My Rating: 5 Sparkling Stars!
Published: June 6th, 2017
Received: Giveaway from the author!
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.
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.