The Book Raven Recommends: A Summer Ashore 


I have no shame… this will be the third post that is about this book in four days and well… I just love it so sue me. So the swashbuckling romantic ya fantasy I will be recommending you is….. 

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Song of the Current!!! 

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.
Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.
From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark. 

Here is 10 reasons why you should read this book: 

1. The Aesthetics


This book is somehow incredibly aestheticly pleasing, without a single actual picture to make you feel that way. It’s simply beautiful. 

2. Hate-to-Love done right 

So many romances that are hate-to-love sometimes come off as arrogant or even abusive relationships and this one is not like that at all. It’s done well and I feel like both parties grow a lot as people as the story progresses. 

3. The Banter 

I love me some grade-A banter and this book had plenty of it. I was smiling from ear to ear while reading this book for so many of these moments. It made me feel so happy! 

4. So many female leads! 

This book has a lot of girlpower living in it and I was living for it! From an all women manned ship, to Caro’s world class negotiator mom, to Fee the frogwoman who knows how to pilot a ship. There were so many female characters to look up to and admire. 

5. The Magic 

Yes there is magic in this book. No I didn’t know about it before I started reading. And yes it made me love this book infinitely more. 

6. The Fights 

There is some amazing fight scenes in this novel and they made my heart beat at a million miles a minute. The intensity was palpable and all too real. 

7. The Characters 

The characters in this book are so real. They all have a spark to them that make them very 3-D and I felt like I could imagine them all so vividly in my head. 

8. The Gods 

The gods in this book add this whole other elemant of fate vs. where you choose to go and it added a lot of intrigue to the plot. (It also helped that the gods in here have their own sense of humor) 

9. Pirate flavor to a non-traditional high seas fantasy 

This book is all about the river and the main character is 100% not a pirate nor does she fall in love with one, but the watery action and the fights between boats make this book seem very pirateesque indeed. 

10. It will suck you in and never let you go

I read this book in a single day. I could not put it down. All I wanted to do was live in it and see how the characters would fare at the end. It was all SO GOOD! 

Thank you for reading! Again I implore you to go out there and buy this book and read it! It is not one to pass by. I’m so in love with it. I just want to fangirl over it for the rest of my life…. READ IT! 

-Till next time!

(Is the Recommends spelt wrong in the thumbnail I made… maybe… have I failed? To my family… yes… to myself.. not at all)

The World We Live In


I haven’t felt like writing for many days. My heart hasn’t been in it. I could not understand what has been happening in the world around me, but then, I have just had my eyes open to the cruelty of a world that has been there all along. There has always been struggles, humanity against humanity, since the first time humans walked this earth. I only have to look around to see how we treat one another based on the look of our bodies, the hue of our skin, the strength of our beliefs; I am sickened by it.

All my life I have been an outsider. As a child, I had very few friends and even than I knew that I really couldn’t call them true ‘friends’. I played kick ball, hand ball, and enjoyed going on the monkey bars. Yet, I was asked by boys why I would ever play kickball, I was a girl (who loved pink) and seeing me there just didn’t seem right. Hand ball was even worse because I was often shoved out of line, but I stayed because I enjoyed playing, and because I knew even then that I had just as much right to play as anyone else.

As I got older, recess and playing outside was no longer something I could do. So, I would take walks on my own around the school yard after I ate. I didn’t speak much to anyone back then. The only time I spoke was in the classroom.

Now I am seen as outsider of my own family, but in truth I have always been seen that way. Every time I call my mom “Mom.” I see people look in confusion wondering how that could ever be so. All people see is the blonde hair, blue eyed, light skinned girl standing with a brown haired, brown eyed, darker skinned woman who looks too different to have a relation. What people don’t look at is the bond.

Being an outsider in these ways is not so bad. I know so many people who have it so much worse. I haven’t felt the bite of being belittled for how I look, or the pain of physical violence because of my religion, I haven’t been hurt, not really, but I can’t stand for the injustice of those who have.

For instance, while I was in high school, I was eating lunch at the tables outside with a group of people I had seen as my ‘friends’ and there was two spanish men fixing the window above where our table was. One of the boys sitting with me Began to make derogatory comments about the workers being undocumented that angered me to no end. To make matters worse, he looked at me like (because I was white) I was expected to agree. Angry, I yelled at him and I left. I couldn’t stand to continue to eat at the same table as someone who said the things he did. This was one of the first instances that made me hate my own race. How could it be that I was expected to hate a certain kind of people just because my own skin was a certain color? Why should I be expected to hate anyone? To treat anyone with hate? To verbally abuse someone for the social constraints others have placed on them? That it would be ok?

