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….. 











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)

8 thoughts on “The Book Raven Recommends: A Summer Ashore 

  1. I actually picked this book up myself on a whim because I saw it at the bookstore and it was sparkly. I did then look it up on Goodreads, but still. I’m a vain little bookworm, okay? And also perhaps a gnome. Or whatever those things that like sparkly things are. I always forget. Anyhoo, glad you loved it! I can’t wait to read it.

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