This post brings up the disturbing return of the alpha male trope in YA books, and how normalization of toxic love interests is unhealthy. Suffice to say, I won’t be reading/reviewing this, but in light of the fact that this book has high ratings on GR (4.07 stars as on 20 June 2017) I feel it would be enlightening to anyone hoping to read this book.
Author: Cora Carmack
Rating: 1/5 Stars
Eagle-eyed blog readers may note that the usual purchase links to online retailers is missing from this post. This was entirely intentional because I think every dollar that goes towards Roar is a dollar wasted. I went in expecting an entertaining fantasy, filled with storm magic and a princess discovering her destiny. While the book partially delivered on these expectations, it also came with a significant amount of toxic masculinity, two domineering and possessive love interests, a romance that perpetuates rape culture, and a woman of colour thrown under the bus to further the heroine’s own storyline.
I’ll get the lone positive out of the way first. The world building in Roar was compelling, set in a world haunted by tempestuous storms where gifted humans employ magic to control them. Since the internet has no shortage of glowing reviews…
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