Weekly Wrap Up: May 5th, 2019 through May 11th, 2019

Clicking on the link under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the link under Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on the link under Freebies I Scored (which were free at the time I got them.) will take you to Amazon, BookFunnel, or Prolific Works (I will say which one next to the title).


Books I’ve Read:

I Know You

Into the Shadows

Books with pending reviews:

Books with published reviews:

Little Darlings—review here

Into the Shadows—review here

A Safe Place—review here

Sunset Beach—review here

Then Came You—review here

Welcome the Little Children—review here

The Scent of Murder—review here

No Other Duke But You—review here

No Feelings Involved—review here

The Roads to Damascus—review here

NetGalley Haul:

A Highlander Walks into a Bar

The Duke Is But a Dream

Email Haul:

The Rumor

Fairy Ring: Changeling of Janderelle

Bending the Rules

The Woman He Knows

The Bridge of Little Jeremy

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of posting. Check the price before buying!!):

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

The Scent of Murder—Blog Tour

No Other Duke But You—Blog Tour

No Feelings Involved—Blog Tour

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

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Into the Shadows (The Shadow Vampire Trilogy: Book 1) by Sara Crawford

Into the Shadows: A Young Adult Paranormal Vampire Romance (The Shadow Vampires Trilogy Book 1) by [Crawford, Sara]

4 Stars

Publisher:

Date of publication: February 26th, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Series: The Shadow Vampire Trilogy

Into the Shadows—Book 1

Where you can find Into the Shadows: Amazon

Book synopsis:

Is Chloe ready to travel into the shadows?

Chloe Chastain thought the mysterious stranger from the internet was just another obsessed fan of her favorite vampire books, and she grew close to him, letting him see into her soul. When she discovered that he was the actual dangerous vampire, Theodore Dupont, from her favorite books, she vowed to forget him. 

After an encounter with her childhood bully goes horribly wrong, she knows Theodore is the only one she can turn to for help, and she travels to New Orleans to find him. As she learns all about the world of the vampires and her role in it, she tries to resist her connection with Theodore, but she’s not even sure if she wants to anymore. 

When she finds out how much is at stake for not only Theodore and herself, but the entire New Orleans supernatural community, she’s forced to make an impossible choice. 

Fans of The Vampire Diaries and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles will love this Southern gothic young adult vampire romance.


My review:

I am going to come out and say it: I am not a huge fan of PNR’s that feature vampire. Ever since the whole Twilight craze, I have steered clear of them. I like my vampires in the dark and evil. Not glittery and good (well goodish). So when I was approached to review Into the Shadows, I went back and forth about accepting the invite. I decided to accept the invite because of the blurb. Enough information was given to make me go “Hmmm.“

The plotline for Into the Shadows was simple. Chloe travels to New Orleans to meet her online friend, Theo. She met Theo through a forum dedicated to a series of vampire novels that she was obsessed with. When Chloe meets Theo, she finds out that Theo is Theodore Dupont, the dangerous vampire from the series. At that meeting, who and what she was and what she was to the supernatural community. There are choices to be made and battles to be fought. Will Chloe be able to adapt to her new reality?

As I was reading Into the Shadows, I was reminded of The Vampire Diaries. I could picture Theo as Damon and Chloe as Elena. But, the deeper I got into the book, the more those two characters took on their personalities.

I didn’t know how Chloe dealt with everything being thrown at her at once. I would have gone off the deep end. She was thrust into a world that she did not know about. And then to find out about her parents. It was awful. I didn’t blame her for going catatonic for two weeks. I did like her, though. She was strong and adaptable. I didn’t like that she was made into a blood whore, though. I thought it diminished her character. She was able to bounce back, but still.

I did like Theo. He didn’t live up to what Chloe imagined him to be. Which was a good thing, believe me on this. I do wish that the author went more into his background. His real background, not the one that the author embellished. I thought it was fascinating that his blood tasted like strawberries.

The secondary characters were well developed and brought an extra depth to the book. I loved Daliah and Chloe’s friendship. I did think that Chloe was right to question it, though. I was a bit iffy with Christine for 75% of the book. I thought that Thomas was a slimy jerk. He deserved what he got.

There is no sex in Into the Shadows. Which I was fine with. I liked seeing Theo and Chloe fall in love. It was refreshing to read without them jumping in bed every 5 mins.

