Strange Sweet Song
Outside Dunhammond Conservatory, there lies a dark forest. And in the forest, they say, lives a great beast called the Felix. But Sing da Navelli never put much faith in the rumors and myths surrounding the school; music flows in her blood, and she is ...more
She understands, now, the dangerous, intoxicating quality of a leading role. It is as though she is the worst sort of dictator—callous and terrible and omnipotent. She wears the orchestra like a silk train, perfectly attached. Her voice fills the theater.Sing da Navelli is a singer, an opera singer. She has a horrible name. She knows she has a horrible name. Please don't hold it against her---or this book. That's what you get when your father is a world-famous conductor and ...more
Possible mild spoiler to follow...
I was confused for a little while, because I didn't pay close eno ...more
This is such an odd, lovely little book. The usual magic and mystery at a boarding school, a most unfortunately named heroine, a romance that creeps steadily up on you, and incredibly strange, touching bird/cat POVs! None of it should work, and yet it does. The pacing was a bit uneven, and at times I wished for a bit more from certain scenes, but overall, a really wonderful debut. You might like this if you enjoyed Blythewood.
Kim's review is the one that persuaded me to read ...more
And the music! I`m fascinated by how the author describes the musicians - their skills and passions. With music on the background, the romance of Nat and Sing becomes more interesting, more special.
For me, this book is unique, I`ve never heard such a story before: about opera music and magic Cats from the Sky called Felix. I loved it from the first page, and the st ...more
The ones that actually keep you up at night wondering what you just read and leave you scratching your head going. “Huh?”
This has a very definite almost goth feel to it. The atmosphere is dark and strange and very mysterious, almost too much so at times.
I admit, it took me awhile, a long while (about half way through) to truly warm up to this book and that might have something to do with the fact that the jump between Sing, the Felix ...more
I don't know how else to describe this book beyond the fact that it truly is such a strange, sweet kind of book that reads like a melody and lingers long after you've read it. I've re-read this countless times and every single visitation makes me happy. It's not the greatest story but it is one of the best.
Like an enchanting melody, Adi Rule’s STRANGE SWEET SONG slipped into my soul and colored my thoughts long after the final phrase. This is a tale of true stories, true selves, and true love. I will never be the same.
The soprano’s name is Sing, but don’t hold that against her. She knows it’s stupid, we know it’s stupid, the author knows it’s stupid. It is at once a name and a command, a promise of her future, given ...more
For quite a few months Goodreads kept recommending Strange Sweet Song and after reading the synopsis multiple times over these few months, I finally decided to purchase the book and give it a try.
My hesitation stemmed from the fact that it involved music. I appreciate music just like any other person and my piano lessons are going splendidly; however, my last experience with voice ...more
This book was really good for what I thought it was going to be. I have never read any books by Adi Rule before so I was unsure on how her writing style was going to be before a I read this book. I was recommended this book by one of my friends and she really liked it when she read it so I thought I would give it a try. This book I have too say was really different from what I have read before or am reading right now, but I like books that are written different from others because it mak ...more
I don't know, man. This book has a wish granting feral space cat. That's pretty awesome. ...more
Quick & Dirty: Strange Sweet Song was a richly imaginative world with beautifully, lyrically written words that captured my attention from page one. Sing’s voice is so strong and introspective.
Opening Sentence: If you had been there that night, the night it happened, you might not have noticed.
Sing da Navelli has famous parents in the music world, and she hopes to follow their footsteps and use her enchanting voice to captivate audiences as her moth ...more
Once upon a time, a composer went walking in the woods and was inspired to write an opera about farmers, a prince, and a mystical wish-granting beast that lives in the forest. A hundred years later, Sing da Navelli, daughter of the late super-soprano Barbara da Navelli and world-famous conductor Ernesto, finds herself enrolled in a conservatory in that same woods and competing for the lead in that same opera -- her very favorite. But there is still a beast that prowls the forest, and a mystery i...more
First, I'd like to give a shoutout to Lola who also hated this book. We're two black sheep for this book!
This book was horrible. Disgusting, even. I honestly don't want to diss it too much, but I feel like I just have to. I hated this book and it was so unenjoyable that I want to throw the book out of the tallest building in the world.
I got to 75 pages, and then I realized that this book wasn't going to get anywhere because it's just not for me. It was about this girl Sing.
Sing da Navelli has no idea of the dangers she will face when she enters Dunhammond Conservatory of music hidden deep in the forested mountains. She’s there to sing, and hopefully win the lead role in her favorite opera, Angelique. But her true voice only comes alive when she enters the forbidden for ...more
The writing is impeccable on the sentence level--the author really uses all of the senses to make the reader experience the wintry setting and hear the beautiful music being played and ...more
Throughout the book we hear from four main POVs. The first is that of Song, a teenage girl whose mother was a famous opera singer. Song is excited to be at this prestigious music school, Dunhammond Conservatory, and desperate to prove herself. Everyone wants her to be a replacement for her mother who died during a perfo ...more
This is the story of Sing da Navelli, a young talented soprano singer, daughter of the most famous and talented parents (soprano and orchestra conductor) and that starts in a new prestigious (and mysterious) school for young talents.
The book follows two intertwined plots, at first you won't be sure how the two will be mixed or the relevance of each story in the other, but they are mixed in quit ...more
2014: This is just pure, beautiful, fairy-tale-esque magical realism at its ...more
The story actually focuses on a main character, Sing and her selfish need to better her music career while at this musical boarding school. She annoyed me mainly because she feels as though her parental influence will allow her to get ahead in life and comes into the school expecting to be treat like she's on a higher level to anyone else.
There are some ...more
This was a beautifully written story. The romance was very sweet, the story was fantastical, and the ending was pretty amazing. The pacing lacked a just a tad for me but for the most part it was a very exciting read.
Sing is a singer. Her mother was a famous soprano and her father a famous conductor. She is off to boarding school for musical talent. A very famous music conservatory. The school was once occupied by the author of her favorite opera, the opera her mother had the lead for when she d ...more
This book is just Amazing! It is beautifully written. The atmosphere was so dark, magical and realistic with a forest at the base of the mountains and almost a century old school. I really love music in real life, and the musical environment in the book made me love classical music even more.
This book had three main narratives. In the first few chapters, the narrative was about a 'crow'. Then we had our main characters Sing da Navelli, George, and the Felix'
So I’m inclined to say that the musical interpretation had a littl ...more
I don't know what it is that made me think the book is a little odd: maybe it's the fact that it's narrated in the present, or that you also get to read the Felix' point of view. But it's probably mostly how the fantasy side fits in the book: somehow I feel that the psichological drama of Sing's life would be enough to have a great book, without the supernatural part. (view spoiler)[Nathan could simply be an apprentice who is overly protecte ...more
No, it was Sing. A name and a command.”