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We Own the Sky is a romance unlike a lot of them out there. The story deals with human muses & their personalities, Sylvia's dreams & love of music, letting loose the social butterfly within her, the past a threat in the wrong hands, & the looming presence of the original nine Muses. The theme of this book is complications with Sylvia in the center, relationships unraveling, & a Muse determined to straighten everything out, even if it means extreme methods.
Don't let the light tone of the writing fool you. Optimism runs high & the darkening horizon approaches. As everything becomes clear, the suspense builds and the reader is waiting for the ball to drop on Sylvia Baker. The dreamer is vulnerable & the past rears its ugly head. Don't hate Sara Crawford too much for the ending (& that means "don't peek") for the silver lining usually comes with a darkening cloud. Try We Own the Sky & kudos on a such a cool title.
“We Own the Sky,” as the title asserts is a book of fantasy but similar to other books of fantasy and imagination and characters that connect with something or someone beyond themselves, a book of self-discovery. Geared towards a YA audience but not limited to any curious reader of any age, the story and characters somewhat resonate for anyone that may have about experienced the interest to live out their dreams. That is the case for Sylvia, and Crawford writes of her strong desire to want become a singer, especially while she watching a show by a local band The Red Lampposts; it was one of those cathartic moments for her, “…I look up at him, singing, and I can’t help but imagine myself standing there, singing my future songs. Will someone ever feel about me the way I feel about The Red Lampposts right now? Definitely not if I never write my own songs or play my own shows” (Kindle location 1037). But what makes the story quite enlightening and the so-called kicker, the flickering people or Earthly Muses. Sylvia seems to see them when is around artists – they become her Muses, the Latina woman Mariela singing on the stage, and a British guy Vincent that was in music class and at her father’s studio. Sylvia becomes worried why she is the only one that can see these muses, and asked her trusted friend Travis and he clarified a few connections with one of the Muses Mariela – a Puerto Rican singer that her father once performed with but has since passed. As one continues to read, more questions arise, why does Vincent know so much about Sylvia’s life? He reveals the most intimate aspects from how she loves music and can name her favorite bands and all-time favorite albums, and how she has a quirk to name her drum kit Charlie and her guitar Ani and other inanimate objects – a la Hans Christian Andersen.
The book is a page-turner and the first in the Muse Chronicles. No doubt, the story and the characters will fascinate and most likely may bring wonderment to readers that are looking for a book to enjoy for a pleasurable read.
While the story line is strong and will keep your interest, there are a number of topics that might catch the interest of the reader. Mental illness and its definition should be at the top of the list, as well as the manner in which different kinds of mental illness are treated--appropriately or inappropriately. Mundane topics such as a single father raising a little girl, drug use in the music industry, the idea of merit versus "who you know" in the world of work, appropriate dress for home, school, dates, etc., and even whether every teen really needs to get their driver's license are touched on. Greater topics such as defining "art," the value in learning mythology, the differences between formal music classes like band or choir versus private lessons or advantages are clearly reflected in this first book in the series.
Going forward, this reader would like to know whether we will meet a truly insane person--and whether there will be discussions of mortality and how the muses traditional, immortal role will play out in a half-human, half-muse being. In addition to reconciling this first book's conclusion with the discrepancy it brings to mind when comparing it to how the reader would want it to work out, the reader has to wonder what will happen once all the original muses awaken. Will the gods become involved? So many questions, and readers will want to read the remaining two books just to learn these kinds of answers. While we may expect the writing style to continue its focus on the young adult reader, all readers will be interested to learn how the story continues.