We Own The Sky (The Muse Chronicles #1) by Sara Crawford Book Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Trigger Warning: This book deals in themes and story elements involving drug and alcohol abuse, mental health and suicide. If any of these themes are triggering be warned this review and book involves them.

An incredible YA series gets a jump into a rarely used part of Greek mythology in author Sara Crawford’s We Own The Sky, book one in the Muse Chronicles series. Here’s the synopsis:

What could you create if you fell in love with a Muse?

16-year-old musician, Sylvia Baker, has always been different. She’s the only one who can see the “flickering people.” When she sees a gorgeous flickering man named Vincent, she learns that they are Muses. 

With his help, she finds herself creating exquisite songs that she loves almost as much as songs by her favorite bands–Radiohead, M83, and The Black Keys–and she is falling in love in a way she never knew was possible. While trying to maintain her newfound friendships and her band, she falls deeper into the world of the Muses. 

When the original Greek Muses wake to find a world in which the internet has given everyone the tools to be an artist, a battle between traditional and new methods of creation ensues. As Sylvia discovers how she is connected to the world of the Muses, she learns that this war may put her music, her love, her very life at stake.

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I really have to applaud the author of this book. She did a marvelous job of drawing me into this world from the very first pages all the way to the stories climactic and cliff-hanger of an ending. I am already a big fan of Greek mythology, often employing it into my preferred reading material and my own writing. Getting to explore this underutilized aspect of mythology was brilliant. The story did a fantastic job of creating and building upon one of the world’s largest and most inspirational mythologies while blending a unique and personal tale of what it’s like to grow up in today’s society.

The character development was the highlight for me. As a mental health awareness advocate, this story did a great job of both highlighting the struggles of those with mental health ailments and showing the stereotypes those with mental health illnesses must deal with in our society. It also highlighted humanity’s instinct to label those who are creative or act outside of what society has deemed “normal” as being “crazy”, an offensive word that brings negative connotations to the mental health profession. The protagonist Sylvia is a relatable teenager and artist, showing how therapeutic and mentally alleviating diving into the arts can be for people. As someone who suffers from depression, I know my love for writing has helped me to channel the sadness and loneliness I’ve felt into something positive, and that’s what this author has shown brilliantly.

Overall I loved this story. It was emotional, personal and a fantastic entry into what promises to be a thrilling new YA franchise. This story is just the tip of the iceberg for the story of the Muses, and I cannot wait to dive head first into Sylvia’s story in book two. If you haven’t yet be sure to pick up your copy of We Own The Sky by Sara Crawford today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

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Sara Crawford is an author, a playwright, and a musician. Ever since she was five years old, she has lived for art in one form or another. This manifested itself as writing plays at age eight and convincing (forcing) the neighborhood kids to perform them on her driveway, auditioning for Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker three years in a row before finally landing a small role as a toy soldier, starting an all-girl band in high school, writing and producing her own plays and short films, and most recently, writing a book about a girl who falls in love with her Muse (WE OWN THE SKY). Sara has been an actress, a singer, a playwright, a songwriter, a guitarist, a keyboard player, a poet, a screenwriter, and an author of both fiction and non-fiction.

She graduated in 2008 from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in English and in 2012 from the University of New Orleans with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (emphasis in Playwriting). Currently, in addition to working as a freelance writer and internet marketer, she is also a creative writing professor in the graduate program at Southern New Hampshire University, teaching online classes. She also loves to talk about books, music, and writing on her YouTube channel. For more information visit http://saracrawford.net or https://www.youtube.com/user/saracrawford.

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The Prince, a Betrayal, & a Kiss by Kristin D. Van Risseghem Book Review:

One of the best parts of getting invested in a book series is getting to explore secondary characters in one-off stories, and that is what fans
will get when they read The Prince, a Betrayal, & a Kiss by Kristin D. Van Risseghem, a short story in the Enlighten series. Getting to explore
a character’s backstory that was only touched upon in the first Enlighten book, fans will be delighted to get this fun look into the Winter faerie
realm and a deeper look into a forbidden romance.

