REVIEW: 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.
"He knew he should step away, but it was like he’d been mesmerized. He stood there, stock-still, his mind filled with nothing but her. If she were a storm, she could destroy him, and he would never lift a finger to protect himself."
This Book. GAH. I don't think there are enough words in the dictionary to explain all the ways I loved this book!
Roar is the first book in the Stormheart YA Fantasy series written in multiple POV's about a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms and the power that lies with those who control them.
The main character is Aurora, a princess whose lived a sheltered life and hides a powerful secret to keep the crown of Pavan. I adored Aurora, she was an incredibly smart and sweet girl who was also crazy stubborn and brave. While Aurora came off strong yet sheltered near the start of the book it was incredible reading her development into an even stronger and much more confident character. She has a good heart and wants the best for her, her mother and her kingdom and she's willing to do anything to make her own future and to make her mother proud.
There are numerous secondary characters in Roar that play important parts in Aurora's story but I think its best when you go in blind and learn about the characters as they appear. Roar is written in multiple POV's and each POV is a complex character who plays an important part of the overall storyline.
Roar was Cora's first YA Fantasy novel and I was incredibly blown away with how phenomenal it was. You could tell that every single word was written with so much love and passion and came directly from Cora's heart.
The world building in Roar was phenomenal and had me captivated from the first page. While there was so much detail to take in, it was at no point overwhelming and was easy to keep track of the characters, there relation to Aurora and the information you were given about the world and each character. The development of the plot and the main characters was perfect and I'm so desperate for the next book in the Stormheart Series.
This was a passion project of Cora's and she absolutely pulled it off. I have always been a fan of Cora's writing, she's an amazingly talented writer but she took Roar to another level. This is THE book. The one that's going to put Cora's name on the map and have her on every best list around.
I couldn't recommend this book enough to everyone. Whether you are a fan of Cora's writing or a fan of YA Fantasy you will LOVE Roar! This book is captivating, phenomenal, full of secrets and so incredibly passionate. I'm so in love with this world and these characters and I'm so excited to see what Cora does next with this beautiful series. It was absolutely phenomenal! It deserves all the stars and is the best book I've read this year and probably last year too!
Meet The Author: Cora Carmack
Cora Carmack is a twentysomething New York Times bestselling author who likes to write about twentysomething characters. Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various TV shows on Netflix. She lives by one rule: embrace whatever the world throws at you and run with it (just not with scissors).