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Roar (Stormheart) by [Carmack, Cora]
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New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack's young adult debut: Roar.

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3249 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765386313
  • Publisher: Tor Teen (13 June 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M28M0DY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had to read this book in one day. The heroine was strong and witty and I loved the different characters. The world the author built was interesting and refreshing - completely different to anything I've read before. I completely recommend and think it was worth every dollar that I paid.
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By Suze Lavender TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 June 2017
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Princess Aurora is part of a powerful Stormling family. Her mother, Pavan's queen, is trying to prepare her daughter as well as she can, so when Aurora will inherit her title she'll know exactly what to do. Aurora has a secret, her storm magic hasn't manifested itself and therefore she's been living an isolated life, so nobody will find out she isn't able to protect her country. Her mother has arranged a marriage for Aurora, but the princess doesn't like prince Cassius, the man she's betrothed to. He's dangerous and darkness is surrounding him. He's supposed to be strong enough to take over the duty to protect the kingdom against the violent storms that are constantly raging there, but is that the only thing that matters? Aurora doesn't think she should marry him, but how can she get out of the arrangement?

Aurora follows her fiancé when he visits an illegal market. There she discovers that she's been lied to and that storm magic can also be acquired, it isn't necessary to be born with the gift. Those who are chasing the storms to reap their magic are called storm hunters and Aurora wants to be one of them. She can protect her kingdom by earning her own magic and that is what she thinks she should do. Will she succeed and how will Aurora be able to obtain the magic she needs to take care of her country?

Roar is a fantastic story. I immediately loved Aurora. She's brave, she can stand up for herself and she's incredibly smart. When she discovers she has to marry a man she doesn't trust, she tries to protect herself the best way she can and I admired that about her. She has everything it takes to be a good ruler, but she needs to discover who she is and what she can do before she's ready to take this position.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An ingenious fantasy with an epic romance - the BEST combination 13 June 2017
By Krista - Published on
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It takes a lot these days for a young adult book to wow me. They used to be all I read, but as I've gotten older, my tastes have changed, and now I am much more choosy about the YA books I spend my time with. ROAR was sort of an easy choice. I mean, Cora Carmack wrote it. I've read everything else she's written, and sure - none of it is YA. But, all of it has been incredible. But, I have to say...

NONE of it has been as incredible as Roar.

Cora has knit together this epic, sprawling fantasy about a world ravaged by sentient storms and a race of special people - the Stormlings - who are the only ones that can defeat them. As if that awesome concept wasn't enough, she went ahead and added a knee-weakening, swoon-worthy romance to sweeten the pot.

Storms in this world have hearts in the form of beautiful stones. The storms destroy and kill, so society has elevated Stormlings to royalty and positions of high power since they are the ones to reach inside storms, take their hearts and cause them to dissipate. The stormhearts are their treasure to keep. Aurora Pavan is heir to the throne and is supposed to be a powerful Stormling. But, she's not. She has no power. No magic. And no one can know.

She runs away on the eve of her marriage to a fellow Stormling (Cassius, who is hard to figure out. Is he good? Is he bad? That is still to be determined...), and joins up with a band of storm chasers. This group of misfits is also able to defeat storms, and Aurora is determined to learn from them how to do it. She wouldn't mind private lessons from Locke, a storm chaser who has a soft heart when it comes to her. But, she has to keep her identity a secret.

Aurora's time with the storm chasers is amazing in so many ways. I loved watching her come into her own. She started out so timid and afraid of everything. But, getting to know all the members of her new quasi-family - and especially Locke - gave her perspective she didn't have before as princess.

It's hard to tell which one I loved more - Aurora or Locke. Locke is a swashbuckling roguish guy who is handsome and charming and so smart. He's just what Aurora needs to teach her about herself and about her world. And although they fight and fight their attraction to each other, it eventually spills over, and that's where Cora Carmack's special hand at romance comes into play.

