Review: “Roar” By Cora Carmack

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Roar
By Cora Carmack
Book #1 In the Stormhearts Series

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publish Date: 2017
Series: Stormhearts (Book #1)
Pages: 378
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Book Type: Fiction
Purchase Locations: Book Depository Amazon

Synopsis:
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.

My Thoughts:

Genuinely LOVED this book. It was a concept I hadn’t seen again. I loved the idea of storms having hearts which contain the storms power. I was genuinely completely engaged.
Aurora the main character had great development throughout the story and I cannot wait to find out what happens in the next book (which I will pre-order)
I really enjoyed how each of the characters you meet throughout the novel are fleshed out, with no characters left behind.
Cora Cormack did a great job creating character dynamics and creating complex relationships between characters.
I’m hopeful that the second book is just as good in this area.

My Rating:
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