Over the last week, I read three sneak peeks of three books, each one different in genre, style and themes but each one very good.
The first is Soundless by Richelle Mead.
This is my first foray into Richelle Mead’s work, having never read the Vampire Academy or Bloodlines series, and the sneak peek was for chapters three and four (I missed the first two being released on NetGalley), so it was only a small glimpse into her writing. Despite that, I did enjoy what I read.
Soundless is set in a mountainous, Chinese village where there is no sound – the inhabitants’ ancestors lost their hearing so long before the start of the novel that it has become steeped in folklore. Now, the villagers are slowly losing their sight as well. One day, the main character, Fei, wakens to a loud noise and the realisation her hearing has returned. It becomes up to her to save her village from starvation and ruin.
From what I read, Soundless is a fascinating story that is easy to read and enjoy. Fei makes for a realistic and relatable heroine and it was refreshing to see a YA novel set in China, with the main character and her village only communicating in sign language. Mead’s writing skill is highlighted through her descriptions where there is no sound and the introduction of sound to Fei’s life. It is a book I will be looking out for in the future.
The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Soundless/9781101998786/?a_aid=Rosienreads
The second sneak peek is Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine.
While Soundless was a sneak peek from NetGalley, this one was an exclusive extract (so says the cover) that I discovered at the cinema. This also only included two chapters, but at least they were the first two this time.
Fire Colour One is about a girl who has never met her father, Ernest, until she finds out he is dying. With her mother and stepfather after his priceless art collection, Ernest has things he wants Iris to know before it is too late.
This is a very well written book – you get a good sense of who the characters are within these first two chapters and the beginning does a great job at hooking you through. It starts at the end of the story, so you have a very good idea about where the story is headed, but even so, enough details are left out to make you want to find out more. For the art lovers out there, with the story being based around an art collection, this is a book with many references to artwork – the title is a painting by Yves Klein and within the first page, there is a reference to Edvard Munch.
While this book is written for a younger audience, it is a story that intrigues me and, I believe, can be read by any age. The writing is on point and the story is one that can tug at the heart-strings.
Finally, I took a step away from YA and read a sneek peek for Solomon Creed by Simon Toyne (called The Searcher in the USA and Canada).
This book is incredible. I got 12 chapters in this preview (picked up at the London Book Fair) and was blown away by the writing, the characters and the story.
Solomon Creed is a man who wakes up with amnesia, with no idea who he is or where he is going, following a plane crash near a small village. He soon realises that he is there to save someone – someone who was buried that very morning.
Reading this book, you get the sense that everything is tied together. While written in many points of view, each character felt distinct and important to the overall tale. They each seem to have a stake in the wider game. The actual tale starts building up from the beginning and I can only imagine where it is headed. Definitely a book for anyone who enjoys a good, well-written thriller.