Soundless

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“Our village came to terms with silence when our ancestors lost their hearing generations ago for unknown reasons, but being plunged into darkness? That’s a fate that scares us all.”

Title: Soundless

Author: Richelle Mead

Series: Standalone

Publication: November 10th 2015 by Razorbill

Pages: 272

Source: Publisher at ALA Annual

Summary from Goodreads:

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…

My Thoughts:

Richelle Mead is queen. I’ve said it before and I will say it over and over again. Vampire Academy, Bloodlines, Succubus Blues, Dark Swan, Gameboard of the Gods… each and every story she has created is full of life, laughter, and heartbreak. Soundless was no exception. Sure there were things that could have been better and things that I did not like, but the overall power of Mead’s writing was still there – and it was breathtaking.

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Soundless is about a village that rests up on top of a mountain. Fei, and all the other villagers, know only what the people before them knew. They are at the mercy of the line keeper, the man who sends them rations of food in exchange for precious metals. People in the village are beginning to lose their sight, even Fei’s sister, and with each passing day more and more people are falling ill. Their output to the line keeper slowly dwindles, and he responds in kind. One day, the line keeper withholds the supply as punishment – and soon cuts them off all together. Fei, a miraculous girl who regains her hearing, must work together with her childhood friend Lei Wei to save their village before they plunge into darkness and starvation.
Richelle Mead has this amazing power over me. I don’t know what it is – but each and every book strikes me to the core. Ever since Shadow Kiss, the third Vampire Academy novel, I’ve been obsessed with her style. Her characters are always so original and multidimensional – they are never the same. Rose Hathaway, Sydney Sage, Mae Koskinen, and now Fei. All of them have their own quirks, ticks, and overall demeanor. Fei is calm, levelheaded, and an artist. But, she also isn’t afraid to be adventurous – say, like scaling down the mountain to bring food back to her family. Fei is tough and willing to stand up for what she believes in, but she is also vulnerable, terrified, and unsure of how her actions will affect the village as a whole. She had a compelling voice, especially when she begins to regain her hearing.
Describing sound when a character has no idea what sound is, is no easy task. Mead handles it with grace and poise, as she does with everything else she tackles. The realization of sound, the process of trying to name the different noises – it was both intriguing and mind blowing. I’d never read a book like that before, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
The story itself, once again as it is with all of Mead’s novels, was fantastic. The narrative mode was captivating, the mythology was fresh and innovative, the relationships between the characters was believable, and most of all – the romance was swoon worthy. I have to admit, the fact that the romantic interest was already introduced and they already had a past was very well done. I haven’t read many Young Adult books that go about the romance that way – but it was very well done. Lei Wei… I love him, yup, I said it. He was amazing, kind, gentle, and he wasn’t afraid to fight in order to get what needed to be done, done. He was tender with Fei, but he also pushed her to be and do better.
There were some minor issues, but it mostly has to do with the ending. It felt too perfect and too rushed. I’m so used to these long, drawn out and complicated webs of plot that Mead crafts over the course of a series – so the resolution in this standalone was a little too polished for my liking. Like, no one died guys. What sorcery is this? But, anyway, I don’t think my issues would have been issues if the book was just a little longer. I think the ending needed some more space to sort itself out.
Overall, Soundless was the wild ride I was expecting and so much more. The story is beautiful, the setting is exquisite, and the characters will tug at all of your little heartstrings while they fight for what is best for their entire village. This was unlike anything else I’ve read by Mead, though at the same time, it still carried all of the little touches I have come to expect from her. Soundless did not disappoint. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a little bit of fun and new mythology in your life.

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Forget Tomorrow

“In Eden City, your future memory is your biggest recommendation. More than your grades, more than your credit history. Because your memory is more than a predictor. It’s a guarantee. “

Title: Forget Tomorrow

Author: Pintip Dunn

Series: Forget Tomorrow # 1

Publication: November 3rd 2015 by Entangled Teen

Pages: 400

Source: Publisher

Summary from Goodreads:

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.

