Title: Roar (Stormheart #1)
Author: Cora Carmack
Genres: FantasyYoung Adult
Release Day: June 13th 2017
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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! 

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?


14 thoughts on “Roar by Cora Carmack”

  1. I’ve read some of her contemporary books and I really like her writing style. I was curious about this one as the concept sounds so cool, but not sure yet if I will read it yet. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I do like romance in my fantasy books, but I agree that the balance needs to be right and it sounds like it was a skewed here.

  2. *huge sigh* Too bad this one wasn’t as big of a hit as you’d hoped. But it definitely sounds like there were some problems. I mean, just the quote about “as long as she could meet Locke’s expectations.” Ugh. And it sounds like the story is being driven by everyone *except* the MC. To be honest, as much as I adore Cora Carmack (and I seriously luuurve her new adult books), I wasn’t really planning on reading this one. It takes a lot for me to pick up a fantasy and the synopsis of this one just wasn’t doing it for me.
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  3. Aw bummer this one didn’t quite live up to expectations- I was curious about the storm magic but now I’m not sure. If I do read it I’ll go in with my expectations WAY down… thanks for the review.
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