These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders, #1)
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.

These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders, #1) Details

TitleThese Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherBalzer + Bray
ISBN-139780062471505
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Adventure, Pirates

These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders, #1) Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    I think perhaps Sara Raasch is just not for me. Though her books always sound compelling, I once again find myself distanced from the story by the writing, unattached to the characters, and generally apathetic towards whatever was going on.Sorry to disappoint, but the rumours of gay pirates in These Rebel Waves are false. I guess this will continue to be where I get my gay pirate fix (CW: homophobia, mention of rape). It's not the author's fault; Raasch only ever promised gay romances - of which I think perhaps Sara Raasch is just not for me. Though her books always sound compelling, I once again find myself distanced from the story by the writing, unattached to the characters, and generally apathetic towards whatever was going on.Sorry to disappoint, but the rumours of gay pirates in These Rebel Waves are false. I guess this will continue to be where I get my gay pirate fix (CW: homophobia, mention of rape). It's not the author's fault; Raasch only ever promised gay romances - of which there are two, both m/m and f/f. The aforementioned pirate is straight.The problem is I just found These Rebel Waves rather dry. There are three third-person perspectives and every single one left me cold; perhaps a first-person perspective would have generated some more emotion(?) Adeluna "Lu" is a soldier on the island of Grace Loray; Benat "Ben" is the crown prince of Argrid, and queer; Devereux "Vex" is a pirate who deals in magic and finds himself assisting Lu in finding a missing diplomat (Also, why is he called "Vex"? Isn't it pronounced "dev-uh-roh"?).It was really difficult for me to get on board and care about the story and politics. Despite what appearances might suggest, this is not a high seas pirating adventure, but a fairly standard dysto-fantasy novel. Many concepts are brought in and left vague, such as the religion and the Shaking Sickness. This society is heavily-defined by its religion and yet I felt like I never really understood what they believed outside of mutterings about the Pious God.Similarly, it took me a long time to understand the magic system going on here. It is not explained very well, but it turns out to be a world where magic is botanical, existing only in magical plants and herbs. But, really, I think it all comes down to the writing style not working for me. It was some combination of the distant third-person narration, the vagueness of the world and magic, and odd sentence choices like this: The noxious tavern birthed Lu into the midnight streets of New Deza. None of this made me care enough to want to go on the journey to find Miles, the missing Argridian delegate. I never felt strongly about the story's mission and would probably have put it aside if I wasn't reading an arc. I was also a little disappointed by how the gay relationships were left bland and boring compared to the tension and flirtations between Lu and Vex. The gay couples got mentions but the only really shippable relationship was the main het romance. Though I did find it interesting that the author chose to have a deeply-religious society in which being queer was no issue at all. Men are betrothed to men, women are married to women, and no one bats an eyelid. I liked the idea of a world where religion and sexual orientation were in no way at odds with one another.These Rebel Waves is not a terrible book, but there was nothing here that made me interested in reading on.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Kiki
    January 1, 1970
    *In the interest of not fanning the flames of rumours, I've removed my previous pre-review. I'm still excited to read this! But the source from which I heard that there were gay pirates in this book was clearly full of shite! The moral of the story? Don't believe everything that you read on the internet!*
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Friends, this just was not the book for me. And you know I hate writing “negative” reviews, so I’m going to try to keep this on the shorter side. But this book and the writing was just equal parts boring and daunting for me. Plus, the magic system was not explained, the characters were hard to like or believe, and I never cared enough to root for any of them. But I think what ultimately made me not love this book was be ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Friends, this just was not the book for me. And you know I hate writing “negative” reviews, so I’m going to try to keep this on the shorter side. But this book and the writing was just equal parts boring and daunting for me. Plus, the magic system was not explained, the characters were hard to like or believe, and I never cared enough to root for any of them. But I think what ultimately made me not love this book was because I went in thinking