Review of Muse by Brittany Cavallaro

Posted January 23, 2021 by Kaity in Book Review, Reviews / 0 Comments

Happy Saturday and welcome to my review of Muse by Brittany Cavallaro! I LOVED this book so much, and I’m ridiculously happy to share my review with all of you today! Read on to find my review and favorite quotes, plus more information about the book and author! And now without any further ado, let’s get to the review!

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review of Muse by Brittany CavallaroMuse by Brittany Cavallaro
Series: Muse #1
Published on February 2, 2021 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: YA, Alternate History, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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American Royals meets The Winner’s Curse in the first book of bestselling author Brittany Cavallaro’s new duology, set in an alternate history American monarchy where a girl grapples for control of her own life in the middle of a looming war.
The year is 1893, and war is brewing in the First American Kingdom. But Claire Emerson has a bigger problem. While her father prepares to reveal the mighty weapon he’s created to showcase the might of their province, St. Cloud, in the World’s Fair, Claire is crafting a plan to escape.
Claire’s father is a sought-after inventor, but he believes his genius is a gift, granted to him by his daughter’s touch. He’s kept Claire under his control for years. As St. Cloud prepares for war, Claire plans to claim her life for herself, even as her best friend, Beatrix, tries to convince her to stay and help with the growing resistance movement that wants to see a woman on the throne. At any cost.
When her father’s weapon fails to fire on the fair’s opening day, Claire is taken captive by Governor Remy Duchamp, St. Cloud’s young, untried ruler. Remy believes that Claire’s touch bestows graces he’s never had, and with his governing power weakening and many political rivals planning his demise, Claire might be his only and best ally. But the last thing that Claire has ever wanted is to be someone else’s muse. Still, affections can change as quickly as the winds of war. And Claire has a choice to make: Will she quietly remake her world from the shadows—or bring it down in flames?

Sometimes I don’t have a whole lot to say about books, so I’ve created Rapid Fire Reviews as a quick and fun way to get my opinion out without repeating myself and boring you! Here we go!

did i like it?

OH MY STARS I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!! alternate history is my FAVORITE FAVORITE genre, so I had high hopes going into this, and I think even I was surprised by how much I LOVED this book!

favorite character?

Mostly Claire? But I also LOVED Beatrix, and I want to like Remy, but I’m not sure if I trust him yet…

will i re-read it?

YES! I can’t wait for the next book, and I’ll definitely re-read this one before I read the next one!

three words to describe the book

magic, agency, wonder

quick thoughts

you know when you just love a book so much that you can’t even really form the words to talk about how much you love it? yeah, that’s how I feel about this book.

okay, so I love the IDEA of this cover. and I love my edit of this cover, which changes the colors from blue and orange to purple and pink. just looking at the cover, I would expect it to be a lot more space age scifi than magical steampunk scifi? so today’s rating is…

8/10 stars!!!

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Brittany Cavallaro is the New York Times bestselling author of the Charlotte Holmes novels, including A Study in Charlotte and, most recently, A Question of Holmes (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books). With Emily Henry, she is the author of Hello Girls (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books). Muse, the first novel in a historical fantasy duology, releases in February 2021. Cavallaro is also the author of the poetry collections Girl-King and Unhistorical, both from University of Akron Press. A recipient of a National Endowment in the Arts fellowship, she received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her PhD in English literature from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Currently, she teaches creative writing at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.

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Have you read this wonderful book yet? Do you love it as much as I do? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!

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