Review – Soundless by Richelle Mead

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From 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 Beiguo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever….

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:
Describing conversations through sign language, depicting a silence that speaks more than a thousand words, making emotions resonate through it – can be a tough job for an author. But Richelle Mead managed it with an excellence that left me in awe of her writing.

As a reader, her writing made it easy for me to visualize Fei’s world, the harshness of her life and the lives of the villagers, the crippling decisions and choices all of them have to face.

Amidst this world of silence, the emotions of these people came through loud and clear. How they couldn’t even allow themselves hopes and dreams – vital elements that we can’t do without. Their fears and despair, pain and sorrow, Li Wei and Fei’s courage and strength of character, their sacrifice, their love and duty, jumped off the page.

The story came alive for me, and that’s a must-have quality for a great book.

Soundless has an interesting plot-line and excellent writing, to the point where the flow of words was a joy to read. I enjoyed this book very much.

For a first-time stand-alone, Richelle Mead did an outstanding job. Added to that, awesome cover! Highly recommended.

Regards,
S.R. McKade

Review – The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Book I In The Gunslinger (originally published in 1982), King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake. This new edition of The Gunslinger has been revised and expanded throughout by King, with new story material, in addition to a new introduction and foreword. It also includes four full-color illustrations in the hardcover and trade paperback formats.
Synopsis:    Book I
In The Gunslinger (originally published in 1982), King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake.
This new edition of The Gunslinger has been revised and expanded throughout by King, with new story material, in addition to a new introduction and foreword. It also includes four full-color illustrations in the hardcover and trade paperback formats.

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Review: 4 of 5 Stars

When I first started on the Dark Tower series some ten years ago, I had to stop at book 3 or 4 because back then, book 5 to 7 weren’t available where I lived and it was so hard to find the books I was looking for. Having an E-reader changed my life for the best – I could finally find the books I wanted – no, needed. I can’t count the number of books I’ve read since I got my Kindle. Here’s to hoping I finally make it to book 7 of the Dark Tower series.

Review
Every time I think of the Gunslinger, the image of Clint Eastwood from one of my favorite movies “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” pops into my mind. Oh, how I had my heart set on the rugged and dashing cowboy!

So that’s how Roland of Gilead, the gunslinger, looks like to me. He and Jake are the two characters who totally stole my heart from the very first moment I ‘met’ them. I can’t help but empathize with both of them.

Stephen King tells a gripping, mysterious tale of a gunslinger who relentlessly pursues a man in black in a quest to find The Dark Tower. We don’t know what The Dark Tower is or why Roland is seeking it. I found the man in black totally bonkers and absolutely spooky. *shudder* (Way to go, Mr. King.)

The first book’s like an appetizer, just giving you a tantalizing taste of all the delicacies to come. I was a willing follower of the Gunslinger throughout his journey and the tough choices he faced.

The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5, was because Roland’s biggest choice made me unhappy but I understood why he had to do it.

Stephen King’s always been an amazing story-teller, but his Dark Tower series? They’re an absolute MUST-READ!