I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Muse Unexpected by V.C. Birlidis
Published by Crescent Moon Press on January 15th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
"We're Muses. Not vampires, not fairies, not werewolves. We're Muses." Sophie was sure her mother had reached an epic level of crazy. ‘We're Muses?' She thought Muses were lame, not to mention she found the idea ridiculous. However, Sophie couldn't explain away her physical transformation that made Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries look like a bad Walmart make-over, not to mention why her mood swings triggered an uncontrollable ability to shoot powerful bursts of energy out of her hands.
Sophie soon realizes modern day Muses have evolved into powerful guardians of humankind, tasked with keeping mortals on the right path and the original Olympians locked away from the world. But old hatreds don't die easily, especially for immortal enemies that have an eternity to plot and gather their forces. Well aware of the Fates' foretelling of another Olympian war, and a young Muse that would rise up as a warrior and defeat them, the Olympians have vowed to either possess Sophie or destroy her. Either way, they will make sure everyone associated with their imprisonment will reap an eternal damnation in the Underworld, leaving the Olympians to restore Mount Olympus and force humankind into a future of never-ending servitude and misery.
As a lover of mythology I hoped I would get into this and I did wind up enjoying the overall story but there were a few things that caught me as weird…
First, my likes: Sophia! I really enjoyed reading about her. She is a normal teenager and never did I feel like her part of the story was forced. She had WHAT THE moments just like an average teenager would but she also got over those moments quickly.
The plot was also quite interesting. I love how V.C. Birdilis was able to put all of this Greek mythology into a book. Especially since these are stories I’ve grown up hearing but never once did I feel the mythology portion was forced. It came out beautifully.
Dislikes: The beginning of the story was a bit slow for me. When we meet Georgia I feel like the story slowed. There was just so much between her and her daughter and they went on and on. Yes it would happen in real life but do I want to read about it? Not really. Besides, Georgia just got on my nerves. This is one character I disliked from the beginning and just never fully came around to accepting.
There were other parts in the story where I found myself thinking about other things or drifting off or and I’d have to go back and reread a paragraph or an entire page. Fortunately these are few but whew when it happened I had to smack myself to wake up. Being that this is the first book I understand that V.C. Birdilis had to explain quite a bit but I think some of this could have been edited and readers still would have got the overall plot.
But overall the story was good. Being a first in a series is always going to prove difficult but this ended with me wanting to read more!