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Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (The Muse Chronicles #2) by Sara Crawford

Front cover image of HURRY UP, WE'RE DREAMING (THE MUSE CHRONICLES #2) by Sara Crawford on Kindle device. Book Reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews.

Sylvia Baker used to live for music: constantly listening to artists like M83 and Moonlight Bride, writing songs, and playing drums in a band. But now, the soundtrack of her life is silence. If she lets the music back in, she's worried she will return to her delusions about the Muses--the mystical beings who inspire artists to create art. She's worried she'll have to face the wounds of losing Vincent, her Muse, her love.

She tries to move on, immersing herself in the real world--working at the grocery store, mending her relationships with her friends and her father, and developing a new love for hiking. But in her dreams, she is forced to face the questions growing in her heart.

What if they never were delusions? What if a vicious battle between the traditional Greek Muses and modern Earthly Muses tore her from the world of the Muses? What if she never lost Vincent at all? And what if he's the one who needs to be saved?
Source: I received a free copy of this book and opted to post a review.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural, Mythology
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: November 30, 2017
Series: The Muse Chronicles

Front cover image of HURRY UP, WE'RE DREAMING (THE MUSE CHRONICLES #2) by Sara Crawford

Review

The tone of this second installment is different than the first one. After Travis discovered her journal, Sylvia was placed in a psychiatric facility and believes that her interactions with Vincent were hallucinations. Now that she is out of the facility and back in school, Sylvia has cut music out of her life completely to avoid a relapse. Between losing music and the antipsychotics she's on, she feels emotionally detached from the world around her and is basically sleep-walking her way through life.

Having been on psychiatric drugs for a condition that I didn't have, I empathized with how Sylvia felt physically and emotionally. I also empathized with how difficult it was for her to reconnect with old friends who are trying to be sensitive and avoid discussing the issue, but ultimately end up treating her like she has a terminal medical condition. Crawford's portrayal of Sylvia's plight hit the nail right on the head; I appreciated the realism and how Crawford took the time to validate Sylvia's feelings about the experience.

I thought it was interesting how Crawford followed the formula for the great Greek epics that mainly revolve around love and tragedy, but made it her own through the use of excellent contemporary characters and relevant dialogue. I enjoyed learning more about the Original and Earthly Muses' origins and what they represented. I also appreciated the drama in the plot; it wasn't teenage-angsty drama, it had a maturity that surprised me but still had a young and fresh perspective. 

I always enjoy reading books that follow traditional formats but with contemporary and unique twists. I'm thrilled that I had the opportunity to read this book! If you've enjoyed the Greek dramas of the past and love the Muses, you should give Sara Crawford's "The Muse Chronicles" a try; you won't be disappointed.

About Sara Crawford

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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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Front cover image of HURRY UP, WE'RE DREAMING (THE MUSE CHRONICLES #2) by Sara Crawford. A young adult novel reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews.