***These are very mini reviews to books I DNFed recently.***
Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.
The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.
**Thank you to Harlequin Teen for this review copy!
The first reason which I wanted to read this one was because I wanted to try something by Michelle Meadow. Second, I found that cover to be utterly adorable.
The synopsis sounded pretty generic, but I still wanted to give it a shot. I mean, there could be some pretty awesome twists here and there! Plus I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. This didn’t really seem like my type of book, so I wanted to branch out a little.
In this novel, we have three heroines: Savannah, Courtney and Peyton, with alternating chapters. After reading the first chapter, I realized that the writing wasn’t my style. Still, I read on, reading at least two chapters per heroine to try and get into the feel of the story. Sadly, I just couldn’t connect with any of them.
Another reason I marked this one as DNF was because of how odd and unrealistic the novel began. In the first few chapters, the girls are told that their father’s a stinkin’ rich guy and that they’re moving in with him. Sure, they felt like their dad was an ass and protested a little, but after a while they just went with the flow and enjoyed their lives as rich kids.
Maybe things got better and the characters became a bit more interesting, but I really could not get into it and don’t plan to try again. I DNFed this one 10% in.
Mariella Teagen hasn’t spoken a word in four years.
She pledged her voice to Orane, the man she loves—someone she only sees in her dreams. Each night, she escapes to Paradise, the world Orane created for her, and she sings for him. Mariella never believed she could stay in Paradise longer than a night, but two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Orane hints that she may be able to stay forever.
Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again.
Calease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow caused the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Calease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave danger—Mariella.
Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella’s life while she fights to give it away. And he must find a way to show her Orane’s true intentions before she is lost to Paradise forever.
**Thank you to Spencer Hill Press for this review copy!
Sing Sweet Nightingale started off strongly–we are witnesses to the death of Hudson’s little brother. It was an interesting start to the story and was a vividly described scene. I expected to be intrigued with the rest of the novel just as much, but I wasn’t.
We are then introduced to another main character, Calease. While I liked the world she was in, I found her character to be very bland and boring to read about. I basically wanted to chuck a bucket of ice to her face so she would wake up and be more lively.
And then there’s another chapter with Hudson and I wasn’t as invested in his character as when I started reading the novel. Believe me, I nearly fell asleep reading!
I would recommend this one to people who are patient and love darkly imagined worlds. I think that if the characters were a bit happier and the writing less plain, I would’ve enjoyed the world and the rest of the novel. Sadly, I stopped reading and nearly fell asleep almost 20% in.