Sing Sweet Nightingale (Dream War Saga Series #1)

Sing Sweet Nightingale (Dream War Saga Series #1)

by Erica Cameron


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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 be able to stay forever.

Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again.

Calease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow causes the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Calease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave danger--Mariella.

Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella's life while she fights to give it away. And he must find a way to show her Orane's true intentions before she is lost to Paradise forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937053963
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Series: Dream War Saga Series , #1
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, dancer, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessive, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon decor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.

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Sing Sweet Nightingale 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: Welcome to a paranormal dream world...a paradisiacal nightmare. This book for me was a fun quick-paced read. It was pretty dang good but I admit I’m still waiting for a paranormal book to win me over like I have been in the past by fantasy books. It’s not you, it’s me ;) The plot was good. It shifted and evolved and danced keeping me engaged throughout its entirety. Cameron can definitely write and clearly has an overflowing well of ideas. Overall it’s definitely rather what you’d expect of typical paranormal books at the core, but that’s why you read paranormal right? SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE is a hauntingly seductive paranormal thriller on a clock. Fans of the paranormal genre will soak it up instantly, fans of the paranormal will tingle with these electric theories, and newbies to the genre will exit the book converted or at least willing to dip their toe in a bit deeper. Grab a copy and read away. Keep a nightlight on, an amethyst in your pocket, and a secured seat for the ride. Read my FULL review here:
thekatsmews More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read by Cameron and it instantly made me fall in love with her writing. This book, while most certainly written to appeal to a YA audience, deals with deeper themes that Cameron has craftily woven in. Not only are we taken on an incredible adventure through the point of views of Hudson and Mariella, but Cameron expertly shines a spotlight on the toxicity of abusive relationships. Mariella is caught in the clutches of Orane, who has complete control over her and has *literally* taken away her voice. We are invested in Mariella and her well being as we read and wait, desperately hoping she finds a way to break free from the angelic-faced demon and regain her own empowerment. An intriguing and refreshingly original story with an epic battle scene and strong, compelling characters pushing the plot-line forward, I cannot recommend this book enough to those who like YA literature, fantasy, new age fiction, and the likes.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Sing Sweet Nightingale, The Dream War Saga, Erica Cameron Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Teens and YA Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews This was a fun read, at the upper end of YA I think, and suitable for adults who enjoy a well written and easy to follow story. Its something very different to most paranormal reads, where there are Demons but they visit young people via dreams, posing as angels, promising them a life in Paradise as a specially chosen one, something no-one else can have, if only they give up something. Of course in reality Paradise doesn’t exist, and the demons simply want to obtain whatever talent that person has, strength, artistic skill or in Mari's case a wonderful voice. Orane asks her to pledge not to speak, and she’s been electively mute for four years now. Its not just that though, her memory seems to be going and she’s withdrawing more and more from life, to the concern of her loving parents. Hudson – he managed to escape his demon and kill her, but its left him with some odd side effects, weird eyes, quick healing and an ability to see those who are being sucked in by the demons. He’s been dreaming about someone in this town, so he and Horace have moved here to find them and see if they can save her. Horace has kind of adopted Hudson after his parents threw him out, as Hudson had saved his life some time before. Luckily he’s very rich so money for the much needed crystals etc isn’t a problem. Its a fascinating read, and I really enjoyed the way the crystals were brought in. I’m a bit of a crystal fanatic myself, have different ones dotted around, I just love the colures and textures, and as they are so old I can’t help but believe they “may” have some other uses... The story flows well, is easy to read and intriguing. and although this particular problem with Mari gets sorted, it opens up a way for the novel to continue into a further series and the plots are certainly strong enough and have potential for more stories. Stars: Four, it’s a solid read, satisfying ending and opening to the next story. . ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review** 5 HUGE stars!!!! Hudson Vincent is troubled to say the least.  And when a promise he’s made ends up causing the death of his little brother, he wants to retaliate against those who he holds responsible…the demons that pretend they’re your friend, but in truth, they are sucking your very essence out of who makes you, you.  So when he has a premonition about a girl he’s never even met, he knows that his life is meant to intertwine with hers – he is supposed to save her from the Dreamworld and the demon that is draining her life-force dry. Mariella or “Mari” is a talented musician, she had friends, and she talked…a LOT – or at least she used to.  8 years ago, that all changed – but no one except Mari herself knows why.  Her parents took her to specialists, psychologists – everywhere they thought they could get help, but ultimately, she is labeled with “Selective Mutism”, and tagged as strange and odd.  Little do they know that the reason Mari has stopped talking was to keep the secret of her beloved Orane’s world that she goes into every night.  And so Mari has withdrawn from everything that makes her who she is.  Enter Hudson, who knows nothing about Mari’s situation, but does have experience with the demons that pretend to be the only one who care about you and take you under their wing in their ever-changing Dreamworld. With the help of K.T., a girl that has grown up with Mari (even though Mari can’t remember her), Hudson will embark on the adventure of a lifetime – to save Mari from the peril that lies ahead, upon her 18th birthday.   But will they make it in time – 8 years is a long time, can Mari remember who she was before it’s too late? I couldn’t put this book down – it was smart and witty, but still had some mystery.  I loved how author Erica Cameron used her knowledge of Psychology to make the perfect Dreamworld that was amazing, interesting, and complex – just like Hudson and Mari!  Terrific start for her debut novel – I can’t wait to see what is to come next for Hudson, Mari, and K.T.!
