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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My (Mostly New) Recommended Ownvoices Books for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!!

You might say… Asian books are a part of my brand.

I don’t think it’s THAT obvious though, it’s really not like I talk about them and boost them and shove them in your face all the time. Maybe only on Tuesdays or some other odd day of the week.

So in 100% true un-me fashion, today I’m giving you a few (mostly new) ownvoices Asian book recommendations that you should read for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!! And because you all can see that I don’t talk about Asian books often, you know that this is a very big deal!!!!

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It’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and I Have an All-Asian Book TBR to Celebrate!!!

The month of May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

My name is May. I am Asian. This was a month ma(y)de specifically for me.

(Just kidding my real name isn’t May at all so this isn’t even valid.)

It’s to no one’s surprise that I will be celebrating Maysian month (I am so sorry) by reading Asian books. It’s the perfect combination of things I love, my Asian identity and books!!

Though there are many Asian-related reading challenges to celebrate (Asian Lit Bingo and Asian Readathon, to name a few), I want read books I’m in the mood for, especially since I’m still recovering from a slump. I’m not going to put a lot of pressure on myself to read all these books, since to me it doesn’t matter what specific books I read, just that I read Asian books!

Also, thank you to the various people who got me copies of many of these books. It really shows the kindness of this community (but also how broke I am)!

Note: I definitely am being overambitious, and my reasons are 1) it was (and is still) very East-Asian-centric before I added more books, and I want to have more non-East Asian options, and 2) three of these books I’ve read ~100 pages of and had to put on hold lmao.

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ARC Review: The Weight of the Stars by K Ancrum // The Beautifully Written Gays in Space Book that Made Me Cry!!!

Gays in space.

That’s it. That’s my review. That’s pretty much all you need to know to pick this book up. That, and also the fact that it’s written with some of the most gorgeous prose ever and it made me cry and has an absolutely stunning cover.

I don’t think I’d ever read a YA gays in space book until now, and I have to say… it was everything I was looking for. Sure, most of the book took place on Earth, and sure, the gay was very slowburn, but did I adore it completely despite that?? (Yes.)

I’m a little late in posting my book review (prioritizing school and my health!!) and the book published two weeks ago, but I hope I manage to convince you all to pick up a copy whenever you can, because it is absolutely worth it!!

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