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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
In Carlos E. Vargas' Roar: The Bestial Saga, ten-year-old Ella loved her big brother. The two of them took care of the farm together. But one day Maurice left to sell their produce for gold in a village located on the other side of the dark wood. Alone and scared, days turned into weeks and Ella was sick with worry as the farm fell into ruin as she waited for her brother to return. The dark forest was a terrifying place rumored to be filled with monsters. It was the place their parents had met their end, and now, if she wished to find her brother, the young girl must walk the same path. But the path will not be an easy one, and not everything is as it seems.
Roar by Carlos E. Vargas is a children's fairytale adventure targeted toward children transitioning from books with pictures to text tales. It is a simple story that follows the tale of Ella, a young girl left alone and scared. To survive she must overcome her fears and find a strength within her she didn't know existed or else be trapped forever. it is written in a simple third-person style with perfectly sized chapters for young readers, with each titled after a popular fairytale. This is a sweet tale that will appeal more to young girls, and perhaps even inspire them to find their own strength and kindness. Fairytale danger, loss, fear, and bravery are woven into this short tale and will keep a youngster entertained as they worry about what will become of Ella.