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Cara's Twelve

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,272 ratings  ·  204 reviews
Cara's fate is bound to a system she despises and a goddess she no longer believes in.

When it becomes clear that the Elbian throne's heir has found disfavor in the eyes of the goddess, Cara is ordained by blood to take her cousin's place as heir apparent.

One man from each twelve provinces are chosen by the royal council to pledge their lives and swords, as champions
Kindle Edition, 358 pages
Published February 11th 2019 (first published June 14th 2015)
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4.75 stars

Effin hell, i am surprised by my own decision in rating BUT this was a hell of a journey of passion, growth, decisions, choices, love, impossible love, and more cluster fuck of feels i cant even begin to dwell upon...

Phenomenal writing above all...the flow of the story is neat and fluid...
it just takes you right in the middle of the storm...

The characters- holy hell, where to begin and who to start with...

Cara, above all, astonising female character- thrown into a political ploy of
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Completely enthralling, completely enchanting, Cara’s Twelve by Chantel Seabrook is a heartbreaking and beautiful tale of a naive young girl, forced to become heir to a throne she despises. She is required to visit each of the twelve provinces of the kingdom, each having sent their champion to travel with and protect her, to pledge their lives to her and
Rita Ames
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. Caras' journey with her twelve consorts was gripping, emotional, and sometimes heartbreakingly tragic as they navigated a ravaged land in order to secure her place as Queen.

Fighting against predudice, depravity, arrogance and betrayal, Cara has to deal with losing friends and loved ones along the way. Torn between two strong but very different men, she struggled with the age old heart over head problem and I so wished she could have them both.

The ending was
Jamie (The Kansan Reader)
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
My edition: Kindle

Pages: 335

Series: Stand-alone

Rating: 4 annul stars

Review: So call me weird that I don't like love triangles (especially YA triangles) but I do like menage and reverse harem. I'm weird and I like it. Judge me or don't but I'm not changing.

Cara has been told that she is going to now be Queen due to her cousin being unfit due to her illness (view spoiler). Cara doesn't like the idea at all. She doesn't want to be queen but she has no choice. Twelve men
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG this was such a great book! I love reading about about a woman who gets to "experiment" with more than one man, but how about several men!!! Gosh, I wish I was Cara for a few months! I loved the characters and dynamic tension, and the book is written in a way that is totally conceivable (unfortunately, probably not in my life time). Without giving away too much information, unfortunately my hubby is Finn, not Tahdoan. The book is very well written, and I can't wait for book 2!
Kayla Howarth
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When your reaction to a book is, “NOOOOOOOOOOO!” because it has ended, that’s the sign of a truly good book.

A heart wrenching tale, Cara’s Twelve was like a dramatic medieval episode of The Bachelorette. (This may sound like an insult, but for someone who is obsessed with that show, I couldn’t get enough.)

Even though I suspected about half-way what was going to happen in the end, I was still completely heartbroken when it did happen. Without giving spoilers, what I wanted just wasn’t meant to
DNF at 20%

Not really feeling it at the moment, I think I will try and pick it back up in the future.
Stella Alden
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AWESOME JOB. Wonderful read. Epic plot. Hang onto your hat, it's a heck of a ride. Chantel Seabrook creates a wonderfully believable medieval-like world where a virgin princess learns the price of becoming a queen. Twelve consorts pledge allegiance, and she can take them to her bed ... or not. She must bind the hearts of these men, to hold onto her land. The characters are deep, the plot intriguing, and the sights and sounds will take your breath away. The book should come with a warning. ...more
Emily Ross
I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

This book had so much potential, but it just didn't achieve it. I have so many issues with this book like:
1. After proving that the Queen is a murderous woman, why do you then leave her on the throne and go off on a two year haunt through the country? Could you not have announced a state of emergency and put off the tour until you solved the issue?
2. You decide to take a woman who has been tortured out in a carriage in
Patrick Hodges
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chantel Seabrook storms onto the literary scene with Cara's Twelve, a brilliantly-written epic story that has pretty much everything a love of fiction could want: action, intrigue, suspense, and sex. (Oh, yes, there is a LOT of this.)

At the heart of an intricate, expertly-woven plot is Cara, a young woman who is shoved headlong into a much larger world when she is named the heir to the throne of Elbia, which elicits the anger of many, not the least of which is the former queen, the contemptible
Cassidy Ostergren
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely mesmerizing! I had work early the next day but read this book in one night. Cara is a kick-ass heroine right from the start who struggles with making her own decisions while caring for those she loves around her. The variety of characters, especially her Twelve, are interesting to see interact with her. And, yes, some scenes with them are super steamy!
The plot involves Cara and her Twelve touring the twelve provinces to ensure she gets the throne, while some provinces grow
Kelly Clare
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't put this book down. It was the perfect blend of attraction and complex storyline that I am always searching for in NA works. It is clear the author has put an incredible amount of effort into character development, pacing, and the smaller details which add such authenticity to her work. Not only will I be reading more of Seabrook's novels - I'll be doing it now.
M.J. Webb
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel was a real surprise. It reminded me a little of Throne of Glass when it began, though it soon became apparent that there were hardly any similarities at all.
Cara is a beautiful young girl whose world is turned upside down when she suddenly becomes the future queen of Elbia. It's a title and a privileged life of service and duty she does not want, but it carries with it many benefits; twelve chosen consorts to the future queen accompany her on a two year tour of each of the their
Sarah Wathen
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This book started off strong and kept my interest all the way through. The premise itself was intriguing, because the author has created a matriarchal society in which the new young queen acquires twelve male consorts as she's preparing to take the throne away from the old queen (usually her mother, but in this case a jealous aunt). Our heroine, Cara, has this dangerous but admittedly desirable scenario thrown in her face in the first few pages. As you can image, the story is already ripe for ...more
Michelle Bryan
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cara's Twelve, by Chantel Seabrook, was a wonderful surprise. Being a huge fan of 'A Song of Ice and Fire', I was scared I would unintentionally start comparing the two, and find Cara's Twelve lacking. Boy was I wrong! I was totally captivated by this medieval tale of adventure and romance.

