**I was sent a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions that follow are my own.
Title: We Own the Sky
Author: Sara Crawford
Publishing year: 2017
Genre: urban fantasy, young adult
Goodreads synopsis: 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.
A semi-finalist in the “All the Feels” category in the Young Adult Books Central 2017 Awards
My thoughts: I haven’t read a ton of urban fantasy. I get worried about that genre that the magic or fantastical elements will feel forced on the characters and the reader, but the magical elements in We Own the Sky were really well done! It didn’t feel forced at all.
This was so much fun to read! It was so different and original, and I love the treatment of Greek muses in this story! It really did Greek mythology and muses justice.
I flew through this book! I just couldn’t get enough. The plot moves very smoothly and fluidly so I really appreciated that it didn’t drag or have any slow chapters.
The characters were all very real and have depth to them. There are some depression/suicidal trigger warnings in this book so please be mindful of that before you read. Sometimes when books feature characters with mental illness, they do a poor job of describing/shining negative light on these ailments. I did not feel the author did that with the main character’s depression. It was all very relatable and the main character also seems to have breakthroughs with her depression which I really appreciated those moments. It showed that this is an ailment that people can overcome and rise above.
I really loved all of the different personalities of the muses and really enjoyed having some of the chapters be from their point of view. Even though Sylvia is our main character, the story is not always from her point of view. I felt like this kept the story fresh and moving.
I also loved the musical aspect of this book. You can really tell by the way music is described in this book that not only Sylvia, but the author Sara Crawford has a deep passion for music. The songs that were mentioned are fantastic and some of my favorites! I love reading other people’s writing with that much passion! You can just feel her love of music leaping off the page.
I was very impressed overall with this book! Like I said, I don’t read urban fantasy very much but I am glad to have read and enjoyed this one. I look forward to reading the second book: Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.