In Review: Inspire (The Muse #1) by Cora Carmack

Posted February 25, 2015 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 2 Comments

In Review: Inspire (The Muse #1) by Cora CarmackInspire by Cora Carmack
Series: The Muse #1
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Publication date: December 15, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 284 pages
How I got it: From the author
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My rating:

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. 


in review my thoughts

Paranormal romance has never been a genre I’ve been particularly interested in. I’m not sure why, but after reading books like this and JLA’s NA PNR books, it’s clear I’ve been missing out. Maybe it’s the new adult part that works for me more than others I’ve tried to read in the past. I’m not sure, but I do know one thing, Cora Carmack writes fantastic PNR.

I’ve been a fan of Cora’s contemporary books for years now; ever since falling in love with Bliss, Garrick and Hamlet (of course) in Losing It. I relate to her awkward characters. I fall all over myself for her swoony guys. I cheer her strong heroines. I was ridiculously excited to get my hands on Inspire pre-release and I devoured it. I hate that I’m just now getting around to writing my review, but life gets in the way sometimes.

I’ve read paranormal books dealing with a number of different types of characters, but I’ve never read about a muse before. I’m familiar with the concept, but not the details. I really liked Kalliope and the premise of this book and I was hopelessly sucked into the story from the beginning, but I struggled a little bit wrapping my head around the details of muses. I think I could’ve used just a bit more world-building to fully embrace the entire concept, but it someone more familiar with mythology it probably wouldn’t be a problem.

Kalliope was a great heroine. I definitely connected with her from the start. I felt her confusion and conflict between doing “the right thing” and satiating a need. I loved Wilder. He gave me all the warm fuzzy feels. I loved their chemistry and the sexual tension between them was palpable. Cora definitely turned up the heat factor in this book. *fans self*

Inspire is really something best experienced on your own and without me saying anything to potentially ruin it for you. I read it in one sitting. I couldn’t get enough of the characters, the creativity and the passion. A word of warning, however… there is a particularly BRUTAL cliffhanger at the end of this book. It made my jaw drop, my heart break and left me desperate for more. I need Inflict, like, yesterday.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest 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). Raised in a small Texas town, she now splits her time between New York City and Austin and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various television shows on Netflix. In her books, you can expect to find humor, heart, and a whole lot of awkward. Because let’s face it . . . awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Represented by the fabulous Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary.


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2 responses to “In Review: Inspire (The Muse #1) by Cora Carmack

  1. PNR isn’t my thing either as I feel the romance often dominates at the expense of plot and action. And I’m not interested in sex every chapter which I see in lots of these genre books! I tend to avoid the paranormal novels with swooning couples and half naked men on the covers for that reason. I probably am missing out on some good stories where the romance perhaps adds to to plot ie Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost, but on my book budget I can’t risk ending up with the other end of the scale and not finishing all of them!

  2. RIGHT? That ending?! Stab me in the freaking heart! Ugh. I loved Wilder too- he was a great guy. I also liked Kalliope too. I love all things greek mythology, so this one was definitely up my alley, but I agree- I could have used a bit more world building myself.