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'Sing Sweet Nightingale' is the first book in a magnificent new young adult fantasy/paranormal series. It follows our two main characters - Hudson Vincent and Mariella Teagan - as they both fight incredible battles against the dreamworld that has enraptured them for years. Hudson learned the truth about the dreamworld after his little brother died. After defeating the demon who was controlling him, Hudson received some of her powers - including prophetic dreams. These dreams lead him to a small town where Mariella is in grave danger - her very life is at stake. Mariella has been visiting the dreamworld since she was only eight years old and has fallen in love with the man who brought her there. She hasn't spoken out loud in four years because of a promise made to him and now he's promising her that she can spend forever with him in Paradise. Will Hudson be able to make it to Mariella in time to save her? Does she even want to be saved? The premise of this novel immediately drew my interest and I knew that I had to read it. The story is very unique and original - unlike anything I've read before. I wasn't sure what to expect with the book being a debut along with what seemed to be a complex storyline. Whatever expectations I may have had for the book were far outpassed. If I hadn't known that this was a debut novel, I would never have guessed it. The writing is very well done with the talent of a seasoned author. It had a quick pace and a natural flow to it that made it impossible for me to put down until the end. The characters were all well written, even the secondary ones. Hudson and Mariella are both great main characters - strong, determined, loving, kind and smart. I liked that Hudson was like a knight in shining armor coming to save Mariella, but he definitely wasn't perfect either. He had his scars (physical and emotional) and weaknesses, just like anyone else. Of course, I loved watching the two of them get to know one another and to see how their relationship would progress. The book is told in alternating viewpoints - between Hudson and Mariella - which I loved because it gives the reader an inside look at how each character is thinking and feeling during everything that's happening in the book. The plot was incredible - highly detailed and intricate with smaller storylines woven in to create a layered story. Everything from the settings to the characters and the different occurrences throughout the book were written with vivid imagery - so much that I easily immersed myself into the book alongside Mariella and Hudson from the beginning. I loved learning all that I could about the dreamworld - how they got there, what it looked like, what happened there, etc. I ate up all the information I could get about it and the author definitely gives us a taste of more that we don't know yet, so I'm excited to learn more about it in the coming books. Overall, this was a magnificent start to what promises to be an exciting and enchanting series! Highly recommended for fans of YA fantasy and paranormal fiction and those who want something fresh and different from the rest of what's out there. How long until the next book comes out?! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
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 that. The author did a fantastic job creating the dreamworld and magic surrounding it. The whole thing about the demons luring unsuspecting victims into their world was delightfully creepy and well thought out, with the portals and the crystals and all the other cool stuff. There weren't any holes in the world building and I look forward to seeing more from this dreamworld in book 2. Mariella was a lovely heroine. At first, she seems weak-willed and somewhat self-destructive, since she was being closely controlled by a demon and regularly brainwashed. But, as Hudson started to draw her out of Orane's mental chains, her real character started to come out. The real Mariella was very strong, clever, and determined. She was a force to be reckoned with. I really liked how that battle between the brainwashed Mariella and the real Mariella was portrayed. It was like a tug-of-war and Mariella's struggle was clear. I really liked her character. I thought she was wonderful. Hudson was also amazing. Right away, he showed himself to be strong, clever, and fiercely loyal to and protective of those he cared about. He was absolutely determined to save Mariella from the dreamworld that almost got him and help the victims of the demons. He was also very sweet and utterly adorable. I absolutely loved him. He was just perfect. The romance was light, since, for most of the book, Mariella was still under the illusion of loving Orane, though, even then, there were hints of interest. Hudson's feelings were always clear, though they weren't the center of his focus. I thought they were lovely together and, hopefully, we'll see more of them in book 2. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were twists, turns, thrills, and it all kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the progression of the story with how Mariella slowly began to remember her old life and question the dreamworld. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me excited to see more. Can't wait for book 2! Sing Sweet Nightingale was a brilliant YA paranormal read. I loved this book! Everything about it was just amazing. It was delightfully dark, wonderfully creepy, and absolutely amazing. YA lovers, this book is a must read. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review