#AsianLitBingo Author Interview: Riley Redgate

Hello everyone! I’m happy to be here with an interview for #AsianLitBingo, which is hosted by Shenwei @ Reading As I Am. They, and the rest of the cohosts, have done amazing work for this reading challenge that celebrate the month of May, which is Asian American Heritage Month. This interview features Riley Redgate, author of Seven Ways We Lie, and recently out Noteworthy.

I actually really adored Noteworthy and you can find my feature for this book over here, as well as my five star review over here. It’s definitely been one of my top 5 contemporaries for the year so far, and I really recommend you guys checking it out!

Haven’t heard of #AsianLitBingo? You can check out Shenwei’s masterpost here and my own TBR post over here. We made this interview on time for the month of May! 😀 My questions will be bolded, and the response will be the paragraph(s) underneath. Continue reading “#AsianLitBingo Author Interview: Riley Redgate”

Book Review: Prophecy by Ellen Oh (The Dragon King Chronicles #1)

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Author: Ellen Oh
Series: The Dragon King Chronicles #1
Release Date: January 23, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:
The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms… is a girl with yellow eyes.
Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope…Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.

Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.

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While I enjoyed reading Prophecy, I can’t say it was really a stand-out fantasy, other than the beautiful Korean-based setting and amalgam of action and plot. Prophecy starts off fast and deadly, continuing on with this atmosphere until the very last page. While reading, it is exhilarating and breathtaking. The action is continuous and there is honestly never a dull moment in the book. However, I found that I liked the characters on a very superficial level and couldn’t really connect to them. I would have loved to have seen a more in-depth exploration on any of the secondary characters, rather than the couple of paragraphs and pages they had. Either way, Prophecy was still a really fun ride for fantasy readers looking for a unique world and isn’t afraid of the “Chosen One” trope. Continue reading “Book Review: Prophecy by Ellen Oh (The Dragon King Chronicles #1)”

ARC Review: Want by Cindy Pon

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Author: Cindy Pon
Series: Book 1
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Signed/Personalized at the local indie Mysterious Galaxy

Synopsis:
Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?

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Thank you Simon & Schuster for the review copy!

When I read the last page of this book, I was practically stunned and basically laid on my bed, contemplating it for a solid 10 minutes before opening this review. Probably THE Young Adult Science Fiction read of the year, Want left me just wanting more. More of the immersive and vivid futuristic Taiwan setting, more of the diverse band of misfits who come together to fight against the system, more of the forbidden love romance that is as light as it is deceptive. Want was captivating from beginning to end, capturing a heist with Asian characters that is utterly unforgettable. I urge science fiction lovers and readers looking for an exhilarating adventure to hurry up and put this on their TBR! Continue reading “ARC Review: Want by Cindy Pon”

ARC Review: When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah
Release Date: July 28, 2016
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:

Before Mina, my life was like a completed jigsaw puzzle but Mina has pushed the puzzle onto the floor. I have to start all over again, figuring out where the pieces go.

When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees – standing on opposite sides.

Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre.

Michael’s parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values.

They want to stop the boats.
Mina wants to stop the hate.

When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael’s private school, their lives crash together blindingly.

A novel for anyone who wants to fight for love, and against injustice.

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Thank you Jenna @ Reading With Jenna for sending me an ARC!

At first glance, When Michael Met Mina sounds like a meet-cute-esque romantic comedy with a bit of forbidden love thrown in there, right? You have the opposing sides of a debate, the two main characters “meeting” at a rally, and them coincidentally going to the same school. Suffice it to say, the book was much more than a light, fluffy contemporary that I’m prone to pick up. When Michael Met Mina tackles current issues through two very contrasting lenses. Abdel-Fattah weaves introspective narratives that look at the debate of refugees in Australia in a very micro-level aspect from the alternating first-person POV’s of Michael and Mina. I thought the characters were written really well, and although Michael had a more marked character arc, Mina also went through changes in her life that she had to adjust to, character-wise. The wonderful friendships – and not so wonderful friendships – were all realistic as readers really see how the world is made up of grey ideas, neither black nor white. Continue reading “ARC Review: When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah”

#AsianLitBingo TBR and Links

Hi guys! I’m extremely excited to post my TBR for #AsianLitBingo, which was founded by Shenwei @ Reading As I Am. This was all their awesome idea, but I – and a couple of other Asian bloggers – have joined onboard to help out! Suffice it to say, this is an amazing opportunity to add more Asian books, especially with #ownvoices representation, on my TBR and increase their exposure in general to the blogging community. The month will also be full of interviews, giveaways, blog posts, and a fun Twitter chat at the very end. You should definitely consider joining!

Rules:

  • Book must have an Asian main character (can be one of several main characters) and be by an Asian author to qualify. It does not have to be #ownvoices, but #ownvoices is strongly encouraged.
  • Book can be a novel, short story collection, or comic book/graphic novel.
  • Book must be read during May 1st through May 31st to qualify.
  • Review link-up will close end of June 1st at midnight PDT. The extra margin is to give people the opportunity to write up a review for a book they might have finished late May 31st. We’ll follow the honor system assuming you didn’t read the book on June 1st.

Shenwei’s masterpost has all the information you need to get started, including the amazing prizes that this challenge will have. You can find it here! Continue reading “#AsianLitBingo TBR and Links”