Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Book Review: Word and Breath (Wordless Chronicles#1) by: Susannah Noel

Release Date: August 31, 2012
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

"Riana has learned how to stay out of trouble. She spends her days studying written texts in the government’s Office of Readers, and she spends her nights taking care of her sick sister. She always—always—follows the rules. Despite her low profile, she has mysteriously become a target. Someone has kidnapped her sister. Someone else is trying to kill her. And someone has sent a Soul-Breather to beguile her out of her secrets.

Her help comes from the mythic leader of an underground rebel movement. A man who used to be her friend. A man who has silently loved her for years. He disappeared from her life without a word, and now he expects her to trust him again.
Then there’s the Soul-Breather, a man who can taste her spirit with only a touch. He makes her feel things she’s never experienced before, but she doesn’t know if the feelings are real. Hired to deceive and betray her, he offers to help her instead.

Without both men, she can’t rescue her sister. And she can’t discover the world-changing knowledge—buried in her memory—that has made her a target in the first place."

My Thoughts:

Do you like dystopians? Do you like paranormal? Do you like romance? If the answer to any of those questions is yes, well then this book is for you. All of these elements are woven together seamlessly to create a breathtaking story. This story has many layers and each and every character is defined by a great amount of depth.

Our heroine Riana has always kept to herself and the only person she really cares about is her sister Jannie. So when she ends up smack in the middle of a three way war it is a bit surprising. Apparently she knows something that each of the entities wants or either wants to stay hidden. The only problem, Riana has no clue what that could possibly be and when her sister goes missing, suddenly all bets are off and Riana will do anything to get her back. I liked how determined Riana was. She put aside her own safety for the sake of her sister. I also liked that she wasn’t stone cold, she broke down at points and it was clear that she was getting overwhelmed. It made her character more believable.

All of the characters in this book are defined by a great amount of depth. We have Mikal who is torn by his feelings for Riana and a loyalty to his job. Then there is Connor who is hiding a huge secret and refuses to let Riana in on it. Neither character is completely good and they each have their own agendas. However it is also clear that they both genuinely care about Riana.

This book switches up the perspectives quite a bit and while it did take some getting used to initially, I also liked it a lot. Each character had a distinctive voice and as you got to know the characters it was easy to know immediately when the story switched to them. 

Any reader will appreciate this book, because in this world very few people actually know how to read. The powers that be have made reading scarce and most things are conveyed through pictures. Books are few and far between and those that can read (the Old Language especially) are either valued or feared. Then we have the paranormal aspect of Soul-Breathers. These guys can basically sense you feeling and memories through touch from your soul. They can be incredibly dangerous, if they are not careful with their powers.

The one thing that I am a bit leery about is the potential for a love triangle. While it is not overly prominent in this one, I get the feeling that it will be as the series progresses. I am very picky about my love triangles because most of the time they just aggravate me, especially when it comes off as unbelievable. That being said, I think this one has the potential to be good, so I am interested to see where this series is going.

All in all, Word and Breath is a breathtaking (haha puns) story that is a refreshing take on a paranormal dystopian. Elements of it reminded me of Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowan, but this book left all the teenage angst behind. I recommend it to those who enjoy a good para-romance.


  1. Thanks for the review - really glad to see this because I've been seriously contemplating whether or not to buy it ever since I saw it on Amazon. Glad to read a review from someone I "know"! :)

  2. I've never heard of this one before, but it does sound good.its awesome that the author was able to manage so many story elements. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    1. I am so glad the author emailed me, because otherwise I probably never would have read it and therefore missed out on a great read.

  3. A paranormal dystopian...I really like the sound of that! And I'm not much of a love triangle fan either, but since the concept for this sounds really great...I think I can skip that minor detail! LOL ;p Plus, I LOVE the powers idea! It's different and sounds very cool! Can't wait to read this! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :D

    Brilliant review!

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    1. She combines everything that is great about all three of those genres. I am kind of dreading the love triangle, but I think I'll be okay lol.


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