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Isda does not exist. At least not beyond the opulent walls of the opera house.

Cast into a well at birth for being one of the magical few who can manipulate memories when people sing, she was saved by Cyril, the opera house’s owner. Since that day, he has given her sanctuary from the murderous world outside. All he asks in return is that she use her power to keep ticket sal
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published March 9th 2021 by Inkyard Press
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Elisabeth Jewell The story wraps up neatly. The author COULD write a sequel later, but this particular story arc is complete.
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

Is this...

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA-inspired?????
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is true definition of magic! This is outstanding, powerful, magical and painful because it slowly breaks your heart and makes you deeply root for the characters.

Gender switched Phantom of Opera: a monstrous girl hid behind the shadows, was born with marks on her face, using her powers connected to the enchanting magic of music, extracting memories and she falls for a sunshiny boy, wearing pendant, singing like an angel in the middle corrupt kingdom and growing threat of political angs
ʙᴇʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
Jun 19, 2020 is currently reading it
Shelves: arc
2021 seems so far away...

The cover is so gorgeous!
Listen folks, I was never a fan of the Phantom of the Opera, sorry.
That is until I heard the words gender-bent Phantom of the Opera retelling.
Now I am. *.*
Sing Me Forgotten is one of the best books I’ve read in ages.

Having not heard much buzz about it prior to reading it, I was completely taken by surprise when I picked it up and found myself struggling to put it down and not binge it all in one sitting!

The first thing you need to know about this book is that it’s a gender-swapped retelling of “The Phantom of the Opera”. I absolutely loved the nods to the musical Jessica S. Olson scattered throughout the book: the chandelier falling and the “angel
whitney ༅:*・゚
꧁ 5 STARS ꧂
if you like VERY MORALLY GREY characters, magic, and romantic pining... this book is for you.

i've never watched or read phantom of the opera, so i'm not sure how many similarities there are. but i'm 99% the fendoir and gravoir things weren't in the original phantom of the opera. nonetheless, i really liked how this story was structured! the prose was beautiful, and the characters were *chef's kiss*. AND THE ENDING- THIS IS THE
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Let me quickly save some of y’all time in reading this review and say that if you’re a Phan (I’m sorry) like me, you will enjoy Sing Me Forgotten! Not only is this a beautiful and well-written novel, but it is chock full of references to both the original Phantom novel and the 1986 musical, so people who love the Phantom’s tale will also thoroughly enjoy Isda’s story. As for those who are not familiar or fond of The Phantom of the Opera in any of its various forms, allow me to gush about Sing Me ...more
Valliya Rennell
2.5 stars

If you should know anything about my reading tastes, it is that I love retellings. Historical retellings, fairytale retellings, classics retellings, mythology retellings? I eat them up. I am quite picky though when one of my favorite classics is being retold. Sing Me Forgotten is a retelling of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera, unfortunately I have read a better one, which is called RoseBlood written by A.G. Howard.

I am fully aware that this a debut, still an editor somewhe
Abbie | nerdyabbie
⭐ 3.75 / 5 ⭐

This beautiful gender-bent YA retelling of The Phantom of the Opera rips your heart out, sautees it with olive oil, and spits on it for good measure.

You know when you read a book, and it completely crushes you? You love it, and you hate it at the same time. You love it for all the wonderful feelings it evoked, yet you hate it for making your heartbreak, and your eyes filled with liquid sadness.

This book was that for me.

I knew after reading the synopsis that this was something I was
Starr ❇✌❇
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: got-an-arc, reviewed
I received a DRC from Edelweiss
TW: minor self mutilation, kidnapping, addiction

Isda is a gravoir, born with facial disfigurement and the ability to see and manipulate memories when someone is singing. Gravoirs are meant to be killed as soon as they're born, but Isda was saved by Cyril, who raised her and kept her in his opera house. Every show she gives the audience memories of a far more amazing show than they actually saw- but now, with the arrival of a young tenor, that might not even
Jessica S Olson
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
UPDATE: Sing Me Forgotten is now available for request on NetGalley and Edelweiss!!!


