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Friday, June 16, 2017

5* #Review #Giveaway Roar by @CoraCarmack @InkSlingerPR

From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack comes her debut young adult fantasy, ROAR! Releasing June 13, 2017, ROAR takes readers on an adventure filled with charismatic characters in an enthralling world sure to keep them turning the pages. Order your copy today!


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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REVIEW - 5 Stars

Sometimes, I am absolutely blown away by the creativity in the mind of an author. Cora Carmack has always impressed me with her writing, but Roar goes above and beyond. The story is incredibly unique, the idea of storms as a living thing, and the world she builds around them is spectacular. The way that Cora describes the people, scenery, etc, is so well crafted that it came to life right before my eyes. Not only was she eloquent, almost poetic at times, but the imagery was simply amazing. The pages turn themselves in this book and putting it down to get anything done was quite a challenge!

Rora or Roar, as she is known for a lot of the book, is strong is so many ways and she struck me as a warrior in her heart and mind. However, she is also flawed, not only by her lack of magic, but by the overabundance of emotion she carries inside her. This journey brings out all sides of her personality and we watch her grow into the role she was born to play, that of queen. At times, especially in her relationship with Locke, she irritated the crap out of me. But, not only are we all immature sometimes, I had to remind myself that she was only eighteen and had spent the majority of her life in relative solitary. She never had the opportunity to learn how to react and think in may social situations. Ultimately though, I loved her character and every minute of her journey.

Cassius…good grief…I don’t know where to begin with this guy. He is the epitome of the anti-hero. I didn’t know whether I loved or hated him from one moment to the next and the whiplash was pretty severe. Yet, it kept me on my toes and only made the story that much more interesting and compelling. Calling his character complex seems like an understatement. I don’t even think Cassius really knew himself either. But, the reality seems to be that the darkness inside him is the dominant part, though I do wonder what we’ll see from him as the series continues.

Locke is the more obvious hero to the story, though, in the beginning, I wasn’t nearly as intrigued by him as I was by Cassius. However, as the story continued on and I spent more time with him, he truly wiggled his way into my heart and turned out to be awesome. Though, like Roar, he made some really annoying choices in regards to her. Sometimes I just want to reach into books and shake the characters until common sense show up in the pages! Those moments are nothing compared to all the others though. His skills as a storm hunter are fascinating, his chemistry with Roar is scorching, and his bravery, love, and intelligence were written beautifully.

A book is never complete without a merry band of secondary characters and the cast in this story is filled with variety. They are integral to moving the plot along, but mostly, I just loved the sparkle they added.

I can’t recommend this book enough! It’s fast paced, fully of intrigue, danger, action, drama, love, heat…etc. All the feels!!! I can’t wait to see what’s next in the Stormling series!

About Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Since she was a teenager, her favorite genre to read has been fantasy, and now she’s thrilled to bring her usual compelling characters and swoon-worthy romance into worlds of magic and intrigue with her debut YA fantasy, Roar. Her previous adult romance titles include the Losing It, Rusk University, and Muse series. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages around the world. Cora splits her time between Austin, TX and New York City, and on any given day you might find her typing away at her computer, flying to various cities around the world, or just watching Netflix with her kitty Katniss. But she can always be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and her website www.coracarmack.com.  

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