Tuesday, March 08, 2022

#BookReview @jhouserwrites #Giveaway: Seeder Shadow Wars (Seeder Wars #1) by J. Houser


Avoiding assassination wasn’t on Mel’s to-do list for her junior year. Learning she wasn’t human hadn’t made the list, either.

An only child with overprotective parents, Melody Walters just wants a drama-free year—and to be able to date. She gains the interest of more than one suitor, but doesn’t realize any one of them could be an enemy on the hunt. For her, the dating scene could prove deadly.

Mel discovers she’s a member of a botanical race, forced to hide their daughters in the human world until they mature enough for their powers to bloom. Something goes wrong with her blooming process, breaking her cover and jeopardizing the lives of her protectors and the large family she’d never known about.

With the enemy threat ever-looming, in a rush to master her new powers before she’s stranded in the human world forever, Mel struggles to decide who she can trust and if the sacrifice being asked of her is too great.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: To start parts of this was a tad confusing but I have come to expect that from fantasy titles.  The writing felt more like a very high middle grade novel and low young adult.  Which I don't generally read but even that fit the story well. The world building was spot on for other titles Ive read.  I think the author did a great job with bringing this world and story to life.  I liked Mel and I think I will check out book two and three.  This book gave us your average teenager in high school set into a fantasy world.  I felt that for the most part it felt believable and was a fun read. 

From the Author

EXCERPT***He gingerly moved a few wisps of hair from her face, frowning. "You don't look much better."

She lifted a hand and flapped it at him. "Stop it, you're making me blush."

He grabbed her hand, kissing it. "Where should I put these flowers?"

She looked around the room for a good spot. But what would she say if her parents asked how flowers mysteriously appeared out of thin air while they were gone? She gestured with her hand again. "Upstairs, first door on the left. You can leave them on my dresser."

He wore a cat-that-ate-the-canary grin. "You're inviting me into your bedroom? You move quick. I'm not sure I'm that kind of guy." He batted his lashes.

She squinted, acknowledging his playful banter. "You're killing me."

He kissed her hand again. "No killing today." Standing up, he took the vase up to her room and returned with two glasses of water from the kitchen. "Hydration is important, drink up."

Sitting up, she accepted a glass as he took a seat next to her.

Mel downed three-fourths of the water and pointed to the TV. "If you stay, you have to watch a chick-flick with me."

He motioned his head to have her move closer to him. She set her glass down on the coffee table and obliged, being wrapped in his arms, laying her head on his shoulder. They'd barely even started anything between them, but it felt natural to be with him.

Ten minutes into watching the movie, he whispered in her ear, "You don't think it's anything contagious, right?"

"I don't know..." She moved her head to look at him.

He studied her eyes. "I'm going to assume it's not. I'd hate to catch something if you decided you wanted to kiss."

Her cheeks flushed red. "Is that your way of asking?"

"It depends, is that your way of saying yes?"

She glanced at his lips. Just lying there in his arms, for those few minutes, had helped calm her. She appreciated that he wasn't too shy to ask, and not so bold as to launch at her face without invitation. She gazed into his eyes, sharing a look of wanting.

Mel leaned in and closed her eyes. His soft lips caressed hers with a couple of sweet, slow kisses.

About the Author

J. Houser has spent most of her life in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Her second language is Polish and she uses neither her A.A.S. in Culinary Arts nor her B.S. in University Studies. Instead, she takes snippets of dreams and a lot of 'what-ifs, ' and is feverishly working toward her goal of being a multi-genre hybrid author. She's a firm lover of both Jane Austen and Stargate, and currently resides with her lovable fur-child, Mia. JHouserWrites.com  --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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