Sing Me to Sleep, Angela Morrison's second novel, is simply told with an immense amount of depth. Beth's story is one that really grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go. Morrison writes mainly in prose, a slight change from her first novel, Taken by Storm, but song lyrics are sprinkled liberally throughout. Her descriptions are beautiful and accurate, making you feel as if you are right with Beth in Switzerland, on stage, or at the hospital. The romance in Sing Me to Sleep was perfect as well: it captured all of the passionate, pure feelings of first love and was steamy yet chaste. Through her relationship with Derek (and to a certain extent, with Scott too), Beth really did make peace with who she is and can be, and she learned that you don't have to be perfect to love or to be loved.
The emotions run strong in this book. Both bright and sorrowful, Sing Me to Sleep will have you sighing in content and crying. Grief is a kep part of the book, and as Beth learns, in love too. She must learn to let go, and to have hope. Morrison certainly makes you smile as Beth undergoes her transformation and then cry for her and Derek and their relationship. This sweet novel is touching, poignant, and hopeful, and for fans of her previous book, Morrison certainly does not disappoint. I'm breathless with anticipation to see what she comes up with next.
Cover Comments: I think this cover is beautiful--perfect for the book! The colors are soft, and the snow and the brushing hands just so lovely. It's such an accurate indication for what the story will be like.
Sing Me to Sleep will be available from Razorbill on March 18th, 2010!
ARC received from publisher.
Also, stick around for a contest to win signed copies of both of Angela's books and for an interview with her later next week!
P.S. What do you think of the new cover for Taken by Storm? Which one do you prefer? It's so hard for me to choose. I really like the hardcover's water-stained journal look, which is very cool (and if you've read the book, you'll see how it ties in with it). However, the paperback cover is just so perfect and appropriate--I can't choose!