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Mini Book Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

roarPublisher’s Book Description:

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.

Karen’s Thoughts:

I actually read a pre-bound copy of this book to give it an advance blurb. There was a lot I loved about this book and this was the blurb I gave it:

“Roar is a swoon worthy tale with a fierce female lead who wants to take control of her own destiny and once she does, you will cheer to hear her Roar!”
I always love a book with a strong female protagonist and Roar delivers an authentic portrait of a young woman, Aurora, slowly realizing who she is and what she can do. She is not perfect or perfectly empowered, but she does eventually develop into a more empowered young woman, which I think perfectly mirrors the challenges of growing up female. There some solid world building with a variety of interesting magical powers – I mean, who doesn’t want to control the storms?. And for those who love a little swoon with their fantasy, Roar does not disappoint.
Published by Tor Teen, June 13, 2017

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