- Series: Stormheart (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Tor Teen (June 13, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765386313
- ISBN-13: 978-0765386311
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 31.8 x 215.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 139 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Roar (Stormheart) Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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“I am typically not a fantasy reader, but Roar convinced me to read more. Cora Carmack created a beautiful world and I felt like I was transported to Pavan with her vivid descriptions of the city. I was left wanting more and I can't to find out what happens with the rest of her characters.”―Chelsea Riela, New York Public Library
“In her electrifying YA debut Roar, Cora Carmack creates a stormy fantasy full of adventure featuring a charismatic ensemble cast. Roar introduces YA readers to Cora’s signature talent for balancing authentic characters and a captivating romance, this time set in a striking new world that will sweep readers away.”―Mary Hinson, Irving Public Library and Mary Had A Little Book Blog
About the Author
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 coracarmack.com.
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I picked up Cora Carmack’s Roar on whim when I saw it among the pile of ARCs up for grabs during the Independent Bookstore Day festivities. I had been hearing a lot of early buzz on it and I just decided, why not? I only knew Cora Carmack by name and the fame of her NA titles, so I was eager to see how she would handle fantasy—a genre I greatly enjoy. And though this is considered YA, it’s a very mature YA, like Jennifer L. Armentrout’s YA books. And while I had a rough start to Roar, it wasn’t too long before the story picked up and started reeling me in!
Aurora is the only daughter to the queen of Pavan. She comes from a long line of Stormling families, yet she possesses no powers herself. Stormlings can basically tame storms, there is more detail to what else can be done, but I won’t be able to explain it well at all! So I’ll just leave it at that. When she’s betrothed to marry the younger prince of Locke, her mother thinks it’s the best thing for Pavan and her, for this way no one would ever have to learn of the powerless princess. But Aurora discovers that prince Cassius isn’t all that charming as he may seem. He’s up to something and when she follows him one night she finds herself in a market that deals in storm magic.
It’s in a height of trouble that she meets Locke, yup, named after the country he came from, who is both brooding and charming. He’s a part of a group who hunts storms and basically take some of their essence to be bottled and sold for various reasons. When Aurora learns that one can harness storm magic she thinks it will be the answer to her dilemma. She joins Locke and his group of hunters, despite his protests, so she can learn.
Aurora dons a new identity, Roar, so that Locke and his friends won’t know that she’s the princess. Since she had to stage a fake kidnapping in order to run away, she doesn’t want a connection to be formed between Roar and Aurora.
This read was far more intriguing than I initially expected. Starting a new book/world is always a little mind boggling, yet after the initial confusion was over, I found it to be a very easy read. The only confusion I had dealt with the storm magic. It had far more detail to it than I could grasp at times. You know the feeling you get when you’re not sure you read something right and even a re-read doesn’t really help shed light onto matters? That’s what happened to me on occasion when storms started brewing. These storms seemed almost magic based in origin rather than anything weather related. And since it’s a fantasy read, I just kind of went with that.
I will admit, the story sets a slower pace, but like I said, after a few chapters I was really into everything! The pacing didn’t bother me so much. I really enjoyed the slower pacing as we watch Roar grow and learn and form friendships with her newfound friends. Though some are more welcoming than others.
Not too long ago, I mentioned I had a love for hate to love relationships and we kind of get that here! True, I wouldn’t call it outright hate on both sides, but there’s definitely something brewing between Roar and Locke from the moment they meet! I love how there’s buildup to things and then retreat. It’s definitely a romance that takes time to blossom and it was awesome!
I also really enjoyed the multiple points of view in this one! Not only do we get Roar and Locke’s point of view, but Cassius and a few others as well! This definitely allows you to follow what’s going on with Roar and her journey as well as things back home while she is away.
Roar was quite the exciting and fascinating read! While the ending isn’t one I would call it a cliffhanger of detrimental sorts, it’s still one that will have you wanting the next book soon! There were many revelations coming on the horizon at the end of this one and I cannot wait to see where they will lead to! We learned so much about this world and the characters, but there is still plenty more to be revealed!
Roar is a fantasy read that is not to be missed! Filled with magical storms and the ones who chase after them, dangerous encounters with numerous enemies, a budding romance, and a heroine who comes into her own and discovering her sense of self, this book truly grabs at your heartstrings refusing to let go even after the last page! I will be most eagerly waiting the sequel in the year to come!
Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars
I’m not really sure where to begin with this review because the only thought running through my mind right now is, “OMGGG THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!”
