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)

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.