[ARC REVIEW] Roar by Cora Carmack

From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack comes her debut young adult fantasy, ROAR! Releasing June 13, 2017, ROAR takes readers on an adventure filled with charismatic characters in an enthralling world sure to keep them turning the pages. Order your copy today!


Title: Roar
Author: Cora Carmack
Series: (Stormheart #1)
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pub. Date: June 13th, 2017
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Inkslinger PR
Rating: 4

New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack’s young adult debut: Roar.

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.

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      Roar is an adventerous, richly imaginative tale bursting with magic, friendship, and loyalty. Roar is an action packed adventure full of fantasy, magic, and romance. In it we follow princess Aurora as she tries to make herself into someone she is not. Her lack of powers not only scares her, but she allows it to define her until her betrothed pushes her over the edge and she finally takes her future into her own hands by joining storm hunters. She runs away from her home and her arranged marriage to journey with storm hunters and change into a girl named Roar. Her adventure is filled with newfound knowledge and loyalty as she struggles to balance the life she had with the life she now leads. She missed out on so much, nothing will ever be the same again.

What made this book so enjoyable for me was the storms. They are magic but they are alive and the hearts hunters take for power are essentially the hearts of people. Each storm acts in a different way, a way that connects to an emotion. The author brilliantly combines the two so that we question how we didn’t figure it out ourselves. The rich world and descriptions never fail to captivate your attention! The world has a lot of potential and I would love to read more about it in the next book! It was brilliant, especially in terms of the storms and how each has a soul. I adored every minute that allowed me to learn more!

As for characters, Roar is a strong, brave girl who has a lot of potential. In the beginning she let her fear lead her and that not only made her miserable, but it allowed others to take advantage of her. The amount of growth that occurred in the duration of her adventure with the storm hunters is enjoyable to read about. And like all good characters, she has her flaws. She could be mildly annoying as well as selfish at times. I found her overall to be brave, reckless, and also selfish. All she could think about was how she can’t marry that horrible man and she must gain power for then she won’t need to even if she returns. She leaves her mother at the mercy of  those horrible men, and a good friend to the dungeons. While traveling with the hunters she causes many distractions and somehow she finds love. She is a great character full of wit and stubborn strength, but she never thought things through and didn’t care for consequences.

Locke was very kind and compassionate at first, before he knew she wanted to join up with them and throw herself into danger. He constantly gave her chances to leave and when that didn’t work he tried his best to show her that she was not making a good choice. However he doesn’t know her true identity or her actual intentions, so he never really understands her motivation and dedication. He tries his best to protect her and along the way, his reason for doing so changes.

The romance with Cassius made my heart beat a little faster. Such a dark, brutal man, and yet he was gentle and caring with her before he even really knew her. We see constantly throughout the book how much he has come to care for her, however that doesn’t seem to change his  plans.  Locke on the other hand was jealous, rude, and possessive when he wasn’t ignoring her or passionately making out because he actually really does care and that scares him. The romance has the potential to grow in the next book.

Overall, Roar is an adventurous tale full of mystery and magic. It is definitely worth a try!

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About Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Since she was a teenager, her favorite genre to read has been fantasy, and now she’s thrilled to bring her usual compelling characters and swoon-worthy romance into worlds of magic and intrigue with her debut YA fantasy, Roar. Her previous adult romance titles include the Losing It, Rusk University, and Muse series. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. Cora splits her time between Austin, TX and New York City, and on any given day you might find her typing away at her computer, flying to various cities around the world, or just watching Netflix with her kitty Katniss. But she can always be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website www.coracarmack.com.


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