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Seduction (Reincarnationist #5)

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From the author of The Book of Lost Fragrances comes a haunting novel about a grieving woman who discovers the lost journal of novelist Victor Hugo, awakening a mystery that spans centuries.

In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, Hugo began participating in hundreds of séances to reestablish contact with her. In the proc
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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May 12, 2013 Dem rated it really liked it
Seduction by M J Rose is certainly a novel of suspense. The story is set in the past and the present and is a story of reincarnation and mythology. This is out of my normal comfort zone and after seeing the beautiful cover of this book I was intrigued. I am happy to say I continued to be intrigued as I turned the pages of this Novel. I believe this is a sequel to The book of Lost Fragrances which I have not read but I didnt feel at a disadvantage having not read it and was able to establish a co ...more
May 01, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in past lives, reincarnation, a sensual reading experience
Recommended to Katy by: M.J. Rose
Book Info: Genre: Paranormal
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: People who like a reading experience that is sensual, with beautiful language, paranormal, romantic fiction, those interested in past lives and reincarnation
Book Available: May 7, 2013 in hardcover, Kindle and Audiobook formats; find out how to receive swag if you preorder a hardcover by following this link (where formatting allowed)
Trigger Warnings: attempted murder, human sacrifice

My Thoughts: From the first line, “Every story be
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
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Jac L’Etoile has returned to the States from France, leaving behind the love of her life, Griffin North, and facing an uncertain future in terms of lost motivation and a lack of direction. In Connecticut, her old therapist and mentor, Malachai, shows her the secret and ancient rock formations on his family's estate that appear to be Celtic; the revelation helps jolt Jac out of her fugue, but more so does the letter she discovers Malachai has been hiding from her, a letter fro
I have not read any of M.J. Rose before and she now has a new fan. What an interesting and intense premise for a story, one I’ve not quite read. There are so many wonderful characters in this story. One of them being Victor Hugo. An author who lived in the nineteenth century. All I really knew about him was his extraordinary talent for storytelling and have read several of his novels. This tale gives you a look into his personal life. His daughter lost her life and I believe he was always haunt ...more
Feb 19, 2013 Debi rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through Good Reads and when it arrived I questioned my reasons for wanting it. Yes, it was presented as historical fiction about Victor Hugo but what I failed to see was it is part of a series that deals with reincarnations and the devil. But I made a commitment to read the book and review it and I’m glad I did.
There is an awful lot happening here. Victor Hugo plays a small part of the story, almost like a supporting actor. The death of his daughter, use of drugs and popularity o
Feb 14, 2013 Suzanne rated it did not like it
I was offered an advance review copy of this novel, which enticed me with the publisher’s description:

…a haunting novel about a grieving woman who discovers the lost letters of novelist Victor Hugo, awakening a mystery that spans centuries.

When I received the book, I discovered that it is one of a series, in which the author explores seánces, reincarnation and the supernatural world. Frankly, this isn’t really my cup of tea, but I did resolve to give it a try. When I got to the part about con
Andrea Guy
Seduction brings back some of the characters that you met when reading M.J. Rose's last novel The Book Of Lost Fragrances, so there will be some familiar faces here, especially for those of us that have been reading The Reincarnationist Series. (These books can be read as stand alone novels, but I think in this case, it might be helpful if you had read the previous book in the series)

This book, like the others in this series, blends past and present beautifully, bringing the life of Victor Hugo
Judith Starkston
May 07, 2013 Judith Starkston rated it really liked it
M.J. Rose’s Seduction moves between the haunted world of Victor Hugo in 1855 on the Isle of Jersey after the death of his daughter and the equally problematic life of Rose’s modern heroine, Jac L’Etoile, a mythologist and innately talented perfumer with a tragic past. The book opens with news of the drowning of Hugo’s daughter, Didine, and subsequent attempts to contact her through séances. Hugo, the great French rationalist and defender of secular justice, becomes obsessed with the dead, even t ...more
Apr 02, 2013 MartyAnne rated it it was amazing
I don't believe in saving 5 stars as if no book is worthy. I use 5 stars here because this book masterfully took me on a journey I was completely a participant in, and it blew me away.

I was lucky enough to be able to read a pre-release copy of SEDUCTION. I was excited, because M.J. Rose has never let me down. She is an incredibly talented writer. I enjoy the Reincarnationist series, and SEDUCTION follows the previous in the series, THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES. The character of Jac L'Etoile is i
Amy Lignor
Jan 22, 2013 Amy Lignor rated it it was amazing
The unprecedented talent of this particular writer enthralled readers with, “The Book of Lost Fragrances.” With this new offering, readers will literally fall off their chairs.

