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Review: MUSE by Erin McFadden

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Muse (Descended From Myth #1)
by Erin McFadden

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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★★★★★: Awesome!!! I really loved this book! (Highly recommended)

Daniel had worked all his life to be the great Watcher he was destined to be. But he had second thoughts when he finally learned who he would be watching over. Anna was breathtakingly beautiful and he assumed it was only a matter of time before he became blind in love and be like his father and would leave his family soon. Of course, this devastated his mom a whole lot, but then what choice did they have?

Anna was working her way up to success. But she didn’t have confidence in herself. She’s not even aware that she got the Influence. That she was a Talent. Because she was adopted and she never had the chance to spend her lifetime with biological parents. Daniel would have to work overtime to convince her that he’s the real deal and that she’s got a lot in her plate, a lot more than meets the eye. Things got out of hand when Anna was abducted and used to work her power on other people. Daniel must find a way to save her, even if it would cost his life.

Mind control, thought pusher, compulsion, persuader. This. Was. Mind-blowing! These are the words that ran through my mind while reading Muse, and now, I think I’m going to include Influence in that list. My mind worked seamlessly while devouring Anna and Daniel’s one-of-a-kind relationship, and I thought I could never get enough of them.

Oh gosh, I think Erin McFadden is a genius! I loved how she built this world of Talents and Guardians and Watchers and made me realize the mind is such a powerful tool. The characters are endearing and the plot was immersive and mystifying. She doesn’t need to compel me to read Muse, because I’d gladly read all the books in this series. I seldom read fantasy/paranormal genre but I know how to appreciate a great book. And I’m glad I got to read this one. Muse is definitely one of the fantastically thrilling books I highly recommend!

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ERIN McFADDEN

Erin McFadden is the author of the Young Adult paranormal series, Descended from Myth and the adult fiction thriller, Whimper. She has several more projects underway so stay tuned for new and exciting adventures!

Erin lives in Indiana with her husband and two daughters. They love reading and watching movies together, as well as camping and hiking in the great outdoors. Erin dreams of packing up and visiting all the magical, historical spots in Europe she has read about. One day, she’ll have sold enough books to finance that trip!

An unabashed geek, Erin loves science fiction, all things paranormal, and anything involving a conspiracy theory. She firmly believes that everything is better with chocolate and a healthy dose of caffeine.

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