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Oct 1, 2013

Book Review: The Singing River by R.K. Ryals

Hi everyone! Krishna here, I haven't reviewed books for a while because I was really busy but this book deserves a spot here in my blog because I super loved it. I bought this book on Amazon and I must tell you that it's uber worth it! 

Anyways, read on to know what I'm raving about. 

The Singing River
Title: The Singing River
Author: R.K. Ryals
Genre: New Adult
Print Length: 277 pages
ISBN: 1491290552
Language: English

Book Blurb:

In Mississippi, there's a legend about a Singing River, a tragic love story that ended with an entire Indian tribe singing a death chant as they marched stoically into the Pascagoula River to die ...

At eighteen, Haven Ambrose isn't just a high school graduate. In her head, she's an aspiring writer, a traveler, a chef, a slayer of injustice, an astronomer, an archaeologist, and the love child of a famous, rich musician. But reality is harsher. Reality is overdue bills, a crumbling trailer, an absent father, an old addiction, and a hot, crushing summer that may end in disappointment. 

For twenty year-old River Brayden, life seems good, but appearances can be deceiving. The oldest son of a wealthy family, he has finished his first year at Harvard to return home for the summer only to discover his younger brother headed down an unforgiving road. 

They will be drawn together by a song. For during the late summer, they say the Pascagoula death chant can still be heard near the Singing River. Its call is haunting, its chant a testament of love and sacrifice. It calls to some ... beckoning.

My Thoughts:

If you're not a new reader here at Journey with Books, you'd know how much I loved R.K. Ryals' past books. The Singing River did not disappoint me. It was the perfect read for a girl like me who liked being touched deeply to the soul by a book she reads.

The Singing River started out slow but it picks up and gets the reader's attention after the introduction of the characters.

The plot is vague at first as you can read at the book blurb but I think it is better that way because then it will surprise you how good it really is. The twists and turns and the revelations are done in a manner that excites and sometimes breaks the heart of the reader.

The characters are just simply awesome.

River is a troubled young man. He may have every material things or riches one person could ever want but he's not happy. His family is a mess, he took a course in college he did not want and he is drowning in responsibilities his father left him. His world is literally upside down and he did not know where to start to fix things or if he could ever fix things.

Haven is a dreamer but also a realist. She knows that she has to work really hard to achieve her dreams. She's poor but she has a great relationship with her mother. 

I love how River and Haven's paths crossed. No matter how different their status in life is, they are more alike than anyone could ever know. They bonded over the responsibilities they carry.

What makes this book so special is that it's full emotion. 

It takes the reader inside the book and inside the characters' lives and makes them feel and experience every hurt, dilemma, happiness, anger and grief these characters felt. And no joke, I felt them all.

R.K. Ryals is truly one of the most amazing published authors who knows how to make her readers feel. This author has a gift with words. Every word and phrase she has written in The Singing River is packed with emotions that a reader can feel bone deep.


Overall, The Singing River is something a real book lover wouldn't want to miss. It's more than just a simple, sensual and sexy New Adult romance. This book is for everyone who craves for a quality book that will make them fall in love, make them think and make them cry. 

About the Author:

R.K. Ryals

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, R. K. Ryals is a scatterbrained mother of three whose passion is reading whatever she can get her hands on. She makes her home in Mississippi with her husband, three daughters, a Shitzsu named Tinkerbell, and a coffeepot she couldn't live without. 

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  1. will have to try look for ebook for this

  2. The Amazon link is posted under the review. Buy it and you won't regret it. It's a really good book.

    Thanks for commenting here!


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