It is the mid-1800’s in Jersey - the Channel Islands - where Victor Hugo (the author of Le Miserables), is experiencing a horrific twist in his life. The loss of his beloved daughter causes his wife to turn toward a world of séances, attempting to ‘call’ souls back from the dead. Although not actually believing in this pow
Apr 22, 2015 Morgannah rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by M.J. Rose and I realized about 1/3 of the way into it that it was the 5th book in a series.
I didn't care.
This book centers around a lady mythologist, which I also claim to be, and perfume, and reincarnation, and Victor Hugo.
Ms. Rose, did you write this book just for me?
This was an absolutely lovely surprise and it drew me out of a month long reading slump.
Apr 18, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
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Is it possible to be intoxicated by the written word? I don't know that I'd given the idea much thought before reading M.J. Rose's Seduction, but afterward I'm inclined to say it is.

Few authors have as distinct a writing style as Rose, at least in my experience. Her narrative is heavy, though like a heady perfume, it reveals a beautiful array of notes the longer it is allowed to breathe. From the fir
Paula Cappa
Jun 13, 2013 Paula Cappa rated it really liked it
MJ Rose is a talented writer and this book certainly lives up to her reputation. The story is quite complicated with so many story lines. I think I would have loved just a purely historical fiction of Hugo, his family,the spiritualism, and Old Lucifer himself because that is really where the suspense and seduction take place. I cared less for the Jac storyline to be honest but I can see how Rose wanted to bring the story into modern day. The book is atmospheric and suspenseful all the way throug ...more
May 14, 2013 Marg rated it liked it
I am going to start with a huge disclaimer about my review of this book. I didn't enjoy this as much as I expected, mainly because it wasn't the book I expected to read.

To be honest, that is my own fault. I have read a number of M J Rose's books before and liked them well enough, but after reading the third book in her Reincarnationist series I decided that was enough for me. It's not that I didn't enjoy the books I read but thrillers aren't really my thing and I am not invested in the paranorma
May 14, 2013 Yodamom rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This story tells of three families, torn and beaten through different times connected through a twisted thread. They are set to relive the horrors of the past.
The story of Victor Hugo's life quest to contact his departed daughter through seances was a fascinating look into his obsession/madness. His need to reunite with her nearly cost him his very soul. His parties became famous, everyone wanted a chance to talk with the dead. He was a dark man, with a heartache that crushed him. But did his te
Jan 13, 2013 Naomi rated it it was amazing
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My opinion: The Reincarnationist series is one of my favorite series. I have said before that Ms. Rose is a master of writing within multiple genres including very light horror. I think the author disagreed with me on this, but this series is what I talk about when I say that. I don't feel that this book classifies as a thriller. The breadth of what Seduction is deeper than your everday thriller and presents itself as chilling down to the spine.

Aug 29, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
The title of this novel is suggestive of a book of romance, but the "seduction" that plays out in the lives of the characters is a much more powerful seductress than love. The controversial belief in reincarnation and its connection to past lives and troubled memories provides a maze which must be navigated in order to answer questions crucial to the present-day lives and sanity of two tortured misfits who possess unusual insights into times before they existed. The island of Jersey in the Chann ...more
May 14, 2013 Serena rated it really liked it
Seduction by M.J. Rose shifts from the present day to the 1850s as Jac E’Toile uncovers more of her family and Malachai’s secrets, as well as the connections to seances, the Druids, and reincarnation. Memories and past lives cricle in on themselves revealing bit by bit how entwined Jac’s life is with Theo Gaspard, the man who invites her to the Isle of Jersey to research the island’s Celtic roots. In the process, readers see a side of Victor Hugo they may not have heard of before, a side that ha ...more
Shaz Goodwin
May 17, 2013 Shaz Goodwin rated it really liked it
Having read The Book of Lost Fragrances in March 2012, when I saw Seduction on Netgalley I couldn’t resist! I was looking forward to getting involved in Jac’s life once more.

Seduction (The Reincarnationist #5) is told in two timelines. We spend time in the mid 1850’s with Victor Hugo and in the present time with Jac.

We begin in 1843. While Victor Hugo is on holiday with his mistress, he reads about the death of his daughter Leopoldine. Then in 1855 he is on his self-imposed political exile in Je
Angela Lynn Holland
Apr 16, 2015 Angela Lynn Holland rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of M.J. Rose's books and this one did not disappoint me in one bit. The suspense had me with my nose in the book until the wee hours of the morning and only then did I stop because I had to sleep. This book is full of suspense and intrigue.

