Rating: 2/5 stars
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.
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.
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.