Title: Muse Unexpected
Author: V.C. Birlidis
“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.
I still find it very hard to make up my mind about this this book. There were so many aspects about it that I loved, but almost just as many that annoyed me!
First things first: I loved the world setting and the idea behind the book. A book about muses and mythology?! Well, that got my attention! I can honestly say that I´ve never read anything like that before, and I´ve read quite a lot in my young life... This is a really interesting and exciting new take on this genre and I´m really liking it!
Then the characters. And here I will probably have a few people that disagree with me completly. I liked Sophie, don´t get me wrong, but more than just a few times I wished I could reach through the pages and slap her. Many people liked that she acts like a "real" teenager, but I did not feel it. I mostly felt annoyed with her behaviour in the beginning, which fortunately changed once she accepted her fate.
With Muse Unexpected you get a cryptic and mysterious story that is most of the time pretty fast-paced and keeps you glued to the pages. I felt like the author used this first book in order to introduce the whole world-setting and overall story. I´m pretty sure Birlidis has more in stock for this series and I´m sure I will be pretty eager to jump back into this series!
The Yearning Mermaid says:" If you are a fan of mythology and tired of the typical angel/vampire/werewolf stories, then you should try this series! Something different altogether!
V.C. Birlidis was born and raised in Miami, Florida and has always been involved in the arts. He attended the New World School of the Arts and was a member of The Miami Ballet.
Mr. Birlidis moved to Ohio to attend college where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications from Capital University. He currently is the Director of Marketing at one of the top midwest advertising agencies, SBC Advertising. He has freelanced as a writer for Outlook News and Tickled Pink Magazine, where he wrote a comical advice column named Ask V.
Five years in the making and inspired by the numerous Greek myths his father would utilize as demented bed time stories, Muse, Unexpected is Mr. Birlidis’ first novel. It is the first book in his Muse series.