Roar by Cora Carmack

What to say about the first fantasy book since January to have sucked me in? Roar by Cora Carmack is so worth the hype surrounding its release. This is the author’s first YA book and she just blew it away. Roar is an upper YA novel that will tear your reading heart to bits. There is all the wonderful things that make up a good story: magic, romance, adventure, and a strong female heroine who just happens to be a bad ass.

The characters were incredibly rich and complex, there was no clear archetype of bad guy versus good guy, they were complicated and dynamic. I can’t wait to see the character development of the main antagonist Cassius as the series progresses (because of course this story was too good for one book), he reminds me so much of Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series. I think Nova has a lot of potential as well, and I hope to see more of her in the future books.

I loved the world that the novel is set in: the idea of little island kingdoms reminded me of the old city-states of ancient Greece with each town ruling itself. I thought the setting was original and believable, especially as you begin to peel back the layers of the different social classes.

Now the scientific part of me feels the need to add this disclaimer: having taken a couple courses on climatology I wouldn’t necessarily count this book scientifically sound on the formation of storms, but really everything else was so incredible and delicious that it doesn’t even matter. In the classroom I would maybe pull some passages out of the book to compare to what we know of storms and how they form, but it should not serve as a replacement to the textbook.

While this story has magic and lots of it, I think the most enchanting thing about the book is the fact it is driven by one girl’s will power. It is a great illustration that natural talent are only one piece of the puzzle. Tenacity, courage, and self-confidence are the true sources of a person’s power and sewn together with friendship, anything is possible.

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