Top 5 YA Fantasy Retellings You Need to Read NOW! + Win a Copy of Sing Me Forgotten (Jessica S Olson) ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to spotlight Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S Olson.
Read on for more about Jessica and her book, an guest post, plus an giveaway!
Meet Jessica S Olson!
Jessica S. Olson claims New Hampshire as her home, but has somehow found herself in Texas, where she spends most of her time singing praises to the inventor of the air conditioner. When she's not hiding from the heat, she's corralling her three wild—but adorable—children, dreaming up stories about kissing and murder and magic, and eating peanut butter by the spoonful straight from the jar. She earned a bachelor’s in English with minors in editing and French, which essentially means she spent all of her university time reading and eating French pastries. Sing Me Forgotten is her debut novel.
Meet Sing Me Forgotten!
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 sales high—and that she stay out of sight. For if anyone discovers she survived, Isda and Cyril would pay with their lives.
But Isda breaks Cyril’s cardinal rule when she meets Emeric Rodin, a charming boy who throws her quiet, solitary life out of balance. His voice is unlike any she’s ever heard, but the real shock comes when she finds in his memories hints of a way to finally break free of her gilded prison.
Haunted by this possibility, Isda spends more and more time with Emeric, searching for answers in his music and his past. But the price of freedom is steeper than Isda could ever know. For even as she struggles with her growing feelings for Emeric, she learns that in order to take charge of her own destiny, she must become the monster the world tried to drown in the first place.
~ Guest Post ~
Top 5 YA Fantasy Retellings You Need to Read NOW!
By Jessica S. Olson, author of Sing Me Forgotten (HarperCollins/Inkyard Press)
Retellings are some of my favorite kinds of stories—there’s something so fun about having a story we’re familiar with go in an interesting or new direction. Luckily, retellings seem to be all the rage in YA these days, and I am absolutely HERE FOR IT! So, without further ado, I give you my top five favorite fantasy retellings!
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
This book (the first in a trilogy whose third installment released earlier this year) is a fun spin on the Beauty and the Beast tale. It incorporates a Groundhog Day twist to the story—the Beast (named Rhen) becomes a monster over and over, trying to find a new girl to fall in love with every time. Time after time he fails, and things are looking bleak for him and his kingdom. Then, main character Harper from D.C. shows up and throws a wrench in every plan. It is romantic, it is exciting, and I couldn’t put it down. If you’re a fan of Beauty and the Beast and you haven’t read this yet, make sure to remedy that ASAP!
The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
Les Miserables is second only to The Phantom of the Opera in my list of top Broadway musicals, and so when I heard that this book was a dark, glittering take on that story from the point of view of my favorite character, Eponine, I knew I had to get my hands on it immediately! The world-building in this story is immaculate and well-spun, and the atmosphere is palpable. I couldn’t put it down. The nods to the original Les Miz story had my Broadway-loving heart swooning! I am already salivating for the sequel, which releases later this year!
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer is the queen of retellings, and I particularly adored this one. It’s no secret that villain origin stories are my absolute favorite (hence the fact that my debut is the origin story of the Phantom of the Opera), so when I found out that this book tells the story of the Queen of Hearts (yes, from Alice in Wonderland), I dropped everything to read it. It is so full of whimsy and magic, and the main character, a baker, had me drooling every time she made another one of her delectable-sounding desserts. It had me laughing and gasping out loud and racing through the pages, desperate to see where the tale would take me next.
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Out at the end of last year, this book is an atmospheric, dark, exciting take on the Romeo and Juliet story set in 1920s Shanghai and full of deadly magic. I am a sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope in romance, and Gong pulls it off flawlessly here. The page-turning plot is just as glittering and lethal as that gorgeous cover.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
I grew up reading the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. It was one of my all-time favorites, so I knew as soon as I saw the synopsis of this book that I would love it. I wasn’t prepared, however, for how deep that love would go. Told from the point of view of Annaleigh, one of the twelve sisters, it’s a story of twelve girls dying off one by one in a giant, gothic manor by the sea. It toes the line of horror without being too scary for me, and it incorporates just the right amount of magic and murder mystery that it kept me turning pages well into the night.
Sing Me Forgotten
By: Jessica Olson
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Release Date: March 9th, 2021
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