- MP3 CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged MP3CD edition (7 August 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1538552000
- ISBN-13: 978-1538552001
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.4 x 16.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 86.2 g
- Customer Reviews: 19 customer ratings
These Rebel Waves: The Stream Raiders Series, book 1 MP3 CD – Audiobook, 7 August 2018
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Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books. Not much has changed since then: her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things, and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. She is also the author of Snow Like Ashes, which does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.
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THIS BOOK. DAMN. It completely captured my interest from the very first chapter and held it right through to the end. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to read this all in one sitting but the NEED WAS STRONG. You know that feeling when you realise your book is SO GOOD and you really, really don’t want to put it down but you have sh** to do? That pretty much summed up my life while trying to read this.
I initially picked up These Rebel Waves because of the cover. Its SO PRETTY and I was in the mood for some spontaneity. Have you ever picked up a book for the cover alone and not read the blurb? I did that with These Rebel Waves and was SO GLAD that the cover was awesome enough to pique my interest. The world-building was as phenomenal and the characters had the perfect balance of badass, loyalty and humour. It was a wild, wild ride and I freaking LOVED IT. If you haven’t read this yet… honestly what are you waiting for?
The eclectic mix of characters in this book surprised me. It’s not often YA fantasy authors get the balance of character personalities and their dynamics in a group JUST RIGHT but this book did. If you’ve read Aurora Rising you’ll know what I mean. There’s the kick-ass witty one (Vex), the morally sound natural leader (Adeluna), the badass quiet one (Eddy), the one with a chip on their shoulder the size of a boulder (Nayeli) and the adorable one (Teo). Honestly this sounds like a trope with character traits just being handed out on a whim. I can’t do this story justice in my description of them. It’s not so much the fact that the characters seemed distinct and interesting but that together they seemed REAL. They had flaws. They were scared. There was no easy ‘save the day.’ This book shattered my heart and I may never be the same.
What I REALLY loved was that Raasch didn’t keep the characters’ plans a secret. This is something that really annoys me about fantasy writing, Sarah J Maas’ writing in particular. In These Rebel Waves, Raasch laid out their plans and then weaved in completely unpredictable story elements to still create suspense and surprise the reader without leaving them blind the whole damn book.
The first few chapters of These Rebel Waves were quite confusing. I mean that in a good way! The world-building was complex, well thought out and encompassed every aspect of the book. It felt real and rivalled the likes of my fav fantasy worlds. There was corruption, religion, political manipulation and destitution. Nothing felt trite or done merely for dramatic effect. Everything was believable and had purpose, the likes of which brought what could have been an average story in to the range of a phenomenal one. In saying this, I realise this isn’t for everyone. It took me a while to figure it out and even then I had to actively read. You can’t be just a passerby in this story. At least not to fully appreciate it.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and wish that everyone would read it. I know half of you probably won’t like it but it was MY PERFECT cup of tea. As I’m a nice person and all, I’ve added some reviews down below that aren’t just me gushing about how much I loved it and instead give a more balance view. Seriously though… you’re missing out if you don’t give this one a try!
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I find that hard to believe .
Two things are important for a good book, firstly the story has to be really good and secondly and perhaps more importantly the writing has to be excellent. A good writer can make the protagonists come alive with in-depth characterisation.
They can make the world in which they live vibrant and surrounding.
Having sadly come to the end of Lani Taylor's totally stunning and unforgettable "the Muse of Nightmares", ( which, by the way, does NOT have "New York Times bestselling author" on the front cover), I moved on to "Courting Darkness" by Robin Lafevers, and followed that withb"These Rebel Waves"" by Sara Raasch.
One thing that really annoyed me about these books is that they are cliffhangers. They both finish halfway through the most exciting event in the books. they are not complete in and of themselves .
This is all very fine if the next book is going to come out within a couple of months.
However it is going to be probably one year before the follow-up books comes out, by which time we have all forgotten what the first book was about.
A good writer can make you breathe with their hero/heroine, taste their food smell the air and feel the fabric of their clothes on their bodies. and I have to say that neither the latter two authors were able to do that, they rather treated their characters with disregard for our finer senses.
I am afraid that "These Reble Waves" just didn't do it for me. There was a hell of a lot of dialogue but not much sensitivity about feelings and inconsistent characterisation especially with the main female and male. Sometimes a bit trashy; a lot of "swallowed a sob", "gasped", "blanched", "glared" etc. and to be honest I can't remember much about the book although I read it less than a month ago.
But the idea of magical plants was such an original and good one, I felt more could have been done with that.
It almost had the feeling/ sensation of the Rain Wilds by Robin Hobb.
Perhaps for the younger girl readers?
However, love it or hate it, it's a lot to do with personal preference. Thank you.
These Rebel Waves starts off 5 years after the war between the magic-phobic nation of Argrid and the magic rich Grace Loray. The Stream Raiders, or the Syndicate, is composed of multiple factions of raiders who found themselves adrift and socially outcast from both Argrid and Grace Loray.
Argrid, Grace Loray, and the Syndicate each have their own fully developed history and culture. I'm not kidding when I say, for a YA novel, this book is thick on intrigue, morality, and politics. It's not difficult to see why these extremely different nations might find it difficult to get along. And so, yes, the tension that builds is deliciously high.
The magic in this world is also fascinating. When readers open a fantasy novel, most would expect magic and sorcery. But the magical system here is plant based, which might seem odd at first, but it also brings to mind wiccan magic with herbs and potions like in the TV series Charmed. Or even in Harry Potter where potions class involves different combinations of herbs and plants. And different preparation techniques create different effects. So while magical plants may seem odd, it certainly has been done before in movies, tv, and books.
(As an added bonus, scattered throughout the book are illustrations of the different magical plants and its effects and preparation. Nerdy but super cool.)
Overall, I think this story will interest those who enjoy political intrigue and conspiracies along with a healthy dose of magic, action and fight scenes.
There are a lot of details thrown in with the story: religion, politics, plants, cultures, history, medicine. I personally love the complexity and the need to unravel motives and conspiracies.
There are no romantic gay pirates. There are no swashbuckling high ocean pirate fights.
However, there are good intriguing politics and a highly developed world. There are fun character interactions and an awesome cast of main and supporting characters.
In general, I thought the characters were all well written and highly developed. Adeluna was described as a soldier but I feel that while she was a soldier in the first war, she behaves more like a politician who is trying to forget and find forgiveness for her actions as a soldier. There is a nice romantic tension between her and Devereux. Benat's storyline developed separately from Adeluna and Devereux at the start of the novel but there should be more interaction in the next book.
I purchased this book on a whim without any expectations nor did I read any reviews beforehand. So I have to admit I was pretty surprised at how many negative reviews I saw after I got around to browsing review sites. Romantic gay pirates? High ocean pirate fights? As much as I love these ideas, I’m not really sure where these rumors came from.
I re-read the blurb on Goodreads and thought the book delivered based on the expectations set forth on the blurb. Personally, I love the story and its characters. There are a lot of action and political intrigue on every page and I was satisfied with the detailed world building and the lead up to the next book of the series.