that we were going to see a crew of queer pirates, on the open sea, fighting battles, slaying monsters, and doing pirate things. This is not the type of book These Rebel Waves is. But on a positive note, this is a book filled with colonization, oppression, magical medical experimentation, religious hierarchies, political intrigue, betrayals, and what people are willing to do in the name of their God(s). And, it sort of has pirates. And I don’t think that this was a bad book. I mean, obviously many of those topics are super important, but I went into this book just expecting something completely different. And I will totally take responsibility for that. But this book was also super boring, and it felt like a chore to pick up each and every time. I had to constantly reward myself with treats while reading. If this wasn’t an ARC, and if I wasn’t buddy reading this with two of my friends, I would have 100% DNFed this story. And that has nothing to do with the expectations of gay pirates. And, full disclosure, one of the first books I ever DNFed was Sara Raasch’s Ice Life Fire, so maybe this author’s writing just isn’t for me. So, if you pick this one up, I hope you enjoy it more than I did. But I should probably give you some bare bones about the actual story and the three characters we follow! ➽ Adeluna / Lu - Soldier. Loyal to her family. Experiencing so much loss, and so much trauma, from childhood to present day.➽ Devereux / Vex - Pirate. Master of disguise. Hinted that he’s queer, maybe even pan, but never stated. ➽ Benat / Ben - Heretic. Crown Prince. Obsessed with the magic that is forbidden. Queer, in a hidden m/m relationship. Also, I don’t know how I feel about the way Ben’s relationship developed, but I kind of don’t want to think about it or this book any longer. And these characters are all on the same island and their three stories intertwine to maybe change the fate of the world as they know it. And each of these characters have to make choices that will truly decide what type of person they want to be. In this world, magic is plant based and outlawed. But the thing is, the magic system is never explained. You just have to suspend your disbelief that it works some magical way for some people with the right reagents. I mean, I guess I’d say it’s like magic herbology. I guess? I don’t even know, because it’s so not explained. But anyone who uses this magic will be punished in the name of the Pious God. Trigger and content warnings for death, murder, loss of a loved one, torture, colonization, physical abuse, child abuse, captivity, medical experimentation, and violence. And there is also a disease that is killing people rapidly, that needs to be addressed. It’s called the Shaking Sickness, and Lu has felt the heartbreak from it many times. There is no treatment for it, it has no known cause, and it doesn’t spread from person to person. Some people die from it instantly, and other suffer with it for a long while. So, we have magical plants, and a disease that is killing a lot of people. We have a pirate who is a smooth talker. We have a soldier who has been a soldier all her life, even when forced as a child. And we have a prince, who is dealing with the ghosts from his past. All these things come into play and send Lu and Vex on an adventure, and leaves Ben discovering the hypocrisy of the religion on the island. My favorite thing about this book was a plot twist. Obviously, I’m not going to give any spoilers, but a certain plot twist in this book was so well done. The author expertly wove it into the entire story, and it is the reason I’m giving this book two stars instead of one. Seriously, it was amazingly done. And the next favorite thing was a beautiful f/f relationship involving two main side characters. I know that the copy I read was an ARC version, but this book ends so abruptly. I felt like after the amazing plot twist, and finally seeing all the action form and start to take place, we are just cut off. Curtains drawn, lights out. I just sat with my iPad in my lap, blinking a few times, because I thought maybe I got an unfinished ARC. So, here is your warning that the ending is a little brutal. Overall, this just wasn’t for me. I went in expecting so much and was given so little. And even with so little, it was so different than what I was expecting. I do predict that the next book in this series will be better. I just don’t think I’ll be picking it up. And if you go into this expecting gay pirates, sailing the seas and fighting for injustice, like I did, you’re going to be disappointed. Again, I hate feeling so negative, so I hope that if you give this one a try that you will enjoy it much more than me! Happy reading, loves. 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  • Hamad
