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This story wasn't what I was expecting at all. It's a dark, painful tale worthy of the Muse of Tragedy herself. There's so much depth to the story. Music is an integral component of the story and to understanding Sylvia. The characters were nicely developed if not likable. I did like Sylvia, damaged young lady that she is. Her pain was overwhelming and her dependence on music was compelling. (I have included a sound track for the book at the end). I loved her quirkiness; naming all of the inanimate objects in her world amused me greatly. My personal favorites were Lily and Murphy. Her dad was somewhat likable. He tried his best, but he was weak and in the end caused her unnecessary pain. Her friends were not at all likable! They used her, talked about her behind her back, betrayed her. I wish that they did some of this out of love and worry for her, but I don't feel as though they did. They all seemed selfish and self-involved. The only one I thought nice was Cassie, the others I didn't trust. I feel like Sylvia was so starved for friendship and thought so little about herself that she didn't think to protect herself and choose her friends wisely. She did have a couple cool teachers in her life. And then there's Vincent. I'm conflicted about him. I never felt that Sylvia was his great love even though he was her everything. I felt that Izabella, his past love was still too dear to him and this bothered me greatly. I am selfish about my leading characters. I want each to focus solely on the other. I want great love. Vincent still needs to work to gain my respect and trust where Syliva is concerned. I trust him as her muse, but not with her heart.
The backstory of the Original Muses and incorporating them into contemporary times is very clever. The interwoven worlds were nicely done. The danger of Clio and the path of destruction she wove and her rational enthralled me. The impact on Sylvia devastated me. The way this book ended was pure torture for me and I need the second book immediately. I need everything to be put right for Sylvia. The poor girl has endured so much pain; I can't stand how things ended after such a brief flirtation with happiness. Maybe Sylvia's right, maybe the only thing that survives is Art. I like to believe Izabella had it right too though, Love is the greatest Art of all. I need book 2!
Sea Change by Beck
Grace by Jeff Buckley
She's Leaving Home by The Beatles
Hurt by Nine Inch Nails
Young Guns by Moonlight Bride
Angel, Angel Down We Go Together by Morrisey
No Surprises by Radiohead
Tonight, Tonight by The Smashing Pumpkins
Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine
*Sing for Absolution Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty
*We Own the Sky by M83
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
In We Own the Sky, the first book in The Muse Chronicles, we meet sixteen-year-old Sylvia. For her entire life, she’s lived through music, an attribute passed down from her rocker parents. Her mother overdosed when she was young, and her father struggles with addiction. Sylvia has some demons of her own- she’s struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts, and has recently been seeing “flickering people” around other musicians.
At first, Sylvia thinks she must be crazy. But when one of the flickering people, Vincent, shows up in her life and begins to show her the beautiful music they can create together, she realizes that these flickering people are not delusions at all- they’re Muses, like those from Greek mythology. Vincent has been assigned specifically to her in order to help peak her artistic capabilities, but their relationship quickly becomes intensely passionate.
We Own the Sky intertwines myth and reality absolutely beautifully through the lens of a high school girl. I tend to find most authors butcher these complex narrative shifts, but Crawford manages to execute them seamlessly. This is partially due to the sturdy character-building and world-building that starts right from the beginning.
While I wasn’t a huge fan of the constant referencing of songs by the same few bands a bit too often throughout the story, Sylvia’s passion for music was a huge strong suit throughout the book. Music itself holds a lot of weight in this story- not only is it the main character’s saving grace, but it’s also the thing that ties Sylvia and Vincent together.
Sylvia’s character is deeply relatable, especially to those who have struggled with depression or hidden family secrets. I felt almost protective of her as a character from the very start, perhaps because she reminded me of a younger me. The side characters were also built out fairly strongly, with the exception of one or two very minor characters.
This book reminded me of Twilight, in both good and bad ways. Good being that it was an addictive and fast read with a mythical high school twist that keeps readers curious. Bad being that it had a really uncomfortable, detrimental power dynamic between the main character and her love interest. The power that Vincent holds over Sylvia rubbed me the wrong way and seemed incredibly unhealthy. Sylvia is sixteen, while Vincent is an immortal nineteen-year-old who claims to serve as the reason behind her gift of music. At several points throughout the story, she feels as though she is nothing without his presence and is hopeless without his guidance. Not okay, not healthy, not safe.
All in all, I really enjoyed this novel. It was a quick read and definitely pulled me out of a reading slump- something that isn’t easy to do! If there hadn’t been that uncomfortable power dynamic between Sylvia and Vincent, I probably would have rated this higher.
I must say I was not expecting any of this story when I started and was surprised at how dark it seemed. The plot had light moments but a lot of it concentrated on the dark side of music and how feeling too much could affect a person if they couldn't get the music out.
I did enjoy the slight romance but it definitely was understated. Note: the book ended on a cliff hanger.
For fans of darker fantasy and those who know a lot about music and artists.