Roar is an amazing beginning to what I'm sure will be an incredibly sweeping story. There are revelations in Roar that will surprise you. Times you will want to cry. Other times you will cheer out loud. And there is the introduction of a villain that sounds like will be a crazy bad guy. I can't wait for everyone to read this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start to an Exciting New Series! 14 June 2017
By Jessica S. - Published on
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I received this ARC from an independent bookstore for free on Independent Bookstore Day for pure reading enjoyment. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy, Magic & Romance - Perfectly Balanced For An Amazing Story 13 June 2017
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This book seriously has everything I love …fantasy, magic, action, and romance! It has a strong, amazing heroine that will have you cheering for her from page 1 and a plot that will have you turning pages as fast as you can.

Aurora Pavan is heir to the throne of Pavan and she belongs to one of the oldest Stormling families … the family that has been protecting the kingdom with their magic for years. She’s everything the kingdom needs in a queen, intelligent, and brave… but she has no sign of the magic she’ll need to protect those counting on her. So her mother arranges a marriage to a Stormling prince from another kingdom… one who’s dark and broody. He’s obviously hiding something and when he rushes the wedding date, Aurora is determined to get away. A chance meeting with a group of Storm Hunters might be just the people she needs.

First, I have to mention the world-building because Carmack does an amazing job of creating a unique world here. I loved the way she put her own spin on the fantastical elements of this story, everything was unique and intricately planned and plotted from the storm elements to the world of Pavan.

I have to admit though, that the characters are what had me hooked to this story from the very first page! Every single character here has a purpose and a story to tell, and I honestly can’t wait for book two to learn more about each and every one of them. Carmack excels at creating a diverse landscape and sharing the complexities that make each of them different and interesting and doing it in a way that has you invested in what is happening to everyone. Even the storms felt like they had their own stories to tell!

Carmack did a wonderful job of weaving the romance in this story too, and I’m not going to apologize for needing romance in my stories… I need a ship to root for so don’t judge me. I am torn between the two boys in this story! I know the one that everyone will root and cheer for, but I can’t help but have a soft spot for Cassius too – I know he’s got a much deeper background than what we’re led to believe and even though he does some pretty crappy things, I get him… I really do and so I can’t help but want more of his story! But Locke… gah I just love the connection between him and Roar and I love how their relationship develops.

Carmack perfectly balances the magic, the fantastical and the romance in a way that will have readers begging for more. I for one am dying to get my hands on book 2 and if you haven’t yet gotten this on your TBR list, you must! Look no further for your next favorite read in the YA Fantasy genre!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved every bit of it and need more right now. 13 June 2017
By Lori (Ficwishes) - Published on
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So original and incredible; powerful and provocative. Roar is a riveting and refreshing detour from the usual YA fantasy stories.

I absolutely loved this story. I've been a reader of Cora's for years. I love her wit and awkward love stories. I love her heat and sexy sports romances. What I didn't know was how she would handle moving to the Fantasy genre, but she did it beautifully.

Aurora is such a strong character and a great example for women. She continues searching for who she is deep down, despite always feeling like she is lacking. I love that she doesn't let these feelings overwhelm her or stand in the way of her doing what she knows is right.

The world building that was done for this book is quite extensive and unique. Carmack was able to do so many things and make the book fun thanks to the special gifts she has given the storm chasers. I was completely enraptured by the storm-chasers and their quest to 'challenge their tempests'.

The romance in the story takes a backseat to the intrigue and the action, but it is still quite swoon-worthy. Locke makes such a great love interest, but Cassius has something that keeps calling out to me. I think he has some redeemable qualities that have yet to be explored. I really hope we get a chance to see more of him in future books.

The entire supporting cast is excellent. The way they work together is very special. They allow Aurora into their inner circle but continually challenge her. They push her and cause her to grow and believe in herself in ways that no one ever has before. They definitely have me re-thinking my #squadgoals.

Basically, I loved it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read! 14 June 2017
By Stephanie - Published on
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Being someone who very rarely reads paranormal, a story has to really intrigue me to make me want to read it. When I heard Cora was writing a YA paranormal, I knew I would read it since she is one of my must buy authors. When I found out the premise of the story and she released a teaser, I was very much looking forward to it. I was not disappointed. Cora has created a unique and intriguing world full of twists and turns that will grip you until the very last page and leave you wanting more. Whether you're a Cora fan, a paranormal fan, a YA fan or not, you're going to want to add ROAR to your must reads!

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