Review: ROAR by Cora Carmack

AUTHOR: Cora Carmack
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
June 13th 2017 by Tor Teen

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(Courtesy of Goodreads)
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 really enjoyed this book. I love books about supernatural/magical gifts. And what was unique about this one is that she didn’t have the gift of controlling storms like her entire family. What a great twist of conflict to be without a gift!

I liked Aurora. She was very real and I connected with her right away. I was suspicious when she was suspicious. I worried when she worried. I was angry when she was angry. I love that she was brave enough to find a different path. Some people don’t take to heart that they are different for a reason and when we found out how truly “different” she is, it was awesome!


Great overall story, except for the over use of kissing. Kissing once or twice is okay, but making out every other chapter near the end was a little much. I was thinking, “get on with the story already.” It was a little much, but the story and characters saved it for me. If the kissing didn’t take over the story, I would have given it a 5 but because it slowed the story so much I give it a 4: GREAT story, worth the time!


Like I said above, there was a bit too much making out (which I never thought I’d say.) But it actually slowed the story instead of enhancing the emotions. Other than that, it’s not crass. It would probably be a PG-13 movie.