Book Review: Inspire (The Muse #1)

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Book Review: Inspire (The Muse #1)Inspire by Cora Carmack
Series: The Muse #1
Published On: December 2014
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Mythology, Greek
Location: USA
Maturity Level: Adult - lots of sexual content
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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 was gifted this book during a secret santa exchange because I was told I would like it. Well congrats to my secret santa because she wasn’t wrong! I’ve been starting to venture out of young adult books and moving into new adult and adult. Possibly because I’m getting a little older so my reading is doing the same. I really liked that Inspire was a new adult book because it’s just kind of nice to read an older, more mature romance book every once and a while.

I was also a really big fan of the characters and if you know me at all then you know that characters are what makes a book for me. The plot could be sub-par (which in this case it actually was) but I’ll still enjoy myself if the characters are well done. I think it partially had to do with the artists. I’m an artist myself and I find it difficult to find characters who are serious artists (not just the typical moody artists we see so often).

There’s problematic things in Inspire for sure. The romance felt a bit rushed sometimes. Not quite insta-love but it’s close to it which bothered me a little. Also this book is mainly about sex. Nothing else really. There’s a plot in there somewhere but it felt pushed to the side to make way for all these sex scenes. I have no problem with that, I just wanted more of a plot to go with it than just some of the silly romance we got. It just made the book feel a little childish at times.

One thing I wish we could have seen more of was Kali’s backstory. We know she’s a Greek muse but we don’t really know much else. I’m a huge fan of any kind of mythology and I was expecting to see a lot more of it. I’d recommend Inspire to those who love a good new adult paranormal romance because that’s exactly what that is. It’s not character or plot driven but mostly romance driven. Sometimes that’s ok though.  The romance outweighs the fantasy by a long shot but if that’s your thing then you’d love this book.

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