#YABookCook with “Muse”

 

#YABookCook with "Muse" by Erin McFadden and Sautéed Greens
#YABookCook with “Muse” by Erin McFadden and Sautéed Greens

Tonight’s #YABookCook is with Muse (Descended From Myth Book 1) by Erin McFadden. Since this book is all about inspiration, I decided to feature a recipe that lends itself to creativity: sautéed greens. This is an easy side dish that should be in every YA girl’s repertoire.

Sautéed Greens

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 bags greens such as spinach, kale, arugula, chard or collard greens
  • 0-5 cloves of garlic–you choose!
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

First sautee garlic in olive oil on medium heat for two minutes.
Sauté garlic in olive oil on medium heat for two minutes.
Next add greens.
Add greens.
Cover.
Cover.
After 4-5 minutes, stir.
After 4-5 minutes, stir. Then cover again.
Around the 8 minute mark, the greens should be done. Don't forget to add salt!
Around the 8 minute mark, the greens should be done. Don’t forget to add salt!

 

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And now for the book review!

“Clean” YA can be hard to come by so I was especially excited to read Muse (Descended From Myth Book 1), by debut author Erin McFadden.

Anna is unaware that she is a Talent, capable of impressing her will upon other people and inspiring them to greatness, until a Guardian named Daniel explains her powers. As their two fates intertwine, Anna and Daniel face danger, darkness, and the irresistible draw to each other, even though Talent/Guardian relationships never work out.

At 181 pages, Muse is an enjoyable read. I found the story engaging and the characters likeable. The way McFadden alternates between Daniel and Anna POV chapters keeps the pace moving.

The author also peppers her novel with a lot of good lines. A favorite was from page 53: “I’m a very mature nineteen year old. People tell me that all the time! Of course it’s usually when they’re trying to get me to babysit their kids.”

This book is definitely a keeper, and I look forward to reading the second title in the series, TALENT.

P.S. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion and review.