Muse Unexpected

Muse Unexpected

by V.C. Birlidis

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Muse Unexpected by 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. '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.

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ISBN-13: 9781939173744
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Publication date: 01/15/2014
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

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Muse Unexpected 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Up and coming author, V.C. Birlidis has created a world of full of incredible characters. Brilliantly written, I can't wait for the next book in the series. When Sophie Drago finds out that her mother and grandmother are Greek Muses and she is not only expected to join their ranks, and is the last thing standing in the way of the Olympians taking over the world, she totally freaks. This book is dark, creepy, funny, and often times touching. Get this book!
Alanakat More than 1 year ago
This book surpassed anything I could have expected. I love mythology and with this book being a bit of mythology and a bit of a girl's fight to understand herself and her family, made this book a book that must be read by itself and also made it one of the books I will highly recommend to many people. I just finished it yesterday and already wrote down the information for a friend who has a Kindle. I couldn't put it down. You want to know what happens next. A must have for my collection. When this comes out in Paperback I will probably get myself a copy too!!!!
ShawneePoling73 More than 1 year ago
The entire book held my attention and kept me reading well into the morning hours. My favorite rendition of gods and goddesses is Hades and Persephone! Superbly revamped from traditional takes on their characters, readers are treated to a wonderful glimpse of supernatural beings who are trying to embrace being mundane! I don't want to spoil anything from the book, but V.C. is a Maestro of Words!  Sophie's life takes a drastic turn when tragedy strikes. Whisked away to her grandmother's home across the ocean is unsettling to say the least. Sophie learns a monstrous family secret that creates a major metamorphosis. Sophie must chose whether to accept her fate or turn her back on mankind. Debts are called to be settled and the fight between myths collide. Will Sophie's life be a tragedy or great mythic legend?
DLDeVor More than 1 year ago
V.C. Birlidis' Muse Unexpected is a wonderful new fantasy dealing with a family of muses. Sophie's tragic love story, in my opinion, plays second fiddle to Birlidis' ability to give us lush descriptions. I simply loved the way he described Greece. It made me want to visit someday. Don't get me wrong, this story is full of romance, action, mythological beings, and angst. I just can't stop gushing over the settings. Birlidis is a new author to watch out for. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really awful book! Dialogue was horrible, characters were note likeable, way too much description and overwriting, scenes and names completely confusing. Don't waste your time. Simply horrible. I am trying to find some good to write about it, but there really is none. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Words cannot express how much I loved the novel, Muse Unexpected. New author, V.C. Birlidis has thrown the book away of the old, tired Greek God Myths and created a new world filled with excitement and danger. The very last thing Sophie Drago expected was for her mother and grandmother to tell her they were Greek Muses, powerful guardians of humankind and the only thing keeping the old Gods, the Olympians, safely locked away. (Not to mention being told she was expected to take up the family business.) Transformed into a Muse, against her will, and faced with living in a world where blood-thirsty Gods battle the once hunted and forsaken Demigods, Sophie learns of a prophecy proclaiming her as the human race's last hope to finally defeating the Olympians once and for all. With a power hungry grandmother set on raising Sophie and herself to new heights of power and a mother lost in misery as she mourns the death of Sophie's father, coming to terms with her supernatural powers and the destiny that has been forced on her is a tiny bit more than Sophie is willing to swallow. Considering she barely passed Algebra, she's not sure how she can win a war that has been brewing for thousands of years, surrounded by mythical and freaky creatures that Sophie wished she never knew existed. Gorgons, Harpies and Minotaurs. Oh, My! Ripe with conflict, skin-crawling creepy that is sprinkled with a wonderful sense of humor and a plot fraught with horrific danger in every step taken by Sophie, this book should be on the top of everyone's must read list. Simply put, I loved it and can't wait for book 2 to come out.
Liam Pfeifer 10 months ago
Muse Unexpected was a fun read with a storyline infused with ancient Greek mythology with modern-day story-telling. Especially in the current climate, it’s wonderful to have several STRONG female characters but without specific political undertones. This particular story is escapism at its best. The book reminded me of Harry Potter without being too much like it – it’s full of “magical” things and ideas first written about thousands of years ago. The author creates lush depictions that connects with most of the senses without being overdone. It’s easy to visualize this book, which created a movie in my mind full of snappy dialogue among the characters and a relatable range of emotions. This is an easy read that doesn’t get stale and I CANNOT wait for the next book!
