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Roar by Cora Carmack ARC {3 Stars}

Roar by Cora Carmack ARC {3 Stars}

Roar by Cora Carmack (Stormheart #1)
Published by Tor Teen on June 13th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 380 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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.

3 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of Roar from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Oh this book…. I really wanted to love it and I did for the first half. Then more and more personal pet peeves cropped up.

The romance: I have come to really enjoy romance storylines, but this one was half unhealthy with how the guy treated Roar and then half overly angsty. Since we get the love interest’s PoV, there was a lot of self-flagellation of the situations where he took advantage of Roar, but to the point that it got disingenuous and I just didn’t believe him. He loves her more than life itself so he will never hurt her again like he did when his emotions got the better of him…. Yeah no thank you. I’m also worried that there is going to be even more angst in the next book because a certain asshole is obsessed with Rora and while I don’t think a love triangle is likely (it better not be), there is going to be a lot of relationship drama I predict.

The magic: SO SO COOL! I loved the magical storms, I loved the semi-sentience of them and the battle to protect human lives and civilization from them, I loved the collection of Stormhearts, I loved all the different types of storms and want a fictional non-fiction about them all. I loved the spin that there is actually WAY MORE going on than Rora was raised to believe and this plot line could have been so awesome if it had been the focus.

The villain: Loved it, perfect blend of sympathetic and scary.

The pacing: Weird. The ending is completely unsatisfactory with kind of a cliffhanger, but can it be a cliffhanger if it isn’t that exciting what happens next? This felt very much like a longer book that was split into two parts for a YA audience, which annoys me on principle.

The secondary characters: Awesome. Characters with different skin tones and from different parts of the world and a fun gang of miscreants to fall in love with. Also a PoV character with anxiety, so that was cool.

There are other things that I feel sort of middling on or just sit strangely with me, but those are the main aspects. I suppose I didn’t comment on Rora/Roar herself: I liked her well enough and she was different than the typical YA heroine in a number of ways, so that was refreshing.

Perhaps the best way to know if you would like this book is to have read Carmack’s previous romances since I assume the romance storyline is similar to them.


Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 Roar by Cora Carmack

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  1. “…and this plot line could have been so awesome if it had been the focus.”

    Aw… crud. That part was sounding great from the blurb. I think I’d better pass. >.<
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