Friday, December 19, 2014

Review & Giveaway:Inspire by Cora Carmack


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.

What I thought about Inspire
Kalli is a muse. Her job is to inspire those with artistic aspirations. But there are consequences -- too much of her power to inspire and there's a risk of madness in the human lucky enough to have a taste of what she offers. What all this means is that Kalli has a very lonely life, unable to get emotionally close to anyone.  Until she meets Wilder. He's different.

Wilder has come home to help out his mom and sister after a family tragedy. He's sacrificed a lot of his past life for the mundane life of an accounting job and babysitting for his younger sister.  When he meets Kalli, there's an immediate attraction.

Something sparks between the two of them. At first, Kalli runs from him, not wanting to hurt him, but she really can't resist him especially when he turns up to help her one night when she's in deep trouble. After a few chance meetings like that, Kalli decides to take a chance on having a "real life" with Wilder. He's not an artist. He won't have any need for what she can offer to him. That makes him safe(r) in Kalli's estimation, and then there's that attraction between them and the feeling that she belongs with him.

The reader gets a close up view of what Kalli and Wilder are thinking as fate draws these two together.  There's a lot of internal narration in the first 2/3 of this and less action, and I had mixed feelings about that.  While it definitely helped to build my understanding and sympathy for Kalli and her loneliness, it did drag the pace of the story a bit which was really my only complaint with this title.

Things start really moving toward the last 1/3 of Inspire, and there was lots of action and angst, as Kalli realizes that Wilder is not exactly who she thought he was. I loved the reveal of Wilder's true calling to Kalli, and it sets off a chain of events that convinces Kalli she has to take some drastic measures if she wants to be able to stay with Wilder. 

There's great chemistry between Kalli and Wilder, and he's quite the smooth talker in and out of the bedroom, so in terms of appeal, yeah, Wilder will probably make your book boyfriend list!  While there were some elements of Inspire that I'd seen in other paranormal titles, I found myself really connecting with Kalli and wanting her to be happy. Inspire ends on a major cliffhanger that is sure to have you anxious for the next book in this series.

Overall, a great start to this paranormal series.  Can't wait for book 2!

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Cora Carmack’s INSPIRE Blog Tour Schedule:
December 15th

Smart & Savvy with Stephanie – Review & Character Interview

The Book Cellar – Guest Post

December 16th

Lost in Lit – Review & Character Interview-Kallie and Wilder

NC 2 DC – Review

The Cover Contessa – Review

December 17th

K-Books – Review

Romance Addict Book Blog – Dreamcast

December 18th

Author Groupies – Review

Booklovers For Life – Review

Ficwishes – Review

December 19th

Worn Down Glories – Excerpt

Jen in Bookland – Review

Vi3tbabe – Review

Ticket to Anywhere – Guest Post

December 20th

Four Chicks Flipping Pages Review & Playlist

Watcha Reading – Character Interview-Lennox

December 21st

The Shadow Realm – Review

Nose Stuck in a Book – Author Interview

StuckInBooks – Review

December 22nd

Anna's Book Blog – Excerpt

Lovin' Los Libros – Review

shelf life – Review

December 23rd

Stuck In YA Books – Review & Guest Post

LuLo Fangirl – Review

Give Me Books – Review

Step Into Fiction – Review

December 24th

Grown Up Book Reviews / Mundie Moms – Review & Author Interview

Wendi Galbreath – Review

Cocktails and Books – Review
About Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.



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