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Roar (Stormheart)

Review

Roar (Stormheart)

Best known for her New York Times bestselling, new adult series Losing It, Cora Carmack delves into the realm of fantasy in ROAR --- her debut YA novel.

For hundreds of years, Aurora Pavan’s ancestors have battled the brutal storms that have ravaged the land. As a Stormling princess and sole heir to the throne, Aurora is expected to continue her ancestors’ task. She has trained her entire life to become the perfect queen and possesses almost all of the qualities necessary to be one; however, she lacks the most important element of all: Stormling magic that can protect her people.

"ROAR was an entertaining novel with an enchanting world and exciting characters. Carmack sets the story up beautifully, and I can’t wait to explore the world even more in future novels."

In order to hide her secret and secure her line to the throne, Aurora’s mother arranges a marriage to a powerful, dark Stormling prince from another kingdom. He appears to be the perfect solution to all her problems, but Aurora quickly learns that his true intentions to marry her may be catastrophic to her kingdom. Spying on him one night, she stumbles upon a black market for Stormling magic and a group of rogue storm hunters, who possess magic even though they weren’t born with it. Taken under the wing of a handsome young storm hunter, Aurora sets off on a quest to obtain the magic that can save her kingdom and take back her own future.

From the very first page, I felt myself hooked by ROAR. The first half of this novel was practically everything I wanted in a good book: intriguing characters, a magical setting and an on point plot. It is definitely one of the most well-crafted beginnings to a book that I have ever read. During the second half of the book, however, there was a bit of a lack of storyline and direction. Nothing particularly important occurred, and there wasn’t much of a buildup to any sort of climax. Overall, though, I do see a lot of potential in this series, and if the plot becomes more concrete in the sequels, I think this could be the beginning of a very popular series.

The most standout thing about ROAR to me was how creative Carmack was in creating the concept of storms and the magic used to combat them. Reading this novel, it becomes increasingly clear how much effort Carmack put into building this complex, one-of-a-kind world. As Aurora joins a crew of storm hunters, readers will get to learn all about their world. I adored how in-depth each description of the magic and the lore behind the storms was as well as how each hunter was vital to accomplishing the ultimate heist of stealing a storm’s heart. By the end of the ROAR, I felt completely immersed into its world.

Carmack really hit the nail on the head with her diverse and lively bunch of characters, who each thoroughly entertained me. I loved how Carmack wasn’t afraid to tell the story of many of the supporting characters and made each one of them really stand out. Aurora was a pretty likable main character for the most part, but I do have to say that she was somewhat of a weak heroine at times. Her character does grow a lot throughout the novel, but she does have a long way to go, and I really look forward to seeing her do so in future novels. The only character who disappointed me a bit was Aurora’s main love interest, Locke, who honestly seemed like a generic YA male love interest, but at the same time, he really respected and treated Aurora well, which I appreciated.

Altogether, ROAR was an entertaining novel with an enchanting world and exciting characters. Carmack sets the story up beautifully, and I can’t wait to explore the world even more in future novels. Perfect for fans of the Throne of Glass series and The Remnant Chronicles as well as readers looking for an epic fantasy novel with loads of romance, ROAR is a novel that readers will not want to miss.

Reviewed by Makayla H., Teen Board Member on June 27, 2017

Roar (Stormheart)
by Cora Carmack