants to become more than 'just friends'. She finds solace in singing and the choir becomes her sanctuary; a place where she can truly shine with her pure, untainted voice. When she finally takes a risk and showcases her talent, she snags the soprano solo in 'Take Me Home' and gets a whole new makeover. Beth is transformed into 'the Beauty' and even the boys who mock and tease her don't recognize her. But things escalate from there, and soon, her choir goes to Switzerland and that's where she meets Derek; sweet, mysterious, and handsome. He's member of the Primus Amabile Boys choir from Canada. Ever since he heard Beth sing her solo online, he's been waiting to meet her. They hit it off instantly, but Derek is still a mystery to Beth...he's hiding a secret that could destroy them completely...who will Beth choose? Scott? Or Derek?

Sing Me to Sleep is a passionate--yet at the same time--innocent love story that takes happiness, hurt, and loss to a whole new level. Beth's voice is authentic and real, especially with the way she expresses herself through her songwriting. The combination of her narration and the allusive songs ingrained in the novel, makes the emotions in Sing Me to Sleep more powerful and compelling. Singing and songwriting is Beth's passion. When she is still 'the Beast', singing is her escape from the 'ugliness' and instead of letting that discourage her, Beth harnesses her talents to create pure-sounding beauty.

The romance between Derek and Beth is perfect, even though it's rushed because they both need someone to truly love without their secrets, and complicated pasts. The chemistry with both of them is much stronger than it is with Beth and Scott. Scott is cute and supportive of Beth no matter what, but his character is significantly less-developed than Beth and Derek's. Derek puts Beth and his relationship on the line when he chooses not to tell Beth his secret. Readers will be shocked with Beth's discovery and empathize with Derek. When Beth first finds out, she's angry and hurt that Derek doesn't trust her, but then she is devastated and afraid of what will happen to Derek...

The ending of Sing Me to Sleep is simultaneously bittersweet and devastatingly beautiful at the same time. The emotion that Morrison pours through Beth's words and actions is so intensely powerful and strong that readers will laugh, cry, and smile all at once. Sing Me to Sleep is a hopeful and touching look on how precious love--and life--is. A+ =)

The Bottom Line: Heartbreaking. Emotional. Breathtaking. Morrison has done it again.

---Report Card---
Originality: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
My reaction/enjoyment: 10/10
Theme: 10/10
Imagery: 10/10
Setting: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Style: 5/5
Tone: 5/5
Cover: 10/10
Total Score: 100/100 (A+) !!!This is one of the FOUR books that hold the title: !!!

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Haley December 12, 2009 at 11:34 PM  

This looks so good! I can't wait to read it! I like the cover, too. The two fingers touching is just great.

Kaylyn December 13, 2009 at 12:06 AM  

I adored this book; you're right, the ending was so sad! But overall a great read!

Awesome review, Reggie!

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Nina December 13, 2009 at 12:56 AM  

This book sounds very nice. I love books with romance in it. :)
Thanks for the great review.


Liz @ Cleverly Inked December 13, 2009 at 1:19 AM  

I was so encased in your review. I forgot it was a review. I wanted to know how it ended

Emma Michaels December 13, 2009 at 2:39 AM  

Wow... okay totally HAVE to read it now! I agree Cleverly Inked, I felt the same way. *Goes to try and find a copy*

Stephanie December 13, 2009 at 2:56 AM  

This sounds like a very good YA romance -- though I'm a little scared of the sad ending. :-)

Anonymous,  December 13, 2009 at 11:04 PM  

Great review! This book sound very good. The cover was changed too. I like this version better, the navy blue fits really well. :D

Unknown December 14, 2009 at 12:31 AM  

I hadn't heard of this before now, but I've got to check this out. It sounds wonderful! Great review.

Miss Haley December 15, 2009 at 12:54 PM  

awesome!! checking this one out asap!!

IceJewel December 15, 2009 at 9:48 PM  

Oh my..A total Score !! It does sounds like a great book.I love the book cover very much.Its too cute!
Thanks for sharing your review :) Will definitely check this book out..!

Thao December 26, 2009 at 10:19 PM  

I got this book a while ago but still haven't read it yet. So glad it got an A+ from you ^^

Lucía December 27, 2009 at 1:42 AM  

I love the name of this book, and I look forward to read it! I love romance, and this is a original romance story, I think it's sounds great :) Nice review

lanna-lovely December 27, 2009 at 11:14 AM  

Wow, I really want to read this now. It's officially on my wish list (and the cover is awesome too).

Sena December 28, 2009 at 7:39 PM  

Wow! Sounds like a good book, and your have the author as Author of the Year, right? :)

Sara December 29, 2009 at 8:16 AM  

Ooh a Beholder of the perfect 100! That's enough to put this book on my wish list! The review was great too :)

Esther December 29, 2009 at 2:07 PM  

Having been a total choir geek at school this is definitely one for the TBR list.
Also I am intrigued by the romance mystery aspect and I love the cover image.

Gaby G December 30, 2009 at 1:56 AM  

"The Holy Grail - Beholder of the Perfect 100!!!" That amazing....I'm not a fan of sad if you say this book is soo good maybe i should read it :)

Thanks for the review

pepsivanilla December 30, 2009 at 5:38 AM  

Ooh...a 100! I'll have to check this one out! Thanks for the review :)

Mariana S January 2, 2010 at 1:35 PM  

That cover is so pretty, and the plot is just great, I really want to read it. Awesome Review!

Liliana January 6, 2010 at 11:20 AM  

I'm a Romance-holic
so this book is for me :D
really good review very stimulating
i really wish to have this book :3

Leara Martell January 7, 2010 at 12:37 AM  

10 out of 10!!! WOW!!!

Thanks for the review!! I'll look for the book!!

Diana January 8, 2010 at 12:26 PM  

Wow!! 100/100 this must really be a great book. The story sounds totally lovely, it's been a long time since I don't read this sort of stories... Thanks for the review!

Sab H. January 10, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

OMG! What a rating for this one! I'm so excited to read it now! Thank god I have it! LOL Great review!

Tirano January 29, 2010 at 1:21 AM  

WOW!!! 10 out of 10!! Amazing!

Thanks for the review! =)

Kath March 29, 2010 at 2:49 AM  

Great review! I've been dying to read this one ever since I finished her first book. Morrison is an amazing author, can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

Maria April 3, 2010 at 1:10 AM  

I've read both positive and negative things about this one, but I will definitely give it a try :) Thanks for the great review!

Karla April 18, 2010 at 3:59 PM  

I can not wait to read this book! I ordered it now its just a matter of waiting. I've wanted to read this for the longest time. I am so glad it scored a PERFECT 100! Thanks for the fantastic review:)
Not really related, but thanks for the comment on my Before I Fall cover. I appreciate it :)

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