The end of Into the Shadows was interesting. I’m not going to go much into it except to say that I want a Faerie. If you have read the book, then you understand why I said that. I also will say that the scene with Chloe’s parents was heartbreaking. Talk about trying not to cry in a public place (where I was reading the book). I snorted a couple of times trying to reign in my emotions. I will say that I was surprised at what was revealed in the last chapter. I can’t wait to see what the next book will bring!!


I would give Into the Shadows an Older Teen rating. There is no sex. There is violence. There is mild language. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

I would reread Into the Shadows. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**


Have you read Into the Shadows?

What are your thoughts on it?

Let me know!!

WWW Wednesday: May 8th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal:

Miss R: She had a ton going on this past week. First, she had Kindergarten Orientation. She got to play on the playground at the elementary school while I sat in a 30 min meeting. The next day, she had her first T-Ball game. She wasn’t motivated at all (which cracked me up). She walked the bases. She walked to get the ball. She covered her face with her glove. She played with her hat. You guys get the theme here…lol. Yesterday, she had her 2nd T-Ball game. I didn’t go because we had to divide and conquer.

Miss B: Out of the three kids, she was actually the least busy. Which was great because I had my hands full with the other two. She had a concert at LRU. It was her middle school, the other middle school, and the main highschool putting it on. Her middle school rocked!!! They headlined the concert (with a total of 5 pieces performed). So, yes, I am a proud band mama here :).

Mr Z: He had a busy week this week. Thursday, he went to the orthodontist and got a palate spreader installed. Yeah, he wasn’t happy about that. We also found out at that appointment that he’s to get 4 teeth pulled with more in the future. He goes in 2 weeks to get it done. Again, he’s not happy about that. Monday, his elementary school had a tour of the middle school. When he came home, we (and Miss R) went back to the middle school to sign him up for Orchestra. He’s playing the violin. We went home and then we went back at 6pm for his Parent Orientation.

Me: So, considering the week I’ve had since last Thursday, I am happy to be staying home tonight and relaxing. Then back to running around. Lucky me. I did forget to mention, last week, that my garden is up. We planted potatoes, onions, leeks, corn, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, cayenne pepper, lettuce, and cabbage. We also have a raspberry bush that is growing out of control and a strawberry plant that is already producing strawberries (plus BK planted 4 more in that general vicinity that are sprouting)

Reading/Reviews/Blog:

I didn’t read anything from my WWW from last week. I ended up rearranging my list. I have books that I need to read ASAP because, well, I forgot about them <wince>.

I have caught up with reviews. I can’t even begin to express how happy I am. Now, to keep it that way!!

I had to DNF a book this past week. Which I wasn’t happy about. I could not get into it. I couldn’t even get past the first chapter.

Nothing new going on with my blog. I’ve decided to leave well enough alone.


What I am currently reading:

Into the Shadows: A Young Adult Paranormal Vampire Romance (The Shadow Vampires Trilogy Book 1) by [Crawford, Sara]

click on the picture for the Amazon link

Is Chloe ready to travel into the shadows?

Chloe Chastain thought the mysterious stranger from the internet was just another obsessed fan of her favorite vampire books, and she grew close to him, letting him see into her soul. When she discovered that he was the actual dangerous vampire, Theodore Dupont, from her favorite books, she vowed to forget him. 

After an encounter with her childhood bully goes horribly wrong, she knows Theodore is the only one she can turn to for help, and she travels to New Orleans to find him. As she learns all about the world of the vampires and her role in it, she tries to resist her connection with Theodore, but she’s not even sure if she wants to anymore. 

When she finds out how much is at stake for not only Theodore and herself, but the entire New Orleans supernatural community, she’s forced to make an impossible choice. 

Fans of The Vampire Diaries and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles will love this Southern gothic young adult vampire romance.


I recently finished reading:

A Safe Place (The Devereux Family Book 1) by [Watson, Margaret]

click on the picture for the Amazon link

Tough, tender-hearted Frankie Devereux doesn’t have time to babysit a smooth-talking football player who’s supposed to be doing community service at her after-school center for troubled teens. She’s dealing with serious stuff – gang problems, a homeless pregnant girl and scraping together enough money to keep her center open. 

But when a dark secret from her past threatens Frankie and the existence of her program, Cal tries to step up and help. But with his career on the line, which will he choose? Football? Or Frankie and her vulnerable kids? 


