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Sing Sweet Nightingale

(The Dream War Saga #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  242 ratings  ·  85 reviews
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
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Published March 4th 2014 by Spencer Hill Press
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Erica Cameron Sorry for the delay in answering this! I didn't purposefully model the book off of any fable, fairy tale, or classic novel, so I'm not sure what peopl…moreSorry for the delay in answering this! I didn't purposefully model the book off of any fable, fairy tale, or classic novel, so I'm not sure what people think it's retelling, honestly. The confusion may come from the Cinderella reference in the title? Although that is a purposeful reference, Sing Sweet Nightingale is most definitely not a Cinderella retelling. Or a retelling of any sort. (less)
Erica Cameron Right now I plan for there to be four full novels and potentially three short story/novella releases! Whatever it Takes is already out in the Doorways…moreRight now I plan for there to be four full novels and potentially three short story/novella releases! Whatever it Takes is already out in the Doorways to Extra Time Anthology and should be up on it's own as well soon. Aisling, one of the minor characters in that story also appears in Deadly Sweet Lies!(less)
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley.)

“Mariella’s not trapped by the demons; she’s thrilled by their hold on her.”

This was a good YA paranormal story, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to!

Mariella was such a stubborn girl in this story. To go 4 years without speaking must take some serious willpower, yet she did it, and did it well! Hudson really needed some of that same stubbornness t
Bèbè ✦ RANT  ✦
5 Absolutely terrifying but beautiful and dreamy stars..

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Beneath the world that we know now is the hidden dreamworld that promises us peace, control, and everything that we ever want for exchange of something else. For Hudson it was fighting. He had a real talent and when someone who he thought was an angel made him make a promise not to fight again, his choice cost him a life of his brother. Finding out that dreamworld is full of demons who steal children's talents and make them belief that
Liza Wiemer
SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE is unlike anything I've read. A mix of horror, sci-fi, romance, and fantasy. Packed with action, suspense. It's a page-turning winner!

Cover: I love the font and the image of Mari sleeping and THE PURPLE - that's perfect for the novel! Cover design by the talented Jeremy West.

I didn't know that SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE had a dark, horror aspect to it. Heck, I didn't know much about it at all, except that part of this novel took place in the dream wo
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
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**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 a
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was AMAZING! I'm going to be honest, I'm a bit speechless after reading this bunch of awesomeness, but I'll attempt to find words. Sing Sweet Nightingale was absolutely brilliant! Dark, creepy, thrilling, romantic, and just pure perfection, this book took my expectations and blew them right out of the water. I absolutely LOVED this book!

I didn't know what to expect going into this book, so I went in blindly and hoped for the best. Of course, this book delivered even more than tha
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-addiction
My Thoughts:
Well this was a fun book! Demons, dreams, nightmares, soul stealing, years of slowly destroying someone, sounds fascinating?! I KNOW! it was so cool to read something a little different then my usual world saving books, instead this is saving one person at a time from being sucked into a world that is slowly killing you.

This is a story of dream demons that make a deal with you that if you give up something important to you then you can continue to enter this amazing dream world each
I received a free e-book copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sing Sweet Nightingale is book 1 in the series.

The story is told in the point-of-view of two people: Hudson and Mariella. I really enjoyed reading this book as I found the story to be very interesting and captivating. Another reason is maybe because Orane reminded me of Julian from The Forbidden Game; although I didn't fall for Orane like I did Julian... Furthermore, by the time I got to the end of the book, I wanted
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review

Since I first read the blurb for this book I knew I ahd to read it. It sounds so original and combined with the awesome cover it sounded like a great book. And it certainly is a great book, it grabbed my attention from the first chapter and after that I just didn't want to put it down.

When I picked up this book I didn't expect it to pull me into the story like it did. The first chapter is emotions, pulls you into the story and it just made me want to
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I like books that have never been done before (at least I haven’t seen this done), something original or out of the ordinary, that makes you think and when you finally start reading it you realize it is not what you expected and gives you so much more. Sing Sweet Nightingale by Erica Cameron is an amazing book with strong characters and a story that keeps you turning the page until you realize OMG it’s done I need more.

What a great concept, Getting brought into a dream world with a handsome man
2.5 stars

I really liked the premise of this book, but somehow it fell flat.

I liked Hudson more than Mari, but I couldn't really connect with either of them. I loved K.T and Dawn and could easily read some sort of spin off or something involving the two of them.

The plot was interesting, but very very slow moving and it seemed repetitious. How many scenes do you need of people buying rocks?

Overall, the concept was there, but there was definitely a spark missing. I doubt I'll read any others in
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Imagine it. A too-beautiful-for-words, angelic-looking person shows up and promises you the moon. They want to help you, they say, and they claim to believe in you - even love you - in a way no one else does. Then they whisk you away to a world that is everything you could possibly dream. A world that is designed just for you. What would you do? Most of you are probably cynically asking yourselves, "what's the catch?" You d
Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
Creepy and captivating, Sing Sweet Nightingale is a YA paranormal horror story embodying some very important pieces of wisdom:

- If something seems too good to be true, it probably is: Seemingly benevolent, wise creatures come to specially chosen youths at night, drawing them into a dream world and offering them something in exchange for a simple promise. Hudson promises not to get into fights in exchange for the mentoring he needs to keep him out of trouble. Mariella promises not to utter a sing
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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Sing Sweet Nightingale was a great read and I really enjoyed it!
The synopsis is very accurate as we meet Hudson Vincent at a time when his world is about to fall apart, forced to watch as his little brother is murdered because of him and his promise to an ‘Angel’ that he wouldn’t fight again. Upon confronting his ‘angel’ Calease, he soon realises that things aren’t right and turns on Calease only to come out the other side a change
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I literally had no idea what this book was about, besides the fact that it had something to do with dreams. Now, I am quite thankful for that as this book took me completely by surprise!