My Thoughts:

Thank the lord! I have finally broken free of my bad book streak when I cracked this gem open. Forget Tomorrow, while being exactly like every other dystopian young adult book ever, was a thrilling ride about the meaning of fate.
Pintip Dunn has created a world we have seen many times before, I mean – these people even have to sit in a shiny chair to receive their “future memory” in order to know where they belong in society. *cough* Divergent *cough* I mean, seriously. This one girl is basically the chosen one because of her strange mental powers and, because of them, she is the key to unlocking this top secret government thingy. DIVERGENT!
Ignoring that little tidbit above, Forget Tomorrow truly was entertaining. It had an interesting, though overused, premise. The characters were interesting and mostly well developed. But, most of all, the book was about Callie’s relationship with her little sister. Sure there is romance and what not, but this book operates almost solely on the fact that Callie wants to protect Jessa – and it was beautiful. That’s not to say that there isn’t swoon worthy romance, because there is – it wouldn’t be Entangled Teen without it, but it doesn’t play a main part in the book – at least not to the same scale.
So, we open up right before Callie’s birthday – the day she will receive her future memory. These memories basically rule the entire society. You could want to be the greatest author there ever was and you could be an amazing writer, but if your memory shows you doing anything but that – that is where you are forced to go. Callie wants to be a chef, a manual chef to be exact (everything is made in this high tech future machine thingy that I can’t remember the name of). But, when Callie receives her memory – she sees herself murder her sister. Yupp, that’s right. Sweet little Callie who only wants to protect and love on Jessa, kills her – at least according to her future memory. You see where this is going, right? Basically, she turns herself in (shocking) and spends a few weeks in prison listening to and seeing horrible things. But then, one day Logan breaks her out. Logan is both her childhood somewhat friend and the local hunk of this book. So, Logan and Callie escape the facility and then make a run for this so called safe haven out in the woods… a lot of other shit goes down, more Divergentness ensues. The ending! Oh my god the ending of this book is a total rip off, grrr. But, I still liked it – it still tore my heart into a million little pieces because I completely understand why she did what she did and I know that I would do the exact same thing. If you’ve read it, you know exactly what I’m talking about and exactly why it is identical to Allegiant.
Callie was a good main character, I’ll give Dunn that. She was kind and gentle, but she also wasn’t afraid to throw down to get stuff done. She is literally driven by her need to protect Jessa, which is something I really identified with. She was somewhat aloof, though. Like, she would suddenly make a huge, life changing decision out of nowhere with no build up to it – or she would completely contradict herself. This was mostly true when it came to Logan, there was a lot of stuff going on with Logan – not all of it good. They had their swoony moments, but mostly, it was her trying to avoid him for the greater good and it just pissed me off. Like, if I were him, I wouldn’t put up with all of her crap.
Also, the romance. I couldn’t get into it. There were moments, like I said, where I really felt connected to Callie and Logan’s relationship. But, the pacing was way off. Things happen way too fast throughout the majority of this book. It was one of my biggest issues really, besides the fact that this is a rewritten version of Divergent. There was a lot of stuff going on and not enough space to cram it all into; in the end it just felt rushed which really took away from the overall experience. I wanted to see Callie emotionally wrestle with herself more, I wanted to see more description of what was going on. I don’t mind solid action, but when trying to send a message with that action a little more explanation is needed. It wasn’t strong enough on its own.
Overall, despite my issues, Forget Tomorrow was an entertaining escape from reality. Honestly, I really did enjoy it. I loved the family aspect, I loved how willing Callie was to do what was necessary, and I love the whole idea of fate against free will. This book explored it in a new way, I’ll give it that. If you’re looking for an exciting read, or if you just love Dystopian books as much as I do, I do highly recommend you read this. Dig a little deeper and go past the surface layers, you’ll find this book is saying much more than you originally thought.

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Seasons of Book Blogging Tag

Hola` my fellow book lovers!

I come to you today as a victim of another glorious game of book tag (Just kidding, you know I love it ; D). The lovely Jordyn over at J.Bookish has both created a new tag and completed it herself.If you haven’t already, you really should be following her. Not only are her posts beautifully constructed and written, but they’re hilarious and informative as well.

Well, anyway. Without further ado, I bring you The Seasons of Book Blogging Tag! Dun Dun Dun…

Rules and Regulations:

  • Thank the creator and the person who tagged you.
  • Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there!
  • State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.
  • Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.. or else you’ll be “it” forever.
  • Have fun, of course!

November is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!

The person who recommended me this book was actually Christine from PolandBanana’s books over on youtube. I stumbled across her book talk one day and I fell in love with the premise – needless to say, I dove right in after that . I have a lot of other recommendations from all of my new blogging friends, I just haven’t gotten around to reading them yet (shame on me.)

December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.

