Review: Word and Breath by Susannah Noel

Name of book: Word and Breath (Wordless Chronicles #1)
Author: Susannah Noel
Publication: August 31st 2012
Genre: YA Dystopian Romance
Source: Provided by the kind author...

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 Rating --

-- My Thoughts --

     I received this book for review, about two week ago. I rarely start review copies this early but this book really WAS something. I loved how the blurb didn't give up too much on the story-line but still intrigued me. And I also ADORE the cover. The font fades nicely with the background. I finished it in only two settings, and I loved it!
    Rianna is a reader, one of the very few people who can still read in the Union (her country). She has always lived a normal life, all centered around taking care of her younger sister. One day, she meets a mysterious, gorgeous man named Mikel. She is not the type to be fooled, and she knows that Mikel has his secrets. But when her sister is kidnapped, Rianna will do anything to get her back, even if it means trusting Mikel. When she can't help but fall for him...
    Through a series of events, Rianna realizes that the Union government, The Front (a group of rebels), and The Zelliotes (another group of rebels) want her for very different reasons. She has to choose which one to side with, the sooner the better. While searching for her sister, Rianna has to balance two men who would do the impossible to win her heart.
     Who has kidnapped Rianna's sister? Will Rianna be able to get her back? Why are The Union, The Front, and The Zelliotes so interested in her? And who will finally win her heart? Find out much more when you read the exhilarating, romantic, Word & Breath. A story of trust, love, and well-buried secrets.
     I LOVED this book. I have never heard of the author, and I don't know if this is her debut. But if it it, then it's SUPERB! Susannah Noel has a beautiful writing style, it's lyrical, simple, and lovely.

"She was wearing her braids again, and they bounced around her shoulders as she moved with the horse. She had a pretty good seat, for just having ridden two weeks, and she was grinning in a way that made him smile. The sun glinted off her brown hair, and he could hear her laughter drifting over to him with the breeze."

     Yeah, her descriptions are wonderful! Although the book was in 3rd person, I enjoyed it VERY much! I was supposed to hate love triangles  but this one was so beautiful, that I didn't care anyway. Rianna is a believable character, and I totally loved her. Mikel is the ultimate swoon-worthy guy. Oh my, I get goosebumps when I think of him. Conner is sweet, kind and protective, I liked him even more that Mikel! All of the secondary characters have their own background stories and motives.
     The only complain is that it was a little slow at the beginning, but then the pace sped up! If you want an enjoyable, thought-provoking read that will make you think about the true values of a society, then Word and Breath is the ONE. I couldn't put this book down, and I don't regret a moment spend reading it...


  1. Great review! I really want to read this now and am adding this to my to read list.

  2. The book sounds SUPER good! I love the idea of readers and soul-breathers!
    I havent heard of this author or even of this book before right now, But I have to go add it to my TBR list asap.
    Only downside i forsee- i dont normally enjoy 3rd person books.

    1. It's a pretty good book, I liked it a lot.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Oh wow this sounds really good. I also often have a hard time with 3rd person so it's good to see this one was a hit regardless. I love books about kidnappings so I'll definitely be checking this one out! Great review!

    1. This book is really good, although the romance is the heart of the story, not the kidnapping.
      Thank you for stopping by, Giselle!

  4. This sounds like a really good read I'm glad I got a copy of this one! Great review!!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  5. Great review! Adding this to my TBR pile.

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