Book Buzzin’: Roar by Cora Carmack

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Book Buzzin’: Roar by Cora CarmackRoar (Stormheart, #1) by Cora Carmack
Published by Tor Teen on June 13th 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 380

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.

I’m so excited to present another edition of Book Buzzin’ here at What Sarah Read. Every so often, I feature an upcoming release I’ve read recently that I think you may want to know more about. I’ll share some of the positive buzz surrounding it and also link to retailers where you can purchase the book and any pre-order swag you can get your hands on. Today, I’m buzzin’ about Cora Carmack‘s upcoming Fantasy YA debut, “Roar”.

Happy Teaser Tuesday, friends! I thought today would be the perfect day to share an epic teaser from Roar to help kick off the ONE week countdown until the release date. I know many of us know and love Cora from her swoony (and steamy) New Adult series Rusk University, Losing It and The Muse. But one week from today, Cora joins the ranks of amazing authors of epic Young Adult fantasy books. Even MORE exciting is that Roar is the first book in the new Stormheart series, so after you fall in love with the first book you can rest easy knowing there is more to come!

Check out this special Teaser Tuesday excerpt of Roar!

While you’re here, make sure you watch this amazing book trailer for Roar! If you weren’t already super excited for this book, the trailer will put you completely over the edge.

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Book Feels: All Played Out by Cora Carmack

Book Feels: All Played Out by Cora CarmackAll Played Out by Cora Carmack
Published by Harper Collins on May 12th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 336
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First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.Straight A's? CHECK.On track to graduate early? CHECK.Social life? . . . Yeah, about that . . .With just a few weeks until graduation, Antonella DeLuca's beginning to worry that maybe she hasn't had the full college experience. (Scratch that. She knows she hasn't had the full college experience).So Nell does what she does best. She makes a "to do list" of normal college activities.Item #1? Hook up with a jock.Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he's not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it's impossible to get hurt . . . again. But something about Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she's never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he's willing to take the chance when it's more than just a game.

All Played Out by Cora Carmack

What I loved…

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I’m going to be real here for a second…I love me some Cora Carmack because I know when I read her books I’m going to get an extra large dose of sexy times! The woman knows how to write a steamy scene with sexy boys that will make your pulse race a little quicker and you’re guaranteed to blush. If you read this book in public, just know that everyone once in a while you’ll sheepishly look up from your book to see if anyone is in on your little secret. All that being said, this is definitely a New Adult book and should be reserved for more mature readers.

I’m a huge fan of the Rusk University series, and All Played Out did not disappoint! Just like All Lined Up and All Broke Down, this third installment of the series delivers lots of humor, realism and some ridiculously steamy moments. Just the way I like it! Continue reading “Book Feels: All Played Out by Cora Carmack”


Book Feels: Inspire by Cora Carmack

Book Feels: Inspire by Cora CarmackInspire by Cora Carmack
Series: The Muse #1
on December 15th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 284

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

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2014 was many things for me. It’s the year I discovered that I loved Young Adult and New Adult, as well as fantasy novels. It was also the year I discovered Cora Carmack. I started reading her books pretty late in the year but I made up for lost time and devoured all of them over the course of two months…between other books of course. I was hooked from the moment I read All Lined Up, Carmack has a way of making the most complicated of characters totally relatable and compelling. I was thrilled when I heard she was releasing a fantasy/paranormal New Adult novel because I love those types of books in YA, so it seemed like a natural fit for me. Good thing I’m a genius and my hunch turned out to be right. I absolutely adored this book!

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Inspire, the first book in Carmack’s new Muse series, is the story of Kalliope and Wilder, two people who meet under some pretty random circumstances and we quickly learn that they both come with a lot of baggage. I’m talking a full, five-piece set of Louis Vuitton leather luggage type baggage! Granted their set of issues are VERY different from each other, what with Kalli being a centuries old, immortal muse and all. Regardless of her powers, all she wants is to be a normal woman, with a normal life and normal responsibilities…meeting Wilder Bell only amplifies that feeling. He’s a super fine and also super complicated man who wants nothing more than to be the man Kalli needs, but also to lose himself in the happiness he finds with her.

I really enjoyed the push and pull between Kalli and Wilder, I loved how perfect they were for each other, but I also loved the fact that it wasn’t as easy as “Hey! We like each other, let’s do this”. Even though this book is classified as paranormal, the characters dealt with very real road blocks to happiness. I mean, Kalli  has powers that can be unpredictable and that dictate pretty much every aspect of her life, and even though I don’t have any experience with immortality and strange powers (shocker I know!), I still totally connected with her feelings and the reasoning behind her actions. Wilder is exactly what you want in a swoony book boyfriend and the way he fought for Kalli and their relationship was so amazing and heart-warming. Poor guy deals with a LOT in this book and there were so many times I just wanted to reach into the book and give him a big hug.

Both Kalli and Wilder meet at very vulnerable parts of their lives and it’s such a rollercoaster watching them trying to figure out what they mean to each other. Not to mention, the totally steamy scenes between these two. The chemistry they have together is off the charts and there are some amazing passages where they, ummmm, get to know each other. I mean, they realllllly get to know each other, and it’s awesome! Carmack is a high priestess of steamy scenes and swoony boys and sh totally delivers with this novel.

Another really intriguing aspect of this book was the way in which Carmack built on the stories from existing mythology to create Kalli’s character and her powers. I loved how her abilities manifested themselves and as well as how she struggled with trying to live an inconspicuous life with such a heavy burden. It just added a whole other layer of complication and creativity to the story.