First, the synopsis:

Like most Winter fairies, Finnegan is one of few words, but he fulfills his princely duties without too much protest. That is, until he meets
Sidelle—a Summer fairy princess. For the unlikely pair, it seemed their meeting was destiny. But their forbidden bond is discovered and torn
apart.

Now, the Finnegan must escape his mother’s clutches to find his love and apologize, beg forgiveness, and show her the depth of his feelings.
But instead of finding Sidelle, Finnegan befriends a dark stranger who leads him down a troubling path, tricking him into becoming someone he
despises—exactly how a Winter fairy should behave—one who Sidelle may never trust.

Blending the elements of the first Enlighten book with some historical context and an in-depth look into the other side of the complex relationship
between Winter faerie Finnegan and Summer faerie Sidelle. The action is very fast paced and in just a short amount of time we get some great
character development and get to see another side of this complex war brewing between the various realms, and who is siding with who. The
grand mythology in the Enlighten series is expanded upon greatly here, and gives fans a look at where the characters may be heading in the future
of the series. Be sure to pick up this fun read The Prince, a Betrayal, & a Kiss by Kristin D. Van Risseghem today!

Runes (Runes series Book 1) by Ednah Walters Book Review:

Ancient mythology gets the YA treatment in Ednah Walters first book in the Runes series, “Runes”. In this incredible book, young 17-year old
Raine Cooper finds herself dealing with a full plate of problems, from her father’s mysterious disappearance to her mother’s increasingly erratic
behavior and the possibility of her best guy friend and crush moving away. Things are tough for this average teen, until her life becomes anything
but ordinary when she meets her new neighbor, Torrin St. James, a mysterious young man that drives her towards him despite her best judgement.
After she is saved by him when he uses a mysterious mark to heal her, she soon learns that Torrin isn’t exactly what he says he is, and she
becomes determined to find out what he is, and inadvertently becomes involved in an ancient mythology filled with death and darkness the likes
of which she’s never dealt with before.

This book is fast paced, and does an excellent job of blending the teenage drama with mythology that has existed for thousands of years. The
story deals equally with the supernatural elements of the story as it does the tale of three young kids who has their friendship tested time and
again by these unnatural occurrences. With each chapter as more mysteries are solved, even more are unveiled, and by the end of the first book a
whole series worth of mythology is laid out, which fans of the YA genre will be thrilled to dive into. This is a story not to be missed, so be
sure to check out Runes by Ednah Walters today!

Author Michael Mardel’s “A Seahorse Tale” Review

Full discretion: I was given a free copy of this book to review by the author. All opinions are my own.

Michael Mardel’s “A Seahorse Tale” is the first YA and middle school style book I’ve ever reviewed. As such, I took my time and really dove
headfirst into this story, and what I found was quite amazing. In this story, Mardel creates a fantastic fantasy land in which he not only
entertains both children and adults alike with his creative creations, but he implements a tale of philosophical proportions. Bringing to
light the various cultural beliefs, from Christianity and mythology to Darwinism, the author blends these cultures together and implements
them in his story expertly.

Listening to this tale of the Rainbow Serpent, a creator of life on Earth who gave life to the narrator of this story, the seahorse, is a
truly unique experience. The evolution of life on the planet and the experiences with the mermaid, pirates, and other figures throughout
history as told by the seahorse are remarkable. This story does a phenomenal job of blending history and the Australian culture with the
mythology of our world, and creates a fun read that is both creative and at times poetic in it’s delivery.

This is a must read YA book. The imagery used in this story are bright and vividly accurate. The vastness of this creation is something to
behold, and each page is dripping with detail and power that makes it easy to see it as an animated film in your head. Pick up your copy of
Michael Mardel’s “A Seahorse Tale” on Amazon.com now!

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