Rage by Cora Carmack

GoodReads Summary:
Princess or adventurer.
Duty or freedom.
Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.
If Aurora knows anything, it’s that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan.
In disguise as the rebel Roar, she puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different—they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent.
This feels like more than rage.
It feels like war.
Rage (Stormheart, #2)Review:
Rage is the second book in the Stormheart series. I buddy read the first book (find my review here!) with my favorite group of lovelies, Alana, Rae, & Books in the Skye, and so we just had to buddy read this one together as well. But I was a bad buddy reader and didn’t manage to finish this book until almost a month later. I’ve been having a really tough time wanting to read fantasy. But I still really enjoyed this one.
The magic system is beyond interesting. It’s such a unique and creative idea that it’s really refreshing. Fantasy can get a bit monotonous with similar magics and whatnot, but this definitely was an idea that I hadn’t seen before. I am very interested to continue learning more about Aurora’s powers.
Aurora is fierce and loyal and learning more about herself. She’s run from a marriage she didn’t want in the first book, but in this one, she’s returning to her city to fix her mistake. She still doesn’t want to marry Cassius, but that’s a minor problem considering his family has taken over her city. She’s grown and realized her flaws and how she might have done things differently, but there’s no going back. In going forward, she’s doing her best to do right by those she cares for.
Enter Kieran. I love him. I think his reaction to Aurora’s secret was reasonable. And their relationship goes a step further. I really love that they bring out the best in one another. A part of me can’t help but think there’s more to Kieran’s history that we just don’t know yet, so I’m eager for the release of the next book to see what else he hasn’t shared yet.
Cassius is my favorite. I know he’s supposed to be a villain of sorts, but there’s something about him that just draws me in. He’s not after power, like his father. He just wants Aurora. With his role in the final pages of Rage, I’m beyond interested to see where the next book will pick up.
Overall, I think the characters are well developed and complex. Especially our actual villain. I enjoyed getting to see a bit of the Stormlord’s history. Seeing where he came from made him a bit more human. I love the world and the magic that is in it. I just really enjoyed this book as a whole. I’m very excited to see what will happen next in this series.

Quotes:

“I want to help you do the wild, improbable things you dream of doing. I want to stand beside you as you turn this place upside down and build it anew.”

“Sometimes the most important things a person could do was to simply show up.”

“Life happens how it happens, and you either move with the maelstrom or die wallowing about the change in the winds.”

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Roar by Cora Carmack

Summary:
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.
Roar (Stormheart, #1)Review:
Roar was the book that was chosen for a buddy read with my favorites, The Bookish Chick, Thrifty Bibliophile, and Books in the Skye. I love reading with these ladies because I’ve loved almost all the books we’ve read together and I love being able to talk about my thoughts on the book as we read.
Roar was so fun to read. Cora Carmack is the queen of suspense. There are so many little mysteries that are all linked together that we’re just waiting to find out what’s really going on. The suspense and mystery in this novel is what kept me going. It left me wanting more right up until the last page.
The characters were interesting and compelling. I love the friend squad that Rora found for herself. I loved their adventures and the things that they taught her. I love a good found family but I’m wondering how things are going to go once they all get back to the city. I’m really interested to see how things will play out and if there will be love triangle. I think there’s potential for a certain someone to redeem himself and I’m kind of rooting for it.
The ending was the only thing I didn’t like about the book and the reason I gave it four stars on GoodReads instead of five. The ending was left so opened and I didn’t like that. I don’t mind a cliff hanger but this wasn’t that to me. There were too many questions that were left unanswered for my liking.
Overall, I’m so happy we read this book together because I really enjoyed it. The magic system was unique and fascinating and I can’t wait to learn more about Rora’s abilities and the mysterious big bad. I loved the world and its history. I just cannot wait for the sequel so I can jump back into this world.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.