These Rebel Waves : Library Edition

These Rebel Waves : Library Edition

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ISBN-13: 9781538551981
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Series: Stream Raiders , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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These Rebel Waves 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
“Vex grinned. The girl was here. She wore the same non-descript gown from their encounter this morning, but she held herself differently, shoulders hard and chin level as if she one day intended to rule something. But Vex’s nose still smarted where she’d hit him. And she’d laughed at his joke- then glared at him. Not an annoyed glare like the ones he’d received from Nayeli and Edda more times than he could count. One that said, in no uncertain terms, murder. She was getting more and more interesting by the second.” These Rebel Waves by Sarah Raasch was an exciting read with pirates, political intrigue, and witty characters. The story itself took a bit for me to get into but when I did I really enjoyed it. I especially like the comedic banter between Vex and Lu and those characters alone are enough to have me interested in reading the next book. The book does end at a very inconvenient place which always annoys me a bit, so fair warning on that. Overall I give this book 4 stars and say read it when you are in the mood for adventure.
HugsandKissesforBooks More than 1 year ago
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch is a pirating adventure full of conspiracy! The prologue introduces our three main characters: Ben, Lu and Vex. Chapter One starts six years later when Ben and Vex are nineteen and Lu is seventeen. Ben is royalty, Vex is a pirate and Lu was a warrior, now turned politician. Lu and Vex work together to find a missing diplomat and settle the peace in their country. I enjoy the personalities of Lu, Vex and Nayeli, who is part of Vex’s crew. I never really felt empathy or interest for Ben until his friend Jakes shows him the truth about the kingdom. After that moment, twists pop up and I couldn’t stop reading until I finished the book! These Rebel Waves contains characters with depth and humor. They were very fun to read about and I’m looking forward to the sequel, These Divided Shores. 4 stars!
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
This is a book that has parallel stories running through it: the story of Lu and the story of Ben. When this happens, you know as a reader that somehow these seemingly separate stories must be related but often you aren't sure how. Sometimes an author does a good job of bringing the stories together and other times they are not so successful. But this is one of those success stories; Sara Raasch does a brilliant job of weaving the story lines into one. For me the strongest part of These Rebel Waves were the characters. I am a huge fan of strong character development and Raasch's characters are believable and likeable. Lu is a strong female protagonist. As a girl, her father and mother were rebels fighting for a free world. During the rebellion, despite her young age, Lu was a soldier battling for a worthy cause. Now the rebellion is over, she is a young lady but she hasn't forgotten her training, nor has she been able to get over her guilt for all the killing she did early in her life. Devereux is the perfect foil to Lu. Lighthearted and rebellious, when they are thrown together the reader can't help following their sparring matches with delight. Over in Agrid, Ben is a different character altogether. In love with the captain of his guard, he will one day rule but is continually hiding his true self from his father. He hides his love affair (not because his lover is a man but because he is lower class), his affinity for magic, and his true beliefs. When Ben's father asks him to start using magic in an effort to cure all disease, Ben is faced with the dilemma of choosing between being labelled a heretic and pleasing his father. Both storylines have lots of action and adventure combined with mysteries that are unwoven as the story evolves. The climax of the story is fast paced and satisfying. I finished the book wishing there was more to come (which is always the sign of an excellent read). Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
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ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Raasch's latest fantasy comes in the form of an island trying to maintain its sovereignty from its original colonizers. Grace Loray has been a punching bag for Argrid long enough, and now, 5 years into its freedom it is gearing up for an important peace treaty to put a definite end to the war with the fanatical kingdom. The island is a melting pot of cultures, with immigrants from all five mainland countries living in a delicate balance, and separated by pirate syndicates that want to retain their original countries' culture and not assimilate into the main island culture because they are considered criminals by the latter. The treaty, and the machinations of Argrid form the backdrop for our three main characters, Benat (the crown prince of Argrid), Adeluna (the daughter of two prominent Councilmembers of Grace Loray) and Devereux (an infamous Stream Raider with no allegiance to any of the syndicates). If you were expecting a swash-buckling pirate adventure (perhaps informed so by the Goodreads genres), this will be a bit of a disappointment. It is more political intrigue than high seas adventure, and the plot proceeds very slowly. It is, in parts, both character-driven, and plot-driven (though I would argue it is more of the latter) and takes you through a series of revelations about the nature of the relationships between the different cultures, and the magic of the island. And by magic, I mean 'Really Advanced Botany' - the magical plants of Grace Loray are said to be fed by the waters on the island, which make them useful for trade, but Argrid's fanatical interest in holding the island is so that they can 'cleanse the heretics from the devil magic'. Ben was interested in the plants and how they can be used for good in his childhood, but after his uncle and cousin were both burned for their interest, he had to keep his down really low. His father is the head of the kingdom and church, and so wields enormous power as well as a iron-fisted hold over his subjects, with the slightest hint of subversion being met with torture and executions. Lu was a part of the freedom struggle from a young age, as a spy and soldier in the revolutionists' arsenal and has come away with bloody hands and a heart full of regrets, and idealistically believes in the Grace Lorayan Council until shown the truth through Vex. Vex, for his part, has a lot of secrets in his past, the least of which is his torture by the church, and the hold Argrid has over him. When she recruits him to help her find the diplomat, she is still under the impression that things will change from that one small act, but they soon realize that the schemes of Argrid go further than what they both knew. The world-building of the novel takes place throughout the book, giving us hints into the cultures of the original mainland countries, but also showing it in the diaspora of the syndicates. Some of them are attached to their countries, but others want to work for the future of Grace Loray instead. The races described are mostly POC, including Argridians, and there are some multiracial characters, including Lu, so it goes into how it defines them, as well as the plight of immigrants onto the island. Another theme is how just because something isn't as bad as before doesn't make it right, as evidenced by Lu initially clinging to her prejudices because she holds the Council in high regard.
KelsontheBruce More than 1 year ago
I got to read These Rebel Waves (TRW) early on, and I couldn't put it down. The world Sara Raasch is able to present had me hooked right away. Without giving away too much, let me just say Pirates of the Caribbean meats the political subterfuge of Assassins Creed. I mean where can you go wrong! The protagonist, Lu is a strong character who leads you through her grand adventure, full of twists and challenges which bring together the unlikeliest of allies. Having read the Snow Like Ashes trilogy, I also enjoy seeing how Ms. Raasch's writing has evolved and matured. While sticking to her witty style, Sara manages to give a new voice that holds true to great writing.