Review | Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack – ARC

Title: Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack

Publisher: Tor Teen

Published: August 27, 2019

Read as: eARC from Netgalley

My rating: 3

Previous in series: Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack

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. (Goodreads)

When I read Roar, the first book in this series, back in 2017 I was in love. The storytelling was fluid, the plot clipped along at a good pace, and I was interested in all of the characters that we encountered. When Rage’s publication got pushed back due to Carmack’s illness I was a little disappointed, even though I certainly understood why, as I was fiercely anticipating the sequel.

Unfortunately, I didn’t find quite the same joy in Rage as I had in Roar.

We return to the series with the same cast that we had come to know and love in Roar and I was anxious to dive back in to their story. Aurora and the storm hunting motley crew she joined have returned to the city of her birth where she is the rightful heir to the throne to find it beaten and battered by the Stormlord who is set upon destroying the Locke family who have taken up residence.

While there were a few points in the story I truly enjoyed, like a budding f/f romance, there was also a great deal that felt very dry. It was as if the bones of the story were there to hold it together but it was missing the substance that would make it truly special.

I think it speaks highly Carmack that even despite lacking what I would call substance, the story’s bones were still enough to carry it through to a three star rating.

I found the highlights of the book to be when it focused on characters and their growth and turmoil rather than engaging only in the main plot. All of out main characters are back and we get a good look into who they are beneath the storm chasing which I felt we didn’t really see before. Except for our male love interest. He is still as interesting as a used toothpick.

Despite my love of the characters themselves, I felt like the plot was a little thin. It was technically good, the building blocks were there, but we never saw deeper into it than a passing glance. Honestly, despite having just finished reading the book I couldn’t tell you much about what actually happened. It just felt shallow.

Overall, Rage was good but not great. There was enough to keep me reading but it just lacked the depth to make me truly invested. This review is of an advanced copy so the author may make some changes in the final edition that could change my mind about it overall. I do have a finished copy on preordered so once I read it I may come back and update this review but for now I’m leaving it with a 3/5.

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