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Madeline Noel fled war-torn Heaven to hide within the mortal world, but the blessing that could protect her from evil is the holy realm's forbidden power.
As a talented soprano for the Eden Theatre Company, Madeline hides among prima donnas and tone-deaf flutists. Her perfect voice may entertain audiences, but a careless laugh may shatter glass, and her greatest scream can kill. To control her unrestrained voice, the angels forbid Madeline from embracing the emotions that strengthen her song. Anger. Fear.
The demon-hunter Damascus vows to defend Madeline from Hell’s relentless evil, but he cannot protect her from her own feelings. Though they deny their dangerous attraction, her guardian becomes her greatest temptation.
Surrendering to desire may awaken the gift suppressed within Madeline’s soul, and neither Heaven nor Hell will allow such absolute power to exist.
About the Author:
Gracie Madison would spend every day, all day writing…if it were socially acceptable. Ever since she was a little girl scribbling with a crayon, Gracie’s dedicated herself to her books and all the supernatural and paranormal, creepy and beautiful stories and characters born within the pages. Now Gracie is committed to finally sharing those books with the world. When the laptop is pried from her hands, Gracie is probably working her day job, rooting on the Steelers, or out with her husband searching for Pittsburgh’s best sushi.
This book is such a whirlwind!
I went from loving this novel, to hating it, to throwing it across my floor, back to feeling content with it. In general, I guess I can say I had a good time reading.
I love a good novel that centers around angels vs. demons; good vs. evil; Heaven and Hell. It's why I'm gravitated towards literatures such as The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and J.M. Darhower's Extinguish. So when YA Bound Book Tours announced a tour for Gracie Madison's Sing for Me, I knew I had to sign up and keep reading.
The novel starts with Madeline who has flown from the Realm to the mortal world in hiding from Corinth, a demon who is out to destroy her. Madeline is a Choir, an angel created merely to entertain the Realm. Choirs aren't given the power to use emotions, or allowed to interact with each other and never realize their true potential of their powers. With her guardian, Hunter Damascus, and his friends Shiloh and Tyre, and her mortal-turned-Prophet friend Natalie, they work together to outrun Corinth and his plan to capture and kill Madeline. All the while, Natalie and Madeline are planning the production of a famous play for the Eden Theater Company with prima donna, Danielle.
But the forbidden love and unbreakable bond between Madeline and Damascus distracts them from their task, even though they know they are in love and want to be together. That was one of the main struggles I had with this book-- if Heaven was to be this amazing, glorious, magical place, why create a Realm that prevents two people who want to be together? Even when Damascus and Madeline save each other and have sex for the first time, all Damascus could focus on was protecting her and making sure the Thrones (their judges and lawmakers) didn't catch them and renounce Madeline as Choir. It was torturous to see two people who cared and loved each other so deeply be pulled apart by some stupid, archaic law.
Gracie Madison's writing style is very poetic and flowing. Each sentence carves into one another and fit, like a professional Olympic ice skater flying on the surface. Her style reminds me of Cassandra Clare, and her written choreography.
Go read this book. You won't be sorry! The second book, Divine Interlude, is due out in Spring 2015, and I'll be waiting at the gates for that one.
Rating: 4/5 stars!
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