Monday, June 15, 2015

ARC Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead

SummaryFrom 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... (Via

Pages: 266

Expected Release Date: November 10th, 2015

Rating: 5/5 Stars


When it was announced that Richelle Mead would be signing advanced copies of Soundless at BookCon this year, I told my parents I would wait six hours in line if I had to in order to get a copy of Soundless. Instead of waiting six hours, I only had to wait three hours, but Soundless was totally worth the three hour wait. After the signing, I was slightly let down because Richelle Mead would only sign the copies of The Ruby Circle we had to pay for in order to even meet her, she would not sign Soundless *cough* or even pose for pictures *cough*. If you want to hear more about that experience or my overall experience at BookCon 2015, click here to read my thoughts. 

Soundless is a beautiful book, inside and out. As usual, Richelle Mead's writing was phenomenal. Soundless' plot was extremely addictive and the Chinese culture/folktale was beautifully intricate. In many of my book reviews, I mentioned how unique the book is, but Soundless is on a another level. I really have not read anything remotely close to Soundless. I have never read anything with Chinese culture or folktales or deaf characters. Since I was unable to compare Soundless to any other books, it made the experience even better because my mind was only focused on Soundless. Having finishing Soundless, I am really interested to pick up some other books based on Chinese folktales/culture. 

Even though I had nothing to compare Soundless to, in theory, my mind kept imagining Rapunzel from Tangled in place of the main character, Fei. Since Fei lived at least 18 years without her hearing, suddenly getting it back was a magical experience. Also, Fei and Li Wei's journey to the ground was also magical since they have never stepped foot outside of their village. Since both of them were so sheltered, they are faced with a whole lot of new experiences when they reach the ground, just like Rapunzel.


I was screaming with joy when Soundless was first announced, the idea of the story was extremely intriguing and I was interested to see how Richelle Mead would approach her first standalone. I did not doubt that I would love Soundless, but I kept wondering if I would like the characters or not. The one great thing about Richelle Mead is that she wrote twelve books in the Vampire Academy world, allowing the readers to spend six books with each set of characters. After spending at least six books and a couple of years with each character, I grew really close to them and I wondered if I would have the same feelings with the characters of Soundless since I was only going to spend 266 pages with them. I should not have even asked myself that question, I really loved the characters of Soundless and I am so happy I got to join them on their crazy adventure, even if it only lasted 266 pages. 

Since Richelle Mead created her first standalone and appears to have no interest returning to the Vampire Academy world in the near future, I am interested to see where her next book goes. The only bad thing about getting an advanced copy of Soundless means I have to wait longer than most to get my hands on the next Richelle Mead book, that problem is relative though, because you guys definitely want to get your hands on Soundless as soon as you can. It is phenomenal. Although I have no idea what direction Richelle will take with her writing, all I know is that there can never be too many Richelle Mead books...

(Me, Richelle Mead)
Photo taken at BookCon 2015

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