I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my opinion of this book.
One of my favorite things about not only this book but the entire series so far is how fantastic and exciting the lives of Marina and her friends are. Marina is this talented artist whose paintings are already selling for a couple thousand dollars a pop, her cousin Cruz is on the verge of becoming the next big fashion designer, her best friend Megan’s music is rocketing to the top of the charts, and her other best gal pal shayla has just become America’s next top model without having to smize for anyone. To say that these kids lead a charmed life when it comes to success is an understatement, and it is a lot of fun to read.
They do the kind of things like travelling to Paris on a private jet and then ditching said Parisian adventure a few days early so they can go surfing in Hawaii. Not to mention they have a rich fairy godmother named Evie whose favorite hobby is buying them cute clothes to wear and lending them cars from her massive collection. Suffice it to say, these are some lucky kids!
Although, Marina and the gang have a bit of an advantage in the luck department. Not only is Marina a muse with the power to pretty much guarantee the success of anyone she cares about, her aunt Evie also has these same powers. So everyone in Marina’s life with a little talent has received a double whammy of muse power.
As I mentioned in my review of the second book in the series, I really like Marina’s muse powers so I was looking forward to learning more about them in this book. While I did learn more, I am still pretty confused about how they work. More than once, someone says that a muse cannot be forced to make anyone succeed if she doesn’t want to, but that kind of happens to Marina a lot. Plus it seems like Marina’s powers are pretty all over the place as far as what they inspire people to do. Sometimes she just makes a dude fall in love with her and other times she makes him want to hurt her. However, it is the unpredictability of Marina’s powers that keep me interested.
One thing I could have done without in this book was the constant fighting that went on with Marina and Ethan. Don’t let my complaining scare you, they have plenty of cute scenes where they are lovey dovey, but they did fight an awful lot. At the end of the last book they got engaged, and I have to be honest, I don’t know if getting married when you can’t go a week without fighting is such a good idea. Even though they are very mature, they are just a couple of seventeen year old kids who have to deal with a lot of drama. I love that the author acknowledges this fact too. I don’t think that Marina and Ethan are being presented as a perfect couple. They are being presented as a couple that could become great if they learn to be honest with each other and work through things together instead of apart. It is a refreshing take on the teen romance dynamic, but I can be a lazy romance reader sometimes so I hope they fight less and love more in the next book.
This is the second to last book in this four part series, and I am sad that I only have one more book left, but I am also excited to see where Marina and the gang end up. I am a huge fan of this author so I know she won’t let me down!
And just in case you are lacking some Tyra Banks in your life and have no idea what a smize (Smile with your eyes) looks like:
Because of mild language and some violence, I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.