What books I think I’ll read next? (click on the pictures for Amazon links)

I Know You: A gripping suspense thriller with a heart-stopping twist by [Therme, Erik]

Sisters Bree and Alissa Walker share a special bond. Neglected by their parents, they have always looked out for one another. But one day, sixteen-year-old Alissa goes missing. When Bree discovers her green backpack with all her belongings, abandoned on the steps of their run-down trailer, she knows that something bad has happened …

Then she receives a chilling text message. Someone has Alissa. But Bree will have to give up something very precious in exchange.

Desperate to save Alissa, Bree looks at everyone close to their family. She’s sure that Alissa’s best friend is keeping something back about her little sister and a boy at school, and why has their estranged uncle, who they’ve not seen in years, been hanging around again?

It soon becomes clear that the person behind the message knows a lot about the dark truths within the Walker family and will go to any lengths to get revenge. And as the search for Alissa continues, Bree discovers something about her brother Tyler that she wishes she hadn’t, a dangerous secret, which is also the key to bringing her little sister back home …

Stolen Gypsy by [Horton-Newton, Elizabeth]

“Her parents are dead. The government has failed her. Now she doesn’t even know who she is. Terza Blackstone is rescued by handsome Irishman Tristan Devlin and that begins the search for her true identity. When everything you thought was yours has been stolen from you, there’s only one thing to do. Steal it all back. What do gypsies, the Witness Protection Program, a drug cartel, and a young girl running for her life have in common?”

 

Touch of Smoke by [Laurel, Karissa]

Three years ago, Rikki Albemarle watched her best friend die at the hands of a supernatural evil. Certain she was slated to be the next victim, Rikki fled her small Smoky Mountain hometown, vowing to never come back. Plagued by nightmares and knowing she’s the only one who believes Mina’s death was no accident, Rikki returns with hopes of finding answers and holding the killer accountable.

Rikki is convinced the key to unlocking the secret of Mina’s death lies with Owen Amir, the alluring young army vet who once claimed her heart. But the deeper Rikki digs into Owen’s past, the more she’s torn between the urgings of her heart and her memories of him on the night Mina died.

After falling further into the rabbit hole, Rikki lands at the feet of an ancient and powerful evil determined to finish what it started years before. To survive, she’ll have to make a decision: believe Owen is the monster she always feared he might be or trust him enough to stay and fight for a second chance at love.

Realm by [Weis, Alexandrea]

Based on a true story.

When her homeland is conquered by the mighty Alexander the Great, Roxana—the daughter of a mere chieftain—is torn from her simple life and thrown into a world of war and intrigue.

Terrified, the sixteen-year-old girl of renowned beauty is brought before the greatest ruler the world has ever known. Her life is in his hands; her future his to decide.

Without formal education or noble blood, Roxana is chosen by the Greek conqueror to be his bride. Soon she comes to know profound happiness and unyielding desire in her warrior’s arms.

However, being the king’s consort comes at a heavy price. To survive her husband’s treacherous kingdom, she must endure continuous warfare, deadly plots, jealous rivals, victory-hungry generals, and the stigma of being a barbarian. Persian blood will keep her from claiming the grandest title of all—queen—but her reign will seal the fate of an empire.

History tells his story. This is hers.

An Indigo Wind (The Four Book 2) by [Watson, Margaret]

Firefighter Gianna Fallon struggles to hide her unusual talents – especially her ability to control fire. But when she and Callan Doyle are tasked with taking down a compound creating warriors with superpowers, both will need every tool they possess. 

Callan Doyle, surfer and former SEAL, hates what happened when he began receiving the mysterious injections that changed who he was. Still, he’ll use those changes to help destroy that compound. 

But a powerful evil hides in plain sight in the compound, making their task more treacherous. As a net slowly surrounds them, can they neutralize the evil in the compound before the net pulls tight and evil eliminates them?

Weekly Wrap-Up: March 3rd through March 9th, 2019

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads):

Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by [Jamieson, Kelly]
An Unfortunate Dimension by [Schunker, Dominic]
The Lich's Heart (The Windhaven Chronicles) by [Davis, Watson]

Books with pending reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to Amazon):

Inspection: A Novel by [Malerman, Josh]

Play to Win—review coming March 19th, 2019

Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by [Jamieson, Kelly]

The Lich’s Heart—review coming March 14th, 2019

The Lich's Heart (The Windhaven Chronicles) by [Davis, Watson]

Springtime at Hope Cottage—review coming March 5th, 2019

Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]

Between the Lies—review coming March 5th, 2019

Between the Lies by [Adams, Michelle]

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to Amazon):

