Author: Cora Carmack
Overall Read or Don’t Read: READ
Star Rating: 4
NON SPOILER REVIEW
Inspire was a stumbled upon novel (Meaning I accidentally found it.) I haven’t read anything else by Cora Carmack but I definitely will. Inspire is a modern day romance with an other worldly twist.
I always like when the world we live in has a bit of magic. The protagonist (Kalliope) in this novel was very likable. She was generally level headed and actually took action to avoid the obvious danger rather than prancing into the sunset without considering the consequences.
Kalliope is immortal, she is a muse. Her purpose is to inspire musicians and artists to reach their potential then leave once she has completed her mission. I liked the idea of Kalliope being immortal and not bound by time while at the same time having the purpose to basically hook up with up and coming artists. I imagined her lounging around with Leonardo DaVinci one century then running her hands through Kurt Cobains hair in a different one.
Her character has been alive for an extremely long time and instead of her lacking the wisdom of an older person (like other immortals I’ve read) she remains stable for the most part. I hate when an immortal creature has errors in judgment similar to a 15 year old. If they have been alive forever then there should be a subtle…poise to their character. Carlisle from twilight comes to mind.
The romance part developed at a pace I felt comfortable with. I often read books within 24 hours so I don’t like to feel brain raped. Supporting character were good, not great.
SEMI SPOILER REVIEW
I liked how the other worldly part of book seemed to overrule the modern day point in time. I was constantly aware of how small the lives of the mortals seemed in comparison to the God’s world.
There was the almost ever present mention that the protagonist was “fuller” than most women. While I appreciate the mention I sometimes wonder why that’s such a constant in books?
THE ENDING!!! I knew this was the beginning of a larger story but man that ending went there! It wasn’t a safe ending, it didn’t stay in the same setting to avoid a different “feel” in the next book. It hinted at something totally different and it broke the rules a little. I love that. Break them rules Authors! GO there, we want that.
-I would have loved to see Wilder’s (the boyfriend) bestie get a jolt of inspiration from Kalli then get all nuts about her 😉 that would have been a twist!
-The mother character could have used a crutch of some sort to make us care about her plight. Rich woman forced into the life of an RN who makes more than the average family didn’t exactly make me worry about her.
– A prequel would be fun. Watch Kalli meet, and inspire artists throughout different settings around the world and timeline. It’s a limitless idea really. She could be anywhere, in any century and there are thousands of artists we could get a spin on.