Review: Roar

Title: Roar

Author: Cara Carmack

Date of Publication: June 13th, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

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 Review:

First off, I bought this book which means… I had to finish it! I think I’m more pissed I bought the book instead of waiting for it at the library. The story itself was good, but my main issue were the characters. Aurora was one of the most annoying characters I have ever read in my life. Mare from Red Queen is still at the top of that list.

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So, we get this guy Cassius, and he seems pretty awesome with a slight bad side. Insta love kicks in with Rora which is fine, that crap doesn’t bother me. Her reactions were ridic instead of just confronting the guy after overhearing him instead of act like a fool. Then Cassius (the one character that I find great) is gone for most of the book.

Enter Locke, who by the way I did like. Rora is ridic to him right off the bat, and bitchy for no reason except for her newly developed “trust issues”. I’m sorry but if someone was rude to me all the time why the eff would I have “feelings” for them? Come on, Locke!!!!! Then Aurora makes out with him and then gets angry with him again??? Get real! I did like Locke, but maybe he has some self esteem issues to put up with the BS.

Anyway, the story itself could have been truly original if we didn’t have cliche after cliche after 5 billion cliches with these characters. I don’t even mind cliches in the books I read if the characters are good or have a personality. But dang!

Also books just need to drop the eff bomb or something else. We don’t need made up words used in a weird way. “I don’t scorching care!” “Scorch that!” “For skies sake!”


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Cora does know how to write romance scenes, though. I thought the same thing with her other books I have read. I just wanted more. Needed more! I will still read the next book to see what happens.


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22 thoughts on “Review: Roar

  1. I have to agree with you on the “For Skies sake” stuff in books lately. I read one where they just kept using the expression over and over and over and over and…you get the point. I was like, don’t you people use anything else?? Good catch bc some people don’t notice that or it doesn’t bother them, but it def bothers me. 😂

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  2. I’ve been waiting to hear what you think of this one before I do anything. Lol…your my guinea pig with books…well not all of them, but if you get one first I figure I’ll wait and see what you think! Now, I’m thinking that if I decide to read it I will get it from the library for sure!! And that’s a big if!! I just have so many great books to read, why waste my time on something I most like will not absolutely love anyway?! I did really like the Red Queen, although I’ve dragged my heels on finishing the series, even though I have the book. So I guess I didn’t like it all that much. I’m a procrastinator by nature anyway. I tend to read what is interesting me at the moment, which makes it difficult when you have a bunch of arcs to read! 😂🤣😂 Yep, I’m pathetic. If I was in a book and I was the mc, I would irritate you too!!😂😂😂😂 Never mind you, I would irritate ME!!!😂🤣😂🤣😂

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    • I don’t know! It’s like the concept was cool, and maybe book 2 will amaze me, but I just don’t like girls that are bitchy for no reason! There is stuff in the beginning of the book too that she could have tackled head on, same later on. It’s just frustrating lol. I don’t rate books under a 4 or 5 anymore, but I would have given it a 3.

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      • Being an author changed your mind on lower ratings? I know I won’t rate lower than 4, I just don’t rate if it’s lower. I don’t like to mess with author’s ratings. Once I realized how it affected them overall, I stopped. Authors work too hard for me to do that.

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      • Most of the time even if I didn’t really like a book I would still give it a 3. Then I saw how hard Siobhan and other authors work like you said, and I was like maybe I should reconsider things lol. Then I saw how long it takes to get a book done with edits, etc. and I was like okay all authors deserve 5 stars. 😂😂😂 The one thing that bothers me the most and always has is rating a book if you don’t finish it! I feel like you can still write your review on why you didn’t finish it, but you shouldn’t rate it! Even on imdb if I don’t finish a movie, I don’t rate it!

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  3. YES!!! Thank you very much for saying that!!! I’ve said that on Goodreads and people got upset with me. I don’t feel you have any business rating a book when you don’t even know how it ends!! Come on people!! You can write a review saying you couldn’t take it anymore because of this or that and had to dnf it, but no star ratings, because that’s just not fair!! It’s almost as bad as the ones who give the book star ratings and haven’t even read it yet!! OMG…don’t get me started!! Lol….I feel bad for these authors and wish I knew how to help. On Amazon I know I can hit the helpful/not helpful buttons, but Goodreads has no way to help. I think Goodreads has a suggestion page or something, I’m going to find out and try to make that suggestion. These poor authors, some of them with their wrists in braces from typing so much (like Siobhan) and then to have someone do that, so disrespectfully, to their work!!

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  4. That’s interesting, I actually found the lingo pretty cool 😂 It added a certain something to the story.
    I don’t think Roar treated Locke that badly. He was constantly on her face anyway, and it would have unnerved me a bit too. I think she was also shaken from everything that had happened, leaving her house and family behind, etc. She wasn’t really being her best self.
    I didn’t find her annoying though. I think at seventeen and with such a big weight on her shoulders, I probably would have reacted even worse!
    I did like Cassius, though I wouldn’t exactly want them together as he clearly has serious issues of his own. However, he was hands down one of the most epic characters in the story. And, of course, I cannot resist a bad boy.
    Awesome review, Candace! 😊

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  5. I just read this at the weekend and my thoughts are pretty similar. Liked the world and all the storm magic stuff, found Cassius intriguing but everything else was meh. Been there read that. I really couldn’t understand Rora’s trust issues. She knew Cassius for like an hour, realistically how devastated can you be?

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