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.
My rating: 73%
I received Song of the Current in the June Uppercase Box and was really excited to delve into it. It sounded like something that I had never read in the young adult genre. When I got into it, I realized it wasn't really my cup of tea, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
The book started off with a bunch of exciting events all right in a row. (Okay, watching your father get thrown in prison and a beloved dock burn isn't exactly "exciting", but you get what I mean.) These first 50 pages or so really got me excited for a fast-paced action novel. But after the beginning, the story slowed down quite a bit, which I wasn't expecting at all. Sure, there were a few major events here and there, but the action-y bits scattered throughout the book were very short and sweet. The story didn't really pick back up until the very end. (And all I can say about the end of the book without spoiling anything is that it is fantastic. Totally worth sticking out the slow bits.)
Even though parts of the book were slow, I fell in love with the characters. Every single character that was introduced had a purpose and a story all their own. I love that Sarah Toclser didn't throw around characters and put in unnecessary extras just for the sake of it. The best part, however, is how deep Caro gets throughout the story. At first, she just starts out as an unassuming wherryman who hopes to become a captain. Throughout the story, her layers start to peel back, and just when you think you know everything, something unexpected is revealed, and as the reader, you are forced to start thinking something completely different.
I also just want to touch on the fact that the world that Caro lives in is so interesting and unique. The mythology that surrounds the rivers and the details that go into describing it are creative. I also have to bow down to Sarah Toclser for a minute because of the way she describes the boating aspects. They are amazing. It is so clear that she knows and loves what she's talking about, and it comes across so well through Caro.
Overall, this book was just an okay read for me, but I've heard countless people swoon over it. Hopefully you will like this book more than me, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
From her vacation,
'Magic doesn't make a man evil,' he said. 'It's just a skill. It isn't inherently good or bad. It's what's in his heart that makes him evil, the same as anyone else.
― Sarah Tolcser, Song of the Current
Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game - a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.
As if his bizarre heritage isn't enough, Jack finds out that he's not just another member of Weirlind - he's one of the last of the warriors - at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.
My Rating: 86%
Alright, let's get straight to it. This book has been on my TBR shelf for about three years. I know what you're thinking. "Oh my gosh, Ashton, what is your problem? Why would you neglect a book for so long?" Well, dear reader of mine, I have a very unsatisfactory answer for you. This book is freaking dense. Now, if you are a book collector like I am, you will understand the terror of dense books. The problem with these books is that they look like quick, 300-page reads. Then when you pick them up, they weigh 20 pounds and scare the crap out of you. When will publishers understand that if I buy a 500-page book, I want it to look like a 500-page book?
After I failed to read this book for 3 years, I decided in the past month or so to read all the books that I had sitting on my shelf for over a year. But, as my stack of neglected books dwindled, I picked up this book not expecting much. As I got into it, though, I slowly fell in love with the world and its characters. Cinda Williams Chima created the book that I feel like I Am Number Four should've been. It was fast-paced, magical, and still very grounded. I liked how the book seamlessly combined the everyday world with its magical counterpart.
I also have to mention the fact that I adore Jack. He is so sweet and funny and also a badass and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I also related to him a lot in the middle of the story, when he starts training. He has to balance school, sports, and magic and does a decent job of it, given all the time it takes out of his life. I am really involved in my school, and I thought it was awesome to see a character who has many of my same struggles on a daily basis. (Balancing school and magic is hard, people. I'm speaking from experience when I say this. Don't try it at home, kids.)
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and hope you decide to check it out. I highly recommend it as a summer fantasy read, or if you are looking for a higher quality version of I Am Number Four.
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Just remember who you are... The world will try to change you into someone else. Don't let them. That's the best advice anyone can give you.
― Cinda Williams Chima, The Warrior Heir
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