Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

This world will make you a victim every chance it gets. Don’t let it.

Roar is the first installment in Cora Carmack’s Stormheart series. What a ride it was!

29939048The land is filled with all types and ferocity of storms and it’s up to Stormlings to protect their close community of people. Aurora has lived a sheltered life in Pavan preparing for the time when she takes her rightful place as queen. The problem? She holds no magic. And there might be more outside her world than she knows.

Roar is at its heart a coming-of-age story. Aurora is seeking a place to belong and it’s not until her future begins to be designated for her that she follows her own path. Aurora is very clever, and she’s tough, and she has this inner reservoir that’s untapped until her journey begins.

This story starts in a similar vein to other YA dystopians but quickly morphs into something else, something different. There are tears and heartbreak but laughter and friendship and truth as well. Once I started, I didn’t want to put it down. I couldn’t.

There’s always a new challenge plot-wise, but also a new challenge for Aurora personally. Then there’s the side cast with secrets of their own driving them—other motivations and hopes and dreams and fears—that round this story out. It’s a wicked awesome story line that keeps giving and giving. You can feel these storms on the horizon. You can anticipate the chaos produced on all fronts.

This YA stands out. It ends on a cliffhanger so be aware that you’re going to want to get your hands on the next asap. Any lover of YA will find something they can relate with, fear for, or cheer alongside and that leaves this read immensely satisfying.

5 stars!

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