Friday, January 2, 2015

Christie's Review: Inspire by Cora Carmack


Series: The Muse #1
Author: Cora Carmack
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Rating:4 stars
Cliffhanger: no

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

This book.....gave me all the feels. It had all the characteristics of a stellar book. It was intriguing, gripping, dramatic, tense, but most of all, it had the kind of distinct plot that is totally unique and shall I go there...? Inspired. There, I said it. There are very, very few books that I can say is unlike anything I have ever read but Inspire achieved that. That alone gave the story huge points right off the bat.

Kali was the kind of heroine I just wanted to take apart piece by piece to see her inner workings and put her back together again. She was so intriguing! Powerful, yet imperfect. Hopeful yet cynical. Walking the earth, yet other-worldly. Inspiring yet horribly destructive.

I've never known what it's like to love someone, to build a life, to grow older...because loving me is dangerous. I'm the drug.

And one huge thing I loved about this book? In almost all paranormal books where a human and a supernatural get together, the heroine is the poor, unsuspecting human who is stunned by this gorgeous male specimen with fantastical powers. in this case, the heroine is the powerful one and it was refreshing, to say the least.

Kalli is a muse.

She's a greek goddess put on the earth to inspire the arts. She's immortal and filled with the power to open up people's minds and help them achieve great heights. But if exposed too long to her, they can achieve dangerous lows. And those lows that she inspires in others are breaking her down and making her want normal.

The other gods might think of mortals as less than them, but I've walked among them for millennium. They are not less to me. In fact, I'm more jealous of them than I'll ever admit aloud.

She doesn't want to go from one temporary existence to the next, never finding a connection or purpose in life other than being an outlet for others. She's beginning to feel used up and disillusioned.

Suddenly, along comes Wilder. When she runs into him at a convenience store, he completely sets her off balance. He's this responsible, sexy man dressed suit? He's not artistic in the least, yet she's drawn to him. His tenderness towards his little sister melts her heart and makes her yearn for someone like him to share her life with, to grow with and have a family with. These are things that aren't possible for her because of her immortality and it only hurts to even think about it. This beautiful man could be destroyed if he got too close to her for too long. But what if it were possible? What if she could find a way to channel all her energy out in a safe way so that nobody has to be harmed? Wilder seems to want anything she's able to give him. She's secretive, and closed off, but he's willing to be patient for this woman who has completely enraptured him.

Kalli and Wilder quickly become addicted to each other. Yeah, it was pretty rushed, but this is paranormal stuff here, so I gave that some leeway. Their feelings were more than an addiction, they were an obsession. At first, Kalli thinks they just have an immeasurable amount of chemistry unlike anything she's ever experienced. Their passion is explosive and uncontrollable and that scares her.

It comes from a Latin word that means to suffer. And that's what the slick thrust of his tongue against mine is-a suffering so sweet that my head spins.

Only, what she comes to realize is that they are bound by more than passion. They are tethered by fate. She can feel it binding them together. But she doesn't know the outcome. Will risking everything with Wilder be the biggest mistake of her eternal life?

This book was completely fascinating to me. I was racing through the pages toward the end yet at the same time, wanting to slow down and make it last. I loved the uniqueness of the story and the unpredictability of it. So why not 5 stars? As much as I liked it, there were eye roll inducing parts. For instance, when he finally finds out what she is, he accepts it almost immediately and is even more determined to keep her. I mean, ok, I get it, she's a goddess, but wouldn't that be a little daunting??! I don't know if I would be that confident that they could make it work. So yeah, it was kind of silly, but it still wasn't enough to ruin the book for me.

Also, at times, his obsession with her resembled her ex flings a little too closely for comfort. It was almost like he was only drawn to her because she had this ethereal beauty and mystery surrounding her. I started to wonder if he was really falling for the the true girl behind the goddess.

Other than that, I thought it was an exceptional read. The writing was beautifully done and captured me from beginning to end. It was so different than Cora Carmack's other works that I've read. I've enjoyed her other New Adult books, but this was special in a whole other way. Be warned though, this has a cliffhanger to rival all cliffhangers. You need to know that before you get your heart ripped out like I did. That ending will slay you.


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