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 1.5 starsYou can find this review and other non-spoilery reviews @The Book Prescription🌟 Expectations is the keyword here, if you see the top reviews on GR, you will see that they are all readers excited for a “Gay Pirates” story, after seeing all those reviews I was pretty sure that was what we are getting. Obviously, apart from a minor focus on an LGBTQ character, this has nothing to do with the whole “Gay pirates” thing.🌟 So, this has nothing to do with pirates, this has no shi Actual rating: 1.5 starsYou can find this review and other non-spoilery reviews @The Book Prescription🌟 Expectations is the keyword here, if you see the top reviews on GR, you will see that they are all readers excited for a “Gay Pirates” story, after seeing all those reviews I was pretty sure that was what we are getting. Obviously, apart from a minor focus on an LGBTQ character, this has nothing to do with the whole “Gay pirates” thing.🌟 So, this has nothing to do with pirates, this has no ships with a captain, no wooden leg, no parrot and no sea adventures! This mostly takes place on land so keep that in mind. And if an author wants to write a book about gay pirates then the opportunity is still there and I think it will be successful with all this hype!🌟 So what is this about? If I want to describe this vaguely and what it deals with, then:Botanical magic and religion!!! you see there is a huge difference between expectations and the reality.🌟 I was always fascinated by “green magic” that has to do with plants and potions… etc so a story with this as the fantasy element must be interesting, unfortunately, I think the execution was not the best, there could have been many amazing ideas for this kind of magic! But in reality, it was so basic and bland!🌟 But the thing that mostly irked me is the writing style, I can’t stand repetitions and this book was full of repeated words; for example:– 9 is the number of times the word “Heresy” was used.– 22 is the number of times the word “Eminence” was used.– 115 is the number of times the word “Pious” was used.– 164 is the number of times the word “God” was used.I can’t ignore these things and every time the word Pious was used, a small part of my soul was dying! -I know it was used for emphasis but a line was crossed in the number of times it was used- I even couldn’t find anything to quote because it just put me in a bad mood 😦 😦🌟 The story was boring too and I wish I knew how to skim well because I just wanted to be done with it, There was a good and unexpected twists toward the end but other than that I was not intrigued by this! Same goes for the characters!🌟 In short: I recommend going into this without the whole LGBT expectations, this is more of a story with a religious story line, the story can be good only if you go into it with different mindset! I truly wanted to enjoy this but I simply couldn’t.Buddy reading this with GR sweetest soul ever!ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sara Raasch
    January 1, 1970
    ***The final pre-release contest for THESE REBEL WAVES is happening NOW through July 31!!***
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    this fucking gay pirates book was already going to make me cry and now it's seriously going to make me cry because I have an arc
  • ☙ percy ❧
    January 1, 1970
    i hated Snow Like Ashes but i hear this book is about GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!FUCKING!!!!!!!!!PIRATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so i'm willing to give the author another chance. ;)
  • Natalie Monroe
    January 1, 1970
    “'As much as I don’t know you, raider, you don’t know me. You have no idea what I am capable of.'Vex considered. ‘You’re right—I don’t know you. But I know who you want to be, princesa, and that might be more dangerous to you.’” Snow Like Ashes left me high and dry, but I had high hopes for this one because one, gay pirates and two, gay pirates. Honestly a more wonderful combination of words could not have been invented other than free pizza.Sadly, as most of you have figured out by now, the g “'As much as I don’t know you, raider, you don’t know me. You have no idea what I am capable of.'Vex considered. ‘You’re right—I don’t know you. But I know who you want to be, princesa, and that might be more dangerous to you.’” Snow Like Ashes left me high and dry, but I had high hopes for this one because one, gay pirates and two, gay pirates. Honestly a more wonderful combination of words could not have been invented other than free pizza.Sadly, as most of you have figured out by now, the gay pirates thing is a rumor. I don't remember where I read it, whether it was on the unofficial blurb when it was first announced, but I hope whoever decided to lift the collective reading community's hopes like that steps on a Lego on a foggy evening.There is a gay romance inside, but it's far from ship-worthy. Unlike Jesper and Wylan from Six of Crows (which is now the bar I hold to all romances, hetreo or otherwise), it lacks that gradual development that makes readers invest and root for couples. Their identities aren't a huge spoiler since it's revealed in the first several chapters, but I'll hide it just in case: (view spoiler)[It's Prince Ben and his guard Jake. (hide spoiler)] Their relationship has already been established from the get-go, and there's no will-they, won't they tension to keep the stakes going. There are stakes, related to the main plot, but it doesn't change the fact that there were no sparks between them. They are cold soggy lunch bags cuddling together for warmth.Plus, it's incredibly obvious that they're just second-tier to the main romance between Lu and Vex: “He shrugged. ‘I’m