This was another wonderful book that I just love that I was able to read! Don't let the story scare you if you are not a fan of opera or music, because this one will knock your socks off. The writing was just plain wonderful and easy to understand. You won't feel like you are getting lost in the wording, etc. The writing will make you experience the beautiful music being played and sung within the story like you are there. Which was wonderful.
I like Sing as a character. She struggles with the fact of whether she should be a "diva" like her mother to get what she wants, or if she should try and find her own way to achieve musical greatness. At times Sing does seem a little mean, but the music industry, even the classical/opera part of it, is still very competitive and dog-eat-dog, so I can cut her some slack. It really just opens up for some great character development, which is always a plus. All the side characters of the novel are also pretty great. I immediately thought the "hot quarterback type" on campus, Ryan, was very attractive, and Sing's friends Jenny and Marta are good support. Nathan is also great, but I don't want to spoil too much.
This was such an original story!
Outside Dunhammond Conservatory, there lies a dark forest. And in the forest, they say, lives a great beast called the Felix. But Sing da Navelli never put much faith in the rumors and myths surrounding the school; music flows in her blood, and she is there to sing for real. This prestigious academy will finally give her the chance to prove her worth—not as the daughter of world-renowned musicians—but as an artist and leading lady in her own right.
Yet despite her best efforts, there seems to be something missing from her voice. Her doubts about her own talent are underscored by the fact that she is cast as the understudy in the school's production of her favorite opera, Angelique. Angelique was written at Dunhammond, and the legend says that the composer was inspired by forest surrounding the school, a place steeped in history, magic, and danger. But was it all a figment of his imagination, or are the fantastic figures in the opera more than imaginary?
Sing must work with the mysterious Apprentice Nathan Daysmoor as her vocal coach, who is both her harshest critic and staunchest advocate. But Nathan has secrets of his own, secrets that are entwined with the myths and legends surrounding Dunhammond, and the great creature they say lives there.
Lyrical, gothic, and magical, Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule will captivate and enchant readers.