An Unfortunate Dimension by [Schunker, Dominic]
Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story (Sweetwater Springs Book 2) by [Rains, Annie]
Ice Hot: A New York Nighthawks Novel by [Goodwin, Tracy]
Between the Lies by [Adams, Michelle]

NetGalley Haul:

Rogue Most Wanted (The Cavensham Heiresses Book 5) by [MacGregor, Janna]
I Know You: A gripping suspense thriller with a heart-stopping twist by [Therme , Erik]
Bright Burning Stars by [Small, A.K.]
Realm by [Weis, Alexandrea]

Email Haul:

The Goal (Off-Campus Book 4) by [Kennedy, Elle]
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Caught on Camera: Part one: Gay Romance by [Harlem, Lily]
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Fatal Lies by [Luciani, Kristen]
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Until You Set Me Free: Book 1 in the Until You Series by [Davis, D.M.]
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Blue Angel (The Doyle Sister Series Book 2) by [Kelly, Kristen]
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Into the Shadows: A Young Adult Paranormal Vampire Romance (The Shadow Vampire Trilogy Book 1) by [Crawford, Sara]

Freebies I Scored:

Rescued By A Viscount (Regency Rakes Book 2) by [Vella, Wendy]
Stripped From You: (Prequal to Strip Me Bare) by [Never, M.]
From BookFunnel
The Brawny Billionaire (Clean Billionaire Beach Club Romance Book 2) by [Johnson, Elana, Bay, Getaway]
From Amazon
The Brainy Billionaire (Clean Billionaire Beach Club Romance Book 1) by [Johnson, Elana, Bay, Getaway]
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What Fate Portends (The Frost Arcana Book 1) by [Coulson, Clara]
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Her Husband's Harlot (Mayhem in Mayfair Book 1) by [Callaway, Grace]
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The Last Man in London (Rogues and Gentlemen Book 9) by [Leech, Emma V]
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Turn the Tide by [Ruggle, Katie, Anders, Adriana, Rushdan, Juno, Mann, Connie]
From Amazon
When Love Comes (Diamond Creek, Alaska Novels Book 1) by [Croix, J.H.]
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Flirting With Death: The Hunted Series: A short story by [Winters, Ali]
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Game Player by [Harvey, BJ]
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Such a Clever Deception: A Stolen Tears Prequel by [Pearson, Cortney]
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Shade (Shade Series, #1)
From Prolific Works
Relics and Runes: A Limited Edition Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Anthology by [Adkins, Heather Marie, Dawn, CK, Etherton, Tameri, Lane, Amir, Ember, N.J., Wilson, Muffy, Flinthart, Aiki, Schlag, Jennifer Ann, Hogan, Mirren, French, Lee, Swain, Kimbra , Shand, Tiffany , Jenkins, Robyn]
From Amazon
By Twilight (Vampire Delights Book 1) by [Kallysten]
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The Other by [Peake, Marilyn]
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Curse of the Fae Queen by [Castel, Delia]
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Perfection Unleashed (Double Helix Book 1) by [Kerrion, Jade, Helix, Double]
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Wiccan Wars by [Adkins, Heather Marie]
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The Forever Girl: A New Adult Paranormal Romance Novel (The Forever Girl Series Book 1) by [Hamilton, Rebecca]
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Lord of Pleasure: Regency Romance Novel (Rogues to Riches Book 2) by [Ridley, Erica]
BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON: RISE OF THE ARKANSAS WEREWOLVES by [Vaughn, Jodi]
From BookFunnel
A Wanton Woman (Mail Order Bride of Slate Springs Book 1) by [Vale, Vanessa]
From Amazon
Finding Cory (Island Escapes Book 1) by [Lynch, Caitlyn]
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Flow (The Flow Series Book 1) by [Littlemore, Clare]
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Mate's Baby: Royal Dragon Curse by [Gabriel, Lola]
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From BookFunnel (No link)
Alien Warrior's Captive Bride: A SciFi Alien Romance by [Wells, Juno]
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Giveaways/Contests I entered:

The Do Not Disturb Book Club Spring Into Books Giveaway

Yoga Retreat in Your Living Room Sweepstakes

Cover Reveals/Blog Tours:

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (The Muse Chronicles: Book 2) by Sara Crawford

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

5 Stars

Publishers: 

Date of publication: November 30th, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Series: The Muse Chronicles

We Own the Sky – Book 1 (review here)

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – Book 2

Where you can find Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

To find her Muse, she must first find herself. 

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?