not one to confess my secrets to crazed women who use manipulation and favors to ensnare me in their own plots.’” I foresee many bottles of champagne smashed against the hull of their ship. Lu is a kickass politician's daughter who wants to help her country, Grace Loray. Vex is a wisecracking raider on the opposite side of the law. Put them together like potassium and sodium and you've got yourself a sexual power keg. They're also two out of the three POV characters, the last one being the Crown Prince Ben of Argrid. His country fears and despises Grace Loray's magic and wants to eradicate it. His are the chapters I longed to skip, so there's not much I can add about him.Back to Lu and Vex, their relationship interested me more than the other one, but I wouldn't say I'm obsessed with it. From a scale of one to Swiftie, I'd say I'm a two—I'd hold open an elevator door for you, but not if I'm in a hurry. Their romance has been done a thousand times in YA and there wasn't enough to set it apart. That's really how I'd describe my reading experience of These Rebel Waves on whole: it's good, but largely unremarkable. The plot is reminiscent of dystopian novels—fighting against a corrupt system only to discover there's more beneath the surface—except it's in a fantasy setting. I did enjoy the world-building. Magic comes from botanical plants and their usage is adequately explained. Also, the narrative focuses on particular countries, Grace Loray and Argrid, enabling readers to slowly absorb information rather than overwhelming us in a desperate attempt to demonstrate that their world is detailed and creative. Other countries are mentioned with clear room for expansion. “Dirt and sand, all across the land; the currents are ours, you see. No god, no soldier, no emperor, no king, can take my current from me. Flow on, my friends, flow on with me; together we flow as one. No god, no soldier, no emperor, no king, can erode what we have done.” The final reveal of the villain was lackluster. Though I didn’t see it coming, it didn’t knock the breath out of me with surprise. I just went “Oh” and took a sip of apple juice. Part of the reason is the character isn't very complex. He has somewhat good intentions that manifested into terrible actions. Typical villain fare with a world of unexplored depth.I don't think I'm invested enough to read the sequel, but we'll see.ARC provided by Edelweiss
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  •  ⚔ Sh3lly - Grumpy Name-Changing Wanderer ⚔
    January 1, 1970
    DNF 28%. No rating. I started this on May 4, 2018. It is now July 13, 2018. It's been over two months and I can't get past 28%. I'm throwing in the towel. Who started this gay pirates thing? There are no gay pirates here. I'm not even going to try and review what I did read. Just going to move on. I do thank you so very much Edelweiss and publisher for providing an eARC. I'm sorry it wasn't for me. I'm sure others will like it. The writing is fine; it's just me.Original post:28% pre-review... St DNF 28%. No rating. I started this on May 4, 2018. It is now July 13, 2018. It's been over two months and I can't get past 28%. I'm throwing in the towel. Who started this gay pirates thing? There are no gay pirates here. I'm not even going to try and review what I did read. Just going to move on. I do thank you so very much Edelweiss and publisher for providing an eARC. I'm sorry it wasn't for me. I'm sure others will like it. The writing is fine; it's just me.Original post:28% pre-review... Still waiting for this to really get going... the religious, political vibes are overpowering and little adventure so far. Needs more pirates!
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    3/19/18Ugh, I swear this was a July 3rd release and now it's been pushed back until August 7th ---OMG look at this cover!!! It is absolutely stunning! I am so freaking excited for this! Because honestly, I just need more pirate stories in my life. Glad to see that the synopsis is finally up and happy to say I'm still super excited to see where this goes.
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  • Sabrina The Trash Queen
    January 1, 1970
    GAY PIRATES ! I don’t need to know anything else.I’m so excited to start reading this book.!.!.!!.!..!
  • mar
    January 1, 1970
    LGBT ROMANCE + PIRATES= A very excited Mar.I mean, pirates, guys. Come on.
  • Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
    January 1, 1970
    Okay but how am I supposed to take the oppressor seriously when everytime I see his name I read "Hagrid" instead of "Argrid"?
  • Shelby Palmer
    January 1, 1970
    Holy crap. That was so good. Vex is a babe and officially on my book boyfriend list. The world was complex but well explained and thought out. I enjoyed both the political side and the magic system. There was just enough balance to make it interesting.
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  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    I'm really late to this party but gay pirates come on!!! 😍
  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    January 1, 1970
    I've been hearing wonderful things about this one, especially these two words: gay pirates . Sara Raasch, BRING IT ON.
