Friday, October 23, 2015

Before I Read Soundless

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.

Soundless by Richelle Mead

Release: November 10, 2015 from Razorbill
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 Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever...
"A breathtaking new fantasy seeped in Chinese folklore"?

Yes, please.

The first sentence of this book's blurb had me immediately hooked, ready for a fantastical story set against a beautiful Asian backdrop. And the cover only leaves me more certain that Soundless will provide exactly that. The cover model's strong stance and sweeping arm motion hints at breathtaking drama faced by courageous characters, and the background, from the captivating mountain scene to the geometric border design, prepares viewers for an atmospheric setting.

I'm glad we only have to wait a few more weeks for this one; I can tell it's going to be bestseller-popular and favorites-list-good.


  1. I'm with you on this feature. I love looking at covers before I really dive into a book. Soundless has a gorgeous cover and the model looks gorgeous.

  2. i love the cover of this book's cover and that model's fierce look!! it's not everyday that i can find a book about Chinese folklore... so yay!! can't wait for this one! :D

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  3. I am really excited for Soundless as well! I love that you have a feature that sheds a different light on covers and proves that it's more than just "judging a book by its cover" -- I think it's great that you analyze the covers and see if they capture your attention and embody what you hope the book will be.


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