Muse by Erin McFadden

Muse.jpgSynopsis: The Brotherhood of the Guardians has existed for thousands of years to serve a single purpose: the protection of Talents, the mortal descendants of the original nine Muses.

Twenty-one year-old Daniel Lyoncourt has trained his entire life to join the Guardians. Daniel is prepared to risk his life in order to keep his Talent safe, but when he’s assigned to nineteen year-old Anna Saint-James, he discovers that his life isn’t the only thing he could lose. Anna has no idea how special she is and knows nothing about her abilities. He must teach her to control her gifts, keep her safe, and hope that he can find a place in her life as something more than just her bodyguard.

All power comes at a price. Like all Talents, Anna must one day make a choice: lose all of her powers, or ascend to a higher plane, leaving behind everyone she loves.

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4 stars

Solid first book by Mrs. McFadden! And I love the cover.

I received this book from the author because she is super nice.  I would categorize this as a YA paranormal romance. It was a great, cute story.  I felt that the romance might have been rushed a little bit for the story within the time frame; but with extreme circumstances come extreme emotions so with that the book was consistent.

Totally appropriate for ages 14 and up I feel. The book had a very easy going flow as I read it and I really like Daniel.  He had this conflict within him where he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps but at the same time he didn’t want to become like his father and he struggled back and forth with that. I liked how she wrote the brotherhood as a bit archaic and old fashioned in that you were grandfathered in and only males were allowed to be guardians.  The reason I like that is because it opens the story up for more changes and development in the future.

Anna was a sweet girl; she didn’t have a mean bone in her body. She was very helpful to others, had great support from her friends and a loving family. The only thing that I found lacking was her self-confidence. But it was endearing, the insecurities that she had. They were normal teenage insecurities that we all have had growing up. Plus, she wasn’t too perfect because of them.

The story was pretty quick; I read it in a day.  A lot of things happened quickly, and there was a lot of violence near the end.  The story took a pretty big turn about 2/3 through so that was cool that I wasn’t able to predict it. I would totally recommend it; I’m probably going to read the next book because I want to know what happens.

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