Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

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Rating: 2/5 stars 

Summary:

Roar is about Aurora Paven, who comes from a family of Stormlings. She was raised as royalty and meant to be queen someday. She is not showing any signs of the magic she needs to protect her Kingdom. Aurora runs away from the safety of her palace to find out if she can steal storm magic. On the run, she encounters violent storms and uncovers secrets about herself.

Review:

I was prepared to LOVE this one and I didn’t. While the world-building was compelling and straight up magical, I had trouble with the character development. No matter how annoying the characters got, I still enjoyed reading the book in the beginning and then everything just sucked by the end. Aurora/Roar is supposed to be this epic storm queen but I found her to be passive, boring, and meek.

I should have just DNF’ed the dang book, but I was too transfixed and in awe of the world. Storm hunters, storm hearts, illegal markets, a princess on the run and undercover, storm magic. This was something I’ve never read before. The males in the story are boring. The love interest is a slow burn, but in a bad way. All I want to do is shake the two love birds and say, “Just be together already!” However, after further thought I realized that this book is actually quite anti-feminist and I no longer supported any romantic aspect of this book.

While the kingdom is a bit flat, we’re hardly there anyway. We’re on the road with the Aurora and the side characters, who are supposed to help her learn how to storm hunt. The storms essentially act as the main characters and the real characters are the secondary one.

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Earlier in the story, I felt like I was going to give this book a solid 4 stars. I’m rather impressed by the uniqueness of the story overall. While, it’s not the worst book in the world, it just had much more potential and relied too much on character tropes. My main problem with this book was that it gradually becoming worse, not better.  Toward the end, I had to read one chapter than pick up where I started 2 weeks later and so on until finally realized this was not a good story after all. The lush world-building almost saved it, but by the end it just didn’t work for me anymore and I stopped caring. There are no quotable passages or even memorable moments.

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What Are You Reading Wednesday?

I read Danielle’s post and thought it was a great idea to talk about my current read considering I haven’t written a review in ages. I think it’s a great idea to do a post about what you’re reading because depending on your schedule, it might be difficult to review a book right away. For instance, many of us are participating in Nanowrimo right now and are more focused on writing than on reading. That’s why I’m doing What Are You Reading Wednesday!

 

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen 

Summary: Nyxia is about Emmett and nine other recruits (many of which are poor) who are offered riches beyond their wildest dreams by Babel Communications if they agree to leave Earth and fly to another planet, Eden. There’s a catch —– only 8 recruits will be selected so they must compete against each other in order to actually partake in the mission. The other catch? They have to mine a substance that costs trillions of dollars on earth at the risk of getting killed by the species native to that planet. They must train, fight, and risk it all. Full of secrets and enemies and spies, Nyxia is sure to put you on edge.

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Why did you decide to pick up this book–cover or content? Content 🙂 I love young adult science fiction. I also read about the author, who teaches English. His students are  from primarily urban communities and didn’t feel they had books that represented them. He wants every student to enter his classroom and see themselves in books.

Who is your favorite character so far, and why? OHH. There’s so many in this one, 10 actually. Besides the main character, Emmett, my favorite is the Japanese girl named Kaya. Kaya befriends Emmett and is a very compassionate character. She’s also overly curious, which eventually gets her in trouble. She’s always understanding and helps Emmett.

Will you finish this one? YES! I’m just behind on my reading and stopped 3/4 through to start reading my next cycle of books.

Finish the sentence: This book reminds me of…(other books, movies, tv shows…) This book reminds me of Ender’s Game and The Hunger Games combined. I absolutely love this book more than The Hunger Games because we’re more up close and personal with the competitors and it represents a variety of backgrounds.

What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down…) This is a diverse read! The main character Emmett is black. There are competitors from Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and America. I can tell the author put a lot of thought and research into writing authentic and unique characters.

 

I don’t know anyone to tag, but I tag anyone who reads this! 😉

What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments below.