  • rin (lorenzo)
    January 1, 1970
    this cover looks sexy 👀👀👀~~~~>>> lgbt romance>>> pirates Sign Me The Fuck Upaaaaaaaaaaa so many books im excited for
  • J.A. Ironside
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewThis isn’t a bad book. As in, it’s not badly written or lazy or offensive. It doesn’t deserve to be relegated to a low rating with books that are all of those things. It just really didn’t do it for me. Part of the problem is that I allowed myself to be swayed by hype. I should have compared the hype to the blurb because I was not in the target audience for this book at all. This book is not about gay pirates. Imma repeat that: This book ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewThis isn’t a bad book. As in, it’s not badly written or lazy or offensive. It doesn’t deserve to be relegated to a low rating with books that are all of those things. It just really didn’t do it for me. Part of the problem is that I allowed myself to be swayed by hype. I should have compared the hype to the blurb because I was not in the target audience for this book at all. This book is not about gay pirates. Imma repeat that: This book is NOT about gay pirates. This book is about a theocratic state attempting to impose its laws and values on another country. Not that the other country is all that free or egalitarian as you find out through the story. Yes there are queer characters. Most of them are fringe characters. Only one gay relationship is on screen and there is a strongly toxic component to it. One main character is gay however he is 1) not a pirate and 2) the MC of the sub plot and so gets far less screen time. You may well enjoy this book anyway but don’t go in thinking that this is a great read for Pride month or that it’s an adventure fantasy romp with pirates and queer characters. It is emphatically not and you will be disappointed.  The book itself isn’t bad, as I said. I’m not sure how much me disliking it is to do with having my expectations mishandled and how much is just genuinely not being interested in the story. The narrative is dry and rather uninspiring. If you like plain unadorned prose for an entire book then this might not bother you. For me it was highlighted just how dry it was by flashes of extremely visual language used in three scenes when my attention perked up. The rest of the time I was quite bored. These Rebel Waves is a political intrigue without a whole lot of intrigue and unleavened by much action. Fans of quieter, less explosive fantasy that explores themes such as immigration, cultural erasure, smuggling/ black market, personal and religious freedom and cultural identity – all without really delving into any of these issues too deeply or challengingly – will probably enjoy this. For me it compared unwittingly and unfavourably with a previous ARC – the brilliant ‘Mirage’ by Somaiya Doud – which covered all the same themes but did so with empathy, wisdom and emotional attachment. Paradoxically, I really like the three MCs who were pretty well developed, I just wish I’d met them in another story. It felt to me that either they were the wrong characters for the story or that the author forced them to follow the story she thought she should be telling rather than letting them shift and change the narrative organically. The result was a bit wooden. I found the secondary and tertiary characters less well developed. Three points that did annoy me: the ebook version of this ARC ends at 95% on the most abrupt and hyped cliff hanger imaginable. I dislike cliff hangers unless the book has earned them – which this didn’t – and I feel you should still be able to read a book as a complete story even if it’s part of a series, which is not the case here.The story does not get going until about 65% of the way through. And then it’s very stop-start action. By that point it was too late to save the story.The one really interesting thread – that of Lu having been a child soildier – is never fully explored. That could have been a fascinating engaging story in its own right but instead, as with the other themes, the book pulls its punches.  Ultimately there wasn’t anything wrong with this book but for me there wasn’t anything to get excited about either. I can’t even say I was disappointed because that would imply that my initial expectations were correct about the sort of book it was instead of being a radically different story, and that the author had not met them. Bottom line – I would not have picked up this book to read if I’d known it was a story about a monotheistic church oppressing magic users – by which we can infer herbalists since all magic comes from plants – mixed with political wrangling without a great sense of jeopardy. Not an enjoyable reading experience for me but I am clearly not the target audience so bear that in mind when I don’t recommend this book.Buddy read with the inimitable Melanie
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Why did I not know about this sooner? GAY PIRATES, YES PLEASE.
