April 27, 2012

Review: The Genius and the Muse, by Elizabeth Hunter


Author: Elizabeth Hunter
Title: The Genius and the Muse
ISBN: (not available yet)
Publisher: E. Hunter (2nd May 2012)
Disclaimer: Copy received for review purposes.

Buy your copy: (Links not yet available)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kate Mitchell knew what she wanted: to finish her degree from Foothill Art Institute and break into the art world on her own terms. Just when she thinks she has it all figured out, new insight into a mysterious photograph by her artistic idol will lead her on a journey through the past.

A photograph. A painting. Lost dreams and secret pain. One clue leads to another, and Kate learns that pieces of the past might leave marks on her own future, leading to a love she never could have predicted. 


One portrait may hold the answers, but learning its secrets will challenge everything Kate thought she knew about love, art, and life. A single picture can tell more than one story. In the end, a young artist will discover that every real love story is a unique work of art
." GoodReads’ blurb

So! You know I don’t usually read much contemporary. This is an adult contemporary, and I’m writing the review even though it didn’t come through my usual “for-review” channels (which means, it’s not an obligation but a choice). Knowing that, can you even begin to understand how much I love this book?

This is a story about people and about love, interwoven with an artistic background. It’s a perfect fit. People are complex; they have this very, very complex reactions and this deep, unexplainable feeling that is love. It’s something so far from our rational understanding that it becomes magic. And art is the perfect way to describe that: a collage of shapes and light and shadows, evoking and inspiring and changing us even when we’re not realizing it. And because this powerful feeling, this relationship, is perfectly captured in the Genius and the Muse, the novel itself becomes moving and touching and powerful.

For me, achieving such a thing through a novel is nothing short of magic.

And there’s something else: we won’t just read about yet another picture perfect romance. Through the different characters (there are two main couples, really) and the plot progression, we’ll see perfection, and broken despair, and blooming tenderness... and that the end doesn’t have to be the end, not when it was bound to be so much more.

Frankly? If you enjoy contemporary at all, you must read this. Even if you don’t, as long as you enjoy romance and solid, fascinating characters doing one of the best jobs ever at portraying deep emotions, you should read this.

14 comments:

  1. Wonderful review Ron!!! I loved this too. Loved the way the two couples stories interwove.

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    1. Yes! It was great, how the past brings them together, and then they somehow manage to help the past love in turn... *sighs* Can't wait for your review!

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  2. Whoa. The last adult contemp I've read has been What Alice Forgot and it was so disappointing. I've been a little weary of the genre ever since. However, this sounds intriguing enough to hold my interest and deep enough to make me care.
    I'll take your advice and read it as soon as I get a chance.

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    1. I'm pretty sure this one won't disappoint. This review is coming from some who usually avoids contemp like the plague...

      Not because I dislike it as a genre, but because usually I read to escape, and I prefer stuff to be realistic enough that it could be real, but that can make me forget the real world at the same time... if that even makes sense :)

      I hope you'll get around to read this one, and will enjoy it as much as I did!

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  3. Oh, Ron, what a fantastic review!! I love the way you write! This is going on my Goodreads TBR bookshelf AT ONCE. This novel hss everything I love -- art and love and passion all mixed up together! I have to get this just as soon as it becomes available!!!

    Thanks for the wonderful review!! : )

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    1. I think you'll enjoy it! It should be right up your alley, I believe, and trust me when I say that this author's work is amazing (so perhaps you'll want to take a look at her vampire series once you've tried out this contemp!)

      Thanks for dropping by! Missed you!

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  4. Hey, this book is availablee on Amazon (in the U.S., at least). I'm ordering it right now!! Here's the link:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Genius-Muse-Elizabeth-Hunter/dp/1475119054/ref=sr_1_2_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1335755155&sr=1-2

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    1. Yeah, I need to update the links... They all went up today, e-version too.

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  5. OMG!!! You're publishing a book!! CONGRATS!!! I've just entered the Goodreads giveaway!!! WOOT, WOOT!!!! : )

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    1. Hahaha! Thanks! Good luck, Maria!

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  6. I really love how you described that people are complex and how their complex feelings lead to love which then becomes magic. I think I definitely need to get my hands on the book. I bet the writing style would be amazing! =)

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

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    1. I loved the style. The characters were all so complex and deep, and the way the love story from the past spread and influenced everyone around it, and then helped in bringing about the one in the present, which in turn helped clear out the... uh... I should shut up or else I'll spoil. But yes, I think you'd enjoy this one!

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  7. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention with your great review. Adding it to my TBR shelf!

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    1. Thanks for the comment! I hope you'll enjoy The Genius and the Muse... it truly is an amazing read!

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