Title: Roar

Author: Cora Carmack

Series: Stormheart, #1

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: June 13th 2017


Three Stars

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 honourable. 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.

– Blurb courtesy of

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“You are lightning made flesh. Colder than falling snow. Unstoppable as the desert sands riding the wind. You are Stormling. Aurora Pavan. Believe it.
Believe it, and others will too.”

Ever since the death of her brother Aurora has been preparing to become the queen of Pavan, but she has a secret no one outside her family can discover. Despite being born to one of the oldest Stormling families Aurora has no powers, and as the rage season looms ever closer Aurora needs to marry into a family who can hide her powerless state from her people, a family who are intimidating with dark secrets of their own.

Aurora doesn’t trust Cassius, the prince she is to marry, not after overhearing a conversation between him and his brother. One night Aurora follows Cassius out of the castle and finds herself in a part of Pavan she never knew existed; a market where storms are traded, and even people born without magic have discovered how to steal magic the storms.

“This life is not glamorous,” Duke told her. “We travel constantly. We sleep on the ground most nights. When we’re not in danger from storms, we’re in danger in cities where we are considered criminals. This life is not for the faint of heart.”
“There are things I do not know, things I will have to learn. But I am capable. I am familiar with sacrifice. I know what it is to make hard choices.”

For Aurora this offers her a way to take the throne without having to marry someone she cannot not trust, into a family of liars and manipulators hungry for power. With a new path in sight Aurora disguises herself and covers her tracks before heading off with the hunters, determined to become one of them. However the path is dangerous, and it’s not just the storms in front of her that Aurora has to be wary of, but the jilted prince left behind her in Pavan.

Roar had a lot of potential. It was a brilliant concept, and Aurora was an intriguing character whose journey and desires I easily connected with, however I found the plot was too slow to develop. The first book in this series was heavy on the world building and exposition, setting up the situation and introducing us to all the nuances of the world Aurora lived in, which meant it was only the last part of Roar that present us with the challenge Aurora would face, beyond her powerless state. It felt like this book was constantly building up to something big, but instead of a fast-paced first book in the Stormheart series it ended up being a slow build up to what will likely be a fast-paced sequel.

…The Characters

“Sometimes she was Aurora. Confident. Clever. Cultured. Sometimes she was Rora. Afraid. Alone. Ashamed. And more and more, she was Roar— bold, brash, and increasingly baffled by the situation in which she found herself.”

Aurora has spent her whole life isolated, fearing what could happen if anyone were to discover she has no powers, and as such her only company growing up was her books and her dreams of adventure. When she overhears Cassius and his brother talking she sees her future stretching out the same way as her past, with Aurora isolated and pushed into the shadows. However after she meets the hunters she starts to sees another future, one where she doesn’t need Cassius to rule over Pavan, and so Aurora becomes Roar.

Roar is determined to join Duke’s crew, she wants to learn how to steal the heart from the storms that plague her city and she isn’t afraid of hard work, danger, or the tough training Locke throws her way. There is more driving her than just a desire for power and it pushes her forwards despite the pain and the doubt.

“He knew he should step away, but it was like he’d been mesmerized. He stood there, stock-still, his mind filled with nothing but her. If she were a storm, she could destroy him, and he would never lift a finger to protect himself.”

Locke has been a storm hunter for a long time, and he is all too aware of the dangers the life holds. When he first sees Roar at the market there is something about her that he wants to protect, something that reminds him of his sister, long dead now. He wants to help Roar but he doesn’t want her anywhere near the dangerous life of a storm hunter. At first he wants her to go home, wants to drive her away, but eventually knowing he won’t be able to he pushes her harder, giving her the skills she needs to survive.

I wasn’t too invested in the relationship between Roar and Locke, or the relationship between Aurora and Cassius. I enjoyed seeing both Locke’s and Cassius’s thoughts through their POV chapters, but neither character grabbed me the same way Roar did, and as such their relationships with Roar didn’t grab me either.

…The Setting

“Storms are the greatest predators in existence because they can destroy you with their savage strength or enthral you with their terrible beauty. Like a poison flower with the stealth of a snake and the ferocity of a lion and the force of all the world’s armies combined.”

What I loved about Roar was the setting; not so much in terms of seeing Pavan through Aurora’s eyes, learning about its history and culture, but in terms of discovering more about all the different storms that plague the land. They’re deadly but they have a heart, and if a hunter is skilled enough they can claim the heart and steal the power of the storm for themselves. I thought it was a really unique idea for a story, and I loved reading Aurora’s journey as she experienced the storms up close and personal, learning how to survive and how to fight back when they struck.

Roar was overall a decent read, but there wasn’t much about it that stood out for me. I enjoyed the world building but the plot was a little too slow to develop, I liked Roar’s character but couldn’t connect with Locke or with their relationship. Still the conclusion has promised an interesting second book, so I’ll be looking forwards to seeing where the story goes.

What did you think of Roar? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

24 thoughts on “Roar

  1. Great review! I’ve heard some mixed things about Roar, but I’m still excited to read it. It sounds like maybe it’s a good setup for the rest of the series, even if the book itself wasn’t the best?

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  2. This has to be your first 3 star review in 2017… Hahahah I heard that this book was heavy on the romance though. Sad to hear that it wasn’t something that you were too invested in. I was super curious to see how others would enjoy this book when I first heard about it. Hopefully the next book will have the fast-pace you looked for.

