Why I DNF-ed Roar by Cora Carmack \\ a spoiler-free discussion…or anti-review?

It’s very rare that I DNF a book. It’s even rarer that said book filled me with so much anger (borderline contempt) that I need to talk about it.

Can you guess why we’re here?

Needless to say, if you did like Roar, as I know a lot of people did, please don’t read this post. I’d hate to either ruin it for you or for you to be annoyed at me.

That said, I’m ready to rant critique.


I got a little over half-way through, about 52%, before I just couldn’t make myself do it. So I’m just going to go in order of how I read it…so mildly spoiler-free (there shouldn’t be anything too spoiler-y).


First of all: Aurora. She’s our protagonist and I don’t think I have ever disliked an MC more.

First thing I noticed was how she talked about her strength, and all the other characters mention it too…except that whenever someone pushed back against her or gets really close to her (literally every time someone gets within her personal bubble) she turns into a girl with no agency.

If you’re only strong when you’re in control, that’s not strength. That’s borderline arrogance.

And the strength that we DO get to see isn’t strength. It was just anger. Almost as if the author associates strength with anger; and those are two different things.

Also, Aurora was so entitled? Like within the first few chapters she tries to join this band of storm hunters, right? It’s what kicks off the story and that’s fine. But she literally demands to join them when she has NO RIGHT to do that and then gets angry when they say no.

Entitlement is one of my least favorite traits in both books and real life. There is nothing in this world that owes you anything and to see a character just totally disregard that annoyed me.


Then we have Cassius, the villain that we met almost as quickly as Aurora. He was the only one I could mildly tolerate – it makes sense that I hate him! The author obviously made him an ass on purpose.

Plus he had a backstory that made sense with his actions. So while I hate him, I know how he got to where he is. And that’s what you want in a villain!


Locke is just UGH. All of the problems I have with Cassius I have with Locke…but he has no excuse. And he kept of disregarding everything Aurora has to say and his expectations of her were so low it was ridiculous?

Also, he had a habit of getting into Aurora’s personal bubble and as an introvert, I just can’t stand by that.

Like, she’s presenting herself as someone who grew up on the street and yet he expects her to have no survival instincts. One would assume that if you grow up on the wrong side of town…you know how to take care of yourself. And if you can’t, then that should be a big red flag that maaaaybe this person isn’t who they say they are.

I get that Locke is technically supposed to be the love interest, but there are so many scenes that just don’t make sense with A) common sense and B) the story. It was just so fabricated and since I hated them both I couldn’t stand them together either.

(I really want to go into detail for a few scenes, but since this is spoiler-free I’m going to discuss more spoiler-y thoughts on Goodreads if you’re interested).


The side characters were all just filler. If everyone was together in the same room, half of the time the author wouldn’t describe them or what they were doing until the end of the scene. And there were so stereotypical – which is fine if you add depth. But there wasn’t any.

This is one of those books where I just don’t understand how someone could like these characters. Maybe the side characters, but again, they lacked depth (well, at 52% they lacked depth. But I feel like that was more than enough time for backstories).


The only thing that I actually liked about Roar was the world and the magic system. If there was more backstory on that, I might’ve convinced myself to finish the book. But becuase of the characters I just couldn’t make myself do it.


What did you think of Roar by Cora Carmack? Is there something I missed or some reason I should try to finish the book? I’m genuinely interested in what you thought – mainly because the impression I got from reviews was not what I read.

Have a good Wednesday readers!

-Love, Marrill

3 thoughts on “Why I DNF-ed Roar by Cora Carmack \\ a spoiler-free discussion…or anti-review?

  1. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this, Marrill! 😦

    I almost ended up DNFing as well, but I actually finished it, and gave it 1 1/2 stars. I couldn’t stand Cora for the exact same reasons as you & the writing didn’t really flow well for me, either.

    I hope your next read is better!

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    1. Same! Was the ending worth reading? Or was it just a disappointment? I’ve heard people talking about it, in anticipation for the next book, but I dontd know if I can force myself to open it again πŸ˜‚ Thankfully the next book I picked up was a bit better!


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