Will_P More than 1 year ago
I became interested in reading Greek/Roman mythology fiction or should I say partial fiction a few years back. The typical series most people have read. Muse Unexpected was a fast read because the writer draws you into his world on paper. Many surprises through the book keeps you guessing what will be next. Just when you think you have it figured out the writer adds a twist! Super great read. Don't miss out on this one!
Bridget_in_MD More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I would give it 3 stars. Lately(last year or so), I've read a lot of YA Greek Mythology based books, such as the Percy Jackson series (Gods and Demigods, all characters/monsters of Greek Mythology,) Hocking’s Watersong series (centered around Sirens), and the Goddess Test series by Amiee Carter (which centered around Hades and a wife replacing Persephone). So those are just some of the books I’ve read that I feel is the fairest comparison btwn what I’ve read and this series.  V.C. Birlidis has written a new book (I believe it’s book 1 of a series) centered around Muses. I was excited to read because I’ve never read a lot of stories centered around this group of mythological women. I knew there were 9 of them, each an “inspiration” towards a certain subject area, so I figured it was going to be a story about those 9, or decendants of Muses from those 9. I felt that seemed to be the direction the author was going, yet it never really was clear what these decendants were muses of/for - I would have liked to see what Georgia and Callie inspired.  To be honest, I also had a really hard time with the names (I did in Carter’s series too, as she gave the Gods modern names – it honestly would have been easier for me if they just called Hades Hades instead of Henry, etc. Hocking’s series wasn’t as bad bc the original Siren names are so long and terrible, it was easier to use the modern names, like Thea for Thelxiope). This was sort of done in Muse Unexpected too – such as Penny for Pandora, and the HORRIBLE nicknames of Persphone (Saphie) and Hades (Haddie). But others weren’t Muses I was expecting. For instance, Callie (Callista) could have been the name of a real muse, as well as her daughter Sophia. But then you have Georgia, the grandmother, also a Muse, and that name just took me right out of the Greek vibe. I actually went and looked up the original 9 muses and they were: Calliope was the muse of epic poetry. Clio was the muse of history. Erato was the muse of love poetry. Euterpe was the muse of music. Melpomene was the muse of tragedy. Polyhymnia was the muse of sacred poetry. Terpsichore was the muse of dance. (now, there's a name... LOL) Thalia was the muse of comedy. Urania was the muse of astronomy. I had a hard time letting the name thing go, because I WANTED them to be those Gods/Muses. That was *my* problem. But once I got past that, I enjoyed the story. I really wanted more, so I am excited to read book to in hopes that the Muses past is explored/explained more, and how they all work together and why they were separated (in separate Villas? for lack of a better word). When book 2 comes out, I am sure I will go back and re-read, because I feel I probably missed a lot, too.  I did enjoy the twist at the end. I didn’t see it coming (Pandora coming back for revenge on Callista). I wish there was more time explaining what Sophie’s talents were. I thought the relationship btwn Georgia, Callie and Sophie was full of contradictions. Maybe that’s the way it is in true life between mothers and daughters (one minute they hate each other, next they love each other), but honestly, I wasn't as interested in that relationship-aspect of the book. I wanted to know more about what Sophie was expected to do! 
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Muse Unexpected was a new twist onGreek mythology in the modern world. I loved the description of what the gods and goddesses were and how they came about, along with the various demigods. I give this book 4 stars, but I wish I could divide it into three and give it different ratings.  The beginning is definitely 4 stars. It opens with a very dramatic scene and jumps right into the story introducing all three of our main characters spectacularly. Birlidis does a great job of giving the personalities that really draw you into their lives and lead you down a path of how they relate to each other.  About a third of the way in though, things die down....a lot. The middle part of the story featuring Sofie in her new home in Greece really dragged for me - much closer to a three star rating. There were quite a few scenes that looked like they may be important, but nothing ever came of them. Even though they were intriguing, they seemed to be more page filler than necessary and I kept wondering why it wasn't brought into the story again.  The last third of the book was close to a five star rating. Once things start happening - they really start happening. With Sofie's ball and party quickly approaching, we can tell that this will be the turning point of the story. With the gods conspiring against her, it's hard to imagine how she will be able to succeed in her duties, but with a very very very surprise ending a lot of things from the beginning start to fall into place. Over all this was a very good read and a anyone who enjoys a good mythology tale will enjoy it.  *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*