RAGE by Cora Carmack. Review of a sequel that left me wanting for something more.

Synopsis

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.

 

Review

 

4 stars

 

First let’s begin with two statements:

  • This sequel was long awaited!

I read ROAR while I visited Colorado more than two years ago and waited for RAGE since that time. I follow Cora on social media and new she had serious health problems and reading her acknowledgements I could understand what she went through and why of course, she needed time to write this story.

  • I really enjoy this series but never seem to give more than 4 stars.

This is a great book but there is something lacking for me to give it more than 4 stars and I have no idea what that is! Is it because the main characters are too good that I need something more from them? Kiran is the perfect white knight and Aurora is the gentle princess who has to go through a tough path to become who she was meant to be. They are not mono or bi dimensional but …I don’t know!

In RAGE you have Aurora’s quest to save her town and discover what happened to her mother. We will learn more about her special power and she will learn to wield it to protect those she loves.

I was team Cassius in the first book as I love my heroes broody and in shades of grey but I confess that Kiran’s protectiveness and dedication won me over!

You will have battles against storm, witches saving the day, plot against the usurper family, lover’s quarrel and big reveal about some main characters!

There is not a dull moment in this story.

 

My only complaint: Aurora still has some journey to do to meet my “perfect heroine” criteria.

And this is a case of it’s not the book it’s me! She’s already evolved from book first but still has some growing up or hardening to do.  Aurora is kind to her core and she tries her best to master her magic. She trains hard and I love that once again it’s not miraculous ability falling into her laps but something she has to work hard to master. Yet I think her being reckless in her want to save her beloved ones then doubting when all goes to hell and feeling guilty has me …tired? Disappointed? Annoyed? I don’t know. I am aware that she behaves in a very human way and I probably behave like her: doing first, thinking after and then regretting. Maybe that’s why I am annoyed with Aurora? Because I am pissed at myself when I act like that?

Dunno but that’s how I feel.

““Maybe you should have thought of that before you went on a rescue mission without a plan.”

A sob caught and burst in Aurora’s throat. How did she always do everything wrong? No matter her intentions, no matter that she wanted to make things better, she only seemed to make them worse.”

I think she needs more edge to perfectly fit my taste.

The good news is that with that ending I bet that’s what we’ll get in the next book!

 

Recommend this series? Absolutely and I hope the last book in the trilogy will be published within a few months.

 

Have you read it yet?

 

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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4 Replies to “RAGE by Cora Carmack. Review of a sequel that left me wanting for something more.”

  1. I haven’t read this one yet, but I need to! The wait has been so long! I think I might need a refresher on what happened in the first book before I dive in, haha 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well Mogsy I’ll be on the lookout for your review!

  2. I also felt the same way, Sophie! It was a great read but I found something missing in it. The ending was a nice twist but It seemed a bit rushed. BTW I don’t like reckless heroines either! Let’s hope we both love the finale!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh I am so relieved that I am not the only one Raven! That book is so hyped that I find difficult to go with something else than an over enthusiastic review!

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