Isda should not exist so she is forced to live in the bowels of the opera house in secret, never to be seen. Emeric is hired as the opera house’s new janitor, but when Isda hears his voice, she might do anything to hear his beautiful voice once again.
Omg… my heart has been ripped out and been torn into so many pieces by finishing this devastating read. I knew what I was getting into based on the fact this is a Phantom of the Opera retelling, but I was still surprised and still as broken as I was the first time watching this haunting musical.
So as an avid fan of the musical and amazing movie, Phantom of the Opera, I’m obsessed with this gorgeous, but heartbreaking story. Yes, I know ALL THE SONGS and I am stalkerish for the Phantom and grew up wishing I was Christine. Therefore, when I saw the summary of this book months ago, I knew I had to have it immediately! It was such a great take on the original story and I thought it did the original justice in a very unique and magical way. Where the original does not have a lick of magic (only illusion and parlor tricks) this read has a very interesting magical system that added an even more depressing element to this already tragic tale.
The magical system of this book was very captivating, but I’m desperate to know more about it and how they exactly got to that place. I liked how we got to learn about some of the details through Isda’s snooping, but I felt like the story wasn’t completely there and I just have so many questions. I kept getting the two roles of magics mixed up and I had a hard time pinning down what exactly they were doing and how they were doing it, but the idea was so unique and so damn cool. I just wish I had gotten a little more explanation. I felt like the author threw us into the story halfway through and I was treading water on figuring out exactly what was going on.
I LOVED the characters in this book so much and they have touched me in a way that the original cast did. I loved the Phantom as a girl because it added an even more tragic depth to the character and made me just love the Phantom more. I have always been obsessed with the phantom and Isda fit his character to a T! Her story was just so HEARTBREAKING! OMG MY HEART HURT SO MUCH FOR HER! I loved her zest and passion for music and life and I was rooting for her by the first page. I also was obsessed with Emeric, he just made me swoon and he fit with Isda perfectly!!! OMG THEIR ROMANCE WAS BEAUTIFUL and it HURT SO GOOD!
The ending just killed my soul and sent it straight to Tartarus! The last scene just sent me back to the heartbreak of the Phantom of the Opera and I was not okay at all. I loved this book so much and now that this review is over, I am going to listen to the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack to numb the pain!
My Book Rating
4/5 Book World
Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published on March 19, 2021 by Inkyard Press
Copy Read: Hardcover