These Rebel Waves Book Tag

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These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch is a young adult fantasy that has pirates, magic, politics, and slooow-burn romance (which my heart is still craving more of). 🏴‍☠️🌊

And I’m a part of its blog tour! 🖤

Enjoy this ORIGINAL book tag inspired by the book—and now I tag YOU!

QUESTIONS

  1. Lu: a female character who’s a soldier.
  2. Vex: a character who’s a cinnamon roll but hides under a tough exterior.
  3. Ben: a character with a different outlook than their parents.
  4. Botanical magic: a book that understands the power of nature.
  5. These Rebel Waves: a book that features political intrigue and rebel forces.

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THESE REBEL WAVES BY SARA RAASCH

(Stream Raiders #1)

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: August 7, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

SYNOPSIS

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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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.

REVIEW

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. The novel followed three protagonists—Lu, Vex, and Ben—and though jumping to each made the story a bit trickier to read in the beginning, I was desperate to read more from each character by the end. The story took its time with each character’s development (and each character’s romantic subplot), but this made it all the more believable. I wasn’t expecting to be so invested in these characters. Now I’m desperate for more.

Also, this book combined a lot of different elements—politics, pirates, magic. At the start, the politics had me dizzy, but again, I had found my footing and was cheering for our main characters by the end. The combination of these elements were so well tied together and thought out, and it made for a very unique story.

Last, though I won’t give anything away, I LOVED the multiple plot twists at the end of this book. Everything connected, all the plot lines came together, and I kept speed-reading in awe.

I would definitely recommend this book if you’re into fantasy with political intrigue! 👍🏼

FAVORITE QUOTES

🖤 “Better to wound your ego with compromise than feed your own pride with blood.”

🖤 “‘You’re sad. People do lots of things when they’re sad.'”

🖤 “But he hadn’t expected his mark to hit him. He’d thought she’d scream or struggle over her bag, enough to rile soldiers into arresting him—but he had not expected the girl to be so goddamn accurate with her fist.”

BOOK LINKS

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BOOK TOUR

Check out the rest of the stops along this book tour!

My Unread YA Contemporary Books

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These young adult contemporary books have been sitting on my shelves so long I forgot what they’re about and why I wanted to read them in the first place. 🙄

Should I give any of these books a chance?

Let me know in the comments!

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BOOK HAUL | Popular Authors I STILL Haven’t Read

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I went to my favorite book fair and left with a giant haul of books. 👌🏼

Some new-to-me authors included in this haul are Neal Shusterman, Victoria Schwab, Claire Legrand, Kiersten White, and Adam Silvera. You know. Enough popular authors to make me question whether or not I read at all. 😅

Spring Wrap Up & Summer TBR

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Maybe this is me being extra, but setting realistic reading goals with my summer TBR feels like an act of self-care. 📖☀️

Here’s to a manageable TBR! 🖤

Intimidating TBR Book Tag

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I’ve got 99 problems and my TBR pile is definitely one. 😬

Hopefully this tag gets me in gear to finish these books—all of which I’ve been meaning to read for way too long.

Which books do you think I should read first?

Check out other BookTubers who did this tag!

Winter Wrap Up & Spring TBR

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Wow, I’m starting to feel like a real BookTuber now that I’ve done my first wrap up and TBR. 👍🏽

Here are all the books I read in the winter and all the books I want to read this spring. 🌺

 

Winter Wrap Up

So this covers the books I read in January, February, and March. ⛄️❄️

 

 Check out my ratings for each book on Goodreads!

Spring TBR

These are the books I want to read in April and May. 🌼🌷🌻

Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments what you thought of them—and which book I should read first for spring (because it’s May now and I haven’t even started on this list because I’ve been preoccupied with the Percy Jackson series).

Mental Health Book Tag

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I created my first-ever, original book tag—the Mental Health Book Tag—because, after researching Mental Illness in Young Adult Books, I was interested in how BookTubers were using these book tag videos to talk about mental health.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the tags I found. For instance, the Asylum Book Tag, which includes the following questions:

  1. A book couple that drove you nuts?
  2. You’re going off the rails fast: name a book series that will pull you out of the dark place?
  3. Name a book that messed with your head and left you shaking?
  4. You are going into solitary confinement for one year and you can only bring one book series. What would it be?
  5. BREAK OUT! Name one character that would help you escape the asylum?
  6. You are stuck in an asylum: name one character you would chose as a cellmate?
  7. Name a character that you would be terrified to be locked up with?

Especially after reading Molly McCully Brown’s The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems, which I gave a 3 star rating on Goodreads and discussed in my Winter Wrap Up & Spring TBR, I found this tag to trivialize mental health and downplay the trauma that people went through in these institutions.

Because of this book tag and others that I found problematic regarding mental illness, I wanted to create a positive book tag surrounding—not only mental illness—but mental health in general, so I came up with the Mental Health Book Tag:

  1. What’s a book or series that features a strong support system?
  2. What’s a book, series, or genre that you turn to when you need to take care of yourself? What’s something that you do—other than reading—to take care of your mental health?
  3. What’s a book that features a character that is relatable to your mental health or illness?
  4. What’s a book that depicts a bad representation of a mental difference or mental illness?
  5. What’s a book that depicts a good representation of a mental difference or mental illness?
  6. What’s your favorite book that features mental difference or mental illness?
  7. What’s your least book that features mental difference or mental illness?
  8. What’s a book that takes you to your happy place? When you are dealing with mental health struggles, what is your happy place?
  9. What’s your favorite quote from a book that features mental difference or mental illness? What’s something you want other people to know about mental difference or mental illness?

Tag, you’re it! I hope you complete this Mental Health Book Tag to help continue a public conversation about mental illness—or answer the questions in the comments below!