18112933Reviewed by Amanda Farmer

I wasn’t sure what to expect as I was reading Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule. This is a story about Sing da Navelli and her time at Dunhammond Conservatory, a prestigious school for uprising musicians and vocalists. Sing is the daughter of a famous diva and conductor. She has always lived in their shadows and finds it hard to get roles that she feels worthy of–she has always been given everything she’s ever wanted no matter what. Sing hopes that by being at Dunhammond she will find herself and her voice. She always feels like she is missing something when she sings, although everyone says she is not.

Sing is given the opportunity to sing her favorite opera, Angelique, which was inspired by the forest surrounding the school. The forest is said to harbor a mythological creature, a Felix. The Felix is said to grant a wish if she sees despair in your eyes and will let you live, rather than eat you. Sing doesn’t believe in mythological creatures or does she…that is the question she finds herself asking herself on several occasions. Sing is introduced to Apprentice Nathan Daysmoor, who is her voice coach, who turns out to be so much more to her and has a mysterious past. The other students say Apprentice Daysmoor is a legend and has been around for years at the school, longer than any other apprentice and no one has ever heard him play. Why is that? You will have to read the story to find out.

Throughout the story we see Sing grow into her own self after she goes through a diva stage for a little while, which was annoying to say the least. The story did switch points of view between Sing, the Felix, and from past and present, which made it very confusing until I became accustomed to it. I found the story to drag on a bit in places and found some of the characters to be lacking in development.

Overall, I found the story to be interesting enough to finish but nothing too great. Strange Sweet Song had great promise with mystery, love, mythology, and magic, but it fell short for me. I feel that the characters lacked development and there could have been so much more to the story.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Griffin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.