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 Mermaid, The Witch, and The Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall // The Sad Face on the Cover is Me

For once I am here today not to love an Asian fantasy but… to hate on it.

(The crying in the distance is me! It is always me but especially today!)

I was so very excited to read The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea, and things actually started out well in the first few 100 or so pages! But then it took a turn for the worst and I ended up disliking it a lot more than I enjoyed it.

So I’m here today to talk about the things I did and didn’t like about this book! (There’s a lot more I didn’t like, of course.) I rarely hate the ARCs I get so I feel kind of terrible about not liking this one, but I received it for reviewing purposes and review I shall!!

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ARC Review: A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat // The Thai Book of My Heart!!

Let me tell you a story.

It’s not very interesting, but we’re gonna roll with it!

One day, all the way back in 2018 when I was a gross little thing, I found out about a Thai-inspired Middle Grade fantasy releasing in 2020. I think I might have teared up about the Thai rep or done something else equally pathetic (I say, as if I don’t cry over not being in Thailand).

It felt like such a long time to wait for a book that I thought would steal my heart, but now that day is FINALLY here!!

Today is the day I will convince you to read A Wish in the Dark at least some time in the future or die. Because I need to make as many people read this beautiful, godly book, and understand why it makes me so happy beyond Thai rep. It’s a phenomenal book and I genuinely am so excited for the whole world, especially young (Thai) kids, to be able to read it now.

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