Title: Roar (Stormheart #1)
Author: Cora Carmack
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release Day: June 13th 2017
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Well this is hard to review… when I saw ROAR I got so excited because I loved the cover and the blurb sounded like something I’d enjoy and I did… for the first couple of chapters. Can I mention how big that synopsis is? I mean, that’s a lot of information for a book blurb and I kind of skipped most of it when I requested, keep some stuff for later.
This book had a few issues and it took a while for me to finish it:
- special not so special heroine who is isolated from her people for her own good
- insta love #1 named Locke – Cassius Locke
- insta love #2 named Locke – Just Locke #AreYouSerious – and he nicknamed her princess because she is a princess but he doesn’t know that and it’s ironic do you get it reader it’s so ironic *major eye rolling*
- lots of weird names like Bait and Sly and stuff
- fantasy buried in teen cheesy love
I loved the beginning and how the story set up its characters but it went down a different road from the one I thought it’d go. The only thing that kept me going was the curiosity to see where it was going. Also this was the first book I read from the author and I really enjoyed her writing style, I might try one of her Contemporary books, see what she can do without the Fantasy element being 1/2 the plot.
I liked the storms and the premise of the hearts but the balance between paranormal and romance was way off. Aurora was all over the place, she starts off as the innocent heroine who needs the hero to hide her inabilities – which she’s been faking at the expense of her own well-being most of the time.
A few pages in and she is running away from said hero who will save her and her people all due to a misunderstanding, of course, and she’s now following another stranger with the same name she met two days ago. As a character she was only defined by her male counterparts; Cassius Locke was the one who would save her and her people, because she couldn’t and Just Locke was the one she trusted, for some reason, to teach her and guide – and maybe validate her abilities with his approval?
“And long as she met Locke’s expectations, as long as she exceeded them, she had the chance to become exactly who she had always wanted to be.”
Um, how about hell no?
Aurora throughout the story is letting other people take over her life, her mother, Cassius Locke and Just Locke, which literally happened after the Cassius Locke “betrayed her”, she made me want to scream, this is her story but she’s being overshadowed by everyone else.
Cassius Locke, for the limited book time he got, he had his sight on her throne and a whole messy family background, I found myself really enjoying his supposed dark side, it gave him character and he was complex. Just Locke has a group of friends and he’s the adventurous type, but he and Roar – she nicknamed herself that so as to not give away her true identity – shared the cheesiest of YA lines and moments so that’s a no from me.
I loved the cover and it reminded me a bit of Game of Thrones and Daenerys but ultimately I read two books while trying to finish this. If you enjoy your Fantasy with lots – I mean LOTS – of romance, then you will enjoy this, I will probably read the next but only because I kind of liked Cassius Locke?