by Richelle Mead Published by Razorbill
on November 10th 2015 Genres: Fantasy & Magic
, Legends, Myths, Fables
, Young Adult Fiction Pages:
In a village without sound…
For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so 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. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.
One girl hears a call to action…
Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.
She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…
And unlocks a power that will save her people.
The people in Fei’s isolated mountaintop village have been deaf for generations. They’re dependent on a mysterious line keeper in order to trade food for their mined metals, but soon Fei—aided by her newfound hearing and the boy she loves—sets out to discover the truth behind the only world she’s ever known.
I haven’t read a Richelle Mead book before, so she’s a new-to-me author. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Soundless, but the cover (couldn’t be any more appealing than that) and the synopsis were intriguing enough for me to pick up. I had no real expectation going in. I just wanted to read a standalone because lately, standalone fantasies are difficult to find that align with my interests (trilogies are great but I don’t always have the time nor patience).
The atmospheric setting for Soundless was beautiful. I loved the description of Fei’s home and got a good sense of the danger coming down (from the mountain) and tearing away from tradition rather than just doing what was always done because it seemed safe and the only option. Fei was the right blend of brave and reckless. Li Wei was just as admirable, a good head on his shoulders, and so caring of Fei. The romance was really good.
Soundless is by no means perfect. There were things that left me questioning certain aspects. On the mountain, there’s relatively small population that’s been stuck there for countless generations..(wouldn’t they all be related by now?), and the fact that they receive so little food for their metal (wouldn’t it be wise to give an equal value of food so that miners actually have the strength to mine? I know greed is a thing, but it’s impractical).
Overall, this was a fun book to read.
by Hillary Monahan Published by Disney Electronic Content
on September 2nd 2014 Genres: General
, Horror & Ghost Stories
, Legends, Myths, Fables
, Young Adult Pages:
There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her. Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them--Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna--must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go. A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: "Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY." A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror. Once is not enough, though--at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary's wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered. A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary--and Jess--before it's too late?
Believe it or not, I lost real sleep from reading Mary: The Summoning. Usually, it’s only movies or even those creepy word of mouth tales that do that to me. Perhaps it was because I was up really late, staying in an unfamiliar bedroom where there were so many shiny surfaces that Mary could have crawled through to mercilessly drag me into the other side. The fear and paranoia was real. So maybe read this book during the daylight hours.
We’ve all heard some version of the Bloody Mary legend and some of us may have played the summoning game at some point in our lives (although I’m too superstitious to mess with things like that). Mary: The Summoning gives us more of a background behind the mysterious entity known as Bloody Mary. What starts off as a seemingly innocent idea turns into something more sinister and dangerous. One girl is marked, the others in danger. How do you stop something from another world that’s out for blood?
The sequel Mary: Unleashed is coming out this fall. And I’m waiting impatiently.
by Michelle Krys Published by Random House Children's Books
on June 10th 2014 Genres: Legends, Myths, Fables
, Love & Romance
, New Experience
, Social Issues
, Young Adult Pages:
If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?
Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.
Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.
Well, it happened. I finally found a love interest that I actually love. Bishop was one likable character, not perfect and not even close to being a Prince Charming. He was just that guy you could be yourself with and laugh at all his suggestive jokes. He was so cute and was, in my opinion, what made this book great. Seriously, I love him. Sigh x 10000.
I liked Indigo more so at the end of the book. I felt like she did grow into a more well-rounded character. Her eyes were opened to everything that was happening around her and she found out who her true friends were, like Paige. I had a new respect for Indigo because, you know, she was just one of those popular cheerleader types in the start of all this.
While I don’t 100% get why these sorcerer dudes are still going after Indie even after what happened, I really liked the story. I cannot wait for the sequel, which is called Charmed, because I need more Bishop in my life.