A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Monday, November 22, 2010

Tori's Review: The Master and the Muses by Amanda McIntyre

- 384 pages
Price: $13.95
ISBN 10: 0373605447
ISBN 13: 978-0373605446
Released: June 1, 2010

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Obtained: NetGalley
Genre: Historical Romance
1.The Master and the Muses

They are his inspiration.
He is their obsession.

Icon, rebel, unabashed romantic… with a single look painter Thomas Rodin conveys the ecstasy of creativity—the pleasures awaiting the woman who can fuel his artistry.

the Innocent

What did this master artist see in me? Genius abided in his soul, rapture in his flesh—I doubted not. To refuse him…my folly. To surrender…my sensual salvation.

the Upstart

I chafed at the bonds of servitude until he set me free. I turned my back on all that I knew to follow him and found myself between two men—master and student—one whom I loved with my heart...the other with my body.

the Courtesan

I understood, perhaps better than any, his needs.
I stoked the fires of his soul, the spark of his creativity— he made me a legend. But never could I forget his searing touch.…

Three transcendent tales of women bewitched by a master of seduction— a slave as much to his art as to his boundless passion.

My Rating:

My Opinion:
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when reading THE MASTER AND THE MUSES. I've never read anything by McIntyre before, but the premise of the story intrigued me. Since this was for free on NetGalley, I couldn't resist the temptation to check it out.

And I am SO happy I did!

THE MASTER AND THE MUSES is told in three different POVs. They're all in first person, and each story focuses on one particular muse that Thomas becomes involved with.

Book 1 - Helen
As the summary suggests, Helen is the innocent out of all three muses. I adored her throughout this entire book, and I hated Thomas for acting the way he did. It was a heartbreaking story, but I'm glad there was finally a happy ending.

Book 2 - Sara
Sara was a lot more outgoing. I enjoyed her character more because of this. Ironically enough, through Sara's POV (I think it was this story...), I ended up not liking Helen as much anymore. I also began to adore Thomas, despite his aloofness once again.

Edward was an interesting character. I'm not entirely sure I enjoyed the scene towards the end of the story with him and Sara. I was slightly confused at one point when reading it.

Book 3 - Grace
I thought Grace was a huge bitch in the first two books. The way Helen and Sara viewed her... well, I wasn't too excited to read her story.

Grace ended up being my favorite of the three muses thanks to Book 3.

I wanted to strangle Thomas throughout this entire part. I wanted to give Grace a good shake. At the same time, I absolutely loved how she forced herself to act cool when around him. Grace's character is the perfect balance to Thomas the player.

I was so sad to finish this story! I'm also salivating for another story similar to this one, though I'm not entirely sure if there ever will be one like it. This read was definitely a new and fun experience for me. I've been contemplating whether or not to buy a print copy or an ebook copy for my Kindle 3. I'll definitely reread this at some point later on.

Highly suggest checking this title out!


  1. I really liked this book too. And the funny thing is, I kept thinking, I hope the last story isn't Grace, but then her story was my favorite too! Ms. McIntyre is a very talented writer.

  2. I know, right! I thought Grace was such a beeyotch during the first two stories, and it was interesting to see her POV throughout the entire thing. It definitely made her way more sympathetic and lovable :)

  3. HI! I'm a new follower. This looks sooo good. It's going on my TBR list. Thanks for the review. I look forward to reading more. Have a Happy Thanksgiving :)

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