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

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.

A semi-finalist in the YA Books Central 2017 Awards in the "All the Feels" category
Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of posting a review.
Genre: YA, Supernatural, Romance, Fantasy, Greek Mythology
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
Series: The Muse Chronicles


I absolutely love it when authors create new, contemporary stories inspired by ancient mythology and We Own the Sky by Sara Crawford is no exception!

The romance is reminiscent of the Greek romantic tragedies and many stories in Greek mythology; a romance between an immortal and mortal which produces offspring. The romance is not just forbidden but it is predestined to end in tragedy for virtually everyone involved, including the child. As with the classic Greek stories, there is a delicate political balance to be maintained and having half-immortal offspring running around on Earth could upset this balance. In an interesting twist, some of the original Nine Muses created "Earthly Muses," deceased artists who agreed to stick around and inspire other artists.

While this plot sounds a bit mature and staid for young adult readers, Crawford manages to appeal to young adults through contemporary wording, issues that are relevant to modern young adults, clean romance, and engaging forward-thinking characters. The tone of the plot reminds me of the "Twilight Saga" by Stephanie Meyer, angsty with some upbeat moments, which made the first few chapters of the book drag for me and could dissuade a mature audience. However, readers (like me) who persevere, will discover a multi-faceted plot based on Greek mythology.

The plot ends with a whammy of a cliffhanger! If you aren't a fan of cliffhangers, you're in luck because the second book in "The Muse Chronicles" has already been released and you can grab a copy of it before reading We Own the Sky.

All in all, We Own the Sky was an enjoyable read. While young adults are the target market for this book, adults who enjoy books like Twilight will also be captivated by Crawford's interpretation of Muses.

About Sara Crawford

Sara Crawford, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
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.

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