Thursday, December 18, 2014

Madness - Melissa's Review of INSPIRE by Cora Carmack - BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY

Title: INSPIRE (The Muse #1)
Author: Cora Carmack
Publication Date: 12/15/14

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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.

 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

Bloggers[Heart]Books – Excerpt

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

Novel Grounds da - 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

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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This story is truly magical. I don't want to be cliché and say it was inspiring, but honestly? Words are kind of failing me at the moment. This story was so well thought out and perfectly executed, I couldn't have portrayed it better myself. But who am I? I'll tell you who I am. I'm somebody that is totally in love with this story, the artistic details in it, and its characters.
If you don't fall for Kalli (Kalliope) like I did, I'm going to ask you to check and see if you're still human. This girl, man I really feel for her. She's essentially given up the only family she's ever cared for—her sisters—to wander the world alone; destined to date the "same" guy over and over, for thousands of years. Yes, I said thousands. And I use the term "same" loosely, because let's face it, mortals don't live more than one lifetime. Kalli is a Goddess, a Muse, really. In order to survive peacefully and to release the chaotic energy inside her, she has to form attachments to artists, she typically dates them, and over time she passes her energy into them, acting as a creative juice to fuel their artistic talents.

She's dated the Picasso's and the Poe's of the world, and all she wants is a break. A relationship where she doesn't have to charm or lie, a life where she can stay in one place for more than a few months, and love and friendship...and family...and peace. She yearns for the things that the people surrounding her take for granted every day. In walks Wilder Bell.   
Wilder couldn't have stepped into Kalli's life at a more perfect moment, and vice versa. They enter each other's lives while both going through very dark times. Wilder is dealing with family issues and struggling to hold what feels like the weight of the world on his shoulders, while Kalli is reeling from the guilt of a previous breakup and is beginning to think that she causes more harm than good.

Wilder is perfectly flawed. He admits to his downfalls, like his dislike for chocolate (seriously, what the heck, dude?) and his guilty anger at uprooting his life due to a tragedy in his family.  Despite his flaws, Wilder is the first person to really notice Kalli for Kalli, and is the first to ask her what no one has ever taken the time to ask her her whole life: What do you want, Kalli? How can I be there for you? He isn't attracted to her because she's a Muse, he's attracted to her because Fate is a fickle bitch, and she gets what she wants. Kalli's stubbornness and Wilder's lovesick recklessness are no match for the ties that bind, and you just can't fight your destiny.
Wilder is human, Kalli is a Grecian Muse. What could possibly go wrong for them?
Everything. But isn't that what love is all about? Risking everything and hoping it will turn out in the end.
I loved this story. The only thing I disliked was that there wasn't more for me to read. Right now!
5 Stars!
P.S. I cannot wait for the second installment.

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