Saturday, 6 February 2016

Book Review - Soundless by Richelle Mead


Author: Richelle Mead

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Retelling. 

Published: November 12 2015

Pages: 267 pages (Paperback) (Puffin)

Read: January 9 2016 - January 13 2016

Rating: 4 Stars

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village. Her people are at the mercy of a mysterious faraway kingdom, which delivers food in return for precious metals mined from the treacherous cliffs surrounding them.

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

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

Book 3/65 - 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge

Soundless is Richelle Mead's new standalone fantasy novel. It is based on a Japanese folklore story and centers around a village, isolated at the top of a mountain whose people have lost their sense of hearing for a number of generations but now they are beginning to lose their sense of sight too. But this stories revolves around Fei, who can suddenly begin hearing again.

I really enjoyed this story. Richelle Mead is an amazing storyteller. I was addicted to her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series and was obviously really excited to read Soundless because of my love for both her series. There is just something about the way she writes that brings a story to life. You can vividly imagine yourself in the world she creates. You can see the characters come to life and appear in front of you as if they are truly real. And Richelle Mead didn't disappoint in this aspect with Soundless.

I really liked Fei. She was a great main character and I enjoyed seeing her stand up and grow within this story. The secondary characters in this book were also magnificent. I loved the character of Fei's love interest (yes, alright, right now I can't remember names and that might seem bad but trust me I always had a problem with remembering names and because they are Japanese based, that made remembering them harder too.)

The story was magnificent too. I enjoyed the plot and the way the story twisted. I felt though that this book was way to short! Especially for a fantasy novel. I would have liked a lot of more world building. Japan is such a beautiful country and wanted that beauty explained to me more especially since they lived on the top of a mountain, I also thought that the story ended a bit too smoothly. It was like everything just landed perfectly. But other than those two faults, I enjoyed reading this book so much.

I am really excited to read more by Richelle Mead as I'm sure you all know. And with The Glittering Court coming out later this year, you can assume how excited I am!

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