Review // These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

Monday, July 30, 2018

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
Stream Raiders #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: August 7th, 2018
Rating: DNF
Source: Emma @ Miss Print
Format: Physical ARC

Summary (from Goodreads):

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

**DNF @ ARC page 85**

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch was one of the books that I was really anticipating in 2018. I know I mention this a lot, but I freaking love pirate books. I feel like I can't get enough of them. I also really enjoyed the Snow Like Ashes series also by Sara.

But I got 85 pages into this book and I was kind of dreading having to pick it back up every time I put it down. I am already woefully behind on my reading, but I feel like I might have put myself in a reading slump if I had kept going with this book.

I personally don't necessarily mind books that focus on political aspects of the book's world or books that focus on the religion of that world, but from what I gathered in 85 pages, this book felt like it was going to be quite heavily focused on both of those things. And I just wasn't there for it.

It also had 3 POV characters and, while I have grown to appreciate multiple POVs more, I still don't love it.

When I started to really feel the drag, I looked up on Goodreads to see if I thought it would be worth continuing with this book and I just don't think it would have been. It seems that there wasn't going to be much pirate-y stuff going on and also there apparently really aren't any gay pirates in this particular book. Also a lot of people said that the magic system, which is something that really interested me about this book, was confusing. Or something along those lines.

I might pick this book up again sometime in the future. I think if I could have gotten further into it something interesting might have started happening (I was kind of bored while reading this) and it would have gotten better. But at this point in time, I just didn't care enough to try.

Overall, this book wasn't as much of a hit with me as I would have hoped. Maybe someday I will be inclined to try this book again, but I don't know. If you don't mind books that are could be heavily focused on politics and religion, you could like this book. Because that was really where this one went wrong for me.

Have you read These Rebel Waves yet? Did you like it?

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