Monday, 9 November 2015

ARC Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead

Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 272
Publisher: Razorbill
Expected Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Received from: Publisher:
Status: Standalone

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore. 

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. 

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever..

Soundless by Richelle Mead was a wonderful and refreshing story that makes you really disappointed that this book is only a standalone and not one of her many enjoyable series. However, Soundless really was unique, and stood out on its own, which made me pretty content with the fact that it is just a standalone.

I've been re-reading all of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, ever since I finished this novel; it made me long and ache for more of her stories, and made me remember why I started reading YA novels after my post-Twilight disorder (yes, I was one of those readers).

Fei is a wonderful character: strong, driven, and loyal, yet disciplined and very compassionate. She has all the qualities that make Mead's other characters stand out, but what makes her unique is that she can't hear, and often with Mead's characters, their weaknesses are intangible, like a spirit bond or a bad self image. Of course, Fei had her own inner turmoil, but having that inability on top of that when you have to go out and save lives... well, it gets difficult.

While I did enjoy the story for the most part, and the characters were great, I felt like there was something missing. I really don't want to compare these characters to her characters in VA or BL, since those characters grow in a span of 6 novels each, but there was a lacking quality- an extra punch that I felt like could've drove this story home. 

Regardless, this story was great. I throughly enjoyed it, and like how Mead stepped into some Chinese folklore for this novel; it was well written, and really easy to read!

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