Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

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 d...

Title:Song of the Current
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ISBN:1681192977
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:373 pages

Song of the Current Reviews

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Jun 03, 2017

    And I hope you PAUSED FOR A SECOND to view the flawless grace of that terrific pun right there. Because its'a bout ships and water?? GET IT?? *smothers self for terrible pun* MOVING FORWARD!

    Also add in a dash of love/hate romance, smuggling, dark power that doth not sleep, badass female captains, personified water gods, a smol mention of a water d

    And I hope you PAUSED FOR A SECOND to view the flawless grace of that terrific pun right there. Because its'a bout ships and water?? GET IT?? *smothers self for terrible pun* MOVING FORWARD!

    Also add in a dash of love/hate romance, smuggling, dark power that doth not sleep, badass female captains, personified water gods, a smol mention of a water drakon, and DON'T FORGET DELICIOUS FISH FINGERS.

    Omg I can't even. This book is so so good.

    The AESTHETICS, okay?! They're tremendous. Usually I whinge about this in epic fantasy, but not so here! Most of the book takes place on rivers, and I could just

    the murky depths and the jungles and the wherries catching the right tides as they slink up and down jungle infested rivers. I COULD SEE IT ALL. It was perfect and brilliant. #aesthetic

    And, dude, I didn't get confused or overwhelmed. Details were sparse but pointed.

    Who's marrying this book at dawn?? Haha not me...don't...be ridiculous....

    She's stubborn and feisty and loyal and brave. She's in love with the water and her boat and when her dad gets thrown into jail for not smuggling something for the royalty? CARO DOES IT. Aka she gets a letter of the marque and becomes a privateer. Caro...my hero. She's also biracial! And she will stab you in the eye if you insult her ship.

    It's pure hate-to-love with Caro getting entangled with an important and stuffily vain boy who needs her help. Their banter is EXCEPTIONAL. Mostly because they hate each other. I ship these two onboard their little ship as the most aesthetic of ships. #PetitionToDrownCaitIfSheSaysSHIPOneMoreTime

    He dresses nicely, he has no idea what anything does on a ship (#relatable), and he fiercely loves his family (who aren't so great but what can you do) and he is badass when he's finished being vain. THE MOST INSUFFERABLE AND BEAUTIFUL BOY.

    Although all the sea/ship explanations lost me. However it did make the book feel real?? I mean, hi, there's a rope and a the ship has a bow and yadda ya can we go blow something up now pls.

    Which they were. So apt.

    Dude, not much! I totally guessed ALL the plot twists. And it didn't catch me very emotionally because, despite the excitingly daring stakes, I still felt rather

    the whole time.

    It was beautifully and engagingly written with characters I fell totally in love with! I WANT MORE. I love love looooved the ending. And I adored how much it empowered women and just gave us the badass female pirates we've all been longing for. Hush. You've longed for it. I SEE IT IN YOUR EYES. Also add in magic Shadowmen and gods of the depths, and my heart is won. <3

  • Shauna (b00kstorebabe)
    Mar 26, 2017

    I have the biggest grin on my face from finishing this book.

    It's 1:00am and I did that thing where I couldn't sleep until I finished the book but my basic thoughts are

    1. I love girls on ships!!!!

    2. The writing was a bit clunky at times, but the talent is there and ready for refinement

    3. It took a looong time for me to warm up to the LI, which made it a little frustrating.

    4. I love the world building so much!!!! It's unique yet familiar, complex without being confusing, and exciting!

    5. I NEED

    I have the biggest grin on my face from finishing this book.

    It's 1:00am and I did that thing where I couldn't sleep until I finished the book but my basic thoughts are

    1. I love girls on ships!!!!

    2. The writing was a bit clunky at times, but the talent is there and ready for refinement

    3. It took a looong time for me to warm up to the LI, which made it a little frustrating.

    4. I love the world building so much!!!! It's unique yet familiar, complex without being confusing, and exciting!

    5. I NEED MORE LADY PIRATES

    This one is definitely worth it. I'll write more eloquent thoughts once I've slept.

  • Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things
    May 28, 2017

    Man this is a tough one. I adored the story and there was so much potential, but the writing was so difficult to wade through that the plot was a bit lost on me.

    The first 10% or so was very meh - so much sailor lingo and I honestly had no clue what was going on for the first several pages. For those of you who would rather know what is going on at first... Caro is sailing with her father on her wherry (which is basically their home- they live on the river) and when they arrive at Hespera's Watc

    Man this is a tough one. I adored the story and there was so much potential, but the writing was so difficult to wade through that the plot was a bit lost on me.

