(The Muse, #1)
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Publisher: Self; 284 pages
Kalliope lives with one purpose.
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.
The one thing Cora can do and Cora can do beautifully is character development. I absolutely loved every single character introduced in this story. Especially Kalli and Wilder. I mean, could we have a more perfect couple than them? Not saying their relationship is anywhere close to perfect but these two were certainly made for one another. The romance is sizzling. And when I say sizzling, I really, truly mean smoking. Wow. I truly think that might be one of the hottest scenes I've read in a book; if not, definitely in a NA book. I'm still fanning myself from it.
I love the relationship between Wilder and his younger, adorable sister, Gwen but what I love more than their relationship is the relationship Gwen forms with Kalli. It's adorable and it does a number on my heart. It's an instant bond and it's the most precious thing I've ever seen.
Wilder, as an individual, was exciting. He appeared to be a typical guy, wearing business attire, having a 9-5 job but it's amazing what a setting can do to a person. The next time we see him, we see him dressed differently and we get a better look at who he is. No matter what, his personality is one of a really, really good guy. One who knows what he wants and doesn't hesitate to tell you what that is. He may have had me blushing a few times with how straight forward he was.
Kalli, I feel bad for her. I couldn't imagine living forever. No one wants to die, I get that, but when you think about living forever, it's depressing. Especially when everyone else is dying off and you can never truly connect with anyone. It's a very lonely existence and I don't know how she does it and isn't a wee bit crazier.
Now, here comes where my issue lies. This is a paranormal book, right? I was excited because it's one of the few paranormal NA out there (especially from NA authors I like). I'm not a fan of YA contemp but I can do NA contemp. However, when going in to a story expecting PNR, it's a little disappointing when the book reads like a contemp with a dash of paranormal thrown in the mix. Especially since it was being pushed so heavily as PNR, I was expecting more. Maybe this is wrong of me to have those types of expectations but it really let me down when I was reading it. With how this book ended, I do see more PNR being involved in the next book and I am excited for that but I can't tell you how much this aspect let me down. If I came in to this book expecting it to be contemp, I would've gone out loving it because it was brilliant. And like I said, while I don't hate this book and I rather enjoyed it quite a bit, I can't willingly give it more stars because of this.
I want to thank Inkslinger and Cora Carmack for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour. I know you picked limited people and I'm eternally grateful that I was selected to participate. Thank you so much for a copy of this book 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). 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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