Review: The Poppy War by RF Kuang // My Favorite Book of the Year and Forever

For once… a regular book review? 

I truly never post reviews on my blog of books that aren’t ARCs (and therefore had to post). The last time I did this was literally the year I started blogging, since everyone knows reviews get low engagement and I’m sad when people don’t talk to me!

But today I’m making history!! Because 1) I have absolutely zero blog post ideas anymore, and 2) I need to officially recognize my love for The Poppy War on my blog with a review.

Before I get into the very long review, I want to note that I picked this book for an English project, so I’m more analytical than usual since I had to look at the book in a more critical lens. It reads more like an essay than my other reviews, because I actually had to write an essay!

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Blog Tour: Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim (INTL Giveaway!!)

Welcome to my stop on the Unravel the Dusk blog tour!

I won’t be posting my book review today, because unfortunately I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to. (Rest assured, though, many of the issues I had were due to personal and not objective reasons, especially being in a bit of a slump!)

But I will be sharing a few aesthetics I made, as well as some photos I took, and talking about a few themes that the book explored that I enjoyed! Everything I discuss will be spoiler-free, both about Spin the Dawn and Unravel the Dusk.

Thank you so much to Shealea and Caffeine Book Tours for making it possible for me to have received an ARC of this and to be a part of this blog tour!!

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ARC Review: Forest of Souls by Lori M Lee // Fantasy Inspired by Hmong Shamanism that Sadly Fell Flat

[holds head in hands]

Why is this the year of me being disappointed by Asian fantasy?? Take me back to when I loved every single Asian-inspired YA fantasy book I read, PLEASE!

I’m very sad to be here today with a review of Forest of Souls that is… not as nice as I’d like to be. There are certain things that I think could work for certain people, and I did enjoy some aspects of the story, but unfortunately, I wasn’t the right audience for the book.

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ARC Review: The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar // The Delightfully Sapphic QPOC Romance of My (and Your) Dreams!

Is there anything as beautiful as feeling represented in media?

The Henna Wars was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and I’m so excited for everyone else to be able to read and love this as much as I did. I expected a lot of things going in to this book, but I honestly was really surprised by how much I connected to the main character as a queer person of color!

I’m here today to hopefully convince you all to pick up this wonderful book. I know a lot of people are eagerly awaiting this book’s release, and you will not be disappointed!

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25 Books by Asian Authors to Read, Especially for Asian Heritage Month!!

Yes, I’m sure you’re ALL shocked by this post and did NOT see it coming!!

Today I’m here to stay on brand as always and recommend some books by Asian authors with Asian characters! These are perfect to read for any time of year, but especially in the month of May since it’s Asian Heritage Month and a great way to celebrate Asian voices is to read them.

I’ve talked about a lot of these books before, especially in this post recommending authors of color, but I never recommended them for Asian Heritage Month before so I thought why not! These are definitely not all the Asian books I’ve read, so be sure to check out my 2018 and 2019 posts as well. (It makes me happy to see how much bigger my lists have gotten.)

Most of these I’ve read since last May, so they’re “new”, but I have a tendency to, ah, talk about the same books… so everyone act surprised at certain books on this list okay! I’m talking about The Poppy War… Fang Runin fan club will be started by me.

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