Book Review | The Muse by Jessie Burton

I’m out of words in reviewing this book, its not that this book does not caught my attention, but how good it left me wordless. I’ve been thinking to come back later after I found the right words to explain but I’m afraid that I’ll be forgetting how its actually make me feel, so this was written scratch from deep of my heart.

It was not entirely unease feeling or even satisfying, its kinda mix of both, floating on its very own space. The only group of words that I can give towards this book is how intimate and gripping story it have in features.

Publisher : Picador | Author : Jessie Burton | English | 464 Pages, Paperback | Genre : Hystorical, Fiction, Mystery

Rating : ★★★★☆

First Impression

I’ve been eyeing this book since it had been published. Not only because how lovely the cover is but how actually the summary was written. I’ve been locked into this book by the word ‘When a lost masterpiece arrives at the gallery.’. Its like reading mystery from some parts of history. This book is delicious in every chapter.

So What Was This Book All About?

Since I prefer to summarize the book in my own way you may read Goodreads summary over here. So, what actually this book was? Its a story happen between two eras, a lost tale about Olive Schloss and current state of Odelle Bastien. But there is a catch, they both kind of related to each other in a way that they never think of – by a mysterious paint.

Odelle Bastien

She love writing and been accepted into anart gallery named Skelton gallery in London by Marjorie Quick. Odelle love her new job, and the challenge begin when a chap she meet at a party stumble upon her office bring his piece of art. Then there is where the mystery begin, who behind the paint, what happen to the real painter, what story lies on the painting? And what is the chap real identity and what is his connection towards the paint.

Olive Schloss

She love to paint, but she’s young with a beautiful mother (but kinda mentally ill) and a father. They moved to spain because of war, and there she meet two Robles siblings who overturn her family in a devastating consequences.

How To Read This Book Without DNF it?

I know this was entirely as an option from the reader perspective, but Alhamdulillah luckily i did not DNF it because I was just so curious behind all the mystery hidden from the paint, the conflicts, the affair and all of it had comes together performing a fair ending to the book.

An ending where makes you think : Life goes on and there is nothing much you can do about what have passed, and some truth belong only to those who eager and brave enough to accept it.

Why you should read it?

If you happen to just have a light reading where you’ll still enjoy a bit of conflict without having to think about it to much then this is the book. A type of life must go on regarding the circumstances and how humanity could react to future planning depending on how their past was. Its like watching Cloud Atlas with a fair plot twist. I highly recommend if you like to read about art, personal affair, conflicts, war and perhaps a chance to overturn the wrongdoings.

Thats all from me, tell me what do you think of the book and of course have a blast Eid ul Fitr. <3

Welcome Into Bookish World

  • QOTD : Whats your fave Fixi Novel?
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First time baca buku matang. Selama ni baca buku budak-budak jak. 🙈😜
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#Psikik is about a world where male just act as assistant. First 10 pages baca I need more time to adapt with the characters choices of dialogues.
#10pagesreaction
  • Terima kasih @imanpublication providing me a free copy in exchange with a honest review. Belum habis baca sebenarnya tapi nak post dulu lah teaser. 😋
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Dah baca 180 pages and I love it! Okay sy cuba berlaku adil dengan buku-buku yg sy pernah bca sebelum ni. But this one, was one of its kind. Susunan ayat, installing the character personalities semuanya menjangkaui telahan yang saya telah fikirkan berkenaan novel-novel melayu 😂.
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Daebak! Hanya satu ayat menunjukkan betapa saya kagum akan novel ini. But I need to dig more sebab tak selalu buku melayu membuatkan semangat membaca saya membara 😉. Tahniah penulis atas penulisan setengah novel yang begitu dramatik dan intimate.
  • QOTD : What book make you cringe to do something after reading it?
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Last week I've been indulge myself in gaming assuming an assassin role mentioned in #projekathena. The mutual connection between the role both in the book also in ML make me cringe to know what its like to be an assassin. Eventually I fall in love with her. So my next move is climbing up the local rank for that particular heroes 😂. I blame @syeraho for this. .
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Back to this book, its been a tearful journey, it was a long reading but a worthy one. I bet one can finish it in one sit as the words uses is simple and understandable.
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Not to mentioned it was my first book from HF. Honestly its hard to rate this kind of book, where islamic lifestyle and fiction were blend together. For my version of rating, I tend to give high rate to the book which has intimate, personal connection to the reader (me), so for that reason I'll give 4⭐. Even after catching a headache resulting from tears streaming last night 😣. .
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This book recommend for a light reading, bedtimes stories also to those who keen to seek assuring words of His Promises. No particular reader, I think its just suit for everyone. Also a nice book to read it Ramadan!
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The book synopsis gonna be in the comment below :
  • Alhamdulillah done reading a malay science fiction about Projek Athena : Manusia Ciptaan (trans : Athena's Projeck : Human Building). Thank you to @imanpublication for providing me a physical copy of this book in exchange with honest review.
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And it was a fun reading towards the end. And syabas @syeraho for your first novel! .
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This book recommend to those who love actions because Syeraho write a beautiful chereofighting, well mostly in words - and that something to praise with!
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I'm currently constructing in depth review for this book and will update it soon on Goodreads - read on GR cause  i'm hiding all the spoilers and leave you with all the good parts, lols 😜.
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Rating : 3/5 🌠. Sorry there are pro and cons so I'll settle with this first 😉 and also dont judge by my rating cause im just a very stinky person 😅. .
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Setiap buku harus punya awal niatnya yg tersendiri (Eyqa, 2019).
  • QOTD : What book do you bought only because of its cover?
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First time encounter buku published by @katapilarbooks ialah masa baca Syif Tengah Malam. Rupanya this is penerbit yg penulis dia dikalangan doktor, misi also yang bertugas di hospital.
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One of many reason I like about them is their cover yg lain dari yang lain. Mcm this one.
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Jadi izinkan saya post pasal book cover mendahului book review dulu ya. 😂
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Okay sekian. Saja nak bagitau cover dia cantik. 😉
  • Big thanks to @prologmed cos hosting a GA for this book last year 💖.
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Akhirnya dapat juga habiskan buku ni. Dalam buku ni ada enam cerpen yang bertemakan time travel. Buat yg mendambakan peluang kedua dalam waktu yang terbatas, pembaca diajak untuk menilai semula sekiranya kita bisa merentas masa untuk mengubah sejarah, adakah kita akan lebih bahagia dari sekarang? Or worse? Or dlm erti kata lain kena baca dlu buku ni baru tahu 😂.
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Dalam enam cerpen aku paling terkesan dengan yang ada love story with bit of plot twist. Yang ada karakter yang kuat dan background cerita yang baik. Sometimes rasa geram but another time rasa bahagia tgk kebahagiaan character biarpun fiksi semata.Tak nak bagi spoiler jadi ckp secara am sejalah yer.
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Overall it was a good book. Kalau fans tentang Hermione with Time Turner, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child boleh lah try baca buku ni, setiap kisah ada teladan masing-masing. Yang tak akan dapat dinilai melainkan dengan cara membacanya sendiri. Hahh suspen takk? .
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⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 cause I want more. The book alone tak cukup 😂.