The end features a pretty intense cliffhanger and I can’t wait to see what the next book has in store for Kalli and Wilder. We’re left in a very precarious spot with these two, and I just want to know what happens. If you’re already a fan of Carmack’s previous novels, then you definitely need to get yourself a copy of Inspire. It’s everything you love about her books, but with a brand new twist!


Book Feels: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

Book Feels: All Broke Down by Cora CarmackAll Broke Down by Cora Carmack
Published by Harper Collins on October 28th 2014
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, New Adult, Romance, Sports
Pages: 368

In life, you can't only fight for what you believe in . . .sometimes you have to fight for what you loveDylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.Environmental issues, civil rights, education—you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail for a few hours, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and not at all her type, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

Cora Carmack has done it again, and I think I may have loved this one even more than All Lined Up…which is saying something! All Lined Up and All Broke Down are books one and two of the Rusk University series, and both books are exactly what you want in a fresh and swoony New Adult story. All Broke Down is the perfect companion to its predecessor but offers the reader a completely different experience. It’s grittier, more emotional and, honestly, a lot more heart-wrenching than All Lined Up. Silas broke my heart and all I wanted to do was give him a big hug. Thankfully he meets someone who could quite possibly turn it all around for him…but only if he let’s her.


Silas Moore was briefly featured throughout All Lined Up, and I’m not gonna lie, I HAAAATED him! He was a cocky jerk-face (yup…jerk-face) and I totally thought I had him figured out from the moment I “met” him. But, Cora Carmack being the genius story-teller that she is, found a way to make Silas one of the most heart-wrenching and sympathetic characters I’ve come across is a long time. Listen, the dude is suuuuper raunchy and he would win first place in a dirty talk contest (I ain’t complaining), but behind the tough talk and bad attitude lies the heart of a young man who has lived an extremely challenging life. Carmack did an amazing job of balancing Silas’ hard exterior with his wounded interior, and less than halfway through the book I started to understand where he was coming from and wanted nothing but good things to start coming his way.

That’s where Dylan comes in. They meet under the most bizarre of circumstances, but it’s actually quite perfect and I love how humorous it all is. Things go from zero to sixty with these two, and normally that would completely turn me off. But it actually works for them because they are both so desperately trying to forget what it is that haunts them. Two wounded souls looking for some escape in each other. I absolutely adored Dylan’s character and appreciated the layers that Carmack used when creating her. Silas and Dylan seem like complete opposites, and in many ways they are, but there’s some pain and heartache lurking beneath the surface of Dylan as well. The complexity of Silas and Dylan as individuals, only makes the complexity of their relationship that much more compelling and I couldn’t put the book down.

Oh, before I wrap this up, let’s just talk for a quick second about the more, ummm, intimate scenes of this book! Actually…I’m not sure words could properly describe how much chemistry and heat there is between Silas and Dylan, but this pretty much sums it up!


Not sure what else you need to know beyond that! Trust me…this book is steamy!!

After reading the first two books in Carmack’s Rusk University series, I’m positively giddy for book number three, All Played Out, releasing this May! If it’s anything like All Lined Up and All Broke Down, which I have a feeling it will be since I’ve loved every Cora Carmack book I’ve read, then I know it’s going to become an instant favorite as well! Trust me, you need these books in your life!


Book Feels: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack (Giveaway)

Book Feels: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack (Giveaway)All Lined Up by Cora Carmack
Published by Harper Collins on May 13th 2014
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, New Adult, Romance, Sports
Pages: 320

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football-star ex wasn't bad enough, her father, a phenom in Texas's world of high school coaching, has decided to make the jump to college ball . . . as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting lineup. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.And neither of them knows how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

Someone get me a cool drink because it’s gonna get hot in here! We’ve got a fiery redhead with a broken heart and a super swoony guy with something to prove. Put them together and you have a white-hot romance that had me devouring this book! All Lined Up is the perfect mix of fun football energy, steamy moments and amazing friendships that get us through the toughest of times!


I read All Lined Up in one sitting last night and can’t stop thinking about how amazing Dallas and Carson were together. The fact that they both had something to “get over” made for an interesting dynamic between the two and I loved how they worked together (not without its roadblocks of course) to try and figure out how to move their lives forward. I’m just going to say it…Carson is the newest addition to my ever-growing list of book boyfriends! He’s sexy, sweet and suuuuppperr swoony! His relationship with Dallas in complicated, but he manages to be this amazingly patient and understanding guy while she works through her issues. I could really relate to Dallas in the sense that she was so overwhelmed by all of the parts she has to play in life, and not quite knowing which one is her most authentic self. I felt that way when I was in college too, but I think maybe we all do?! Just like the rest of us have been through or are going through, Dallas is looking for a way to start over and as much as she fights it, Carson may very well be the new beginning she is looking for.

If you’re looking for a New Adult novel that offers more than just your standard steamy scenes with an empty plot, then you definitely need to pick up a copy of All Lined Up. It was the perfect fusion of romance, fun and authentic friendships. Oh…and plenty of sexy times! Can’t forget about that now, can we?

I loved the story of Carson and Dallas SO much that I decided to have a flash giveaway today for an eBook of All Lined Up! Just be sure to run back over to Twitter and re-tweet the link and I’ll pick a winner at 10pmEST TONIGHT! CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY TWEET!