I have never cared about the race someone was born into. Race is simply what culture and people you were born into. I could have just as easily been born Chinese. I could have easily born in any other country. I could have had any kind of family. All the possibilities are endless. I do not fault anyone for the family they were born into. I do not fault anyone for what they believe in. I do not fault anyone for what gender they are or what sexual preference one has. To me, humans are humans, we all have our struggles, we all have our dreams. I am no better than anyone else. The only thing I fault people for is when they treat another with hatred. When someone acts in order to harm another and makes them feel less than dirt I feel so much anger. I want to act to combat it.

This is what I want to do with my writing. I want to use it to act. To change the way things have been originally thought. To get people to think. To inspire others to do a bit of good. I haven’t felt like writing these past few days, but I am writing now. My heart is fully invested. I may not understand why society has created the hatred and pain that it has, but I want to be a lyrical force against it. Actions may speak louder than words, but the pen is mightier than the sword and I will fight will all my might. For the people and the beauty of the world that I believe in.
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post. I had written it a long time ago and I don’t know why, but I felt afraid to publish it. I hope that my story here has spoken to you in some way. It would bring my heart so much joy to feel like this has made some difference, no matter how small. 

-Till next time! 

Song of the Current: A Review 

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser 

My Rating: 5 Sparkling Stars! 

Publisher: Bloomsbury 

Published: June 6th, 2017

Received: Giveaway from the author!

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis: 

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.
Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.
From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark. 
Musings: 
This book stole me away and took me sailing on an epic adventure across the river beds. I devoured this book! I received this book yesterday in the mail (along with some lovely related goodies) and once I started reading it I could not put it down. I must say I was quite enchanted by this story and the rich description and glorious hate-to-love romance. 
This book was on my most anticipated releases of June 2017 list and I’m happy to know that it was for good reason. I’m so so in love with this story and all the characters that live inside it that I just want to carry it around everywhere and tell everyone to read it! I also loved how easy it was to read. I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of heavier topics of books in recent months that have been emotionally taxing and this book was a breathe of salty sweet sea air. 
Caroline is such an amazing heroine for this story. She’s not afraid to jump into muddy water and do what’s necessary to get a job done, but she also has a sense of humor and takes everything in stride. Her journey of self-discovery was an amazing one to read about and I want to read more of her adventures as soon as possible!! 
One of my favorite parts of the novel though is the feminist undertones. I mean there were so many prominent female characters and that is something to celebrate. A wherry with an all female crew, Caroline’s mom who is a top-notch negotiator and all around badass, and so many more! It made me feel so good inside to see so many women betrayed so strongly. 
However, the other important tidbit is the emphasis on consent. I feel like in ya novels normalizing consent is huge. I hate that consent is something that I feel needs to be normalized, but the sad truth is that it does and this book does a brilliant job of adding to that normalization. 
With an amazing cast of characters, heart-stopping action, and a blistering romance to tug at your heart, this novel is well worth the read and you won’t ever regret it. 

Thanks for reading!  I hope you enjoyed my review and will consider diving into Song of the Current. This book has made me happier then I have been in a long time. 

Felling Like I Haven’t In A Long Time


Hope stricks at the randomest of times and right now I’m feeling so much hope. The funny thing is not much has happened. Life is still the same, but it is me who is different. All I want to do is hold on to this feeling to treasure it and fill my whole life up with its emotion. 

I feel happy. 

In truth, I just absorbed Song of the Current into my being in this one day of having it in my hands. I feel like I haven’t let myself be taken by a book in a long time and letting myself be has done wonders for my mind and soul. I feel wonderful and free and excited for whatever the future will bring. 

I hope that good days are coming for us all. 

-Till next time!

An Anecdote

We are 65% water 16% straight fat

19% Other and those are straight facts

There is no measurement for ideals

No measurement for compassion

No way to stitch inside us our likes our passions

No way to tell our favorites from the dark matter 

living inside our skulls. Hidden away to be kept safe

If we only idolize what we can see 

and we can’t surmise our beliefs from our beating hearts

does it exist, or even matter? In this era of mechanical love
Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think about this poem in the comments below. 

– Till next time! 

Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller: A Review 

Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller


My Rating: 4/5 flaming stars!

Publisher: J.M. Miller

Publish Date: June 19th, 2017

Recieved: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. 

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis: 

Nineteen years ago, on the island kingdom of Garlin, a girl was born. With charred skin as rough as rock, Vala was instantly feared. For how could one be scorched by magic when it had perished ages before?

