We Own The Sky is an urban fantasy novel by Sara Crawford. I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review and I really enjoyed it. This book sucked me in and I can’t even figure out why.
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.
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- Suicide attempts/thoughts
- Addictions to alcohol/other drugs
- Tiny bit of possible sexual assault
This books was unlike anything I usually choose to read but especially for the first half of the book I found myself weirdly obsessed with this story. It was very likable and the plot flowed easily. This was very much a slice of life type story with relatively slow pacing so if you’re someone who needs a book to have super quick pacing this probably isn’t for you.
The fantasy aspect of this book was muses inspired by Ancient Greek mythology that inspire all different types of art across the world. There were the nine original muses, and then there were “human muses” who were human artists who had died and been kept in the world to inspire other artists. I found the concept interesting, and the way it was described and revealed was realistic.
I did have a few questions about whether humans could create good art on their own or whether they all needed a muse. I was also curious as to whether all the artists who became muses were ones with muses themselves, which I would guess yes? but … makes it seem like humans have no artistic ability intrinsically. I would also be interested to find out whether some muses were better than others and could inspire better art, and whether this was reliant on their artistic abilities and accomplishments when they were alive.
Overall, I liked the dynamics between the high school students. The way their friendships developed and evolved and the little dramas that happened and were resolved were so realistic and I really liked it. The characters weren’t super mature or good at making rational decisions, they were teenagers and you could tell.
I liked that this book didn’t shy away from talking about the way teenagers interact with alcohol and sex. I am not really the best judge of this, but from what I could tell the way these things popped up and were mentioned was realistic and similar to how it would happen in the real world. Teenage pregnancies and the repercussions of that were also mentioned as were topics such as mental health. I especially liked how none of theses things were specifically focused on, they were just there.
The main character Sylvia wasn’t really someone I could relate to, but she was someone I enjoyed learning about. She was very passionate about music, and a massive part of this book revolved around her playing music or listening to music and there were heaps of references to bands and musicians (some of whom I even recognized).
Sylvia was also quite isolated, she had loose connections to a few people but at the start of the book she didn’t really have anyone in her world other than her father. In a way this was very realistic of her personality and past, but I do kind of feel like she would have had a few more connections to other people.
I kind of couldn’t really bring myself to absolutely love Vincent. This novel does have quite a strong romance plot and he was the obvious love interest from the first second he appeared. In terms of personality, he was really bad at communicating things. We got a lot of chapters where we as the reader learnt things about what was going on in Vincent’s life, and there was a lot going on in terms of plot however Vincent NEVER relayed any of that information to Sylvia which left her completely in the dark. She didn’t even know half the drama that was going on, and when she asked about it Vincent downplayed how serious the matter was and just didn’t explain what was going on. That really bugged me.
Other than that, Vincent had limited character development. He did have a past and things he was fighting for, but he didn’t really have personality traits. He wasn’t hot headed or introspective or excitable or humorous, he was just there. That was kind of annoying.
He was there, and he was a part of the plot, which was better than nothing. The things he did were justified, and I did feel like his character was realistic. However he was missing a lot and I really wanted to see him be there consistently. I feel like him missing was a part of the plot (a pretty typical YA trope) and although it felt realistic and believable of his character I still would have liked more of him.
Cassie, Bianca, Ryan and Travis
These were the other high school students. I really liked Bianca and her relationships with all the other characters. She really represented the idea that teenagers are a mess and they are very…drifty (I have forgotten the word but like noncommittal).
Cassie… what can I even say. She did feel like kind of like a token diverse character thrown in there which I didn’t like. She had no real personality and I felt like there was a discussion that could have been had that really wasn’t brought up regarding that key aspect of her identity. I did like that it was included though.
Ryan was also a favorite of mine, not that I actually liked his personality but because I liked what he represented. Ryan wasn’t a good person, he was a horrible person who was slowly growing. And that’s what being a teenager is about. I actually loved how Sylvia really didn’t like him the whole time but they still hung out in a group. And they even came to a point of understanding where they could get along well enough. I really liked that.
Travis… what can I say… I liked that Sylvia shut down any ideas of this developing into a love triangle pretty early on. They were friends, they played music together, and that was that. He was kind of lacking in development, and some events that happened at the end of the book didn’t necessarily feel unrealistic but they were a bit out of character in my mind. Like they were justifiable, but kind of unexpected.
The romance was definitely the biggest plot. It wasn’t really one I was super interested in. It developed well for the first half of the book, but at the end it felt a bit rushed. I feel like the characters didn’t go into full on “you’re my true love” mode but it got a bit close for my liking.
Additionally, the things that happened at the end were kind of annoying. It was a bit rushed, and mostly a result of bad communication previously. It did however have me on the edge of my seat so I’d say job well done. This book ended in a massive cliff hanger, like there was basically nothing wrapped up. I feel like there’s a difference between having high tension at the end of a book and having no closure from the conflict which this book kind of struggled with. I was left feeling unfulfilled.
The plot of the muses was a lot more interesting to me. I really liked this plot although it seemed to take a backseat to the romance a lot of the time. It was massively sped up at the end and I do wish there was more of a focus on this plot. I loved the villain of this plot, and I felt like she was someone I could totally end up being myself. The things she was fighting for were things I could kind of agree with even if her means to that end wasn’t great.
There is only one cover for this book but its an amazing one. I mean look at this cover guys.
I love the colours and the font and the silhouette of Sylvia sitting at the keyboard.
The only bit I don’t love is the image of Vincent… but I guess this is a romance novel so it kind of should be there.
- I really like Greek mythology and the way this book used it was so unique
- The real topics covered and talked about
- Sylvia’s passion for music
- Honestly I loved Sylvia as a person
- The high school vibe
- The beginning really hooked me
- Bianca!!! She was probably my favorite character
- Everything Ryan represented
- The pacing was so fast, I sped through this book in days and I was thinking about the story even when I wasn’t reading
- The references to popular culture and music even though I missed a lot of them
- Vincent’s lack of ability to communicate
- Vincent’s lack of personality
- I wanted more of Sylvia’s dad
- The ending felt rushed
- I kind of wanted more world building… I want to know what is going on with the other gods and goddesses
- Cassie felt like a token diverse character and I wanted more personality from her
- A lot of the plot resulted from bad communication
- There was not much closure at the end, it was basically a massive cliff hanger and I am not happy about that, I can’t wait.
Nymph by Tonya Alexandra
- Both feature Greek Mythology used uniquely and both have heavy romance plots
- I didn’t like Nymph that much because the romance was unrealistic and there was limited other plot but We Own The Sky didn’t have those problems
Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington
- They both bring up ideas of mental health in similar ways (although Between The Lives tackles this a bit more directly)
- The romances have kind of similar progressions, although I was completely invested in the romance in Between the Lives and it left me in tears whereas We Own The Sky I am a bit less invested
Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking
- Both urban fantasy / kind of paranormal romance (a genre that I don’t read much of)
- I absolutely adored reading both the Trylle Trilogy and We Own The Sky
- The Trylle trilogy has a bit less of a romance heavy plot