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The Cassandra Curse

(Muse Squad #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  35 reviews
The first in a middle grade fantasy duology about a Cuban American girl who discovers that she’s one of the nine Muses of Greek mythology.

Callie Martinez-Silva didn’t mean to turn her best friend into a pop star. But when a simple pep talk leads to miraculous results, Callie learns she’s the newest muse of epic poetry, one of the nine Muses of Greek mythology tasked with p
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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Jo Yes, I would definitely recommend this book for 10-13 year olds. There are valuable lessons about friendship, humility, and navigating middle school. …moreYes, I would definitely recommend this book for 10-13 year olds. There are valuable lessons about friendship, humility, and navigating middle school. I have recommended it to my 11-year-old granddaughter, who is reading and enjoying it now. As a 7th grade ELA teacher, I would put this book in my classroom library.(less)

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Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I received an early copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review

CW: fatphobia, bullying

My thoughts about this book are a mixed back of good and bad. I want to start with the bad so I can finish this review on a high note. I had one major issue with this book. The first one was its weird fixation on physical appearance. For one, Callie the main character is fat and she not only struggles with a lot of internalized fatphobia but she also gets bullied for it in school,
Natalia Sylvester
This book is as fun (and funny!) as it is heartfelt and heroic. I loved the way Acevedo explores the meaning of inspiration—what it means to be moved to do something, create something, feel something—and what a magical force love is, through the story of Callie and her new friends (all part of the Muse Squad) as they grow into their newfound powers as muses.
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
A quick, engaging read that would be a good fit for our 6th grade readers. The magic is fun, the stakes felt realistic with just enough suspense but not too scary, and the friendship between the characters was really the star of the show. One of the things that bothered me but may not stick out to kid readers was the way "good" character traits align with "good" looks. I don't love the VERY PREVALENT narrative in media in general aligning beauty with heroism/intelligence/kindness/etc. and I feel ...more
3.5 stars

If this review is just “I love middle grade” over and over again, I apologize in advance.

I was really looking forward to Muse Squad because I love the concept of mythology reimagined in modern times and I especially love it when it comes to Greek mythology because I am,,, attached. Probably unreasonably, but oh well.

I really loved the way the world and the magic system were set up in this!! It was fascinating to read about and it definitely had that trademark middle grade charm that ma
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse tells the story of Calliope Martinez-Silva who is not only grieving the death of her aunt but is also trying to figure out middle school. When returning from a concert with her best-friend Raquel, she has near death experience, she starts noticing a weird feeling and weird things happening around her. She soon finds herself in the Victoria and Albert Museum, discovering she’s the muse of poetry and she can inspire people to be the best they can be. This comes with ...more
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
A good first book to start this new series. Characters are introduced and the overall series plot line outlined.
Cassie is still grieving her aunt's death and figuring out middle school. To escape from the stresses of school, she crawls under her bed for some quiet time after a traumatic event occurs. To her surprise, she ends up in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Not only that, but she meets three other young women from around the world who have also been called there. She learns they
Ms. Yingling
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Callie Martinez-Silva lives in Miami, Florida with her mother and older twin brothers; her father left the family and now lives in New York with his new wife, whom Callie finds out is expecting. Callie's best friend, Raquel, wants to try out for the school play but is very nervous, especially since she is up against Violet, who is very mean. Callie has a weird experience and seems to somehow empower her friend to do an awesome audition, although a broken light put
Jessica (Spooky KidLit & We Who Walk Here, Walk Alone)
Hello, friends! I’ve been in a bit of a reviewing slump lately, but I’m not sure why. It’s certainly not because of this book, which was a charming adventure, a terrific ownvoices Cuban-American story, and an intriguing reimagining of Greek mythology. Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse tells the story of Callie Martinez-Silva, a Miami middle-schooler who begins noticing odd things happening to her. After a group of strangers band together to avert a crisis and her best friend nails an important aud ...more
Jared White
Overall this was a fun, inspiring story and I loved the diversity and the STEAM elements (especially that a few of the girl characters were really into science).

On the one hand, I like the cover, it's what initially drew me to the book. On the other hand, I dislike the cover, it was a missed opportunity. I think it was one of those cases where the cover artist wasn't given enough info to make a good cover. One of the major attributes (at least to herself) of the main character is that she is a
Jul 17, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I was given a digital copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is the first in a middle grade duology. This is one ARC that I am glad I didn’t sit on. Callie and her best friend are not the most popular kids in their school. When Raquel decides to try out for the school musical, Callie is right there to encourage her. Callie’s encouragement does something, because soon Raquel is trending on social media which leads to her being picked up for a singing competition tv show
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yabc-reviews
See my full review here:

MUSE SQUAD: THE CASSANDRA CURSE is a fun middle grade fantasy that brings Greek mythology into the present. Callie is a seemingly normal girl dealing with bullies at school and her divorced parents being separated by a great distance- a fact which becomes more worrisome when her father from across the country tells her she is about to have a half-sibling. Callie has enough to worry about.