UPDATE: aaaaaaand we have a COVER!!!
The Inkyard team totally went above and beyond with it, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out!!!

Sing Me Forgotten is officially available for preorder, and we will have ARCs (physical as well as up on NetGalley) very very soon!!!


I think I’ve read it enough times to mark it “read” here on goodreads! I’m so excited t
Kim Chance
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If I had to describe how I feel about Sing Me Forgotten, I think this gif says it all:


I was fortunate to have worked with Jessica during PitchWars and from day 1, I absolutely fell in love with this book! I am a HUGE fan of Phantom of the Opera and I was so excited when I got my hands on this gorgeous re-telling! I have read it a few times already, but I cannot wait to read it all over again! Sing Me Forgotten is an emotional, heart-wrenching tale that is guaranteed to make you weep--much like i
MissBecka Gee
I was really excited for a Phantom of the Opera inspired tale.
This just didn't work for me; can't even narrow down why.
Totally a "it's me not you" kind of situation.
Love that cover though.
Thanks to NetGalley & Inkyard Press for my DRC.
SING ME FORGOTTEN, by Jessica S. Olson is a "Phantom-type retelling". This is a hard one for me to rate. Honestly, I absolutely LOVED the writing, and was going with a full five stars up until about the half way point.

Then, and this is just my own opinion, things seemed to "change", and not in a gradual way. The ending just didn't work for me at all, but I've seen many others that loved it. I'm going with a 3 star rating, because I DID love the first half, and the writing style is one I enjoyed.
Adalyn Grace
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Official blurb:

Enchanting, lush, and decadent, Sing Me Forgotten had me absolutely spellbound. Olson's delivered a captivating debut that's sure to please fans of magic, romance, and ambitious heroines. This book had me up well into the night, desperate to know what would happen next.

Title: Sing Me Forgotten
Series: Standalone
Author: Jessica S. Olson
Release date: March 9, 2021
Cliffhanger: no
Genre: YA fantasy, retelling

I think the most dominant emotion I felt throughout this novel was disbelief. I felt disbelief over the heroine's actions and the events that occurred because of them. I kept thinking, "Is this really happening??" with a sort of disturbed, uncomfortable feeling crawling under my skin. The heroine is a bit of a sociopath. So there's that. Then there's the fact t
Jessica Froberg
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been lucky enough to read this book several times and my jaw is still on the floor. I don't know if I'll ever recover. This book is so beautifully written and atmospheric. Each sentence is like a song that lures you in close and twinges your heartstrings.

The characters are amazing. Isda feels so real and her journey to finding herself and what she wants is heartbreaking and real. The romance *fans myself* is so good and believable as you see why both need each other so badly.

The magical
Valerie May
4 stars

'But that's the problem with believing. It doesn't guarantee truth'

What a heart-wrenching, heart breaking ending! That last scene/part when Isda walked away in that terrible weather, with all those injuries and all kept lingering in my mind! I can't help but be reminded by a lot of the kdramas I've watched when she and Emeric said their goodbyes that way!

I don't regret reading this book at all and I strongly demand a book 2!! I need the to know what happens next!

Jul 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
July 01, 2020: Anything dark and gothic is amazing to me.
Stay Fetters
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Tonight, I was not hiding in the shadows. Tonight, I was a terrifying phantom come to turn dreams into nightmares."

This was a book that instantly jumped out to me because I love when Authors take a classic and turn it on its head. It lets me know that debut authors aren't messing around and they want to dazzle us with their talents. Then I saw the cover and it took my breath away. Everything about this screamed at readers to pay close attention to this book and the Author. I finally took that l
Leah Waters
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ya-fantasy
Oh wow. This book broke me--I am fighting back tears as I write this.

This book is sad, and powerful, and angry. And it's also sweet and romantic and beautifully written.

At it's core, it's about sacrifice, love, and the monsters we create. Sometimes we're so scared of evil, we create evil ourselves.