I’ve been a fan of Cora Carmack’s since Feb. 2014, back when I first read her NA debut, Losing It, and not long after that I absolutely fell in love with her Rusk University series. It’s safe to say Cora has quickly become one of my top favorite authors ever, so when I heard that she was venturing into YA, which is the genre I mainly read, I was beyond ecstatic. Before I even heard of the title, I already had a feeling her YA fantasy debut was going to be amazing and that I would love it.
And I was right.
The world that Cora has created in “Roar” is so captivating and unique; it’s a refreshing take on the YA fantasy genre that you won’t find anywhere else and will not want to leave once you enter it. I, myself, intentionally read this book slowly because I wanted to absorb every beautiful detail and every thrilling scene and make it last, but there was always this nagging feeling in the back of my mind, an impatient voice that compelled me to devour every word on the page. I was so immersed into this story that I never wanted to leave. You may think some storms are scary in real life, but in the world of the Stormlings and Stormhunters, they are all downright terrifying (yes, even fog)! The Storms themselves feel like their own characters, not just because they literally have their own hearts (Stormhearts), but also due to their semi-sentient nature which makes them even more dangerous and frightening. But, despite these fearsome foes, Caelira feels like such a magical and exciting world to be in, especially if you’re a powerful Stormling or a brave Stormhunter.
Our heroine, Aurora, is one of the most strong-willed, honorable, stubborn, and bravest characters in the entire book and I absolutely adore her. She has spent most of her life pretending to be someone she is not and trying to become the person others want and need her to be, suppressing her desire for adventure and freedom. Arranged to be married to a mysterious Stormling prince to keep her secret hidden and to protect her people, Rora almost fools herself into thinking that she can be happy in such a gilded cage; sacrificing her true self for the good of others. Until she begins to uncover secrets her betrothed, Prince Cassius Locke, never meant for her to discover. It quickly becomes clear to Rora that if she wants to find happiness and protect those dear to her, she must take destiny into her own hands to become the queen she was always meant to be. I loved seeing Rora slowly transform into her Stormhunter alias, Roar. Despite her sheltered and privileged upbringing, Roar is a natural-born fighter and does not give up easily. No matter how difficult things become or whatever challenges arise, Roar stubbornly refuses to back down – sometimes frustratingly so.
Locke, their leader on the battlefield, often finds himself at odds with Roar and somehow always manages to say the wrong thing, which then leads to their frequent conflicts. I believe part of it has to do with his natural tendency to push everyone to do and be their best, which causes him to appear bossy but he pushes himself the most out of everyone else. He is strong in every sense of the word and had to grow up quickly when he was younger. I. LOVE. HIM. He is very protective and loyal to those he cares about, and often times seems as if he’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, similar to Roar. Their undeniable chemistry and romance is one of my favorite things in this book. I loved seeing Roar and Locke challenge each other to be the best versions of themselves, and slowly change to fit together perfectly. Even when they were competing or flirting, it always felt as if they were on equal ground and always giving as much as they were taking. I can’t wait to see how their relationship progresses in the following books!
If I could choose a group of best friends I would want this group of Stormhunters to be them. They have such an amazing group dynamic and I really love how close they all are to each other. It’s clear that they don’t just see each other as ‘co-workers’ of sorts, simply working together for one common goal, but as family. They tease one another and argue like families do, understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and always have each other’s backs. They are so diverse; no two people are alike and they each bring various skill-sets and personalities to the table but that only strengthens them as a whole. I am really looking forward to seeing more of them in the future.
Let’s go back to Cassius because I haven’t really said much about him yet. When I read the first few chapters of this book, I actually really liked Cassius and had hoped things would work out for him and Rora. He gave that darkly alluring and mysterious vibe when he was attempting to seduce Rora, and I’m sorry but it worked on me? Haha But then that plot twist happened and I went from “You go get that kiss, Rora!” to “Run girl, run!” He’s manipulative, controlling, and deceitful but for some odd reason I still have hope that he will change. There’s some light in all that darkness, I know it. And, despite the situation with Cassius and Locke in regards to Rora/Roar, there is no love-triangle in this story. Not exactly. Even though he still continues to appear throughout the course of the book, Cassius sort of takes a backseat once Rora begins her journey to becoming Roar.
Cora’s writing is so rich and engaging, you can’t help but become enthralled with this new world she has created. She allows the story to unfold naturally without throwing out too much information at once, enabling readers to digest and experience everything as it is revealed, then drops plot twists and surprises along the way to keep you on your toes. Full of twists and turns, swoon-worthy romance, secrets and devious plots, and dynamic characters, “Roar” is certain to become your next favorite YA fantasy read!
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I absolutely loved Roar so much more than I expected to! When I first bought this book it was interesting enough but wasn't something I was...Read more