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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Roar by Cora Carmack - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Book review
By Suze
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Princess Aurora is part of a powerful Stormling family. Her mother, Pavan's queen, is trying to prepare her daughter as well as she can, so when Aurora will inherit her title she'll know exactly what to do. Aurora has a secret, her storm magic hasn't manifested itself and therefore she's been living an isolated life, so nobody will find out she isn't able to protect her country. Her mother has arranged a marriage for Aurora, but the princess doesn't like prince Cassius, the man she's betrothed to. He's dangerous and darkness is surrounding him. He's supposed to be strong enough to take over the duty to protect the kingdom against the violent storms that are constantly raging there, but is that the only thing that matters? Aurora doesn't think she should marry him, but how can she get out of the arrangement?
Aurora follows her fiancé when he visits an illegal market. There she discovers that she's been lied to and that storm magic can also be acquired, it isn't necessary to be born with the gift. Those who are chasing the storms to reap their magic are called storm hunters and Aurora wants to be one of them. She can protect her kingdom by earning her own magic and that is what she thinks she should do. Will she succeed and how will Aurora be able to obtain the magic she needs to take care of her country?
Roar is a fantastic story. I immediately loved Aurora. She's brave, she can stand up for herself and she's incredibly smart. When she discovers she has to marry a man she doesn't trust, she tries to protect herself the best way she can and I admired that about her. She has everything it takes to be a good ruler, but she needs to discover who she is and what she can do before she's ready to take this position. I loved how Cora Carmack describes her journey from beginning to end. It's an amazing adrenaline rush and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see what would happen to Aurora and where her need to have an adventure to find herself would take her.
Cora Carmack has written a terrific page-turner. Her world building skills are magnificent and I loved the creative way she writes about magic. Her descriptions are dynamic and fierce and Roar is filled with many surprising twists and turns, which makes the story captivating and spellbinding. Roar has a fitting and gripping ending and I can't wait to read more about Aurora and her accomplishments. She's a brilliant main character and every other character in the book is multilayered and believable as well, which makes the story really fascinating. Roar is a strong beginning of the Stormheart series, it's enchanting, riveting, thrilling and intriguing. I highly recommend this phenomenal book.
If you love reading stories about magic Roar is an absolute must-read.

About Cora Carmack

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

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“You taught her?” Cassius asked. 

“Yes, Your Highness.”

He surveyed Taven for several long moments. Then Cassius turned to Aurora and their eyes met. Anger clawed up her throat, and she struggled to keep her face blank. Better for him to believe he still had the upper hand. 

“You taught her well,” Cassius said without looking away from Aurora, “but I’ll take it from here.”

Over Cassius’s shoulder Tavan met her gaze, eyebrow raised. She nodded; she had kept him away from his soldiers long enough, and she could not avoid the prince forever. 

“You are full of surprises, Princess.”

She smiled, ignoring the bile threatening to rise in her throat. “As are you, Price Cassius. As are you.”

He circled behind her, and she felt the weight of his touch against one of the knives still sheathed near her shoulder. His breath fanned over her ear as he asked, “May I?”

Without waiting for an answer, he lifted the blade from her. “Good balanced weight,” he said. “I imagine it flies well.”

“Like a dream.”

His mouth was at her ear again—too close, too warm. “Show me.”

She stepped away like it burned. “I think I’m done for the day.”

“Come now, Aurora.” She flinched at his use of her name. Had he used it yesterday? She could not remember. But now it felt too familiar, far too intimate. “What will it take to get you to show me? How much of my pride shall I bargain away?” His hand touched the small of her back. “Or what shall I offer you in return?”

She spun, and before she realized what she was doing, she had the point of her knife beneath his chin. The courtyard went still around them, but Cassius only smiled wider in response. She was unnerved by the darkness that licked at the edge of her thoughts, of the voice inside whispering to push the knife a little harder, to show him she was not so easy to control. All she knew was that she had let fear rule her for too long, and now it was time she took the reigns.

“Do you trust me?” she asked, and slowly let the knife drift along his jaw. 

His eyes narrowed. “Trust…is not one of my skills.”

“If we are to be married, if we are to someday rule, there is nothing so important as your ability to trust me, and I you.” He watched her warily. “You want something from me,” she continued, “but you’ll not get it unless I trust you.” She was talking about far more than knives, and from his long pause he seemed to know it. 

“I’ll hand over my trust in this. What would you have me do?”

She led him to the largest target, the one with an outline of a person meant to test the thrower’s ability to hit a body’s weak spots. She pushed against his chest until he thumped back against the target. Then she snatched the knife from his hand and said, “Stay there.”

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  1. Everything backs up the raves I've been hearing about this book. Cora is a new author I'll definitely be trying. Great excerpt and trailer and wonderful review. Thanks so much!

  2. Thanks for the intro to this new-to-me author Suze!

  3. Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

  4. I want this book: I see it the first time in a giveway in Twittef and it's like thaht that it becomes the first title we can see in my wishlist so thank you for this amazing opportunity <3 <3