Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Roar (Stormheart 1)

Author: Cora Carmack
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 352
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

*I received this book as a NetGalley ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. Thanks NetGalley!*

**I also received an ARC of this book because Cora picked me to be on the Roar Street Team. I love literally every single word Cora Carmack writes so I may be a little biased, but not really because she's that awesome!**


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 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. Bu 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. --Goodreads

The Rundown

Fantasy isn't my usual go to when I'm in the mood for a good teen book. You know what is always always always a go to for me? Any time Cora Carmack publishes a new book! Ever since I read Losing It four years ago, I've been a fan. Her stories are always just grade A awesome! When I found out she was releasing her first teen fantasy novel, I was ready to jump in line!

As a teen librarian, I'm always ready to book talk a novel that feels fresh and new, which is why I was so excited about this book from the start. A setting where storms are so fierce that they wipe out villages, even entire kingdoms. Ruling families are those who inherit the power to fight off these deadly storms and pass them on generation to generation. What happens to a kingdom, to a royal family, when the sole heir never inherited the magic she desperately needs to keep her kingdom safe? 

Roar is more than a princess. She's a smart, fierce warrior determined to fight for her place in life instead of meandering along the path laid out for her. When she learns that she can challenge a storm, take its heart, and absorb its magic herself she sees her ticket out of what looks like a dark, loveless arranged marriage. Hiding her identity, she runs away with a band of storm hunters where she is determined to learn to fight even harder to protect her kingdom without a Stormling husband. How much do we need a hero like Roar right now?

Fans of Cora's New Adult books rest easy, for this book still has plenty of kissing and steamy moments. The building tension and love between Locke and Roar is downright swoonworthy. Through Locke, Roar learns that what she always thought to be true about life for those commoners in the kingdoms is a lie, she becomes even more resolved to not only return as a leader capable of fighting to protect her people from the storms, but as a leader who will make their lives better. 

Action, intrigue, fantastic characters, and the kind of breathtaking romance that only Cora can deliver makes Roar the teen fantasy novel of the summer!

Words in Deep Blue

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