I received this book for free from Penguin Random House LLC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Reader by Traci Chee
Series: Sea of Ink and Gold #1
Published by Putnam on September 13th 2016
Source: Penguin Random House LLC
Once there was, and one day there will be. This is the beginning of every story.
Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book.
Though reading is unheard of in Sefia’s world, she slowly learns, unearthing the book’s closely guarded secrets, which may be the key to Nin’s disappearance and discovering what really happened the day her father was killed. With no time to lose, and the unexpected help of swashbuckling pirates and an enigmatic stranger, Sefia sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her aunt, using the book as her guide. In the end, she discovers what the book had been trying to tell her all along: Nothing is as it seems, and the end of her story is only the beginning.
The Reader by Traci Chee is so incredibly interesting and cool. I really enjoyed this book because it was so different than anything else that I have read. Chee brings readers a beautifully written debut novel with diverse characters and amazing world building. Writing and Readers i completely forbidden in this world and is a very uncharted territory for people. There is hidden magic and so much danger that this book will leave you on the edge of your seat.
One thing that I kind of enjoyed about this book is the more I read, the more I felt like I didn’t know anything. This story is like an onion, each time you peel back a layer you find out that there are more layers to peel. I am looking forward to diving into more layers with the future books in this series. I loved that this book kept me guessing and wanting more. The more I would seek answers, the more questions I would have.
The book opens with Sefia’s journey with her aunt Nin, but when Nin is found and taken has prisoner by a heartless group on people who are after a book. Sefia knows that they are after the book that she carries around in her pack but she doesn’t know why. All she knows is that this is the last possession she has from her parents. As Sefia takes on this adventure on ehr own she ends up finding a boy that is like her to help. Together they decipher the book and read all of the stories. As she finds herself lost in these stories, she learns more about herself, her past, and her parents.
The Reader is a book you don’t want to miss. This series is going to be epic and you want to make sure that you are on this journey. This world is so huge and amazing. The writing is incredible. Don’t miss out on The Reader because you is a vast world to discover.
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A few things I look forward when I am finding inspiration for a candle is what does the book say. The author has already done most of the work for me by writing their amazing book, so all I have to do it pay attention. Creating a candle is hard work but I find it quite rewarding once I have this perfect beautiful candle in my position. I strive to make sure it looks beautiful but also smells amazing. Everyone loves a candle that actually fills up the room with a lovely smelling scent.
Without giving too many of my secrets away, I took some pictures of the amazing Reader candle that we came up with. I hope you all enjoy and love it!
I was so excited to dive in and start creating this candle. I wanted to show off the blue and green of the beautiful cover of The Reader and I also wanted to show off the gold lettering. The scents needed to fit with the book and the writing of the author.
What does the Reader candle smell like?
Copper, Seat Mist & Salt, Vanilla, and Fresh
I wanted this candle to make you feel like you were outside and near the ocean.
Below is some gorgeous pictures of the candle and this amazingly beautiful book. I hope you enjoy The Reader as much as I did. This candle is now currently listed in our shop if you would like to add it to your bookish candle collection.
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