Friday, August 24, 2018

My Thoughts: These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (Audiobook)
These Rebel Waves
(Stream Raiders #1)
by Sara Raasch
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Publication Date: August 7th 2018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9780062471505
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss/Own

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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. (Goodreads)

I have to say that I was SUPER excited to get started on These Rebel Waves, the first book in a brand new trilogy by the talented Sara Raasch! I’ve read the first two books in Sara’s Snow Like Ashes series, and really enjoyed both of those, (and yes I still need to finish the series!), but I was super excited to see how this new series would compare. It was a really interesting read!!

To be honest, it took me a little while to get into this book at first. I think it was because I opted to listen to the audiobook for it, and there was just SO much going on in the beginning of the book, that I found myself confused more than a few times. I had to go back and restart the audiobook a few times to make sure I was getting all the information right, but then at some point the story finally clicked, and I was able to really get into it. I am definitely planning to go back and read the actual book at some point, but the audiobook was really great as well.

One thing I really like about this book was the world-building. It was both well written and completely fascinating, though I can’t even imagine living in the world in which this book is written in. The storyline is pretty captivating as well, and I LOVE a good book about pirates. ARGH!! But, while all of this was great, it was definitely the characters that made the book. The story is told from three different perspectives, and I loved reading Lu, Ben, and Devereux’s stories. I’m super curious to know what’s going to happen next for all of these characters.

Overall; These Rebel Waves was an interesting start to what should be another awesome series by Sara Raasch! I am really looking forward to getting my hands on the next book so I can see what’s going to happen next, and it’s definitely going to be a long wait until we can get our hands on the next book, These Divided Shores, which is currently set to release in August 2019! And while I wait, I will definitely be re-reading the first two books in the Snow Like Ashes series, so I can FINALLY read the third book to see how that story will end! If you’re looking to start a few fantasy series, do check out These Rebel Waves!


  1. I'm glad you ended up enjoying it. I also do the same, rewind my audiobook as sometimes I feel I've missed something. Now, when possible, I try and read along till the story gets going, then I can listen only without reading along.

  2. I've never read this author, but the cover looks super pretty!!!


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