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Unfinished Muse

(Mt. Olympus Employment Agency: Muse #1)

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Wynter Greene is a chronic quitter—in work, in life, and in love. When she quits a job, a boyfriend, and a seemingly minor craft project all in one day, the dormant deity blood in her veins triggers a Welcome Package from the gods. A talking—and singing—houseplant named Phyllis bullies Wynter into taking a job at the Mt. Olympus Employment Agency.

Stuck with a job in the Mu
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Published July 20th 2015 (first published July 1st 2015)
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Aisling Zena
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 Musing stars

I maintain that R.L.Naquin is a completely underrated author. She really does deserve more credit and notoriety. Every time I pick a book of hers I'm so entertained and I find myself finishing it and not even realizing it. Her Monster Haven series is one of my favourite humouristic fantasy series. And this one is on it's way too.

When Wynter Greene finally hits rock bottom in her life, after quitting for the millionth time, she triggers an invitation from the Gods. Yep, the cra
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Jacqueline
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We had this author in for a book signing at the indie bookstore where I work. This sounded fun and when I picked it up, I was sucked right in. Very well written. I loved the main character. She was funny but not in that trying too hard snarky way. She definitely grew over the course of the book. The secondary characters were also well drawn. The urban fantasy setting was nicely done and made sense. I typically despise stories with a Greek mythology base but didn't mind it at all here. Probably b ...more
Vilia
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Backchatting Books 

Wynter, like the heroes of old, is undertaking an epic journey. She isn't seeking a holy grail or trying to slay the Nemean lion (which is just as well as Hercules has already finished him off) but instead is trying to reform herself. She gains a mentor, allies, enemies, possible love interests and meets all sorts of weird and wonderful people along the way to becoming a successful muse. 

The good bits

The concept behind the novel and the myt
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Dakota
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 1st-pov
that took awhile. I liked the author on her previous series and I thought that this series had an interesting concept. It was easy to put down at the beginning but it got better and I ended up liking it in the end. on to the next book
Ami
I liked the idea; bunch of Greek gods descendants working at employment agency? Yep. Winner right there. I just found it difficult to connect (or even liked) Wynter until near the end.

I had to agree with one of the reviewers who said that Wynter was so blasé about life. I know that the blurb said that Wynter was a chronic quitter in work, life, and love, but I didn't think it would be this bad. I was hoping she sort of kicking ass when she landed the job at the Agency -- but she seemed like she
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Gawelleb
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Un très bon premier tome qui pose de bonnes idées !
L'héroïne est sympathique et attachante et le monde dans lequel elle évolue suffisamment loufoque sans être ridicule.
Je lirai le second tome avec intérêt
Judy
I was a huge fan of the Monster Haven series by R.L. Naquin and was sad to see it end. However, I was excited to see that a new series was in the works. Then we got a cover, and isn't it pretty? Completely different than the Monster Haven books, but no less interesting. I was counting down the days till it was released. To say I was completely stoked when the author contacted me to see if I was interested in a review copy was an understatement.

The book begins with Wynter breaking up with her bo
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LilyElement
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, arc, mythology-gods
Wynter Greene is facing some big changes in her life all at once. She quits her job at a call center and dumps her boyfriend all in one day. When she goes home and drinks a bit of wine she starts to hear her house plant, Phyllis, talking to her. After a day or two, she listens to her plant and goes into Mt. Olympus Employment Agency to get a job. This is where she finds out she's a descendant of a god, that gods are real, and there are other people just like her. The others that are joining her ...more
Roo Barb
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, fantasy, funny
I enjoyed this a lot, I gather I only have to wait till October for the next one. (I did sulk a bit about this at first).

Anyway this is a fun book, with lots of twists and turns and some unexpected bumps along the way. It made me laugh out loud a lot.

This is the story of a woman whose mum is a bit odd, her plant talks to her and she finds out when she hits rock bottom that she's related to a God in some way and ends up working at the Mount Olympus Employment Agency but I'll let you read it to f
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Katter
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I am not a huge fan of mixing mythology and god figures with modern day times. It generally doesn't sit right with me and is not my thing. With that being said, I was quite surprised by how this story turned out. In essence, it's not bad!

The setup is quite pleasant, actually! So basically decedents of Greek Gods and Hero's are sent to the Mt. Olympus Employment Agency after they flop. Once the person in question hits rock bottom, they ge
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Molly
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read this twice now along with the rest of the series; this review is more of a series review.

As a professional Classicst, I'm picky about my Greek mythology fiction. I want an author who uses the extended universe provided by the corpus creatively, with both sensitivity to the ancient myths and a willingness to adapt and play with it to tell new stories. I'm especially picky about how people write Hades - the post-Christian lazy Hades=Satan trope is slow to die and I want to kill it with f
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Kari Chapman
This book sounded like a lot of fun. I liked the idea of seeing our main character pull herself together and learn how to navigate her new world. However, the execution of the idea wasn't that great. I never really felt a connection to Wynter. I think she was just too nonchalant about everything. The book opens with a lot of brooding about how she quit her job and dumped her boyfriend on the same day, with no explanation of why she did either, beyond the fact that it's something she does again a ...more
Kat Klein
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just love the works of R.L. Naquin.. I loved Monster Haven, I love Djinn Haven, and I love Mt. Olympus Employment Agency. Wynter has reached rock bottom... so when her Philodendron starts talking to her... well obviously she can add insanity to the list of things gone wrong in her life. It seems though,that fate has plans for Wynter Greene...