Hmm… for this one I really had to think. I mean, what’s a book that most people wouldn’t have but would probably perfectly happy getting? I tried to come up with something that doesn’t get as much hype as it should – I swear, finding people (that I didn’t create of course) who love this series as much as I do is like finding a needle in a giant haystack of fangirls. The world needs more Puck and Ash in their lives, and therefore I will share this every chance that I get.

January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!

I actually, for once in my life, did make a resolution this year. I told myself that I was going to keep kicking ass in school. I was going to work, do all of my homework, and keep myself on the dean’s list – and damn if I’m not proud of myself for sticking with it.

February is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!

Not only is this one of my favorite series of all time, it is also one of my favorite books about friendship. I know, not what you were expecting right? Vampire Academy is driven solely by the relationship between Lisa and Rose. They are best friends, sisters really – and it is beautiful. Rose would do anything to protect Lisa and visa versa. They have such a complex, raw relationship and I’ve never read anything like it. Sure there are romantic interests for both of them * cough* Dimitri and Christian *cough*, but romance is never the main plot point.

March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.

Without a doubt, I would love to reread The Hunger Games with fresh eyes. I plan on rereading them again anyway, especially because the last movie comes out tomorrow. This series is dear to my heart and it always will be. May the odds be ever in your favor.

April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.

Hmm… with this one, I was torn between two options. Both Black Widow and A Thousand Nights were extremely hyped books that basically made me want to stick needles in my eyes. I can’t even think about how much I hate them without wanting to vomit or something.

May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.

Definitely The One Thing by Marci Lynn Curtis. I wasn’t expecting much out of this book, especially considering I had been in a rut of bad ones – but it completely blew me away. This book was beautiful.. and Ben.. oh goodness, that little boy was so damn cute.

June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.

When I just want to check out? Well, I either will binge watch television or movies – or I’ll go back and reread Twilight. Yupp.. you heard me. I just said the T word.

July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks. (Figuratively. Please don’t light books on fire.)

First I had to figure our what was meant by fireworks, so I went with the typical fireworks when you kiss someone. I took fireworks to mean something hot, steamy, and swoonworthy where the characters had amazing chemistry (aka. fireworks.) Now, Wait for You is neither Young Adult nor something I would normally read – but holy hell it was worth it. If you’re looking to try New Adult books, I recommend this series whole heartedly. The fact that Jennifer L. Armentrout wrote this has nothing to do with it (I’m lying).

July is also my birthday month, which means I have to pick the best birthday gift I’ve ever had. You guys want the truth? The best birthday gift I’ve ever had is spending time with my entire family. I honestly don’t care about material things, especially now that I am away at school. More than half of the time, all I want is to go home.

August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.

Ohh… this is hard. I’ve read so many amazing books this year, but when it comes to this I think I am going to have to pick Leigh Bardugo.. Six of Crows guys… ugh. That book is deadly.

September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.

Wait, what if I don’t have one? Technically, I really don’t have a book I’ve read for school that I have enjoyed. I pretty much hate all of the books I’ve read, still do, too. What I did enjoy, though, was reading Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. Not technically books, but still school reading.

October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween.

Well, I’m about to be very stereotypical. I really want to dress up as Katniss Everdeen guys! Come on, like… the bow, the braid… the badass boots. I’ve wanted to dress up as her since I read the books. BUT! I want to dress up as the Mockingjay.. all black baby.

That’s all folks!

I tag:

Maria from Marwhal Read

Emma from Emma the Book Lover

Lydia from 22 is still young adult

Fantasy Angel from Avid Reader

Parneet from The Enchanted Book

Jess from Princesscia of Books

Tasha from Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books

Summer from Xingsings

Always Opinionated Book Girl

Eve from Twist in the Tale


Waiting On Wednesday # 10

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released.

This weeks Waiting On Wednesday is Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan!

Publication: February 9th 2016 by Harper Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.

I am stupidly excited for this book. I am a huge Sophie Jordan fan despite how long it’s been since I’ve read any of her work (and the fact that I didn’t finish the series yet…shhh…) Shame on me. But, this sounds so cool! I love fantasy novels – especially high fantasy young adult, which seem to be multiplying ever since Throne of Glass *whistles inconspicuously* But, nevertheless, I am excited. The cover is gorgeous, the names are beautiful, and we’ve got a star-crossed romance. Count me in folks, count me in.

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Teaser Tuesday # 10

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

This weeks Teaser Tuesday is for Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn!

“Maybe you didn’t follow the rules. Maybe your future self messed up and sent the wrong memory.”

“You’ve had an atypical memory, one where you commit a Class A felony. According to FuMA law, I have to arrest you.”

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