Friday, 5 February 2016

I have never read one of Richelle Meads books before, which mostly has to do with the fact that she's written books such as Bloodlines and Vampire Academy which aren't aren't really my kind of book. However considering how much hype there was surrounding this book and the fact that it's not about vampires I decided I would pick it up (also the fact that it supposedly had some Chinese folklore in it), and I'm so glad I did. Richelle's writing is amazing, it flows beautifully and her descriptions of sound were so creative! I've never actually thought of how one would describe sound to someone who is deaf. I've thought about how to explain colour but never sound and I don't know why. It was really fun to read the sections of story in which Fei, the main character, wakes up to discover she can hear sound for the first time in her life.

Unfortunately I didn't feel all that connected to the characters which I can only put down to the length of the book. Soundless is a fairly short, standalone, fantasy novel, meaning a lot of world building and character development had to be compressed in to a very short space of time. I think this book is a great standalone however I would've liked it to have been a little longer just so that I could learn more about the world and the characters.

One thing that really disappointed me was the lack of Chinese folklore as it was one of the reasons why I bought this book. Aside from the Chinese names and the fashion described as well as one creature mentioned it was basically just your normal fantasy novel with a really interesting plot so if the folklore is the only reason your interested in reading 'Soundless' then I wouldn't if I were you. 

Despite this, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of fantasy novels but doesn't want to get stuck reading another series because let's face it, we don't always have enough time, or money to read 50 bajillion series.

If you have read 'Soundless' then leave a comment letting me know what you thought about it. If you liked it which part was your favourite? If you didn't like it what didn't you like?
Someone please just talk to me about the book because the ending left me with so many questions it's sad. Honestly I could probably write a whole post revolving around the questions the ending left me with and then a whole other for all my silly possible answers to those questions.

What book should I read next?

Till next time,
Erin xoxo.

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