Review | Inspire by Cora Carmack

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Review | Inspire by Cora CarmackInspire by Cora Carmack
Series: The Muse #1
Published by Self Pub
Release date : December 14th, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased | Format: eBook
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link)
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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.

I have been on the hunt – for ages – for a non contemporary New Adult novel. I bought this one a few weeks back and I was so excited to read it. I adored All Lined Up and I have heard so many great things about Inspire and her other novels.

Sadly, Inspire was… disappointing. VERY disappointing. I really don’t want to rant – but this will probably turn into a rant.

I find it hilarious that this read as a contemporary insta love story for about 80% of the book. Sure, there are mythology elements, being that our protagonist is a Muse – but… not much else. To be frank – it’s disappointing that this “MYTHOLOGY” was used as an EXCUSE for these two to fall in love within weeks time, because HELLO IT’S DESTINY.


I have never been a fan of this. Because you don’t know if the characters really love each other, or if they are together because of DESTINY. Not only that, our love interest, Wilder, is a musician. As a Muse, Kalliope is “attracted” to artists to release her inspiration. So, are you really telling me that the fact he is a musician has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THEIR ATTRACTION, LUST INSTA LOVE?

Didn’t THINK so.

It’s also hard, really hard, for me to discuss her character. She can heal! She is beautiful! She is WISE! But she is ridiculously naive and to be honest, selfish.. Typical “immortal” characteristics.

I sympathized with her character – a little – she just wanted a family, to be loved for herself and all that. But she doesn’t DO anything. She literally, sits and pushes inspiration into other people. She has no personality. I didn’t see one remarkable thing about her character, to understand why Wilder was so WILD (bahaha PUNNY) about her. NOT A SINGLE ONE.

I didn’t care for Wilder either – he’s character is portrayed as a love-sick puppy that can’t live without Kalliope and acts JUST like the first guy in the beginning View Spoiler ». It’s NOT HEALTHY. I honestly felt bad for the poor guy, because he literally had NO chance against her. Like he wanted to say no to her anyway, but still.

Insta love, LONG, DRAWN OUT sex scenes – I mean, their first “explosive” scene is within the first 20% – a whole lot of angst with the “YOU ARE TOO GOOD FOR ME’s”  bull shit,  a cliff hanger ending that had me laughing my ass off – and dash of paranormal and you have Inspire.

I did not care for this book, at all.



Tonya is a 30 y/o mom, wife, avid reader, coffee junkie, junk food addicted workaholic and blogger.

6 responses to “Review | Inspire by Cora Carmack

  1. Red Iza

    You pinpointed quite accurately what I’m trying hard to avoid in this kind of books, so thanks very much for the warning !

  2. Suzi Q, The Book Dame

    This sounds like such a disappointment. I can see why you read it. There seems like the promise for some interesting elements. Thank you for your honest and informative review.

    • tonyalee

      Almost everyone that I have seen loves this – so maybe it’s me but….

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