Blogtober: Review | Rage

“But in this city, in all Stormling cities, he was acutely aware that humans could cause just as much damage as the fiercest of tempests.”

Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Format: Physical Copy


Synopsis

35677535Princess 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.


The Verdict

The highly anticipated sequel to Roar was equal parts thrilling and suffering from second book syndrome, but overall I have to say I enjoyed more than I disliked. If you haven’t picked up Rage yet I would highly recommend doing a reread of Roar. I had only read the first book a few months back but I was still so confused when I first picked up book two because I couldn’t remember everything that happened. There were a lot of “ooooh now I remember” and “who the hell is that” going on for the first 25% of the book, but once I got it we were in good business.

What I Liked

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 The crew. I absolutely loved to be back with the crew that Roar surrounded herself with in book one. They’re all so lovable and sneaky and if I’m being honest, carry a large part of the story on their backs, more so than Roar.

📖 Villian backstory. Rage kicks off with a new element to the story and that’s learning about how the Stormlord came to be and giving readers a little inkling on why he’s hellbent on ruining the Locke family.  Y’all know I am a SUCKER for a villain’s backstory and I think this worked really well for the book.

🔮 Magic system. I think this might be favorite magic system of all time. I loved it in book one and I love it just as much in this book as well. It’s totally unique and anything that has to do with storms is a plus in my book.

👩‍❤️‍👩 New relationships. Is that a new romance I spot on the horizon? The second Nova and Jinx met and sparks were flying I was here for it. I love that Jinx helped Nova through her anxiety and with her powers. I can’t wait to see where book three takes them.

🏰 Storming the castle. Once the crew’s plan of storming the castle to get Roar’s mother and Nova out was in place the story really started to pick up. I was FLYING through the second half of the book because I needed to know what happened. I may have even read a few extra chapters a day during my buddy read because it was that good.

⚔️ Fight to the death. I have to say there were some pretty satisfying deaths in this book (my lips are sealed), and I can’t wait to see the aftermath of them in book 3. There were also a few plot twists through this that I really enjoyed as well.

What I Disliked

👸🏼 Roar. Yep, you read that right. I feel like Rage took a few steps backwards in terms of her character development. I didn’t really like that she become irrational again and just ran into dangerous situations without thinking of the repercussions. I thought that we had moved past that and she learned her lesson in book one, but I guess not.

💔 Romance. I mean this kind of goes without saying because I do NOT ship Roar and Kieran. Team Cassius all the way over here and I’m not gonna lie, it hurts when your ship will probably never sail. But also, I didn’t like that a good quarter of this book was Roar struggling with how the tell Kieran who she really was and then Kieran being mad at her for another quarter of the book. *rolls eyes*

📈 Pacing. The pacing was a little rough. This starts off slower but then once it picks up it flies. Luckily, the crew makes up for the slow pacing in the first half of the book.

🔚 The end. I am sad. Don’t get me wrong I liked the plot twists leading up to the end, but when you really know book three isn’t going to go your way it will definitely hurt your heart a bit.

All in all, even though I had my ups and downs with this book you better believe I will be reading the final book Reign when it hits shelves next August!

Buddy read w/: Amanda (Classy x Book Reviews), Rae (Thrifty Bibliophile), & Steph (Books in the Skye)

Stay spooky,

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3 thoughts on “Blogtober: Review | Rage

  1. I just got a shipping notification – my copy is officially on it’s way to me and I’m SO EXCITED! I adored Roar and the crew so I can’t wait to get my hands on Rage. Also – VILLAIN BACKSTORY??? HELL TO THE YEAH! I’m all about a good villain! ❤

    But I also have to note that I really appreciate how you flesh out all the flaws along with the highs. It's not very often that a second book surpasses that of the first so I'm glad I'll be able to go in knowing it's not perfect. Also, serious condolences for your ship. I might be team Kieran but I know the pain of a sunken ship. 😦

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  2. Your review really encapsulates my reading experience — the exact same things I liked and struggled with. It’s creepy. LOL.

    I was so frustrated with Kieran in the book and Aurora holding onto the damn secret of her identity for so long pissed me off. That said, I think the book sets up book 3 amazingly and I am really excited to see what happens! It definitely suffers from middle book syndrome, but then again, Cora’s brain no longer is the same since her epilepsy diagnosis, so in light of that it is a decent sequel.

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    1. Great minds think alike 😂

      I totally agree that this one sets up book three amazingly and I really can’t wait to see how it all ends. It was definitely a decent sequel but I think I’ll always be a little bit bitter about Cassius and Aurora!

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