10.22.2018

The Muse: A Book Review

If there's one thing I missed during my blog break, it's definitely book reviews.  When I read a good book, I HAVE to gush about it. What better way to gush than on my blog, eh?
A few years ago, I read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and I loved it. It had a plot twist within a plot twist and you guys know how much I love my plot twists! So, when I read online that the author Jessie Burton was releasing a new book, The Muse,  I was so excited.  One day this summer, I randomly followed my aunt to the library at the hospital where she works and lo and behold, a brand new copy of the book was there. It felt like it was just waiting for me, you can bet I borrowed it immediately and devoured it just as quickly. If you would like to know what I thought of it then plis dear, keep reading.

Name of Book: The Muse
Author: Jessie Burton

Good Reads Summary

A picture hides a thousand words . . .

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences 


My Review
Okay, so where do I start from? I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. Sure, you get some idea of what the book is about from reading the summary but you definitely do not get the full picture.

I tend to like books that are set across different time periods. When I started this one, I was sort of confused on how the two time periods would be connected but the more the story unfolded, the more impressed I was with it. There was also a rather nice plot twist/ shocker. Actually, scratch that. There were a couple of shockers in this book, one of those "whoaaaahhh" moments.

The book starts with Odelle in 1967 and you're immediately able to catch a glimpse of what it felt like to be black and live in London in the 60's. I love how the author was able to depict race and racism without making the book about race if you know what I mean? I thought she captured it very well and I recall flipping to the back to see if she was black herself, that's how good she was. Sure, 1967 was years ago but I could definitely relate to some of Odelle's experiences. For example, people being stunned that she could speak perfect English. People not knowing that a lot of countries were colonised by the British and so, the citizens can speak English. This is something Africans still deal with till this day.

I really enjoy reading books set in the 'olden days' and it was so interesting to get a glimpse of how Spain was in the 30's and the political tensions that the country faced at the time.

From the very beginning, Marjorie struck me as very mysterious and as the story progressed, I found myself trying to form a theory of who she was and what really happened. I don't want to give away spoilers but when I got to the end of the book, I felt so sorry for her because of the guilt she had to carry until the day she died. It was too much.

I really admired Olive, she was stubborn and annoying but she knew what she wanted. She was smart and brave and defiant, even in a super sexist society.

The ending of this book was so awful though, my chest was so tight. And when I say the ending, I mean the conclusions in both time periods. My heart really hurt the closer I got to the end.

Conclusion
The Muse is one of the best books I read this year. When I fully got into the swing of it, I could not put it down and as I mentioned above, I was absolutely gutted by the ending. It was entertaining still and as with most of the books I review on here, I totally recommend it. xx

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  3. First I gotta get off my chest that the cover is so beautifulllll. // I get what you mean when you say you love how the author was able to depict race and racism without making the book about race. It seems like often times when minority identities are brought up (race, sexual orientation, etc), they become that person's whole identity, but that person is a person themself too, besides that identity. People are made up of so many things! It's so refreshing for a story to have representation without making a huge deal of it. It's like saying, yeah this is normal! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. I know right? The cover really is stunning. And OMG yes! You described what I was trying to say perfectly, so spot on Audrey :)

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  4. **Adds The Muse by Jessie Burton to my wish list ***
    It sounds like such an amazing book, and i'm intrigued to get a glimpse of what Spain was like in the 30's. Thank you for this review darling <3

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    1. Yassss, I know for a fact that you will definitely enjoy it. Thank you love <3

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  5. Love book review post! Thank you so much for sharing hun, will definitely be checking this out, as I'm looking for a new read xx

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