Way back in March I won a giveaway hosted by the fabulous Brittany from Brittany's Book Rambles, The Reader being one of the books I won.
I remember reading the synopsis and being... confused. I didn't really know what to expect out of this book. But I ended up picking it up mid- August and dang. This book.
First off, I think this is a book that you should go into knowing nothing. The synopsis doesn't accurately describe what you're about to witness.
So the book starts off with a note from the mysterious narrator. It's kind of riddle-ish (yep riddle-ish is a word now) and you may not quite get it, but trust me, by the end you will.
While reading, if you look by the page numbers there are words. These words form a paragraph.
As cool as the words were, I definitely didn't have the patience to stop reading so I could figure out the sentence they formed. When I was almost done with the novel I flipped back through and figured out what the paragraph said.
What I don't suggest doing is flipping ahead and figuring out the paragraph immediately. It's so much cooler when you finish the book, read the paragraph, and let everything come full circle.
(Wow I used "cool" a lot ahaha.)
I'll get into my thoughts in a second but... Just LOOK at how pretty!
|I already featured these on my blog but there's never enough pictures of this book.|
As for the actual story, I really enjoyed it!
The story kept me interested and there was a diverse cast of characters. (And the MC was Asian which is fabulous because there's not nearly enough Asian MC's in YA.)
Speaking of MC's....
The main character, Sefia, was a pretty solid MC. She was fierce, strong, and she had some pretty cool magical abilities. What was also great about Sefia's character? She wasn't boy crazy. Though she did express feelings for out other MC, Archer, their relationship wasn't annoying. Actually, for 99.9% of the time they're just best friends. (Super freaking adorable best friends.)
It was super refreshing to have a character that's not obsessing over their love interest the entire book. (Since this seems to be a trend in YA nowadays.)
Like I mentioned before the cast of characters was super diverse, especially personality-wise. We have characters who are serious, villainous, comedic, friendly, and hardened by their pasts'.
It was interesting to see how everyone interacted with each other. (The character dynamics were fantastic.)
I'll admit, I was confused at some points. There were a few POV switches that weren't consistent, which kind of threw me off.
The cast of characters was really diverse which also means there were a boat load of characters in the story. After the first 150 pages the story, and the POV/story changes, become easier to understand.
Before I start wrapping things up I'd like to add that I was singing, "Who lives, who dies, who tell your story" from the Hamilton soundtrack during the last portion of the book. (If you've read the book & if you've listed to Hamilton you'll understand ;)
In conclusion, I definitely enjoyed The Reader and if you have any interest whatsoever you should pick it up!
However, it may not be the book for you if you have trouble getting through anything besides contemporary books.
"'What I mean is, we're free. We choose what we want to do and who we want to be. Sometimes you gotta fight hard for it, but it's worth it, to choose for yourself.'"
I would recommend this book to people who like easy-to-understand magic systems and magical pirate adventures.
Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!