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The Kindling Muse (Book) Review

 
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At a Glance...
 

Page Count: 377
 
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3/ 5


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Well developed characters blend with a unique storyline.

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Suffers somewhat from editing errors, too many loose ends


Final Fiendish Findings?

The Kindling Muse is an unique and engaging effort from young author Chelsea Guy, who brings her considerable experience in being a teenager onto the pages of a story that kids can relate to – mythical elements and all. While the book is not perfect, it does offer a really good story that will often keep you guessing, but always keeps you pulling for Addie to succeed.

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Posted May 23, 2013 by

 
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Chelsey Guy is not your average eighteen year old. For one thing, she’s a published author.

Chelsey’s book, The Kindling Muse, offers a blend of high school antics and Greek mythology to produce a concept that is really very unique. The heroine of the tale, Adorabella Flamma (Addie, for short) has had a pretty rough life to date, but she hasn’t let that dampen her enthusiasm for helping others. Finally, she is in a stable foster home, with a family that really loves her and wants her to do well. Still, mysteries from her past often haunt her, and hopes for her future seem so out of reach. Addie makes the best of what she has with a cheerful disposition, but she can’t help but wish someone – or something – will give her the answers she seeks.

And then – her life changes in an instant. From meeting a silent new friend who could become so much more, to a near death experience that ends up offering a cure for the serious illnesses she’s suffered her entire young life, to an offer to attend the exclusive school she’s always dreamed on a complete full scholarship, things all of sudden seem too good to be true. And yet, it’s all so perfect, and Addie doesn’t want to do anything to jeopardize the seemingly flawless future that is lining up in front of her. Of course, nothing so very effortless could be all that it seems, and Addie soon finds out that there is more than meets the eye at The Greek Academy.

The Kindling Muse is really an admirable effort for someone so young, and for the most part Guy does a great job. The story is unique and unpredictable, and Addie Flamma is a character that teenage girls can relate to – from her obsession with clothes to her struggles with bullies, her story pretty much rings true. The book does suffer a bit from poor editing, with grammar mistakes not rampant but common enough to be noticeable. I also felt that the story left a bit too many things unanswered at the end. That being said, it is still a book worth reading, as the character development and plot twists make the reader willing to look past a few imperfections here and there.

The Kindling Muse is an unique and engaging effort from young author Chelsea Guy, who brings her considerable experience in being a teenager onto the pages of a story that kids can relate to – mythical elements and all. While the book is not perfect, it does offer a really good story that will often keep you guessing, but always keeps you pulling for Addie to succeed.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)