Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Release Day Review: The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold, #1) by Traci Chee

Title: The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold, #1) 
Author: Traci Chee 
Publisher: Putnam 
Source: Publisher 
Published: September 13th, 2016 
Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N 

Summary: Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible. 



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“Once there was, and one day there will be. This is the beginning of every story.” And so begins The Reader by Traci Chee. A debut author’s novel that is so beautiful it feels as though it’s been around for ages, passed down from generation to generation. With the feel of a classic, this book is an ode to books and those who love them.

While living on the run in a world where books and reading are unfamiliar, Sefia protects the unusual item that once belonged to her father: a peculiar, rectangular object that contains power – power to unlock secrets, to find what is lost, and to put Sefia on her intended path of becoming The Reader. Through intersecting storylines, diverse and splendid characters fill the pages as Sefia and a new companion embark on a quest they couldn’t have dreamed possible. And did I mention the PIRATES? Swashbuckling, savvy, pistol-wielding PIRATES!

The book even advises us readers to look closer… and when I began to see why, I grabbed a notepad and pen – what I had at the end brought tears to my eyes. It makes this book even more magical and an absolute adventure for not just the characters but the reader as well. While we’re left knowing there is more story to come, The Reader does not end abruptly nor with any cliffhangers. It simply concluded in a way that left me anticipating more. Imaginative, dazzling, and entirely enchanting, The Reader by Traci Chee is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. I can hardly wait for the next installment! “This is a book” – and it must be read! 

A huge thank-you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 
  
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17 comments:

  1. Lovely review! I can't wait to read this one myself.

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    1. Thank you, Brooke! I hope you love it every bit as much as I do :)

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  2. I had such high hopes for this one and you just confirmed every one of them! I love originality and this book seems to be bursting with it. I can't wait to read it. Gorgeous review!

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    1. Oh, Maja, I do hope you enjoy it. It definitely has originality, but it also has a lot of room to grow and blossom in its future installments. I'm really looking forward to what she does next. Thank you!

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  3. I just read another review that wasn't as glowing, but I am going to trust you and give this a try. Your review convinced me. Lovely!

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    1. Please do, Heidi. I believe if you're the type of reader that can't help but touch the spine of a beautiful book or smell the pages of a novel, then you'll appreciate how it pays homage to books and their readers. Thank you :)

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  4. You have me so excited to read this one and I know I will be diving in soon. It sounds so wonderful and beautiful and I am so excited! Great review!

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    1. Dying. I am dying for you to read this. We are going to flail and gush. One name for you -- Archer. *swoon* Thank you, lobster <3

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  5. I'm so excited to read this one!

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  6. Squee..I have this on audio for October listen and look forward to it! Great review :)

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    1. Eeeeep! I can't wait for your thoughts! I'm so curious as to how they'll handle certain elements in the audio! Thank you :)

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  7. This sounds like a great read. I hadn't heard of it before- but it is one I look forward to checking it out. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. You'll appreciate this one, Jess -- it's so lovely <3

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  8. Does it take you on a treasure hunt or something? I need to know now! The cover is so dang pretty!

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    1. Haha! I need you to know, too! I definitely felt I had a treasure in this book ;)

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  9. So curious about this one now because I want to know! Lovely little review and I know I'll have to pick this one up whenever I can!

    Love you girly!

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