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Strange Sweet Song

by Adi Rule

St. Martin's Press | August 19, 2015 | Hardcover

Strange Sweet Song is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.44 × 6.35 × 1.16 in

Published: August 19, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250048168

ISBN - 13: 9781250048165

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eerie and heartwrending I just finished this. I stayed up finishing this knowing that I would have to wake up in four hours for a 10-hour day at school. That says a lot. (Fortunately, there was a snow day, so I got off easy.) This book just wrecked my emotions. I mean that in a good way, even if it sounds sort of masochistic. Sing was a compelling, and easy-to-like heroine, even if she was a bit of a diva (read and you’ll understand why.) Daysmoor was a wry, down-to-earth love interest, and quite swoony, too. The interactions between him and Sing are among the most engaging parts of the story; their dialogue hits that sweet spot of simultaneous realism and sigh-worthiness, mostly because it’s about real things that matter, not cheesy I-have-feelings-for-you variations. I just wish they had more time together, but I do really appreciate a slow-building romance. I have to stop talking about it. I feel like if I keep going, I’ll ruin it because nothing I can say will perfectly describe how great this love story is. I just cannot put it into words. I will leave it precious and protected. I also appreciate how Rule included the villain’s perspective, his and Daysmoor’s histories, and the Felix’s perspective. The mythology behind the Felix is really original, but I just wish there had been a bit more lore going on at Dunhammond. Then again, that might have been too much, too distracting from the story. But even though the Felix has no dialogue, we come to care about her as well, despite what she is. I liked Sing’s two new friends. I don’t think they were underdeveloped, despite what one professional review says. However, Sing’s enemies, Lori and Ryan, are the typical pretty-bitch-diva and handsome-egotistical-jerkwad. Those stereotypes are so tired. I realize these characters were necessary to move the plot forward, but I wish there had been less of them when everything else was so much more interesting. This story is too strong for that much teen drama. The ending of the book made me so sad (ultimately, the ending is pretty happy), but at first, I was heartbroken and slightly confused. It wasn’t perfect, in my opinion, but I guess it’s hard to make everything work out perfectly. It’s not so realistic that way. However, I am satisfied. The Gothic element worked pretty well, even in this modern setting. The prose was gorgeous and atmospheric. Warning (or not?): most chapters are short. Not that that matters. Read this. It’s rewarding.
Date published: 2016-01-15

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Strange Sweet Song

Strange Sweet Song

by Adi Rule

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.44 × 6.35 × 1.16 in

Published: August 19, 2015

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250048168

ISBN - 13: 9781250048165

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One  IF YOU HAD BEEN THERE that night, the night it happened, you might not have even noticed. The strings and woodwinds shone fat and glossy in the concert hall’s perfect humidity, and the brass instruments sparkled in the gentle light of the chandeliers. The music itself shimmered as well, lighting up dark places people hadn’t even known were there.You might not have noticed the small movement. It fluttered the fading sunlight stretching in through one of the high, arched windows that encircled the room like a crown. You would have been staring at the orchestra, or at the polished floor, or at the blackness inside your closed eyelids, as the music swirled around you. Had you opened your eyes or broken your fuzzy-glass gaze and looked up at the fluttering light, you would have seen the silhouette of the crow. But you wouldn’t have heard it, because the crow didn’t make a sound.At least, not at first. It alighted on the ledge of the little window and folded its wings, flexing its toes as though it meant to be there awhile. Some of the windows still held their colorful panels, but the crow had chosen one through which tendrils of ivy had pushed their way, dislodging the glass with a long-forgotten drop and shatter.The crow seemed comfortable, somehow, and not just because it was a crow adorning a remote Gothic hall surrounded by dark pine trees; not just because St. Augustine’s was a natural place for a crow to be. It seemed to be listening, cocking its head and stretching it
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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.

About the Author

ADI RULE grew up among cats, ducks, and writers. She studied music as an undergrad, and has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Adi is a member of, and has been a soloist for, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra/Boston Pops. She lives in New Hampshire. Strange Sweet Song is her first novel.

Editorial Reviews

"Boarding school drama and paranormal romance collide in this promising debut.Compelling." -Kirkus"What really makes this book stand out, though, is the Gothic and slightly dark feel to it. I definitely recommend this!" -USA Today's "Happily Ever After" blog"Music buffs will relate to Sing's passion and insecurities, and readers who enjoy a good melodrama will be captivated." -Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books"Rule's promising writing hits the right note. There's an opening for a second book, and it has the potential to be as sweet and strange as the first." -Booklist"A stunning debut, fresh, original, and utterly mesmerizing." -Jenna Black, author of the Faeriewalker series"Like an enchanting melody, Strange Sweet Song slipped into my soul and colored my thoughts long after the final phrase." -Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate"A lushly woven melody of grief, arrogance, and hope. Beautifully written." -Jana Oliver, author of the Demon Trappers series"Strange Sweet Song possesses a fairy tale quality that is irresistible. . . Be careful of looking up from the page, because the dark forest is all around, and creatures with frightening appetites and old associations are circling nearer. Adi Rule dazzles in her first novel. Read it and report back if you're still breathing!" -Joseph Monninger, award-winning author of Baby"Strange Sweet Song is as musical as its name. Lush, compelling, and atmospheric, it soars like the voice of a soprano." -Sarah Beth Durst, award-winn
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