    The first 10% or so was very meh - so much sailor lingo and I honestly had no clue what was going on for the first several pages. For those of you who would rather know what is going on at first... Caro is sailing with her father on her wherry (which is basically their home- they live on the river) and when they arrive at Hespera's Watch (I think it is..), they see boats on fire and a bunch of crap. Long story short, they get arrested and the dock master dude (i think) basically throws Caro's father in prison and tells Caro the only way she can help him is to deliver a crate for them. Caro realizes that whatever is in the crate is the reason the port city was attacked, but she agrees for her father.

    Thus the story begins. Caro is told to never open the crate -under and circumstances. So what does she do? She opens the crate. And THAT is where the story got good. I won't spoil what is in it, but that's where I legit got excited.

    Anyway, I'd rather not touch on what happens after the first 12% or so aside from saying it had its ups and downs. Some bits were SO FUN and I couldn't put the book down for pages at a time. Other parts were SOOOOO slow and I dreaded picking the book back up again.

    So that brings me back to the writing. The thing is - it was lovely but oh my gosh frustrating at the same time. I kid you not, literally half this book was describing Caro's actions on how she's sailing the ship. If you don't know anything about boats/ships/wherrys, you won't understand a darn thing thats happening. I was totally confused. In some books, I get excited to look up the terms, but for this one, UGH there was just way too much. It was so frustrating. I'm glad the author did all that research, and I have no doubts that it was totally accurate, but it was seriously overkill. If you took out all that crap, this book would have perfect pacing. I'm not even joking.

    And that's the thing - I adored all the characters. Caro was fine, but ahhh.... Tarquin was definitely my favorite for obvious reasons. I loved his personality and was hooked on him from the beginning. I was also super intrigued by Caro's mother. I loved the world and the dynamics/politics, but it was a little difficult to follow at times because of all these new terms thrown at us.

    Anyway, I still totally recommend this book and I have a lot of respect for the author. Seriously, the plot really is fun and worth a try. Just go in with the right expectations maybe?

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  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    Jun 18, 2017

    I love YA fantasy. I don't know why, I just do. That being said, in recent years, I've become a bit gun-shy, preferring to rerereread old favorites rather than taking a chance on a new author.

    I guess I should say I love

    YA fantasy.

    And sadly, these days, most of it is crap: instalove, cliches, poor world-building, plot holes,

    , etc. Any or all are likely present in 90% of new series.

    Or maybe I've been unlucky in my reading choices. *shrugs awkwardly*

    Regardless, SONG

    I love YA fantasy. I don't know why, I just do. That being said, in recent years, I've become a bit gun-shy, preferring to rerereread old favorites rather than taking a chance on a new author.

    I guess I should say I love

    YA fantasy.

    And sadly, these days, most of it is crap: instalove, cliches, poor world-building, plot holes,

    , etc. Any or all are likely present in 90% of new series.

    Or maybe I've been unlucky in my reading choices. *shrugs awkwardly*

    Regardless, SONG OF THE CURRENT is the exception. I was hooked from the first line:

    From there it only got better.

    Tolcser gives us a heroine with moxie to spare--

    --who agrees to deliver a package to secure her father's release from imprisonment, and that may not sound like much, but it is.

    Caro and her father are wherry folk, their livelihood dependent on river trade, and 1. pirates are out to destroy any vessel that potentially carries said package, and 2. Caro has yet to hear the voice of the river god who guides her people through

    .

    So she's brave. And determined.

    She's also subtly hilarious:

    Basically, I loved her. Which is important as I'm a character-driven reader. By herself, Caro would have been enough for me to enjoy this book.

    BUT.

    The world-building and the plot were also fantastic. I was enthralled by the gods who interact with their people, and there was more than one twist that I didn't see until I was right on top of it.

    I read the whole thing in one sitting. If you also love YA fantasy I suspect you will too. Highly recommended.

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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Apr 04, 2017

    I can see now why many folks are having a tough time rating this one. On the one hand, it was fun, enjoyable, and entertaining, but on the other it was filled with the heavy fodder of sailor lingo and descriptions of scenes that were slow and lacking action. Overall, this one won me over; by the end, I felt invested in the story and am so ecstatic that, as the first in a series, it doesn't leave us with a giant cliffhanger that we'll likely forget by the time book #2 in the series is released.