Recognizing an asset, the royal family welcomed her on their Guard. Her detail: the prince.

To watch. To protect. She has grown with him, lives her life for him. 

When the high kingdom’s princess comes to assess the prince, assassins of rival courtiers come to claim his life. One nearly succeeds in his mission. But with shadowy movements and charred skin like her own, Vala knows he is not like the rest.

As threats to the prince continue and questions about Vala’s life begin to rise, she faces a fear worse than fire or water, worse even than losing him. 

She fears finding out who she truly is. 

Musings: 

This book is a hidden gem. I really really loved it. It hit all my sappy must read points and ran with them and ran with them well, a badass heroine, an intriguing fantasy world, the allure of lost magic, and some swoonworthy characters that definitely know who they are (yes, I’m talking about you shadow). 

One thing that had my heart soaring was that despite being ostracized for ages for have charred skin I never felt like Vala (our incredible mc) felt that she was anything less then beautiful. Weather her skin was charred or turned red thanks to a cleansing she always showed confidence in herself and she never once believed that because she was different she couldn’t be loved and I think that’s a whole other strength that should be applauded and shouted out to the heavens! Vala is simply all around amazing and when she shows her vulnerable side you finally get to see the real her. 

Overall this book was an adventure that cannot be missed. Fallen Flame was fun, full of action, and with lots of mystery to keep you wanting more. I can’t wait for the sequel! I loved this book!

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed my review and that you will consider checking out Fallen Flame. I think everyone could enjoy it. 

-Till next time! 

These Are the Words I Live By


I think this is something that is too often forgotten. It’s really easy to feel angry at the conflicts of life (especially when people can be especially irritating) but we all need to remember that at all times we are only meeting a person in one small instance of their life. We cannot judge based off of a singular circumstance. We cannot know a person by the clothes their wearing or by weather they smile or not or weather they are in a group or alone or weather they glance your way or not. 

The world is a place full of hurting people just trying to improve their quality of life. We are all sucky and rude sometimes to people. Why not try to be a little kinder? People are more then their first impressions. We all go through thousands of bad days. Why not spread love and acceptance? Let’s pick each other up. 

-Till next time!

My Relationship With Writing 


Dear Writing…. 

It’s complicated. Seriously, it’s not you it’s all me, well maybe it’s you too. I love you a lot, but most of the time I’m like a dog who sees a squirrel and I just never make time for you. 

I’m a distracted sort of gal. All I want at the end of the day is to sit and watch some YouTube. I have an addiction and this addiction has made our relationship difficult. I’m sorry writing, I really am. 

You know when we are good we are really good but a lot of the time… (there’s that squirrel again blasted tweet notification). I don’t think I could ever break up with you writing, but we’ve been distant lately and that’s been hard on the both of us. We both need to work together and change. Baby steps you know? How about we start by you giving me ideas at a normal time of the day when I can write ( 1 am. Or when I’m at work is not ok writing ) and I… I will promise to actually write sometimes writing. I know you get excited and you just want me to be inspired 24/7, but you… well…. you just have bad timing writing I’m sorry. 

Another thing I’m sorry about… procrastinating. You have given me so many ideas for amazing books to write writing and I just take you for granted by not completing them. Every chapter written is like exercising writing and you know I tend to run out of stamina pretty fast. 

However, writing I just want you to know.. I love you. I won’t give up on you. I know you won’t ever give up on me. So let’s start working together. You know that WIP… yes that one.. work with me on that. Let’s complete it together! Let me be endlessly distracted by you instead of my Instagram feed. Speak lyrics into my mind and let’s do this thing! Shall We?!
EXTRA:

A typical conversation with writing:

(No no I’m not giving up Markiplier we talked about this. ***but you watch him for hours*** He makes me happy though. ***I thought I made you happy*** you do… no don’t cry.. you really do *** So say goodb…. (Writing was silenced that day and the writer watched hours of internet videos from the intended represion.. nothing got done that day… nothing) 

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post. I hope it made you laugh. This was truly all in an effort to get me to want to write more and hopefully in a little bit I hope I will have written something. 

-Till next time!

Father’s Day, An Emotional post, and 900 FOLLOWERS!


I don’t quite feel right that the day I’m meant to be celebrating my dad is the same day I hit 900 followers on my blog. So as happy as I am I am going to make a completely separate post tomorrow to express my sincerest gratitude and excitement. 

Today is about my dad: 


This goofy and wonderful humanbeing depicted next to me. I was always daddy’s little girl and I feel like I don’t take time to appreciate him and the person he has always been for me enough. As he always tells me, “You live inside my heart.” 