My review:

In my experience, books that come 2nd in a series usually fall short of my expectations. But, there are those rare books that live up to the first book. Sometimes, they even exceed it. This is the case with Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

I couldn’t read this book fast enough. I was caught up in Sylvia’s struggle to keep her mental health. I was caught up in the Muses’ issues. I was plain caught up in the book. It was that good.

I want to say that the author had a note at the beginning of the book and I loved that she included it. She said that you can find playlists for the songs in the book on Spotify, YouTube, and Amazon Music. So, do what I did. Make a list of artists/songs and make a playlist. I wish I had read the book while listening to it.

Hurry Up. We’re Dreaming was not like We Own the Sky. This book focused on Sylvia and her struggle to keep up her mental health. Vincent and the Muses’ issues were there but the majority of the book was about Sylvia.

The music is gone from Sylvia’s life. Since she has gotten home from Riverview, she has not listened to music, discussed music or played music. My heart broke for her. She was not the vibrant person that I loved in the last book. She was flat, almost dull. I didn’t think that she would ever come out of it. When she did, I wanted to cheer. Actually, I think I might have whispered “Yes” because I was reading in bed.

I loved how the book focused on her fractured relationships and how she repaired them. The one that got to me the most was her relationship with her father. He was hurting because she was hurting and he didn’t know how to reach or comfort her. The breakdown he had towards the end of the book made me cry. As a parent, I related to what he said. I didn’t relate to how he handled it, though.

Her relationships with her friends were more difficult to repair. Trust had been broken and Sylvia had to build up trust again. I liked how the author took the quietest person in Sylvia’s group and started the friendship rebuilding there. The one friend that I felt Sylvia shouldn’t have let back in was Bianca. Bianca rubbed me the wrong way most of the book. She was self-absorbed and I didn’t feel that she added anything to the story.

I thought that the Muses’ storyline was excellent also. Like I stated in my last review, I get where Clio is coming from. If I had woken up from a 500-year sleep to see what she saw, I would have taken action too. I wouldn’t have gone the way she did but she did think she was doing good. I did get a Hunger Games type vibe when they got the Earth Muses from NYC together. Well, an artsy Hunger Games type vibe.

I thought that Vann made the perfect villain. He was a disturbed person before he was turned in Book 1. In Book 2, he became even more unhinged. I was not surprised when he did what he did. It went perfectly with his personality. I am surprised that he gave up on the search for Sylvia so quickly and easily, though. But considering what happened in NYC and what happened after NYC, I got it. He had bigger fish to fry.

Vincent drove me nuts. He seesawed between wanting to see Sylvia and keeping away from her. At one point, I was like “Make up your mind!!!“. I still loved him but man, he needed to stick to a plan. In the end, though, it was Vincent that helped Sylvia remember who she was. When they finally got back together, my heart went all mushy.

The end of the book was a huge surprise. HUGE. While I saw some things coming, I most definitely see what happened coming. I cannot wait to read book 3!! I need to find out what happens!!!

What I liked about Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming:

A) Strong storylines

B) Relatable characters

C) Excellent world and character building

What I disliked about Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming:

A) How Sylvia’s father handled her issues after she got out of Riverview.

B) Bianca. She drove me nuts.

C). Vincent seesawing back and forth between not seeing Sylvia and seeing her.

I would give Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming a rating of Older Teen. There is no sex. There is kissing but nothing else. There is mild violence. There is language. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

There are triggers in this book. They are mention of past drug use, alcoholism, mental illness, and bullying. If you are triggered by any of these, I suggest not to read the book.

This is a book that I would recommend to family and friends. I would give them a heads up about the triggers. I would definitely reread this book.

I would like to thank Sara Crawford for allowing me to read and review Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

All opinions stated in this review of Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming are mine.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

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

We Own the Sky (The Muse Chronicles #1)

4 Stars

Publisher: 

Date of publication: August 15th, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

Series: The Muse Chronicles

We Own the Sky – Book 1

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – Book 2

Where you can find We Own the Sky: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.

My review:

I have read a few books are centered around Greek mythology. Some have been horribad, some have been eh, and others great. We Own the Sky falls into the great category. I thought that it was a different and original take on the myth of the Muses.

We Own the Sky’s plot is original and sad at times. Sylvia is a 16-year-old musician who happens to see flickering people. That bit of information she keeps to herself because of her past mental health issues. So when one of the flickering people talk to her, she is shocked. Her shock turns to awe when Vincent tells her that the myths about the Muses are real and that he is an Earthly Muse. The same time that Sylvia and Vincent’s relationship turns to love, one of the Original Muses awakens from a 500-year sleep. Angered by what she finds, Clio decides that a culling of the Earthly Muses is needed. Starting with Vincent. At the same time, Sylvia’s world is rocked and not in a good way.