But then, Callie learns that she is one of n
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MUSE SQUAD: The Cassandra Curse by Chantel Acevedo is a fun middle grade fantasy featuring the Muses of Greek mythology, but with a modern twist. After turning her best friend into a singing sensation (by accident) Callie discovers she's actually a muse, one of the nine Muses from Greek mythology. She's the new muse of epic poetry and her life won't ever be the same again. Being a Muse means keeping her identity secret, learning to use her inspirational powers, and being part of a team of new Mu ...more
Chris Green
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chantel Acevedo’s Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse is a delightful and inspiring tale that highlights the power of friendship and encouragement of others. When eleven-year-old Callie Martinez-Silva unwittingly inspires her best friend to become America’s next biggest singing sensation on a reality competition show, she discovers that she’s the muse of epic poetry. She, along with three other junior muses (soon nicknamed the Muse Squad), are assigned Maya Rivero, Callie’s smart but not-so-popular ...more
Jennifer Hill
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Callie Martinez-Silva is a normal girl living in Miami, Florida. She has all the typical problems: friends who change, fitting in, school work, etc. Add to that her parents are divorced, her dad, who lives in NY now, just told her he and his new wife are having a baby, and she starts noticing weird things are happening around her. Callie finds out she is Muse, like one of the nine from Greek mythology. Her Aunt Annie was also a Muse. One day as she crawls under her bed to think she is whisked aw ...more
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This book didn’t wow me but I enjoyed it. Some parts were great and kept me hooked and loving the characters but other parts were too slow or boring and there were a few plot holes. Overall, it’s a cute book.
“Inspiration knows no borders, and all people and places are equal and worthy of inspiration.”
The friendship forged in this book are very cute and loving.
“…that the universe is big enough and mysterious enough for all our beliefs to matter, and for all our versions of God to exist.” I love
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An utterly charming novel featuring a wonderfully diverse group of people who have been blessed by the Gods of Olympus to become Muses. In a world where pagans have to fight for recognition outside our faith circle, and against white supremacy internally, this was a truly wonderful setup. The magic makes sense without being laborious, one of my favorite hallmarks of middle-grade fantasy. Additionally, there's a reward for being a clever reader that's all too often absent at this level. Truly, th ...more
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: myths
Such a great book!!!! I originally picked it up because it sounded like the Percy Jackson series but #girlpower and while it was in essence, it was also so much more than that! Written for a younger audience but something any lover of Greek myths could enjoy. I found myself muttering multiple times while reading that I wish I'd had this book to read growing up. Instead of boys saving the world, this was all female forward! Fun story, awesome blending of different cultures and identities, and a w ...more
Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book had one of the most diverse casts that I have ever read in a Middle Grade book. To name a few, Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse had Cuban, Ecuadorian, Venezuelan, Haitian, Indian, Black, British, and Plus-Size characters. This is the kind of book that I think everyone should read, not only for the Representation, but also for the really well-rounded story.

There was bullying and body shaming in the story, but I felt like the messages of loving yourself and that anyone can be a hero were
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent fresh take on mixing ancient mythology into the modern world. Callie is about to find out things about herself and the world she never imagined. Along with a group of new friends she will find herself battling evil and trying to save that world from a terrible future.
Jose Vazquez
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic adventure, I loved every moment we spent with Callie and the Muse Squad. I am excited to see where else their journeys take them. I loved the cultures, the diversity, the protagonists being hero makers! If you loved The Babysitters Club and W.I.T.C.H. you will love this series!
May 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
Ohmygod. I'm so happy for the children who get to read this. Like, I hope my library comes all the way through for them. ...more
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
Very fun and heart warming middle grade read. I loved the scenes set at the V&A and it made me nostalgic for visiting that museum. I’m looking forward to sharing it with the kids in my life.
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book! I think my students will love to read it. The magical and fun. The friendship between the girls of Muse squad. Love the diversity between the girls!
I think it was something everyone should read it is so good it just speaks to me!
whatever religion you want is fine
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've never loved a middle grade story as much as this one. ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is such a fun book. I can't wait to read more in this series. The girls were adorable and the mystery had some twists and turns. I really enjoyed it. ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gs20-21
Mythological mayhem. I loved the action-packed plot and the thoughtful story line. This was a perfect mashup of muses and sirens and growing up.
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
grade middle grade novel! love the mythology
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Called "a master storyteller" by Kirkus Reviews, Chantel Acevedo is the author of  Love and Ghost Letters, A Falling Star, The Distant Marvels, which was a finalist for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and most recently, The Living Infinite, hailed by Booklist as a "vivid and enthralling tale of love and redemption." Her essays have appeared in Vogue and Real Simple, among ...more

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