Thursday, November 16, 2017

Blog Tour: The Speaker (Sea of Ink and Gold, #2) by Traci Chee (Review + Author Spotlight)

Title: The Speaker (Sea of Ink and Gold, #2) 
Author: Traci Chee  
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers 
Source: Publisher 
Published: November 7th, 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: Having barely escaped the clutches of the Guard, Sefia and Archer are back on the run, slipping into the safety of the forest to tend to their wounds and plan their next move. Haunted by painful memories, Archer struggles to overcome the trauma of his past with the impressors, whose cruelty plagues him whenever he closes his eyes. But when Sefia and Archer happen upon a crew of impressors in the wilderness, Archer finally finds a way to combat his nightmares: by hunting impressors and freeing the boys they hold captive.

With Sefia’s help, Archer travels across the kingdom of Deliene rescuing boys while she continues to investigate the mysterious Book and secrets it contains. But the more battles they fight, the more fights Archer craves, until his thirst for violence threatens to transform him from the gentle boy Sefia knows to a grim warrior with a cruel destiny. As Sefia begins to unravel the threads that connect Archer’s fate to her parents’ betrayal of the Guard so long ago, she and Archer must figure out a way to subvert the Guard’s plans before they are ensnared in a war that will pit kingdom against kingdom, leaving their future and the safety of the entire world hanging in the balance. 

“Once there was, and one day there will be. This is the beginning of every story.” 

In September 2016, I opened The Reader by Traci Chee… and I fell in love. Lost in the pages of a book that pays tribute to all book lovers, I knew I was holding something incredibly special. It was my favorite read last year, and I am not exaggerating the countdown that began to this sequel. And I am thrilled to report that I fell just as in love with this beautiful continuation as I did the first. 

A sequel that not only meets readers’ expectations but surpasses them, The Speaker weaves magic and mystery, action and romance, heartbreak and hope. 

Temporarily safe, Sefia and Archer prepare for the next steps they must take to thwart the Guard’s plans. But when they stumble across a crew of impressors and the boys being held captive, a new plot unfolds. Key characters return for this stunning adventure, and incredible new characters are discovered along the way.  Where answers are found, more questions arise. Who will they trust? Who will betray them? Who will be lost? And who will fight harder than they’ve ever fought to keep the one they love? 

“It’s the same with stories as it is with people. They get better as they get older. 
But not every story is remembered, and not all people grow old.” 

The format of this book itself is a treasure with words that fade from the page, clues scattered among the chapters for the reader to piece together, and design elements that bring the story to life and make you feel as though you are living this journey right alongside Sefia and Archer as they fight for what they believe in. I implore you to get a physical copy of this series. Bibliophiles everywhere will want to make room on their shelves for these stunning books and the magic that lives inside them. 

“But this was more than just any book. This was the Book – infinite and full of magic – 
a record of everything that had ever been or would ever be, all the ages of history spelled out in fine black ink.” 

This story and Traci Chee’s unbelievable and gorgeous writing evoke every emotion. There are passages that warmed my heart, scenes that twisted my gut, moments that stole my breath, and quotes that embedded themselves in my soul. And the characters… the characters are ones who you feel you’ve known your whole life and you know you’ll never forget. 

“Are you with me?” 

“For always.” 

Whether you are a fan of romance, fantasy, mystery, or historical fiction – whether you’re a young adult, new adult, or seasoned adult… you want this series. “This is a book. You are the reader. Look closer. There’s magic here.” 

“Once there was, but it would not always be. This is the ending of every story.”  

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Traci Chee is the New York Times bestselling author of The Reader. An All-around word geek, she loves book arts and art books, poetry and paper crafts. She studied literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned a master of arts degree from San Francisco State University. Traci grew up in a small town with more cows than people, and now feels most at home in the mountains, scaling switchbacks and happening upon hidden highland lakes. She lives in California with her fast-fast dog.

