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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Book Review: Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison

Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 320

THE TRANSFORMATION - 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.
THE LOVE AFFAIR - 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.
THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE - 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 HEARTBREAK - 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.

My Review: Sing Me To Sleep on the surface seemed like an amazing read with a great number of five star reviews. However, in my opinion, it did not live up to the hype. In the beginning, I had a hard time getting into the story. Beth, drained me by constantly exuding negativity and didn't give me a chance to connect with her. The makeover process was interesting even though it happened a little too fast for my taste. The writing finally picked up when Beth met Derek. He was very mysterious and shady. I did not understand what his deal was. He continually disappeared for long periods of time and ran away from Beth's questions.

Beth is then approached by her best friend Scott with a confession. Scott did not seem to give a crap that she had a boyfriend. When I first met Scott I really liked him. He unconditionally loved Beth, even before her transformation. However, he slowly became controlling and weird. I kept thinking, "damn can't Beth catch a break already?" Now, the big twist in the end came out of left field for me. I didn't expect it all! I was saddened and started feeling remorse for thinking Beth was annoying until the last couple of paragraphs. She went back to being blah for me, I believed her actions had really bad timing. Overall, it was an okay read, I still prefer Angela's other book Taken by Storm. I'm sure a lot of you will disagree with me but hey it's not for everybody :)

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Author's Info:

Angela Morrison is the author of Taken by Storm. She graduated from Brigham Young University and received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

For more info on Angela visit her site:

Other Books By Angela:
Taken By Storm

Source: Received from author for honest review


Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Hmm, thank you for the honest review, Eleni! I've been really curious about this one, but now I'll make sure to read a few chapters before I decide to read/buy it or not. :)

pirate penguin said...

Not everyone can like the same book; otherwise that'd be really boring :/ But thanks for the honest review!

Diana Dang said...

Great review! It's unfortunate you don't like it but I guess will all have our tastes. :)

Robby said...

I've been hesitant to read this book, but I'm not sure why. Thank you for your honest review. :]

The Graef Family! said...

That stinks that you didn't like this book. Its true thought not everyone can like the same book. Maybe I'll just wait for my library to get this one before I read it. I do love the cover though. Its very pretty. Thanks for the honest review.

Anonymous said...

Awww, what a shame. I hate it when a book is hyped up and then it doesn't live up to it. It can be so disappointing. :(



bookaholic said...

I loved your opinion,but just a question-I agree Eleni that Beth exuded a lot of negativity. But if one has lived 17 years of her life facing hell,isnt that bound to happen?

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I just finished this and am not sure how I felt about it. All the 'singing' didn't really work for me so maybe that's a niche. The twist was surprising and heartfelt, but then Beth's actions at the very end (last few lines) just struck me as odd. I don't know. I'm trying to digest it. You're right about Scott, first you like him but then he turns into a jerk.

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