I loved how the author handled alcoholism, substance abuse and mental illness in We Own the Sky. They were written about realistically. Mental illness, substance abuse, and alcoholism are often written like there is a magical cure. That everything will be alright after the addict stops using/drinking or when the person with mental illness is put on medication. That is so far from the truth it isn’t funny. Like in the book, there are setbacks. There is rehab. There are interventions. We Own the Sky showed the messy side that most authors will not write about.

I liked and pitied Sylvia. She had dealt with so much in her life. Her mother OD’d when she was younger. Her father, a junkie, and alcoholic spiraled down until he hit rock bottom and went into rehab. Sylvia herself did a stint in rehab. Not for addiction but because she was depressed. I wanted to give her a hug. Writing in her journal and playing music was her solace. I loved her surprise when she realized that the flickering people weren’t a figment of her imagination.

I didn’t know what to think about Vincent. I know his sole purpose was to inspire his charges but to fall in love with each one of them? Uggh, typical guy…lol. What he did to his last charge was horrendous. I don’t know how Sylvia wasn’t scared off by it when he told her. I did think he did the right thing by not going near Sylvia after Clio started her rampage.

When Clio was introduced, I could understand why she felt the way she did. She was used to inspiring a few people by whispering in their ears. But now, in the age of the internet, anyone could be an artist and that bothered her. I also understood her anger at Urania. She was the one left awake for 500 years and in Clio’s mind, she should have put a stop to it instead of encouraging it. But I don’t understand why it pushed her over the edge. Because what she did after she had that dagger was very unMusely.

That brings me to the biggest issue I had in the book. If Urania knew that Clio was that unstable, why did she ask another Muse to create a room to hide it. Why didn’t she hide it and not tell anyone? That didn’t make sense to me. But then again, if she did that, then Clio wouldn’t have trapped her, gotten the dagger, and started her rampage.

The storyline with Sylvia’s mother bothered me too. I didn’t understand why she was brought into the book so late and why the author chose to have her do a 180. But, it made perfect sense once everything was brought together at the end of the book. Of course, there was a twist in her storyline that made me go “Shut upwhen it was revealed

The storyline with Sylvia’s friends was pretty rough. The only one who actually wanted to be her friend was Bianca. Everyone else talked to her because of her father owning a bar that plays live music. I kind of wanted to smack Travis and Ryan when Sylvia was butt dialed. Talk about jerks. But Travis did end up being a true friend in the end. It takes a true friend to do what he did.

The romance part of We Own the Sky was actually very sweet. Sylvia was heads over heels for Vincent. She fell hard for him. He was also heads over heels for her. Which is what made the end of the book so hard to read.

There is no sex in We Own the Sky. At least I don’t think there is. Vincent slept in Sylvia’s bed a few times and they kissed. I didn’t get the feeling that anything happened between them other than kissing. If it did, it was so vaguely written that even I didn’t catch it.

The end of We Own the Sky made me cry. It was heartbreaking on so many levels. It was not a happy ending. I cried for Sylvia. She got the rough end of the stick. I liked that there was an epilogue and I loved that the chapter of the next book was included. I am very interested in reading Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

What I liked about We Own the Sky:

A) Greek mythology. Loved that the Muses were used

B) Addiction/substance abuse/mental illness were correctly portrayed

C) Sylvia and Vincent’s romance

What I disliked about We Own the Sky:

A) Vincent falling in love on a dime. Every person he mentored, he fell for.

B) Urania knowing Clio was unstable and not hiding the dagger where only she knew where it was.

C) The storyline with Sylvia’s mother.

I would give We Own the Sky an Older Teen rating. There is mild violence (mostly Clio and nothing graphic, just implied), mild language. There are no sexual situations. Vincent and Sylvia do kiss but I believe that it stopped there. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

There are trigger warnings in We Own the Sky. They are drug use, alcoholism, talk of suicide, talk of OD‘ing, talk of depression and talk of rehab. If you are triggered by any of these, I would suggest not to read the book.

I would recommend We Own the Sky to family and friends. I would include a note on the trigger warnings. This is a book that I would read again.

I would like to thank Sara Crawford for allowing me to read and review We Own the Sky.

All opinions stated on We Own the Sky are mine.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**