• Roar

  • Stormheart, Book 1
  • By: Cora Carmack
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,475 ratings)

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Publisher's 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.

©2017 Cora Carmack (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Lacking Emotional Depth

I struggled to finish this book. I was looking for a strong female lead and I never seemed to get her. I was cringing for the entire first 10 chapters due to the amount if awkward lusty physical descriptions. I am actually horrified that young girls would read this because it tells them that the behavior of the male characters is appropriate - the girls should enjoy unsolicited physical contact. Just when I thought the lead was getting her head straight a new guy traipses into the story. There just isn't any subtlety to the romances and I couldn't stand it. The story itself is creative but the vibes are sexual assault-y.

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Did not finish

The characters were very unlikable and poorly developed. Every male character is in love with Aurora because she’s just so different than other girls OR she reminds one love interest of his sister???? And that’s a turn on??? Anyway no thank you not a fan.

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A fresh concept

I felt the author built this world up perfectly. It is easy to imagine both in physical appearance and politically. The concept of fighting storms and taking their hearts is a new for me. I was intrigued to find out the orgins of the storms. It's nice to find something new under the sun. The lead, Aurora aka Roar, goes on an adventure to find power. She ends up finding the knowledge of how the world really works and possibly the love of her life. A love she just met and has lied to since they first spoke. There is the dreaded love triangle... sighs... But there is a spark of hope that it is dropped in the next book.

The author uses multiple point of views but keeps the transitions clean cut. I've been torn on how to rate this book. It reads similar to the work of Sarah J. Maas, A Throne of Glass series. If you enjoy such stories involving young female leads that journey out of their comfort zone to grow in confidence and power, then you'll be entertained by this read. It is a true YA story, so if you are a borderline YA fan then be weary.



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Princess Brat to Annoy the Day

The good:
Interesting premise
Narrator did the best she could with what she was given
Noviah, who sat in jail for weeks for bratty princess

The bad:
Everything else

I wanted to like this book, except the characters where so unlikable - especially Aurora and Cassius.

Cassius what an arrogant jerk who... well. I dont know what he did later in the book. I had to stop listening with 4.5 hours left.

Aurora is your typical sheltered princess who doesn't have the necessary magical ability to rule the kingdom and must marry (Cassius) to protect her secret.

She stages her kidnapping without thinking about the consequences her friend, Noviah, would face for helping her. When Aurora teams up with the hunters, she:

A - lusts hard for the main hunter (he does the same, naturally)

B - fights with him ALL THE DAMN TIME. Even when she's in way over her head and he's trying to look out for her safety (although he takes the protector bit too annoyingly possessive levels, imo)

C - puts everyone in danger because she refuses to tell them the truth about who she is and why she's there. Instead, she let's them believe she's... a poor girl who happens to show up with a lovely horse and later, a pouch of coins.

D - is so freaking stubborn and a petulant little brat.

Like I said, I wanted to like this book. Hell, I at least wanted to FINISH it but I couldn't. The pent up teenage sexual tension made me roll my eyes far too often. Aurora's whining and stubbornness was insufferable. Cassius was a dick.

I had to stop listening with just 4.5 hours left. Im just glad this was included in my prime membership, otherwise I would have been mad I wasted a credit on it.

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Refreshing!

I loved the concept/world of this book. I feel like so many these days are just the same story rewritten with some small twist, but this was new and refreshing and didn't feel like fan fiction from some more popular series. Would highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of fantasy and romance!

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Couldn’t get past the first 10 minutes

I couldn’t get into this. I’m a huge fantasy fan but this book sounds like it uses all the right types of names for people and places and tells the story the same as all other fantasy novels, but it just seems to me that it says a lot of words without saying anything at all.

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Enjoyable, but Wished there was More Action

This book was enjoyable, but I really wish there had been more action involved. I didn't like Aurora/Roar because she just got on my nerves for all the complainting she did concerning her abilities. I didn't like the instant attraction at all. I hope the sequel is better than this.

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A whole lot of nothing

This had a cool premise. Really liked that our female lead was brave but not stupid. However, that's all I can say about her. She rather normal and a bit boring. The other characters lacked depth as well... I don't even know what to say about the plot. It was repeative and long. I would say most of everything happens in the beginning and the end but that would be a lie, its just that all the conflicts lack sepense. It was boring but the idea is cool. Unless you want to spend you think listening to her run or learn about non existent storms... this isn't for you.

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Slow and boring

I found this book super slow and boring. I didn’t really like the characters! Couldn’t finish it!

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Loved it

I listened to this book back when it first came out, I decided to re-listen in preparation for the sequel. I loved it even more the second time. Already downloaded the next book and going to start right now!
My one and only complaint, the author uses the word “growl” a little too often to be comfortable 😂
But in all seriousness, loved it.

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