Friday, March 10, 2017

The Reader by Traci Chee

The Reader by Traci Chee is a fantastic start to the new series, Sea of Ink and Gold. Sefia, the main character who has been taught survival since before she could talk, flees with her aunt Nin after her parents are cruelly murdered. After Nin is kidnapped, Sefia must do everything in her power to find her and avenge the deaths of her family. Despite living in a society where she and everyone else are illiterate, she finds a strange object - a book. She learns to use the book to help and guide herself and the mysterious stranger she rescued from equally mysterious and dark circumstances.
There is never, ever a dull moment in this book. It sets a fast pace, without missing anything that the reader needs to know. Each character has an interesting backstory that intertwines with others to create the stunning story of this novel. The overlapping stories can get confusing, but somewhere near the end they all suddenly snap into place, like finishing a puzzle and being able to see the whole picture. Reading this book was just that satisfactory, and I loved it.
Traci Chee wrote Consonant Sounds for Fish Songs, a collection of short stories. The Reader is a YA fantasy novel, complete with assassins and pirates. Those who enjoy this book would also like The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, The Wish Granter by C. J. Redwine, and Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Angel Experiment By James Patterson

This book is about a group of kids, who were kidnapped from their families. They become scientific experiments and are genetically modified to be bird like. They have wings and can actually fly. They manage to escape from their captors but they are now being hunted down. Along the way, they find out about some other unknown and unique supernatural traits that they have..
I loved this book very much. It is a thrilling book that keeps you interested and springs surprises on you along the way. You always try to guess what is going to happen next and it is so fun to read.
This is a fiction book that has many other books in this series. If you read one, you will get caught up in the others in the series as well. I lost sleep trying to read all of them. The author James Patterson is a very well known fictional author. He is an author similar to Kiera Cass, who wrote the series The Selection, which is also about a future reality. If you like Kiera Cass, I recommend James Patterson!