The story centers around a matriarchal society where the Queen is actually an extension of the Goddess, Annul. When the presiding Queen's daughter is found to be barren and cannot continue the royal bloodline,
Lady Amy
Oct 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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whew...what an intense fantasy read. This was definitely not young adult. also, for my friends that like "safe" reads this is a hell no. the heroine, while technically isn't cheating (because all of the 12 men are dedicated to her and pledged their loyalty and faithfulness to her) does get a lot of action. from multiple partners that are in this group. there's was also a lot of death. It was pretty depressing. as soon as you got to know a character they were killed off. still, this was an ...more
J. Kahele
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book has my emotions so mixed up I'm not sure if I should be crying or smiling. Two men, one queen and she loved them both and so did I. Damn it! Tahdaon is the strong, silent type, a fierce and strong warrior unwilling to express his feelings. Finn also a strong warrior is not afraid to express is love for Queen Cara and he excepts her feelings for Tahdaon. Who she will end up with will shock you at the end as it shocked me. This tale grips you from beginning to end by the flawless
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, lendable
This was a five-star fantasy read, but a two-star romance read, so I will settle in the middle with 3.5 stars rounded to four. Fantasy readers will devour this book and enjoy every second of it, but if your primary genre is romance (like me), then this book is a little tougher on your literary sensibilities. Cara's Twelve was a page-turner, and I couldn't rush through it fast enough. However, the end left me with a heartache, and a search through the author's website doesn't indicate if this ...more
John Dizon
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cara’s Twelve by Chantel Seabrook is a well-crafted Shakespearean tragedy set in a medieval land where deception, treachery and murder mark a bloody path to the Elbian throne. It has been decreed that an heir to the throne be anointed, and Cara of Crowthorne appears to be the chosen one. Only the reigning King and the treacherous Queen have their own agenda, and each sow seeds of betrayal designed to eliminate Cara from the internecine competition. Tradition decrees that a representative from ...more
Cora Graham
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Suspensful Romantic Fantasy!

Cara's Twelve has that perfect entanglement of romance, suspense, and action all set in a beautifully crafted fantasy world.

I loved the plot of the story. A poor girl (Cara) thrust unexpectedly into the life of a Princess and soon to be Queen. But what makes it different and even more intriguing are Cara's twelve consorts and the rituals behind how one is to be chosen as her King. Through the Twelve you get a more in-depth look into the world created for you and how
Yvonne Hertzberger
This debut novel has all the elements I look for in a good read. Her settings are well described where they need to be but she does not dwell on unnecessary detail. The plot moves smoothly and the pace and tension kept me glued to the pages. It had intrigue, suspense, lots of action and kept me guessing. There were a couple of outcomes I could predict but those did not detract as they had to happen for the story to work. Her three main characters, Cara, Finn and Tahdaon were well developed and ...more
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, fantasy
I have missed high fantasies that I love!

It was lovely reacquainting myself with this genre again.
Zoya Naqvi
This novel had, in my eyes, potential to be much better than it was. I think I am greatly outnumbered in terms of my thoughts regarding this novel. Most reviewers have given it effusive praise, and I respect their opinions although I may not share them myself. Deciding to abstain from ranting and aimlessly raving, I have compiled a lengthy list of my thoughts expressed for all to read below.

1. Despite an original premise featuring a matrilineal succession of Elbia's crown and a weird spousal
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so..... I wasn't expecting much for a free read, but I really liked it. There wasn't as much depth to the world or the characters as I prefer, but I liked the story. I would absolutely read a sequel if there was one.
Samantha Britt
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh! I don't even know where to begin. I LOVED this book! The crazy thing is... I did not expect to like it this much.

Let me explain.

When I started reading Cara's Twelve, I found the story interesting, but was not immediately hooked. I met Cara and was thrust in this world where female rulers have all the authority (fan of that), and Cara is suddenly next in line for the throne. Read it before, right?

THEN... I met the twelve! That's when all the fun began.

Cara, as the future
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bachelorette meets the Magical Mystery Tour

In a land where the haves had plenty and the have-nots floundered, CaraLynne is summoned to the capitol by the high priestess to be her heir apparent. Holy moly! Cara will be the next Queen, instead of her barren cousin. Due to her lineage, there’s no refusing this terrible honor. She travels to the royal court in the Holy City of Anuul and undergoes the rites that bind her to her 12 champions.

According to tradition, she will travel with her 12
Mamta Madhavan
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cara's Twelve by Chantel Seabrook revolves around Cara, the future queen of Elbia. As a direct descendant of Goddess Annul, she has been appointed by the High Priestess and the Queen's Council as the heir apparent. One man from each of the twelve provinces is also chosen as a potential consort to the future queen. Cara has to now choose the future king of Elbia from these twelve men. She also has to visit all the twelve provinces with these men and perform a sacred ceremony. As she gets to know ...more
Rhoda D'Ettore
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this book on Kindle Unlimited and read it in ONE sitting! From the start, the book gave me a "Game of Thrones" feeling. The reigning queen is forceful, conniving and manipulative. The council has ruled that the heir apparent is ill and barren, therefore it transfers the title of heir to Cara who does not want such a title. Cara faces numerous obstacles in preparing for her new role, but from the start of the book, we know the "Cersei"-like reigning Queen has no intention of making ...more
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