Friday, November 1, 2013

Review: The Muse by Kenya Wright

The Muse
Author: Kenya Wright
Series: Dark Art Mystery
Genre: Multicultural Romantic Suspense
On the first day of her nude modeling job, Elle deals with a corpse, an eccentric dark artist, his sexy brother, and a grandmother that can see someone's future by just touching their hands. Although these crazy distractions shove her on edge, it's just what she needs to mend her battered heart and forget about her ex-boyfriend. Besides, she does get to live in their castle for the whole three months.

Everything seems magical and perfect. Until more dead bodies are discovered.

There's something going on at night, right in the artist's garden. Under the moonlight, young women are being cut and sliced, and no one has a clue to who's doing it. And the more she's around the weird family in the castle, the more she realizes that they all are hiding secrets.

This book was so F***** up.
I am not even kidding when I say that either. It was messed up, gory, traumatic, scary, nightmare inducing.....and I loved every page. The fact is that along with all the screwed up dark art psychological thriller-ness that was going on, it still managed to have a love story that was beautiful within it as well. The idea that light could come out darkness was obviously a theme throughout and when we find Elle at the door to a castle that belongs to the rival artist of her ex-boyfriend, you will never guess where this story goes from there. The way a sizzling and passionate romance can come from a book this dark and gritty was fascinating. It was almost two separate stories bundled up in one package that really pushes your senses to accept the fact that you're reading a hot romance revolving around a whole lot of death. That could go really horribly, really fast. However, this book does a really excellent job of not jumping off the tracks and flailing around with multiple genres randomly. I think that mainly had to with the main character, Elle.

Elle surprised me a number of times. When you find out she is this famous model, you're thinking-great this is going to some stuck up beauty queen used to getting her own way- because that is what I was thinking. You would be very, very wrong. Dealing with her own demons, both past and present, Elle is a surprising strong character that can stand on her own two feet, even if she doesn't realize it through most of the story. Her compassion, however, was the bright spot in a world of darkness. Her ability to see people and not judge them was what drove the story. Even in the scariest of situations, Elle was a pillar of strength for the characters around her and I'm not sure she even knew it. A mark of a character is someone that doesn't realize what they mean to everything around them, and Elle fits that bill. Her love of Alvarez and the search to find herself out-shined all the bloodshed going on around the castle. 

Now don't get me wrong, Al and Hex's family is screwed up; they make my family seem sane, but that didn't hinder a great story it made the book better. I'm not usually someone that reads a lot of this genre but I was hooked throughout the whole thing and spent a few nights up until an ungodly hour reading. The characters and all their misfortunes are what sell this story and really keep you guessing throughout. I really recommend you picking this book even if it isn't your thing because it will have you entrapped from page 1 and never let you go!- My Opinion- Buy it!

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About the author:
Kenya Wright always knew she would be famous since the ripe old age of six when she sang the Michael Jackson thriller song in her bathroom mirror. She has tried her hand at many things from enlisting in the Navy for six years as a Persian-Farsi linguist to being a nude model at an art university.

However, writing has been the only constant love in her life. Will she succeed? Of course.
For she has been coined The Urban Fantasy Queen, the Super Iconic Writer of this Age, The Lyrical Genius of Our Generation. Granted, these are all terms coined by her, within the private walls of her bathroom as she still sings the Michael Jackson thriller song.

Kenya Wright currently resides in Miami with her three amazing, overactive children, a supportive, gorgeous husband, and three cool black cats that refuse to stop sleeping on Kenya’s head at night.

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