Definitely a book worth reading. Not a surprise as the author is definitely one to keep onthe to read shelf
Delani
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good

I accidentally started reading the second book first. Luckily I realized that and found this. It's funny and relatable on several levels. Everyone's had a project they've given up on. Or a rough patch. Now the queen of giving up is Muse for the downtrodden. I love it.

And I loved the short story in the end, a Philly girl just like me.
Rachel Doboga
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: light-lit, fantasy
Creative, funny, and uplifting, this is a delightful escape!
Jeanie
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Unfinished Muse"

By: R.L. Naquin


The seeds of creative ideas and story lines must love the fertile brain of R.L. Naquin. Another great work of the 'flight lantastic'. Or is that 'light fantastic'? Either way, I believe she would do well writing script for the "Dr. Who" series (one of my favorites by the way).

Using a normal 'talking' houseplant to usher in the not normal world that is to become Wynter's new life was brilliant on the comic front. As in her "Hidden" series she takes a main characte
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Carrie
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: calibre-library, 2015
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wow! This book seamlessly rolled mythology, romance, and inspiration all into one story that had me running to my car to start (and finish) my next big project! Interested? You should be, because this book was fantastic!

Wynter (yeah, the name screams hippie parents) has just quit her job and dumped another boyfriend. She appears to be your typical "quitter" personality - anytime things look like they might force her to commit, she b
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Rea
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I read and enjoyed the author's Monster Haven series over the past few years. It was one of those series where I looked forward to the new instalment each time, and I was sad to see it come to an end. When I saw that the author was already tackling a new project, I knew I'd be reading it.

Wynter, the main character, hits rock bottom in her life, and doing so has allowed her to become a candidate for the Mt. Olympus Employment Agency. It turns out that somewhere down the line, Wynter has some Gree
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Relina Skye
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Unfinished Muse" by R.L. Naquin is a fun modern mythology novel. At twenty four, Wynter Greene has hit bottom. She's quite her job and dumped her boyfriend all in one day, and worse of all she'll likely have to move back in with her mother if she can't find something fast. The straw that breaks her metamorphic camel's back, is when she throws out a quilt she's been working on for a few years. Seemly out of no where her potted philodendron starts talking to her, and won't quit until she's listen ...more
Zoe Tasia
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved Naquin's Monster Haven series. I was thrilled when I saw a new book was available and then less thrilled when I saw the description. I am not a big fan of urban fantasy books set in a Greek/Roman-mythology/gods-are-real verse. Initially, I found myself warming to Phyllis, the houseplant faster than the main character, Wynter. Uh-oh, I thought, sighed and continued to read. I am glad I did. I give this book a 3.5 which I will round up to a 4 because while I was slow to get into it, Naquin ...more
Deborah Macarthur
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
I just loved this book! I was a little sad that the Monster Haven books weren't coming out fast enough for me and I hesitated to try a new series but I actually think I'm going to like the Mt Olympus Employment Agency books even MORE than I did Monster Haven! I didn't expect that! Love this author so much and I want to pre-order the next books in this series. The books are humorous without trying too hard to be funny. I really cared about all the characters. I highly recommend reading anything b ...more
Nicole Luiken
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy, ebook
Great start to a new series, full of Naquin's trademark wit. Wynter Greene quits three things in one day and has her life change around when she's sent to the Mt. Olympus Employment Agency. Assigned to be a bubble-blowing Muse, Wynter the quitter must now inspire others to keep trying. Cool magic, and interesting world and lovable characters. I'm itching to read the next book and maybe (?) solve the mystery of Wynter's Greek God parentage.
Fave part: Phyllis the talking philodendron
Brittany
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review to come: I just wanted to get my numbers for the year updated but fighting the flu and not in my right mind. Lol, anyway review to come!

I was looking for a break and wanted to read something involving mythology. I almost stopped reading this in the beginning. It was very slow but I did enjoy the book as it went along. I might even read the next in the series.
Jan'et Pollack
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another A-Musing tale by R A Naquin

Just loved this new story line. So looking forward to the next book in the series. If you have not read the previous series you are missing something special!
MJ
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-modern
This started off fun with a very original, interesting premise. Unfortunately, it lagged pretty bad through a good chunk of the middle. I stuck with it and was happy to see things finally click and fall together for Wynter.
Markéta
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 *
Stephaniec
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5*
Joycelyn
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This a fun new series based upon Greek mythology and set in Topeka, Kansas.
Sharon
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of greek mythology anyway but this is a fun spin on it, very light reading but enjoyable!
Elentarri
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-and-sf
Beautifully written, fun urban fantasy. Original. I can't wait for the next book.
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