Book Review: Peter Darling by Austin Chant

I bought this book 🙂

peter_darling_review

33358438

Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Retelling, LGBT+, Adult Fiction, #ownvoices

Edition: Paperback

Published: 02.09.17

Pages: 204

Catch it here: GoodreadsAmazon

Blurb:

Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is. But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook-and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.

Hello, yes, this is indeed a Peter Pan retelling, and I. Am. So. Happy. I adore Peter Pan, so when I heard of Peter Darling I knew I had to have it. Even better, there is a romance with Captain James Hook, and I am 110% obsessed with it. So, without further ado, let’s get into it~ (cisclaimer: I am a cisgender queer female, so please let me know if I said anything wrong regarding gender and descriptions so I may correct myself) Continue reading “Book Review: Peter Darling by Austin Chant”

Book Review: In the Country by Mia Alvar

I bought this book 🙂


alvar-turquoiseIn the Country by Mia Alvar

Stand Alone

Genre: Short Stories, Contemporary, Adult

Pages: 368

Edition: Paperback

Published: 06.16.2015

Catch it Here: Goodreads,B&NAmazon

Blurb:

“These nine globe-trotting, unforgettable stories from Mia Alvar, a remarkable new literary talent, vividly give voice to the women and men of the Filipino diaspora. Here are exiles, emigrants, and wanderers uprooting their families from the Philippines to begin new lives in the Middle East, the United States, and elsewhere—and, sometimes, turning back again.

A pharmacist living in New York smuggles drugs to his ailing father in Manila, only to discover alarming truths about his family and his past. In Bahrain, a Filipina teacher drawn to a special pupil finds, to her surprise, that she is questioning her own marriage. A college student leans on her brother, a laborer in Saudi Arabia, to support her writing ambitions, without realizing that his is the life truly made for fiction. And in the title story, a journalist and a nurse face an unspeakable trauma amidst the political turmoil of the Philippines in the 1970s and ’80s.

In the Country speaks to the heart of everyone who has ever searched for a place to call home. From teachers to housemaids, from mothers to sons, Alvar’s powerful debut collection explores the universal experiences of loss, displacement, and the longing to connect across borders both real and imagined. Deeply compassionate and richly felt, In the Country marks the emergence of a formidable new writer.”

**Note: I read this as part of the #AsianLitBingo event, read until the end for details!

If you aren’t aware already, I’m Filipino American, so I definitely wanted to read something about the Philippines for Asian American Heritage Month! I originally bought In the Country for my mom to read on the plane back in December; she really liked it and told me to read it too. Continue reading “Book Review: In the Country by Mia Alvar”

Book Review: The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel

I bought this book 🙂

book-review-the-moon-in-the-palace-by-weina-dai-randel

25577005

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel

Volume: One

Genre: Chinese History, Historical, Fiction, Romance, Adult

Pages: 395

Edition: Paperback

Published: 3.1.16

Catch it Here: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Blurb from Goodreads: 

A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the Emperor’s attention. Many paint their faces white and style their hair attractively, hoping to lure in the One Above All with their beauty. Some present him with fantastic gifts, such as jade pendants and scrolls of calligraphy, while others rely on their knowledge of seduction to draw his interest. But young Mei knows nothing of these womanly arts, yet she will give the Emperor a gift he can never forget.

Mei’s intelligence and curiosity, the same traits that make her an outcast among the other concubines, impress the Emperor. But just as she is in a position to seduce the most powerful man in China, divided loyalties split the palace in two, culminating in a perilous battle that Mei can only hope to survive.

The first volume of the Empress of Bright Moon duology paints a vibrant portrait of ancient China—where love, ambition, and loyalty can spell life or death—and the woman who came to rule it all.

Hi all, today I’m bringing you this lovely gem! First, I would just like to say that the blurb does not do this novel justice. It describes the plot, but it doesn’t convey the tone very well. The story is a thousand times better than the blurb, which is a good thing! However, I find that the cover makes up for it. I saw the cover on book twitter, and decided that I had to read it.After about a two month spell of not being interested in any books, I finally found one that could hold my interest! I’m a huge history buff, and I pretty much have been consuming historical shows since the new year. So a good story set in ancient times? Sign me up! Let’s get into it then, shall we? Continue reading “Book Review: The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel”

Book Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo

the-ghost-bride-book-review

I bought this book 🙂

16248223

The Ghost Bride by Yangzee Choo

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Adult

Edition: Hardcover

Release Date: 8.06.2013

Pages: 368

Catch it Here: GoodreadsAmazonB&N

Summary: 

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim’s handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

I came across this book while browsing the interwebs for my The Diverse Books Tag, and while it didn’t make the cut for that particular post, I was drawn to it (I think it was sparkles, not gonna lie). I’m interested in books with Asian folklore, mostly because I’ve read so many fantasy stories with the same supernatural twist that it gets boring after awhile. I needed a change in my life.

Plus, it is Halloween, so I wanted to read a book with a supernatural element! Ghosts sounded perfect! I do have a long list of books I need to read, but when I saw this in my local book store, I couldn’t resist! Continue reading “Book Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangze Choo”