  • Di
    January 1, 1970
    **I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes were taken from the advanced readers copy and as such may not be accurate or present in the final version**I buddy read this book with the super awesome Amy from A Magical World of Words. We had the best chats and I always enjoy a buddy read with a #squad member.I really adored this book. Having not read anything by Raasch before I wasn't sure what to expect but These Rebel Waves exc **I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes were taken from the advanced readers copy and as such may not be accurate or present in the final version**I buddy read this book with the super awesome Amy from A Magical World of Words. We had the best chats and I always enjoy a buddy read with a #squad member.I really adored this book. Having not read anything by Raasch before I wasn't sure what to expect but These Rebel Waves exceeded anything I dared hope for. I really enjoy complex and well thought out fantasy worlds, and this is a seriously intricate world with a rich history and as a bonus it's chock full of diversity - we have various cultures and religions as well as sexual orientations. I loved the magic system which is as unique as it is intriguing - there are certain plants with magical properties that can be used in different ways to produce various effects: medicinal, explosive etc. It was great seeing the blend of science with fantasy here as well as seeing the effect that such commodities had on the world - religiously, economically and long term effects on people from the use of the botanical magic. “If you control something first, it isn’t as scary.”“I don’t want to control it. I want to understand it.”“Same idea, better approach.” There are three main point of views to follow; Adeluna (Lu), the rebel; Devereux (Vex), the pirate; and Benat (Ben), the Holy Eminence Prince. There's also a lot of supporting characters but each of the characters is so individual and specific that I had no problem keeping track of everyone in my mind. It wasn't clear how Ben's story would weave into the stories of the other two main characters, but he was still easy to root for and when the fusion occurred it was seamless and fantastic. I loved that Benat, as the Prince, was in a relationship with another man, a Defensor of the church and the only real problem with their relationship was that of the sin of sex before marriage. It was interesting and refreshing that Raasch chose to have sexual orientation a complete non-issue in this heavily religious world. Whatever you fear so much about yourself, it’s part of you. You can either keep fighting or change your expectations There's plenty of detail and to be honest, a bit of info dumping in the first few chapters. But there really is so much to learn about the world and the characters. It's complex and can be difficult to unravel the politics and sometimes the plot seemed to be weighed down from all the political info which gave a bit of a flow and pacing issue but there's enough action to keep readers interested and the stakes are high enough to remain invested.There's a slow burn romance which develops so sweetly with a lot of chemistry and tension. It was just so shippable and full of flirtatious banter but I also appreciated that the relationship didn't really come to the forefront of the plot. These Rebel Waves is a compelling book with a detailed, politically heavy plot with plenty of action, adventure and betrayal as well as breathtaking twists and a cliffhanger that will have you crying out for the sequel.
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  • Blythe
    January 1, 1970
    Without a doubt on of my top reads for 2018. Holy plot twists Batman! I loved the characters in this book so much. Omg I need Book 2 right now because I am not ok!
  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.This is hard book NOT to spoil! There are amazing details, fascinating world-building, from the theocratic regime to a federation-like state with lots of secrets and amazing characters! The romance people was amazing! I loved the pirates, the banter, the angst and the descriptions!
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  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    January 1, 1970
    Just awesome!!!(Περισσότερα αν τελικά κυκλοφορήσει...)
  • Farhina ↯↯ The Wanderer Of Inked Adventures
    January 1, 1970
    NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED
  • ALEXA
    January 1, 1970
    I have very mixed feelings about this book! On the one hand, I was interested enough to keep reading till the end because I thought the three main characters each had solid stories to tell. But on the other, the actual writing style, as well as the world itself, was not entirely my cup of tea.
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  • Nicole Burton
    January 1, 1970
    I have been wanting to read this book since the minute I heard about it. I've been dying to get my hands on it, and thanks to an amazing friend I was able to read it and let me tell you... It was worth the wait! This book is just incredible! It has everything in it, adventure, mystery, a lit bit of romance, and some unexpected twists at the end! I loved all three of the leads, they were just so well written, I can't pick a favorite! The world building is excellent and the magical plant component I have been wanting to read this book since the minute I heard about it. I've been dying to get my hands on it, and thanks to an amazing friend I was able to read it and let me tell you... It was worth the wait! This book is just incredible! It has everything in it, adventure, mystery, a lit bit of romance, and some unexpected twists at the end! I loved all three of the leads, they were just so well written, I can't pick a favorite! The world building is excellent and the magical plant component was so cool! I just loved everything about it! Not to mention, that cover is just gorgeous, right??
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  • ⭐Anni⭐
    January 1, 1970
    Honestly? I don't care about the pirates. But that COVER just JUMPED at me and shouted "Read meeee"!
  • Sierra Abrams
    January 1, 1970
    GIVE THIS. TO ME. RIGHT NOW.
  • Bridget
    January 1, 1970
    So apparently, this is a book about pirates.Gay pirates.I'm so in.Also, this was inspired by the Spanish Inquisition. Gotta say, I wasn't expecting that one.
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    January 1, 1970
    GUYS! FUCK!!! I GOT AN ARC OF THIS!!!! IT'S SOOOO EARLYYYYYYYY!!! SOMEONE SAVE ME FROM READING IT RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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