The following is a piece I wrote about a year ago to express how I felt about my dad and how he inspired me to be a writer (though he will never truly love books like I do). 

I never thought I wanted to be a writer. In fact, I despised it when I was young, especially because I related it to handwriting and mine has always been terrible. In fact, I attributed writing to a forced task that was a nuisance keeping me away from going outside and looking for rolly pollys and other creepy crawlies with my dad.
As a kid that’s what I lived for, walking behind my dad, hearing him tell me “follow the charge.” To which I would run ahead and say, “follow me.” I loved helping him. I loved scraping the dirt and finding weird pupas to hold in my tiny hands. I loved picking up a worm and yelling “look daddy, it’s a worm.” I was a queen of the obvious as most children are, yet bugs amazed me and my dad was the reason I never minded their sometimes slimy skin.
I feel like I owe a lot of my love for writing thanks to these moments I shared with my father. Watering plants and learning about life from him built a wonder and compassion that has created a huge part of who I am. Feeling so at home in nature gave me the curiosity to look a little deeper, to give myself to what I felt, and feel the need to record the beauty of days spent idle yet full of wonder.
My dad was never much for books, but he always told me stories, stories that sharpened my mind, created a believer in me, made me think, made me wonder. Those days under the sun, spending my time, listening to his tender voice, sparked a love for words in me that I never realized was so important.

Thanks for reading! No matter what whoever that father figure is in your life (he doesn’t have to be blood to be a father to you) please give him some love today. No matter how simple the gesture just show him a little extra kindness. 

-Till next time!

 

Silence is Golden: A Review 

Silence is Golden by Robert Thier

My Rating: How does one rate a book that has taken over their lives? When even  an infinity of stars doesn’t quite seem to encapture the amount of love that lives in the heart for this books. Needless to say, my Goodreads rating is 5 stars!

Series: Book 3 of the Storm and Silence series

Publisher: None/Robert himself?

Published: Chapter by chapter on Wattpad (though a physical copy will be available in the coming weeks if Robert himself is to be believed.)

Recieved: Read this book on wattpad chapter by chapter for 46 weeks… 

Purchase: this title is not available for Pre-Order or purchase at this time, but you can read it for free on wattpad here.

Synopsis: 

Silent. Cold. Chiselled perfection. That is Rikkard Ambrose, the most powerful business mogul in Great Britain.
Free-spirited. Fiery. Definitely NOT attracted to the aforementioned business mogul. That is Lilly Linton, his personal secretary and secret weapon.
The two have been playing a cat and mouse game for months. So far, Lilly has been able to fight down and deny her attraction to Mr Ambrose. But what happens when suddenly, the dark secrets of his past begin to surface and they are forced to go on a perilous journey into the South-American jungle? A journey they can only survive if they band together?

Musings: 

I can’t explain all the internal screaming and exuberant happiness and feelings I have for this book. So much happens and it was all SO AMAZING! 

Every single chapter left me anticipating the next and wanting so much more and the abundance of humor in this book makes my heart soar. Rikkard Ambrose and Lilly Linton are two of my favorite characters to read about for eternity. Seriously, if it was just me and this book series alone for the rest of my life I would be totally content. 

This series is infamous for it’s crawling, inching, S L O W burning romance and not at all is this a bad thing. I LIVE for Rikkard’s and Lilly’s banter and tenuous attraction. I was just so happy to see some heat in this book (is this literal or figurative… or Both… you have to read the book to find out). Robert Thier is a master and keeping you in suspense, but all the while doing it tastefully as in the mean time everything is always entertaining and fun to read. 

I loved the adventure of this book. It felt so awesome that they went to the jungle in search of things to increase Rikkard’s non-straining bank account… (I.e. Lots and lots of gold). The fact that he let Lilly be the one to interpret and translate the map made me so happy. To see them “working” (I say this tentatively) together was all kinds of awesome and I have to say it made my heart full. 

If you haven’t read Storm and Silence READ IT. You can read it for free here or you can purchase a paperback here. If you haven’t read book 2 In The Eye of the Storm you can read it for free here or you can purchase a copy here. You already have the link above to book 3. 

READ THESE BOOKS! I don’t know of any series that I could want to recommend more then these… you will love them!!!! (I Guarantee It!)

Thanks for reading! If I could hypnotize you to start reading Storm and Silence right now I would. 

US Readers: My sister and I have a Giveaway going on on our Candle Buisness Instagram for the Candle depicted below:


Click the link here to enter! Further details are on the Instagram post. 

-Till next time!