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    1. I don’t think it’s my first three star review of the year, but it’s a rare low-star read for me yeah. 😀
      I think I would have preferred Roar if it was less heavy on the romance. Most people seem to have enjoyed this so maybe it was just me rather than the book, I dunno, either way yeah I’m hoping the next book will have more action. 🙂

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  3. I actually really enjoyed Roar! I agree with you in that my favorite part was the setting and the world-building, especially in regards to the magic. I just found the whole premise with the storms and storm chasers to be really interesting!

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    1. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this book. I did like Roar but in the end there were too many things I wasn’t a fan of for me to rate it higher than three stars you know? The world building was brilliant. It was such a unique concept and I think it was really well done too, I can’t wait to see where the author takes everything we learnt in the first book about the storms in the second book! 🙂


      1. I can definitely see why you rated it 3 stars! It was definitely romance heavy and had its flaws. I think I was just blown away by the uniqueness of the world and magic that I was able to forget the issues. I am excited for the second book as well. Hopefully, the series will only get stronger and rectify its faults in the future books 🙂

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      2. Yeah the romance was one of the main things I didn’t enjoy about this book. You could see it coming as soon as Locke’s character was introduced and I think this book would have been a little better if it had let Roar develop as her own character before giving her a romance subplot. I’m glad the world building helped you look past the issues, definitely goes to show how amazing that aspect of this book was doesn’t it? 🙂
        That’s what I’m hoping, I’m definitely looking forwards to the release of the second book that’s for sure! 🙂

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  4. I’m actually kind of relieved to see a more “mediocre” review for this. I’ve seen so many positive reviews for it but I honestly have no clue if I actually want to read it. Something about it just doesn’t really appeal to me.

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    1. Well in that case I’m glad my review could help in that sense. 🙂 But I know what you mean when you see so many amazing reviews you wonder if the book can ever live up to the hype it has.
      If it doesn’t appeal to you I’d say stick with your gut decision and leave it, but if you do decide to pick it up one day I do hope you enjoy it. It’s an interesting concept for a series and I think the second book will be better than this one was. 🙂

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      1. Exactly! I get so nervous if I’ve only seen positive reviews for a book because it just sets impossible expectations, haha.
        Yeah, I think I’m probably just going to skip it. I *might* read it if my library has it, but I don’t think I’d spend money on it 😛

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      2. For the most part seeing mainly positive reviews just makes me more excited, especially if it’s for a highly anticipated release of mine. 🙂
        Sounds like a good plan, and if your library does have it and you end up really enjoying it then you can spend money on it! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Em. I’d seen Roar around a fair bit before picking it up myself, and then I got a copy of the book and figured why not. 😀
      It’s an interesting book, the premise is a good one to say the least, so I hope you enjoy it if you decide to pick it up. 🙂

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  5. I’ve seen this one on the blogosphere lately and didn’t know much about it. The idea that the storms have a heart that can be captured is so unique! I’m glad it was a decent read but it’s a bit disappointing that it didn’t quite reach its fullest potential. It’s frustrating when a the plot is really slow-going and the characters are a bit hard to connect with. Let’s hope the sequel will be much better! I’m still curious about how this story so I think I might give it a try! Great review, Beth! ❤ :*

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    1. Yeah I’ve seen it around a fair bit as well, also it was the June Fairy Loot book so I figured why not get started on it given I own a copy. 🙂
      It was a great premise, and for the most part I did enjoy the story, it was just looking back I realised not a lot actually happened. It felt like there was a build up to something big that just never happened, and instead Roar ended on a cliffhanger that promises a faster-paced sequel.
      I’m keeping my fingers crossed the sequel’s better, either way I’m quite excited for its release because I think the series has a lot of potential. Thanks Azia! 🙂 ❤️

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      1. Oh that’s cool! I really should start a subscription for a book box. I did all that research but haven’t gone through with it just yet LOL.
        That’s a bit of a letdown. It’s bothersome when you think a story will go somewhere by the end, but it all proves to be either anticlimactic or just a set-up to a fast-paced sequel. At least the second book has the potential to be much more engaging! 😀

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      2. They’re definitely worth it. I mean they’re a lot of money but it’s always so much fun getting the every month and seeing what’s inside. I’ve never regretted spending the money on mine. 🙂
        That’s exactly how this one felt. There were a few parts of the plot that were literally only introduced in this book so they could be expanded on in the sequel, and I’m just wondering why they weren’t expanded on in this book.


      1. Yeah…it’s a beautiful book and I like owning it…I liked the fantasy of the storm Heart system. But I’m also relatively simple when it comes to liking almost everything. That can be a problem too when reviewing bc some people will think something you loved is crap, and therefore the review is crap. So I’m always worried when I love something and someone else reads it and was meh about it. But we all have our faves and our mehs! 😂🙌

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      2. I really enjoyed reading the storm heart system and the world building as well. It was my favourite part of Roar actually.
        I know what you mean but I’m never going to think anyone’s reviews are crap because they have different opinions to me. No one loves a book for no reason you know, same way no one hates a book for no reason. I’m glad you enjoyed Roar even though it was a little meh for me. 🙂

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      3. Hey, me too, and I’m glad you read it. I’m glad you liked Vaasa even though it was meh for me!! Makes me happy when someone loves a book…even if it’s not for me! 😉

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      4. We’re giving these books a chance and that’s a good thing in the end isn’t it? Plus it’s always nice sharing someone’s joy when they find a new book they love, even if it’s one you weren’t a massive fan of. 🙂


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