I like how M.J. takes a historic novelist and weaves a spellbinding story of his life. Can you imagine what it was like for him to lose his daughter due to drowning, he must have been devistated and then he start taking part in seances and claims he
Probably one of the most interesting premises that I’ve read in awhile, Seduction gives us not only an inside look into the secret life of Victor Hugo, but an indepth study on reincarnation. Seduction tells the story from three view points: One in the 1800’s (Hugo’s diary), one from an ancient Druid clan, and one in the modern day.

The title is very apt. The writing is sweeping and ethereal. It seduces your senses to a point where Hugo, Owain, Jac and Theo are all you can think about. Their lives
May 10, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it
After hearing of his daughter’s death, Victor Hugo starts communicating with the dead. Hoping to bring him closer to his daughter. However the dead are not just satisfied with talking. They want more. Particularly one known as the Shadow of the Sepulcher.

Jac is contacted by a friend. Her friend has found some Celtic ruins. Jac travels to the Isle of Jersey. There Jac uncovers the secret behind who the Shadow of the Sepulcher was and what he wanted with Victor.

It was great to see Jac again who a

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Anatomy of seduction from Wikipedia: seduction is the process of deliberately enticing a person, to lead astray, as from duty, rectitude, or the like; to corrupt, to persuade or induce to engage in sexual behavior. When the past and the present combine to create the power of seduction, often lives collide.

In Seduction by M.J.Rose, we learn a great deal about the novelist Victor Hugo, an author from the early 1800’s who lost his daughter to drowning. Unable to cope wi
The Lit Bitch
Apr 01, 2013 The Lit Bitch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

This isn’t just a tale of historic fiction– it’s a novel with a unique blend of the paranormal, romance, mystery, and psychology.

When I read this book, I really got the sense that I was reading something different and unique. I loved how Rose uses scent as a catalyst for past lives and reincarnation….what a different concept!

I really liked the mix of Jungian theory, reincarnation, mystery, suspense, and historic fiction. What this novel lacked in character development it made up for i
Jul 16, 2013 kathy rated it really liked it
Very interesting story line. Actually three stories woven together in different time periods. I enjoyed the book a lot! A bit slow at times but richly written. Got a feel for the history during each time period. And the characters were well developed.
Apr 13, 2014 Janellyn51 rated it really liked it
I wish that the title of this book wasn't Seduction...I read a lot in public and found it embarrassing. I suppose that it is about seduction, or more apt, temptation. Victor Hugo in exile on Jersey Island, the Celts, and reincarnation is what it's really about. I find reincarnation an intriguing topic. I have been told I'm a very old soul. I've heard it said that you retain talents from past lives, and that makes sense to me. I think that in addition to talents, you also retain baggage, and neur ...more
Lynn Cullen
May 27, 2013 Lynn Cullen rated it it was amazing
A sweeping magic carpet ride of a read, with a gripping story, compelling, believable characters, and fascinating lore. M.J. Rose is a bold and powerful storyteller.
Mitch Duckworth
Apr 12, 2014 Mitch Duckworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I read it at a leisurely pace, I enjoyed the novel, and I'm hopeful to read more efforts from M.J. Rose. In tis case, the Jersey locations in the Channel Islands, the contemporary characters unknowingly engaged with characters from another time, including Victor Hugo, were absorbing, and a great diversion from the demands of my mundane world. The title Seduction may seem a tad misleading for some readers; the only sex is a bit of sexual tension and an air of romance that one breathes in ...more
Colleen Turner
Feb 20, 2014 Colleen Turner rated it really liked it
Having read and enjoyed The Book of Lost Fragrances and having received The Collector of Dying Breaths to read for review I thought I should try to squeeze this book in so I didn't miss any pertinent part of Jac L'Etoile's story progression. And I am so glad I did! The word "atmospheric" seems to have been created for M.J. Rose's novels as her stories just drip with atmosphere and mood. Every emotion plays through her characters and can be felt by the reader. Especially, in this case, pervasive ...more
Michelle (True Book Addict)
M.J. Rose continues to feed my fascination with reincarnation and history in this the fifth book in the Reincarnationist series. Combining the two once again into a novel that I think might be her best yet, Rose takes us this time into the world of seances.

Victor Hugo, famed novelist of Les Miserables, among others, is a prominent character in Seduction. When he loses his daughter to drowning, ten years later he still finds that he has not moved past her loss. He begins participating in seances
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M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice… books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and re
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Reincarnationist (6 books)
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