Seeder Shadow Wars, J. Houser

Poor Mel. She’s a teenager living with the strictest of parents. Her world is fairly small because of their extreme overprotectiveness. When she learns there is more to her world than she ever dreamed possible, it opens up a world of possibilities for her. As she discovers more about who she is and who The Seeders are, she learns that her life is fraught with danger. Can she learn her capabilities before it’s too late?

I was intrigued when a review request for Seeder Shadow Wars came into my inbox. I hadn’t read of a botanical race before, and I was curious about how it would unfold. I have a few minor issues with the story that I can’t fully discuss, so I don’t spoil the book. But the logistics concerning the way the daughters and sons are raised seems like a poor solution to their problems. Also, the book left me wanting. It is called Seeder Shadow Wars, but the entire book feels like a set up for future books. As it’s labeled a book 1, we can certainly expect more from author Houser.

When I look past those small issues, this is an enjoyable read. I like that Houser has created a fresh concept executed in a fun, YA format. As the reader doesn’t get to learn much about the Ivies, it will be interesting to learn about them in future books. I do hope we get to see more from Zach. He’s a great best friend for Mel; his character is full of potential. Overall, a creative and enjoyable read.

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Seeder Shadow Wars is available for preorder on Amazon for $4.99, it releases September 17th.

About the Book:

Dating and High School: Hard Enough. Now Add Assassins.

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.


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