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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
We Own the Sky by Sara Crawford is the first book in The Muse Chronicles. Music has always been in Sylvia Baker's blood. Her father is a musician and her strongest supporter. As an outsider, she never felt that she fitted in, but things start looking up when she reconnects with an old friend and bonds with an upcoming band. Her life finally resembles something normal until one of the flickering people she sees, that no one else can see, talks to her. She meets her Muse, Vincent, who inspires her to find her own voice and captures her heart. Their budding romance is in jeopardy when one of the original Muses, Clio, awakens with an agenda that could destroy the life Sylvia has built.
Sara Crawford has a unique perspective on the Muses, exploring the society of artists and musicians. The story is real and gritty, with stunning characters and vivid details. Crawford has a true talent for capturing emotion through every moment of Sylvia's journey. Sylvia is an open and vulnerable character who is compassionate and reserved. While We Own the Sky has a love story woven throughout, it's Sylvia's coming of age story that's at the heart. She had a rough upbringing with a mom who left her as a child and a dad with a past history of addiction. It's nice to see her embrace her own voice as she connects with Vincent and finds her own inspiration.
Sylvia experiences a lot of trepidation, struggling with depression and loneliness. She's a real person with real struggles and this makes her even more likable. She slowly comes out of her shell with music as her strongest Muse in her life, connecting her with friends and giving her a new beginning that's just for herself. A stunning read that's heartbreaking and endearing. We Own the Sky is an emotional journey from beginning to end that explores real issues set in a gritty world of art and music.