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Friday, July 14, 2017

Roar by Cora Carmack

Roar by Cora Carmack

Book Stats:  
Reading level: Young Adult
Genre: High Fantasy
Hardcover: 380 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date:  June 13th, 2017

Series:  Stormheart #1

Source: Publisher

Reviewed by: Tynga

Order: Amazon | Book Depository

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.

I am on an high fantasy rush and when I stumbled upon this beautiful cover (doesn't she look like Daenerys Targaryen?? ) I knew I had to get my hands on it. Yes, I confess, I judge books by their cover. And in this case, the content really lived up to its stunning packaging. 

 The story is set in a world where Gods are plaguing Caelira with magical storms for its denizens past wrongdoings. The only way to stay safe is to pledge allegiance to a Kingdom for protection. Kings and Queens are stromlings and the have different type of magic allowing them to control different kind of storms.  This magic was totally new and fascinating and I totally loved this original world. 

Aurora (a.k.a Roar) is the heir to her Queendom and if she wants to lead she needs to be able to protect it, so when she stumbles upon a band of storm hunters she sees to perfect opportunity, grasps it, and hold on for dear life. I loved how she joined this adventure under cover and was strong and fierce despite the odds against her. She is determined to succeed and her journey will be a difficult one.

I absolutely loved the hunters. They each have their own personality with their strength and weaknesses  and I enjoyed getting to know them. Bait was particularly funny, Jinx was colorful, Duke dependable, I don't like and don't trust Sly and Locke was beyond awesome and quite charming.

Speaking of Locke, he is the love interest of this novel and even though they are both instantly attracted to each other it takes a long time for their relationship to develop and I really appreciate that. They fight, struggle, yell at each other and their interactions are always so raw. It's really great. 

The plot was engrossing and I enjoyed the adrenaline rush of the well described storm battling scenes. I wish this book was longer though, there could easily have been a 100 more pages of anticipation, action and building toward the end. 

My main complaint in this book is I want to know more. More about Roar's abilities, why she's different, what happens to her friend Nova and her own powers. I also wanted to know more about Cassius' real intentions and his plan. Really, this world is so engrossing, I just didn't want to let go and now I am sad I have to wait another year before I can pick up the next installment. 

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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