Title: Word and Breath
Author: Susannah Noel
Series: Wordless Chronicles
Publisher: self published @ Create Space
Published: August 31, 2012
Pages: 336


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.


Disclaimer: This review was previously posted on Lunar Havens Reviews & Designs

First off I want to thank Susannah Noel for sending me this review copy, and for being patient with me as I read and worked on the review.When I started reading, the first page automatically grabbed my attention.

“She’d started as a Reader at age fourteen. Since then, she’d done her work quietly and well. She’d never had a bad evaluation, and she’d never gotten in trouble.

Until today.”

I was hooked from that point on, Riana Cole was raised by her grandfather who was also a Reader, a very well known Reader in fact because of his betrayal to the Union and the secret he was trying to keep…. but that will be explained later in the book. Riana lives with her sister Jannie, who is disabled, but Riana and Jannie are not quite sure what she has that enables her to have good days and bad days and requires her to be in a wheel chair. They live quiet lives just with one another’s company, but when Riana gets in trouble for letting, what the Union considers critical information slide, they put a tail on her believing she has turned against them and is in allegiance with the Librarian.

Mikel, a Soul-Breather, a person who is able to enhance feelings that are already beneath the service and basically a human lie detector, is assigned to extract information from Riana and see if she is in deed a traitor to the Union, that is all Mikel knows but as to why the Union is taking such a special interest in Riana is classified. However, as Mikel learns more about Riana he genuinely begins to care for her and develop feelings…But Mikel is not the only one who care’s for Riana as someone from her past will be coming back into her life again. Connor, a close friend, if not one of the only friend Riana ever had, finally emerges with a friend secrets coming into the light, after years of going underground, Riana will finally learn the truth as to who he really is and what it is he and so many others are trying to accomplish and let me say now why Susannah! Why! In so many ways I want Riana to realize Connor’s true feelings for her, but I also find myself swooning over Mikel! The dilemma you have left me in.

This book was quite gripping and I loved how it was able to incorporate –Paranormal, Dystopian and Romantic aspects all in one. It was the perfect mix, that was able to create a book that will have you reading until you are left with only the last page leaving you with more questions.


Be sure to stop by Susannah website > susannah-noel.com.

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