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.
My 3.5 Star Review
I will be honest... This is my first Cora Carmack book. I know, bad blogger. I get so wrapped up in so many books and series, some get put off. That's why I decided to take part in this tour. I wouldn't be able to put off another book by an author I vowed to read, and then I don't get to it soon enough. So, here I am, torn. While this is a really good book, it wasn't a book that I am fawning over.
Cora's writing is very imaginative and descriptive. I love that about this book. I was able to "watch" the story in my head. I had a tight grasp on Kalliope and Wilder's emotions and feelings. I absolutely love that.
The struggles both characters go through kept the book a lot more interesting. However, the book moved really slow. I don't do slow. I want the book to jump at me and smack me in the face. I didn't get any slapping in the face with this book.
Kalliope is lonely and drawn to Wilder. But she knows all she will do is hurt him. She tries really hard to resist him, but he is persistent. These two characters are definitely drawn to one another whether it is good for them or not. To be honest, it was a little depressing in some parts.
Once the book picked up and I was just starting to think I would get that slap I wanted, it ended. Poof. Done. Over. I was a little disappointed. I am one for action of some kind.
Overall, this is a good story. It's so creative and imaginative, you can't dislike it no matter what kind of genre you prefer. It's sad but sweet. Unfortunately, I didn't read this during a sad but sweet mood. This is one of those books that I would normally read after a complete mind fuck!
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.