Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Published: June 6th, 2017
Genres: YA, fantasy, adventure
My Rating: 3 stars
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.
It wasn’t the book’s fault that I didn’t enjoy it. I’m blaming myself. I had a very hard time getting into it, but again, I honestly think it was way more me than anything about this book.
This book is well written, has great characters, action scenes, pirates, like I should have loved this book, but I had a hard time connecting. I think it has to do with that fact that I hit my reading goal of 50 books for 2017, which is something I have never done that I just wasn’t connecting with this book.
This was an Uppercase book selection for June, and I do think it was extremely worthy of being chosen. There is a great story. I will probably be re-reading this book at some point because it is a good book and I wish I had enjoyed it more.
Caro is a girl at the edge of adulthood, living on a ship with her father. She grew up in on the Riverlands as what is essentially a carrier ship. When we meet her mother about a quarter of the way into the book, we see that Caro is balancing between two worlds. Her world is really interesting. There’s a map of the rivers in the book so you can follow along.
I’m going to have to re-read this, and I’m 100% sure that when I do this book will receive a higher rating and a much more enthusiastic review. I am going to recommend this book. It has pirates and high seas adventure. I think that most people will enjoy it.
Have you ever fallen into a book slump that disconnects you completely from books you should enjoy?
Until next time Internet,