Roar: Expectations & potential

14th October 2017
Book Review / 4 Comments

Roar: Expectations & potentialRoar by Cora Carmack
Series: Stormheart , #1
Published by Tor Teen on June 13th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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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.

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I picked up Roar because I saw a lot of people were raving about it. I liked the sound of the synopsis, but to be honest, it didn’t sell me as much as the reviews did. I mean everyone has been rating it 4 & 5 stars, but the synopsis was really blasé. I definitely had high hopes after checking out the reviews.

The first two chapters confused me a lot. Everyone loved this book, but the first few chapters screamed insta-love, and over description. Honestly, the first chapter is Aurora meeting her betrothed for the first time, and it’s all about how handsome he is, literally every detail is told. How attracted to him she is, how surprised she is, how she’s feeling about him and already letting her guards down. I thought that if this was how the whole book was going to be, then I wasn’t going to finish it. Not a great way to start!

As the book progressed, it got more interesting, and while the insta-love part still annoyed me, I realised the reason it had been so intense in the first chapter and I was glad I pushed through. It still took me a good long while before I got hooked, the next 50% felt like it was setting up a story. Around 60-70% was when I couldn’t put it down and I flew through the rest of it. I do have to be honest and say that I felt like not a lot happened story wise, this story was based more on romance. The story progressed but I felt like it had so much more potential. The last 20% had so much happening in it, I really wanted the last 20% to be expanded and through out the last half of the book, I felt like so much happened that it was a missed opportunity. The ending has me wanting to read the next book as soon as possible though. Things started to get really interesting.

The main thing I loved about this story was the magic. Magical storms that are destroying the land? Hell yes. So interesting and such a cool idea! There are people in the world called Stormlings that can control, fight, and curb the storms. They have their own magic, and because of this they are revered. They’ve been made the kings and queens of the Kingdoms, all of the non-magical humans rallied around these Stormlings centuries ago to keep safe. Aurora (Rora, or Roar) is a princess of Pavan, she’s the heir to the throne and is meant to keep the citizens of Pavan safe. Aurora was not born with magic, she cannot keep the storms at bay like her mother, so to combat this she is marrying the second son of another Kingdom that has a lot of power and will protect her Kingdom and citizens. All her life she has been brought up in solitude as to keep other people finding out the truth, she must live with this lie to save many people’s lives. I wanted to know more about the history of this world to be honest, I wanted it to be deeply rooted in the history of the land, but it just didn’t quite make it there. So must potential lost.

I ended up enjoying this story because of the magic, the trope of a princess not being good enough for her kingdom, and the secrets that are kept. I want to find out how this ends, I want to see what happens when all is revealed, so I will be reading the next book. Do I recommend Roar to you? Lower your expectations, expect a light fantasy with a lot of romance, and you will enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to! I mean I did still enjoy it. I just didn’t get the 5 star vibe like the rest the book lovers.

Always,
Jordon

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4 responses to “Roar: Expectations & potential

  1. Some books take forever to get going and depending on my mood sometimes I can stick with em and sometimes not. Sounds like this one I might struggle with, but… nice that it got better, and that you want the next one! I’ve seen good and bad reviews for this, but the whole storm thing appeals o me, so I might tackle it at some point.
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    • I was expecting this book to be as good as A Girl of Fire & Thorns, or Graceling, but it’s no where near their radar. So I was disappointed at first, but I was enjoying it and pushed through. It’s a nice light fantasy, with cool magic so definitely pick it up when you feel like reading something like that!
      I hope you end up enjoying it when you pick it up Greg 🙂
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    • I can understand why you didn’t like it! I nearly DNF’ed it, but there was just something that kept me hanging on. I’m only going to read the next book because I want to know what happens! Since it’s been a while since I read this book now, I can see that it wasn’t that memorable either. The whole romance part is a blur, if this story had had a better story-line and less romance, I think it could have been really good. I feel like the story was just starting to get good, and then the book ended.
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