ARC Review: Stronger than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan // Enjoyable Asian Steampunk Fantasy!

Another Asian fantasy?? You heard right.

I’m back with yet another review of an Asian fantasy I adored, because it’s just my brand!!!

When I first heard of this book, I was really intrigued by the blurb, because it talked about an acrobat warrior girl and a witty thief going on an epic adventure, and just hearing about that dynamic added five years to my lifespan. It turned out to be a super fun book to read, with a unique blend of steampunk and magic, and I’m excited to talk to you guys all about it today!

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ARC Review: The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad // Rich Asian Fantasy with Beautiful Writing and Fierce Characters!

There’s nothing I love more than Asian fantasy!!

(Asian FOOD is the only exception I’ll make—and this book has that as well.)

Today I’m here with a list of all the things I loved (and the few things I didn’t) about The Candle and the Flame!! I first heard of this book months ago and knew I had to read it. It sounded amazing from the start (djinn! Silk Road! magic!), and then the gorgeous cover was released, and my excitement for it increased tenfold.

I genuinely mean it when I say that if my review doesn’t manage to convince you to pick this up, the cover will, because LOOK AT IT.

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ARC Review: The Fever King by Victoria Lee // Gay Slowburn Romance and Magical Sci-Fi Fantasy that Destroyed Me

Hi I’m May! And if you don’t know, I’m self-destructive!

When it comes to books, specifically (because I could talk about how I’m self-destructive in my personal life but I’d rather not*): I love to read books that destroy me. But it’s more like, I know full well that it will break me, refuse to believe it, and then get surprised when it destroys me.

The Fever King is a perfect example of that. I’d read reviews of how much pain the readers felt because of this book, and I was like “wow, that’s going to happen to me”. But there was also another part of my brain that for some reason believed I would be different.

Beloved ones, I was not.

Fortunately!! I still feel a huge amount of love towards this book, despite all the pain and suffering Victoria Lee has caused me, so today, exactly 10 minutes before its release date (in my timezone), I’m here to gush about it and convince you to pick it up!

*Prime example of be being self-destructive by avoiding important topics that I should probably talk about!!

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ARC Review: Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean // I Have Never Felt More Emotionally Disjointed by a Book

There are always books that you can’t describe your feelings about.

This book is one of those, times ten.

Literally whenever I think about this book, it’s a jumbled mess of ?!!??!?!?!??!?!?!??? Because I know that I overall enjoyed it, but my brain just doesn’t know how to feel, because this book made me feel WAY TOO MUCH.

But I’m so glad I got to read this book anyways, because it’s definitely the most emotionally disjointing book I’ve ever read and honestly? That was an Experience.

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ARC Review: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan // The Beautiful, Brutal Book of My Sapphic Asian Heart

You know those books that you’re so full of love for that you just feel like you could burst?

Girls of Paper and Fire is one of those books. It’s an absolutely beautiful book, with the best themes and messages. It has a stunning cover, a gorgeous romance, and an intricately crafted world.

But while I love it for all of that, I love it for so much more: the fact that it’s a story about two queer, sapphic Asian girls, fighting against all odds for themselves and for each other. And as a queer, sapphic Asian myself, this book means so much to me.

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