Release Day/Review/Giveaway: Roar by Cora Carmack
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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This book was a stunning, artistic masterpiece as Cora Carmack debut, yes you read that right, DEBUTS her young adult novel, Roar. This book had me captivated by the very first page. I was enthralled, I couldn’t put it down. From the vivid imagery to the minor details, Cora transported me to the wildlands and I never want to go back.
Aurora was exquisite, from her self doubt battling with self confidence and every insecurity in between she had me cheering her on and questioning her sanity at the same time. A certain someone had me swooning over and over again, for a moment I was certain Cora was going throw a love triangle at me but I should have known better to expect the unexpected. The characters are complex, charismatic, and multi-dimensional, which was a concern because there are a hell of a lot of characters. Fret not, they are easy to follow and easy to love…well most of them anyways.
The ending left me with a million questions and a desperate need for the next book…books? How many are in this series, 3? 4? Please don’t go all Sarah J. Maas on me with a 10+ book series…my heart can’t handle the wait. I am bewitched by this magical land and I, like Aurora, want to learn more. I want to know everything, who is the Stormlord, who is Cassius, who is Duke, what the hell is Aurora?! This is an absolute must read and if this is only Cora’s debut into the young adult world, I truly can’t wait to see what she writes next.
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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