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    I can see now why many folks are having a tough time rating this one. On the one hand, it was fun, enjoyable, and entertaining, but on the other it was filled with the heavy fodder of sailor lingo and descriptions of scenes that were slow and lacking action. Overall, this one won me over; by the end, I felt invested in the story and am so ecstatic that, as the first in a series, it doesn't leave us with a giant cliffhanger that we'll likely forget by the time book #2 in the series is released.

    There was a great myriad of characters (both in number and type) which I found very endearing. I whole-heartedly embraced the magical aspects of the book; there were non-human life forms alongside those humans with special gifts, and just plain old normal people as well. I'm really torn, because at times I would put this book down and not feel any sense of urgency to finish it, and yet others I would be so drawn into a fight scene that I wanted to finish in one sitting! The writing was beautiful and enticing, but the repetitive lingo and heavy descriptions might irritate some readers. I really don't want to touch on the plot, but it was planned in similar forms to some of the YA community's latest favorites, meaning there are lots of little twists and turns along the way, some of which I could spot ahead of time and others I couldn't.

    I have a soft spot for YA pirate books, especially those that feature young women and their empowerment, so I decided to give this a 3.5 star rating and would definitely recommend it for the less picky fantasy genre dabbler. I really love the cover they designed for this one and felt that, after a middle of the road start, this ended with the potential to be a beloved series for fans of pirate themed novels. As I stated above, I felt fully invested by the end of the story and am looking forward to the next book in the series. Tolcser has immense potential and I'm really excited to see where she takes us next and the growth in her writing.

  • Stacee
    May 20, 2017

    3 stars might be too high...

    I had seen a lot of buzz around this book and I was pretty excited to finally get to it. Sadly, I was a bit disappointed.

    I liked Caro well enough. She's strong and sassy and can take care of herself. There is an interesting group of characters here and I don't want to say anything and ruin the perception of them. I will say that the banter between Caro and one person in particular was amusing and most of the reason I kept reading.

    Plotwise, it felt like a lot of thin

    3 stars might be too high...

    I had seen a lot of buzz around this book and I was pretty excited to finally get to it. Sadly, I was a bit disappointed.

    I liked Caro well enough. She's strong and sassy and can take care of herself. There is an interesting group of characters here and I don't want to say anything and ruin the perception of them. I will say that the banter between Caro and one person in particular was amusing and most of the reason I kept reading.

    Plotwise, it felt like a lot of things mashed together and for me, they didn't really fit. I found myself bored most of the time and yet I kept reading. By the high reviews that are already here, I'm in the minority.

    Overall, there was something that kept me going, but I couldn't tell you what it was, as it was lacking a bit of a spark that I was expecting. I don't know if I will read the next one.

    **Huge thanks to Bloomsbury for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    May 30, 2017

    This one's hard to rate because I LOVE ships and finding girl characters who go off on pirate adventures. And there were a ton of elements of this world that I loved, like the shadowmen, hints of magic, and harbor towns. So I so recommend it!!

    Caroline's father is arrested for smuggling, so she signs a contract with the soldiers saying she'll transport a box for them in exchange for her father's eventual freedom. Caro's ancestors were all badass smugglers or excellent sailors, so she's following

    This one's hard to rate because I LOVE ships and finding girl characters who go off on pirate adventures. And there were a ton of elements of this world that I loved, like the shadowmen, hints of magic, and harbor towns. So I so recommend it!!

    Caroline's father is arrested for smuggling, so she signs a contract with the soldiers saying she'll transport a box for them in exchange for her father's eventual freedom. Caro's ancestors were all badass smugglers or excellent sailors, so she's following in their footsteps. She's told not to look into the box, but she does... and it contains a boy around her age.

    In the end I neither liked nor disliked the love interest. I just rolled with that part of the story. But I did like Caro! She was sassy & tough and seemed like a much younger Lila Bard if that makes sense.

    But there was just something about the story that really didn't draw me in... I kept reading because certain elements were super interesting, but I was honestly a bit bored throughout. The whole story is FINE, though, and there's nothing

    with it... it just wasn't particularly engaging for me.

    But I do love ships and anything to do with sailing! Caro has a wherry, which is more of a tiny boat (and referred to as a "wooden bucket"). So my enthusiasm still remains:

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • Heather 'Bookables'
    Jul 05, 2017

    3 1/2

    Overall a solid & very interesting fantasy read!


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