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
, 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. Switzerland
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 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.
Sing Me to Sleep was heartbreaking, raw, and original. It was a retelling at it’s best. Now I haven’t seen Beauty and the Beast in a long time, but the connections were definitely there. Beth was made fun to no end, and some of the teasing took an extreme turn, and her nickname was “The Beast”. From the first page, Beth’s personal look into her life drew me in and I was cringing while Beth held her head high when the bullying got particularly fierce. Beth was a very strong and likable main character. The reader felt for her, and her raw narrative made me like the book that much more. Morrison has a fantastic writing style that doesn’t hold back. The descriptions were amazing, and transported me into the book, I could picture everything that was happening. I loved the song lyrics as well, I’m even more impressed by Angela Morrison’s writing ability after reading the lyrics! The choirs added so much to the novel, I loved reading about Beth’s adventure’s with the choir and the girls in the choir.
The romance in Sing Me to Sleep was amazing. Torn between Scott and Derek, Beth is forced to make a choice. I really liked Scott, he loved Beth even when she supposedly looked like “The Beast” and he stuck by her side through all the teasing and tormenting. I also liked Derek, too. He was a real and sweet. I never saw the ending coming, but wow! I cried my eyes out!
There are a lot of tears shed throughout this novel. It’s an emotional read, that draws you in and spits you out at the end in complete shock. I’ve never read anything like Sing Me to Sleep and I’m really looking forward to reading Morrison’s debut novel, Taken By Storm, which is eyeing me from my TBR pile right now! I’d highly recommend this book to anyone, but be prepared with a box of tissues! Great writing, great characters, and an excellent plot- Sing Me to Sleep is definitely making my favorites list of 2010. I know I didn't really do this novel justice in my review, but all I can say is, come March, this is one you need to rush out and buy on its release date!
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
*Also click here to read my interview with the author!