Review: Rage by Cora Carmack

I received this book at BookExpo in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own! This book comes out Tuesday August 27th

Synopsis:

Please see my review of Roar here for my original thoughts and synopsis of the first book

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

I enjoyed this book, but I felt at times it was very slow. But the ending chapters were very good! The Storm magic is still pretty ambiguous though which kind of annoys me… Because I would like it explained. I’m still a bit baffled that no one figured out who Roar was until book 2… I still don’t find it plausible in my own head but 🤷🏻‍♀️ Overall though I did enjoy the story though as I said it felt a bit slow. It could have been shorter to help with the flow of the story.

~Basically me @ these characters when they still hadn’t figured out Roar was the princess~

About the Author:

Cora Carmack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult Romance and YA fantasy. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. Cora lives in Austin, TX, and on any given day you might find her typing away at her computer, flying to various cities around the world, or just watching Netflix with her kitty Katniss and her dog Sherlock. But she can always be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website www.coracarmack.com.

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Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

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Synopsis:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

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.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

 

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

Overall I enjoyed this book. I wasn’t blown away like I thought I would be. It felt a bit generic honestly? Though the storm magic was a nice change and the characters were refreshing! I was hoping a bit more would happen though, plus it had the ‘ooo MC is special’ trope which is a bit overdone. The villain was also a bit… Overdone? Like this book just felt like other things I’ve read. I do have an ARC of Rage that I am currently reading. The only thing I did really like is the romance and can’t wait to see that play out more!

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~Me because this book is like super beloved from what I’ve seen~

 

About the Author:

Cora Carmack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult Romance and YA fantasy. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. Cora lives in Austin, TX, and on any given day you might find her typing away at her computer, flying to various cities around the world, or just watching Netflix with her kitty Katniss and her dog Sherlock. But she can always be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website www.coracarmack.com.

Review: Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez

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Synopsis:

Not you without me, not me without you.

Two proud kingdoms stand on opposite shores, with only a bloody history between them.

As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what’s right, even as her powers grow beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her best friend and the only man she’s ever loved.

Inspired by the star-crossed tale of Tristan and Eseult, this is the story of the legend’s true heroine: Branwen. For fans of Graceling and The Mists of Avalon, this is the first book of a lush fantasy trilogy about warring countries, family secrets, and forbidden romance.

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

I knocked this down a whole point because of Essie. Seriously, she was ANNOYING. I get she was supposed to be but OOMGGGG like GIRL STOP! Branwen is seriously a saint for putting up with that girl I swear. And speaking of Branwen, she’s so loyal… Loyal to a fault. It kind of sucked how the book ended but I’m hoping Branwen comes into her own and messes stuff uuuppp!!

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~Essie STAHP~

July Wrap-Up

Hey whoa I had an EPIC reading month. Like truly epic. Mainly because I participated in a readathon 😱 But anyway, I read 27 books. Yep, 27! I honestly don’t know how I did it either. Wow! Anyway, I’ll be participating in ARC August so my August TBR is up in the air! I will post that another day when it’s finalized.

July Reads:

Sawkill Girls – 5/5 ⭐️

When Summer Ends – 3/5 ⭐️

Sea Witch – 3/5 ⭐️

The Darkest Star – 5/5 ⭐️

The Ring and The Crown – 3/5 ⭐️

Blood and Sand – 4/5 ⭐️

Deadly Class – 5/5 ⭐️

Moonstruck – 3/5 ⭐️

Justified – 5/5 ⭐️

The Triumphant – 4/5 ⭐️

The King – 5/5 ⭐️

They Both Die at the End – 5/5 ⭐️

Unplugged – 2/5 ⭐️

Witch Born – 3/5 ⭐️

No Place Like Here – 3/5 ⭐️

Girls of Storm and Shadow – 5/5 ⭐️

Mooncakes – 5/5 ⭐️

Sumokitty – 5/5 ⭐️

Kakegurui vol 6 – 5/5 ⭐️

Sweet Black Waves – 4/5 ⭐️

Roar – 4/5 ⭐️

Pretty in Punxsutawney – 3/5 ⭐️

Nyxia – 4/5 ⭐️

Past Perfect Life – 5/5 ⭐️

Season of the Witch – 4/5 ⭐️

Macbeth – 3/5 ⭐️

As She Ascends – 4/5 ⭐️

~Me smiling and waving at all the books I finished~

Review: Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk

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Synopsis:

Forged in battle…
From the dust of the arena…
A legend will rise

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic—and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus…

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus…

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

This book was SO GOOD. Like really good, though it did drag just a bit for me. I love a gender-bent retelling though and Attia did NOT disappoint, she can rival even Mia from Nevernight in fierceness. This book was also super short which didn’t help with the dragging, which was why I knocked it down a star.

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~My surprise at Attia’s fierceness~

Review: Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Synopsis:

Wicked meets “The Little Mermaid” in the captivating origin story of the sea’s most iconic villainess, perfect for fans of Heartless and Dorothy Must Die.

Ever since her best friend Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt.

Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears on the shore, and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes. Suddenly Evie feels like she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after. 

But magic isn’t kind, and her new friend harbors secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad—or on two legs—without Evie’s help. And when Evie reaches deep into the power of her magic to save her friend’s humanity—and her prince’s heart—she discovers, too late, what she’s bargained away.

My Review:

3/5 ⭐️

This dragged for me 😫 Which sucked because I really wanted to love it. It was super predictable and even the ‘twist’ I saw coming. I don’t know… I’m just wholly disappointed because people RAVE about this book… And I’m like… Meh…

~Me just being disappointed in this book~

Product Review: Wax Melts from Get Fictional

I purchased these wax melts with my own money. I’m not a rep, just an overall fan of Get Fictionals aesthetic!

I bought 4 wax melts from Get Fictional Klaus Mikaelson, Little Crow, I Hope Your Pie is Freaking Worth It, and Want a Balloon. The labels on these are STUNNING first and foremost, really gorgeous. I especially like the art for Dean’s wax melt and Pennywise! I really love Mia’s scent because it is both feminine and dark like her. Though Klaus also had such a beautiful scent omg!

Like just look at this first off, the label for Klaus is perfect for him and it smells SO BEAUTIFUL I can’t even.

So first off I love the scent if clove and pomegranate separately! Together? Phenomenal omg. Like this is just perfect! Plus the label is perfect for Mia also 😉

Overall I’m very impressed with Get Fictional! You can find them on Instagram here.

Review: Chilling Adventures in Sorcery by Gray Morrow and Alex Toth

Synopsis:

Presented by Sabrina the Teenage Witch, this collection features some of the most horrifying classic stories to ever be published by Archie Comics, collected for the first time in graphic novel form. Featuring an all-new cover by comic artist extraordinaire Francesco Francavilla ( Afterlife With Archie)!

My Review:

4/5 ⭐️

Super spooky! The art style is typical of Archie comics. The stories were neat and had that spoop factor that I enjoy! Highly recommend for horror and comic book enthusiasts. Sonny’s World was pretty campy and cute, a fave. Though I think The Two Thieves of Baghdad was my favorite out of the collection.

Review: Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Synopsis:

Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

My Review:

5/5 ⭐️

This book!!!! 🙌🏻 I cannot rave about it enough. Spooky, creepy, amazing! If you like creepy horror things like IT or Stranger Things pick this book up NOW! Great for a Fall read though I think it’s an any season kind of read.

I really loved the budding romance between Val and Marion even amidst all of the craziness that was happening. It ultimately was what helped both girls come into their own too imo!

~Me yelling at everyone telling them to read this book~

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