Song of the Current #1
By Sarah Tolcser
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Bang Bang Rating:
Caro is the first mate on her father’s ship and when they dock, they see several ships have been burned to the ground. The head soldier, can’t remember his title, asks Caro’s father to ship some very important secret cargo across the river or he’ll put him in jail for smuggling. Of course he refuses because he’s a stand up guy and of course Caro offers to go in his stead because we can’t have a YA novel where the teen is with her father-GROSS.
Caro and her frogman Fee, yes I said frogman, set sail in their sailboat type boat (I don’t know anything about boats) with the cargo they have been forbidden to open but she opens it almost immediately. What? You mean I don’t have to wait until the end of the novel to find out what’s in the box? Way to break tropes, Tolcser. I won’t say what’s in the box because I don’t want to ruin the fun.
At some point Caro meets a hot guy named Tarquin who’s also a snotty royal and a pretty good character. Caro and Tarquin have preconceived notions about each other which creates tension that turns to sexual tension thus beginning a literal shipping opportunity. Caro needs to get Tarquin to his destination and along the way they run into some pirates and Caro’s fabulous and highly influential family. Did I mention that Caro is bi-racial? Her father is white and her mother is black and a badass. Authors take note. If you are writing a character that doesn’t represent your race, they best way to avoid the racism stamp is to not make your world racially charged. Caro’s race never played a role in Current but her profession did and this tension is relatable.
When Caro and Tarquin finally arrive to their destination, the villains are waiting for them and their escape was really sweet and I almost shed a tear. Caro meets more interesting characters, falls in love, and accepts her fate.
Song of the Current is a debut that was really entertaining. The pacing was great, it was never predictable, the fantasy aspect worked well, and it had great balance between an insecure heroine and political intrigue.
Highly recommend! Also, check Sarah’s Pinterest boards for visuals.
Listen to the podcast of Song of the Current to find out how to win the ARC. So I didn’t realize Current was already published so I’ll give away an ARC of Warcross too but you still have to listen to the podcast to find out how-HAHAHA!