You can find Traci Chee online here: 
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads

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Praise for The Reader:

“I was spellbound from the first page. An utterly transportive tale of swashbucklers and sharpshooters, masterfully written. Traci Chee has penned a beautiful novel about the power of story, complete with a fantastic cast of characters and an expertly rendered fantasy landscape. This is a book you will not soon forget.”—Renée Ahdieh, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn

★ “Deftly rendered in beautiful prose, narrated through three shifting time lines woven into an interconnected history of duty, honor, and magic. . . . This is a must-have for all those who value a good read with genuine character growth, mystery, unique world-building, adventure, unyielding bonds of loyalty, and pirates. . . . A fresh, diverse fantasy; highly recommended for fans of Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart and female-powered adventures.”—School Library Journal, starred review

★ “Commanding storytelling and vivid details, particularly of the magical process of reading, bring the story to life… the first of what promises to be an enchanting series.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “Chee’s debut is an intricate, multilayered reading experience… An exploration of self-determination and the magic of the written word, Sefia’s story is an absorbing introduction to the Sea of Ink and Gold series.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review 

★ “With evocative language, fascinating world building, multifaceted characters, and a compelling plot, this is a series fantasy lovers will want to sink their teeth into.”—Booklist, starred review

“Most world-building shies away from tackling the question of literacy within fantasy cultures, but here it serves as the beating meta-heart.”—NPR 

"Those looking for complex fantasy will enjoy and look for the next installment."—School Library Connection 

An ALA Top Ten Best Fiction Pick – 2017
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year – 2016
Finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize
A Kirkus Best Book of the Year – 2016 
An NPR Best Book of the Year – 2016 
A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year – 2016
A Bustle Best YA Book of the Year – 2016
Minnesota Public Radio Best YA Book of the Year – 2016
A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year – 2016
A 2016 Nerdy Book Club Award Winner
An ABA Indies Choice Honor Book – 2017


Week One
October 30 – Ex Libris – Review
October 31 – Bette’s Pages – Review with photos
November 1 – Never2Many2Read – Review
November 2 – ButtermyBooks – Review
November 3 – YA Wednesdays – Favorite Quotes
Week Two
November 6 – FlyLeaf Chronicles – Review
November 7 – The Fox’s Hideaway – Review
November 8 – In Wonderland – Review
November 9 – Book Reviews Express – Review
November 10 – Brianna Book Binding – Review
Week Three
November 13 – Readers Live A Thousand Lives – Excerpt and Review
November 14 – Good Choice Reading – Review with Photo
November 14 – Love Is Not a Triangle – Review
November 15 – Dazzled by Books – Review with bookish Candle
November 16 – A Belle’s Tales – review and Spotlight
November 17 – MelihYoutuber – Review
Week Four
November 20 – The Blonde Bookworm – Review
November 21 – Seeing Double in Neverland – Review
November 22 – Bookshelves and Paperbacks – “5 Reasons Why You should Read The Reader & The Speaker” with Moodboard
November 23 – Across the Words – Review
November 24 – Eastern Sunset Reads – Review

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  1. Yesssss! This book was everything! I loved it so so so much and I just want the next book right the very now. Wonderful review Wifey!

  2. I really enjoyed book one and need to grab this one :)

  3. You know I am such a sucker for gorgeous writing and those quotes you shared were fantastic. I am going to see if I can get the first book from my library. Lovely review.

    1. Thank you so much, Heidi! This book is so perfect for book lovers. I can't wait for you to read it and fall in love with this author's writing!

  4. Wow! This book has been on my tbr list for a while now. It looks and sounds super fantastic. I can't wait to read it.

  5. I am loving the writing in the first book, I am actually currently listening/reading to it and it is just so interesting.

  6. THESE QUOTES ARE BREATHTAKING - and I don't use that word lightly (or hardly ever, at all) - simply BEAUTIFUL review of an intriguing (and gorgeously-covered) series that just skipped the line of my TBR (all the rest of the books can SHOVE IT...unless they too would like to contribute a beautiful quote pulled out by only you). xoxox <3

  7. Sounds like such a great set of books! I have had the first one on my list. Can't wait to start these! Thanks for sharing. :)

  8. Just wanted to stop by and say happy holidays to you both. May 2018 be filled with laughter, good health and lots of fun. :)


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