I'll be thinking about this book for a long time.
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've never been so confused before rating a book. I was sure while reading the first 100 pages that I was gonna give it 4 stars at least but then the story took a turn for so much worse.
I really enjoyed the descriptions and the eerie-elegant atmosphere of the opera House. In the beginning, the protagonist Isda was an interesting character to read through the perspective of. She had a weird way of narrating that made everything feel foreboding. Unique.
The love interest Emeric was so sweet an
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A gender switched retelling of The Phantom of the Opera??

G I M M E plz
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-arcs
I have mixed feelings about this book. At the beginning, I thought for sure, this would be my first five stars book of 2021. It had a fantastic atmosphere as this book was set in an Opera. I was also listening to the perfect soundtrack for it, giving me the best experience. However, my love for this book quickly faded. This is how it went:

First 30% - 5 stars
Between 30% and 95% - 3 stars
The ending - 1 star!

So let me ask you... how should I rate this book? Because I have no clue. I'll probably sti
Rachel Kathryn Wright
I don’t have a lot of feelings for Phantom of the Opera, but I loved this gender swapped version. The characters were fantastic, I loved Isda and Emeric and I wish we could get more of them. Because their energy together was so good. They both grew a lot together and Isda grew a lot on her own as well. The world building was really good, and the magic and political systems were well done and enjoyable. I absolutely loved the magic in this book it was so intriguing and enchanting. The pacing star ...more
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Happy Pub Day! Please read this amazing Phantom of the Opera inspired story! I need people to talk about it with!

“I am the Channe Opera House Ghost. Bearer of nightmares. And just as worthy to walk under an open sky as anyone else.”

At birth, Isda was considered a monster. She was ruled unworthy of life because of her deformed face, an indicator that she was a gravoir, someone capable of manipulating people’s memories as they sang. But she was rescued from death, hidden away, and raised by Cyril
That book! I was supposed to buddy read it for my book club, like a few chapters a week, but I just couldn't stop.

The writing style felt like listening to a good song that you hope will never end. That's exactly how I would described this book. Loved every single bits of it! Would highly recommend!

It is basically a retelling of the Phantom of the Opera and I had never read any retelling of it before. Now I want more. Because just the setting, the Opera, gave this book a strong start. And it nev
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley I exchange for an honest review.

Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson was such a pleasant surprise. To say the least, I was intrigued the moment I heard it described as a gender switched YA fantasy retelling of The Phantom of the Opera and for the most part it really worked for me. Olson's writing style is lush and atmospheric. It's easy to fall for the characters and the musical/ memory magic system of the gravoirs. The first half of the novel are quite engaging
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Adiue, mon amour"
*tears running down her face and staring at the wall for what feels like hours*

So here's the thing. I honestly am not fan of the phantom of opera and mostly becouse if the messed up romance in it. So why did i ever add this book?
The thing is i have a soft spot for music+teater, circus , masquerade and shows like this+ a good and healthy romance.
And this book gave me all of those thing in a way that shattered my heart completly and made me cry(yes, i did cry after all!)

~This boo
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 STARS! *dramatically swings off opera cape* BRAVO!

You had me at "gender bent Phantom of the Opera retelling," and still completely surpassed my expectations. I just... wow. I realize I'm perhaps a little predisposed to love this given my love love love of the Broadway musical (yes, I've read the book too and prefer the musical), but this is a beautifully crafted story with a perfect amount of magic and one that doesn't shy away from glaring character flaws and darkness. The world building is s
I hate it when a book makes me so sad. And I am so sad and really upset. This book was magical, beautiful and undeniably heart breaking. It is a gender swapped Phantom of the Opera inspired story.

This is the story of Isda, a gravoir who is considered a monster by the society deemed even unfit to live. Gravoir children by law are to be killed off as soon as they are born. But Isda is saved by Cyril, who keeps her in the opera house where she uses her ability to manipulate the ticket sales. His
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