Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: Meh, it’s alright. There isn’t anything that makes it stand out but I do like the font and the swirls it’s alright.
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 could never have imagined for herself.
From debut author, Sarah Tolcser comes to an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.
So I had a hard time really getting into the story for the first 25% of the book. I can honestly say it wasn’t really anything wrong with the story per say it just wouldn’t hold my attention. Then things would get exciting, then it would go slow again then it would pick up and then it would get slow…gah!
This story is about Caro who is forced to take a crate that she is told NEVER to open and drop it off somewhere. If she doesn’t, then her father will be found guilty of smuggling. Which they did sometimes.
The story doesn’t really pick up till Caro opens the crate she is supposed to never open. I won’t spoil what is in it, but that’s where it gets exciting.
I love the idea of girls on ships and the awesome love interest. The world building was different wasn’t a fan of the “frog people” it just was weird… which is fine but I just couldn’t get into it.
I had a hard time connecting with Caro she wasn’t that interesting for the first good portion of the book! I mean Caro was sassy and tough, which mostly worked for me because that’s what I like in my strong female characters. and don’t get me wrong, I LOVE those types of characters but for some reason, I couldn’t really connect.
Overall there was just something about the story that really didn’t draw me in… I kept reading hoping certain elements would be interesting enough, but I was honestly kind of bored throughout. The whole story is FINE, and there’s nothing wrong with it… it just wasn’t particularly engaging or keep my interest sadly.
*A HUGE thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC which I got in exchange for an honest review*