The Reader - Traci Chee
I was thrilled to have been given the opportunity to read this beautiful book. From the lush and vivid landscapes to the action and adventure, this story was wonderfully done. The characters were so easy to fall in love with. Sefia has lost her family and she is on the run, trying to stay alive, rescue the only person she has left in the world and keep the book safe. In this world reading is a rarity, books are magical and assassins, pirates and sharpshooters abound.     
 
"This is a book"
 
The writing sucked me into this book in such a way that I felt as if I were a part of the adventure. I enjoyed finding and piecing together the little hidden clues sprinkled throughout the pages. I felt less like I was reading the book and more like I was experiencing it. For a moment I even felt a little like Bastian while he was reading the Neverending Story. I loved it! I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy of this masterpiece. This book is going straight to my favorites list and I have a very good feeling that this will be a wonderful series. I can hardly wait to find out what book 2 of the Sea of Ink and Gold series has in store for us.
 
Many, many thanks to Putnam and the First to Read program for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
 
-SW