Book reviews

Roar by Cora Carmack


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.

REVIEW: (contains NO spoilers)

I won the book Roar in a giveaway, and I went into it thinking that it was just going to be another one of those new fantasy releases that I would give an average rating. But I was SO SURPRISED by this book!!! I LOVED it!! It has quickly become my favorite 2017 young adult release!! I am so excited to review this for you, so let’s get into it!

Roar is a young adult fantasy novel about this girl named Aurora. She doesn’t have the storm magic her family needs for her to become queen of her kingdom one day, so she’s forced to marry a powerful prince to save her kingdom. Until she realizes there may be another solution to her problem. She happens upon a group of storm hunters, and decides to steal magic so that she won’t have to marry this prince.

Let me just say that the first chapter or two was painful. I wasn’t sure what was going on at first. You can definitely tell that this novel was written by a romance author (this is Cora Carmack’s first fantasy novel ever) because of the heavy romance in this novel. But, stick with this book until the plot really starts picking up and you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

The magic system in this book was amazing!!! I’ve never read a story about storm magic before, so this was a magical world completely unlike anything I’ve ever read, and I LOVE when that happens!! Basically, there are different types of storms that rage all over this land and people with storm magic can fight the storm and try to take its heart to conquer it and save people from it. Those are the royals, Stormlings. But the group that Aurora joins is a group of storm hunters. They were born without magic, but they’ve learned how to fight the storms and bottle up the storms’ magic. I enjoyed discovering the world and politics and good and evil so much in this story!!

The writing was gorgeous. Sometimes, an author’s writing is good, but it doesn’t quite fit the story. Cora Carmack’s writing fit her story perfect. It was fantastical and beautiful, and there were so many great quotes in this novel! Also, I can tell she’s a great romance author, and the way she wove romance into this story was amazing, as if she’s been writing fantasy books her whole life! There was definitely a little too much romance for me, but I totally love Aurora and her love interest together!!

Now for the characters. My favorite part. I loved the evil characters and the way their minds thought and planned. I loved Aurora! Her character arc was amazing – she went from being a naïve and sheltered princess to a strong storm hunter ready to control her kingdom, and I loved it!! I also really enjoyed the small band of storm hunters she met up with – Locke, Jinx, Bait, Sly, Ransom, and Duke. Jinx was one of my favorite characters, and I need a man like Locke in my life!

As you can probably already tell, I LOVED this story!! I rated it a 5/5 stars. It ended on such a huge cliffhanger, and the second book in the Stormheart series comes out next year! You can be sure I’ll be buying it as soon as possible! I totally recommend this for a wonderful, fantastical experience that will take your breath away!


4 thoughts on “Roar by Cora Carmack”

  1. Me: *fixes a TBR list and tells myself I won’t add more books to the already-over flowing pile*
    Also me: *looks up awesome reviews and adds more books to TBR list*
    My TBR list: -.-

    Great review! I’m actually really interested in this book now-it sounds so unique in its plot. I’ve always liked characters with lightning-like powers, so if I end up picking this up, you’ll know why! :p

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