Hudson and Mariella have one thing in common: They both dream of Paradise. A dream world in which is absolutely perfect and the only way to live there is to give something up. Hudson gave up fighting. Mariella gave up her voice. When Hudson r
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: egalleys
The premise of Sing Sweet Nightingale is incredibly intriguing. It's a different take on demons that glamorizes them while also giving pretty big repercussions. And up until the last 50 pages or so I was really feeling it. Problem? The ending took a turn that I didn't expect and didn't like, honestly. Until that point, it was dark, creepy, and pretty interesting.

Mariella hasn't said a single word in four years. The doctors call is "selective mutism" and her parents look at her with sadness, will
I wish I could have liked it more. I really do.

When I came across the GORGEOUS cover and the incredibly interesting summary, I thought this was one of the easiest 5 stars I'd ever give. It had everything to be an amazing book, but in the end... it was just good.

Sing Sweet Nightingale is about Hudson, but also about Mariella. A very interesting thing is that it's told in both of their point of views, which happens to be my favourite way of storytelling (that's how I write my fanfictions, anyway).
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
When this was first introduced to me, my friend cited that because I enjoyed Leanna Renee Hieber's "Murder Most Foul" books, I'd really enjoy this one. I both agree and disagree with this assessment for a few reasons.

One, Hieber's books had an inherent undercurrent of hopefulness to them. Things got rough for all her characters, but you just knew things would work out in the end. In Sing Sweet Nightingale I was kind of uncertain about how things would end out for Mari. Up until I'd say the last
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given, offered, or taken to alter this review.

Wow. I knew I wouldn't want to put this novel down before I started it. I was right. Just wow. This was absolutely fantastic.

The narratives were both distinct and different. Mariella's was perfect. She felt so detached from the world around her yet her narrative was solid so I didn't have any problems connecting to it. My immediate thought was that her nar
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love it when my book radar hones in something that I just know I’m going to love.

And I love it when I’m right.

To say I was excited to read Sing Sweet Nightingale by Erica Cameron is a bit of an understatement as it sounded like the perfect book for me and believe me when I tell you, it totally was. I mean a book about a girl who meets the man of her dreams (literally) every night in their own private paradise? COUNT ME IN. But Paradise isn’t as heavenly as it seems and Mariella is in danger
Mary Summer
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE will always remind me of a wood fire warming a cabin next to a tumbling river. This is largely because I read it on vacation, but it’s also because reading it reminded me of everything I love about reading. I fell completely head over heels for this book, because I fell completely in love with the characters. Hudson is our knight in shining armor, and all his actions perfectly reflect his inherent heroism (minus the annoying Cyclops/Leonardo goodie-two-shoes complex). Hora ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
Sing Sweet Nightingale is the story of Hudson Vincent, an 18 year old teen who has just escaped the clutches of a demon named Calease who was posing as an angel. What humans don't know is there's a world just outside of our own that can only be accessed through our dreams. Most don't escape it but somehow Hudson does. The after effects of fighting and destroying Calease is powers Hudson doesn't understand and a dream of a girl who is slowly losing her grip on the human world as her demon sucks h ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
(Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and NetGalley, I received an ebook copy of this book for free to review.)

“It’s amazing how fast something that seems like paradise can turn into a nightmare.”

The synopsis of this book is what really intrigued me. This book started off with a bang and a lot of mystery. It really sucked me in. The world building was tremendous. I can only imagine how hard it is to depict a fantasy world, but Erica did an amazing job. She was so descriptive I felt like I was on the si
DJ Johnson
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
Mari is a rare treat because we got to watch her grow. This naive girl has such strength, it's just so misplaced! But then, we watch her come to realizing alliances that are better placed. That strength takes better direction. I love it! How refreshing.

Hudson.. oh how I love Hudson. A strong male who allows the women around him to also be as strong as they can be is always special.

We have Horace the wise, KT the loyal, Dawn the child of earth, and other great characters.

And I hate to say it b
Jennifer Sorrentino
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
“It's amazing how fast something that seems like paradise can turn into a nightmare.”
I was definitely sucked into this dreamworld. I was afraid a demon may come visit me in my sleep.
I love that this wasn't a typical YA fantasy story. I love that it didn't revolve around a girl being in lust with the main guy. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Check it out if you want to read something different and are pretty cool about reading about demons and the like.
Vivi Barnes
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! Writing and pacing were outstanding---had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Well done, Erica!
Lorna Sera-josef
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
spell binding. I'm not sure what to do now that I'm done ...more
Rhiannon Overby
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This story was a fairly easy read with an interesting storyline and premise, but for me there was just something about it that was lacking. For some reason I just couldn’t get into the characters or their story, and by the end I had no real drive to continue on with the next book. Overall I found the characters to be pretty well rounded, the dialogue to flow appropriately, and the pace of the story to be spot on, it just lacked the spark that gets me enthralled with the characters and their stor ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
#ReadHarder Challenge task #15: YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.

This is one of those books that makes me happy I decided to do a reading challenge because I would have never found it or read it otherwise. I'm not a huge fan of the fantasy genre, but I found it hard to put this one down. The plot was totally different than anything I've read before and it was refreshing.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Dnf after chapter 1
Idk I guess I didn't connect with the writting style or some thing.i really wanted to like this then read half of chapter 2 and had to put it down :(
Riska Sleepless
CWs: abuse, some violence, some ableist language

there's a lot of things I didn't enjoy about this book but there were luckily a few things that kept me going. I won't continue the series though
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