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Unfortunately, I wasn't able to connect with We Own the Sky or fall into the story the same way I did Twilight. If I had, I would definitely be giving this book a higher rating. I felt like some of the dialogue between the characters was a bit forced and unrealistic to the way teenagers talk. There were also some parts that seemed repetitive throughout the book.
*This book does end on a cliffhanger*
I voluntarily received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
We Own the Sky was a refreshing and unique book to read. I think I have gotten tired of all the old clichés and this one delivered on something different.
Sylvia is a depressed girl who loves music. She doesn’t socialize well and she sees shimmering people that no one else sees. She hides herself in the music of others. The book describes this so well and actually uses real bands and songs and includes a playlist at the end, which I thought was fun and added some neat reference to the book. The only drawback I saw to this was that it might date the book in a few years.
Sylvia discovers the people that only she can see are Muses. Muses inspire people in all forms of art. Sylvia is chosen by a muse named Vincent. He has inspired writers, painters, and now Sylvia as a musician. Also, Vincent isn’t described as a 6’4” tall, perfectly sculpted, blond Adonis. He is described more real than that and I appreciated it. Sylvia is instantly curious and excited about the muses.
The part I loved most about this book is that once Vincent enters Sylvia’s life she doesn’t do the typical, spend every waking moment together and ditch all her friends. Actually, it’s the opposite. Sylvia gains confidence and makes a groups of new friends and even joins a band (without Vincent).
All the side characters are full characters. A lot happens with them that would in typical teenage friendships. The subplots and side stories are just as interesting as the main plot and a couple of times we see thing thru another POV but the book was mainly Sylvia’s. A lot happens in the book. I don’t want to give anything away but it’s not a straight forward boy meets girl love story. It also deals with her new friends, her assumed mental condition, her fathers past and addiction issues, and so much more.
Even Vincent has a past and the Muses are explained and fleshed out well. Like I said, a lot was put into the book but it never felt rushed. It flowed organically and was beautifully written. I had no idea what was going to happen next. The downside is that it ended in a cliffhanger. A big cliffhanger! I forgave it because I already planned on reading the next one. It was too good not too.
We've had plenty of stories about vampires, mermaids, and ancient myths of all types, but I can't recall ever coming across a book about the Muses. Especially not one with a modern take on Muses, where any artist who dies can become a Muse. That's right -- in this story, there are pop star Muses, emo Muses, and '50s pin-up girl Muses. Also a love-interest Muse. We'll get to him in a minute.
Our protagonist is Sylvia, a lonely, music-loving teenager with a history of depression. Over the course of the story, we see her use music to connect with the real world and make some new friends, which I thought was a lovely arc. She has a quirky habit of naming objects that are important to her -- her iPod is Murphy, her journal is Lily, her drum set is Charlie. She also has an excellent taste in music, as the references sprinkled throughout the story attest (anyone who listens to The Beatles as much as she does is a winner in my book).
Sylvia's love interest is Vincent, a Muse from the 1800s who died at 19 and now eternally looks that age (so it's totally not creepy :P). A lot of people have compared their relationship to that of Edward and Bella -- the immortal dude who stalks his love interest, and the clingy girl who can't live without her man -- but, you know, at least Vincent never got the overpowering urge to kill Sylvia.
Okay, in truth, the romance wasn't bad. I just kind of wish there had been more connection between Sylvia and Vincent other than "We both love Art" and "tingly feelings." I didn't really get a sense of how their personalities match up, and I often found myself asking whether their relationship would exist if Vincent was a regular human. But like I said, it's still a better love story than Twilight (*badum tish*) (No, actually I'm serious).
So what's the main conflict in the story? Well, the modern Muses are overseen by the original Muses from Greek mythology (Calliope, Erato, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Euterpe, Polyhymnia, Urania, and Clio -- but not Thalia, because ... well, read the book to find out). Urania, the current ruling Muse, has been very lenient about which artists can become Muses. This has angered her sister, Clio, who vows to kill some of the modern Muses to pare things down a bit. Of course, she wants to start with Vincent, who has flaunted the Muse rules by becoming visible to his artists -- most recently, Sylvia. We get a dual narrative -- Sylvia going about her high school life and trying to explore her new-found musical inspiration, interspersed with what's going on in the world of Muses. Vincent acts as kind of a bridge between the two. You'd have thought that this sort of holistic narration wouldn't leave many surprises to be discovered, but there are, in fact, plenty.
Overall, the general appeal of this book to me was the unique concept. I loved exploring this modern interpretation of the Greek Muses myth, and Sylvia's sensitive character and heavy musical themes just added to the joy of reading We Own the Sky. If you'd like to read something that blends mythology, modern music, and a Twilight-esque romance, then this book is for you.