There really are too many storylines for me to write a coherent description. When I requested this, I didn't realize it was a second in a series. If yThere really are too many storylines for me to write a coherent description. When I requested this, I didn't realize it was a second in a series. If you haven't read Crazy Rich Asians yet, go and read it before starting this. If you don't you'll be completely lost. I went back and read CRA, loved it, and was very happy to already have this on hand.
China Rich Girlfriend picks up the stories right where CRA ends and introduces a few new characters. Kwan's writing style and characters are enjoyable. These books do technically have main characters, but most of the POVs get equal time. Kwan was able to make each characters distinctive and unique. In a book with so many characters, that had to have been quite a challenge. Do you watch K or J Dramas? If so, you'll be used to the over the top corniness and drama that unfolds in this book. I think that's why I loved it so much. This isn't my normal genre, but it sounded just like a K-Drama in book form, and it did not disappoint.
A few of the POVs were left with a unfinished feel to them, and that is what keeps me from giving this four stars. If a third book or novella comes out to tie up the few loose ends, I will definitely come back and up my rating for this title.
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I love List books. They are the perfect "genre" for me to read in bed. I've read and enjoyed a few books by Shaw in the past. I enjoyed this one, butI love List books. They are the perfect "genre" for me to read in bed. I've read and enjoyed a few books by Shaw in the past. I enjoyed this one, but found my self skipping huge chunks. Many of the topics in this book are repeats you see in many other list books. This was a little disappointing as far as list books go, but Shaw's writing and humor are both strong. Don't think I'll reread this one, but I'm still glad I bought it...more
I ended up DNFing this about 40% in. I just couldn't connect with the main character. I do have to say the world building was excellent. It was the onI ended up DNFing this about 40% in. I just couldn't connect with the main character. I do have to say the world building was excellent. It was the only reason I made it as far as I did with this story...more
Jane has lived in Flushing, Queens her entire life. After she was orphaned as a baby, her grandfather sent her from South Korea to live with her UncleJane has lived in Flushing, Queens her entire life. After she was orphaned as a baby, her grandfather sent her from South Korea to live with her Uncle in America. She was always told it was for her own good due to the fact that her father was an American G.I. During that time, many Koreans were still racist towards biracial people. Jane doesn't see how growing up in Korea could have been any worse then the life she has in Flushing. She felt the same prejudices in America. She was, if not shunned, then kept at a distance by her peers. At home, she feels she is treated no better then an indentured servant. When she is offered the chance to work as a au pair for the Mazer-Farley family, she jumps at the chance. The Mazer-Farleys may be a little odd, but they treat her well and Jane absolutely loves their daughter, Devon. Things are great at first, then two things happen. She starts to fall in the with her employer, Ed, and there is a sudden death in her family that will send her rushing to Korea. Jane will find out the Korea of today is very different then the Korea she has heard about her entire life. It might even be the perfect place for her.
This was without a doubt the best retelling of Jane Eyre I have ever read. Park's writing is pure magic. The story never felt rushed or felt dragging at any point. The changes she made to the original story, in order to make it work for the early 2000s setting , felt right. All the characters were unique with their own distinct personalities. The American and Korean story-lines worked really well together. The only real problem I had with the book was Ed. It seems he is supposed to come of as loving and nurturing. Just a guy who had things turn out differently then plan. To me, though, he came off as manipulative and controlling. He was definitely no Mr. Rochester.
I will definitely keep an eye out for future titles by Park.
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Okay, so I'm not really sur**Thank you HarperCollins/Fourth Estate India and Edelweiss for providing this in exchange for and honest review**
Okay, so I'm not really sure how to review this book. Normally I'd start off with a book description involving the plot, then move on with my opinions of the story, setting, and characters.
This book doesn't have a single storyline. Its has many mini stories. I just barley hesitate to call it an anthology. If it wasn't for the fact that each POV is continuous through out the book, I'd say that's actually what this is.
The Americans is told from 12 different POVs. This book was entirely character driven. Thankfully Viraraghavan's character development was phenomenal. Each voice was unique and distinctive. Each POV was told in 10-20 page sections. I'll admit there was a time or two where I couldn't place a character at first. However just a sentence or two into the section I'd be able to remember everything about them. Not all the characters were likable, but they were very realistic. I felt like I was reading about real human beings.
Some of the setting were great, but others not so much. For this particular title, that didn't really bother me. The surroundings that were important to the story were strong. The settings that didn't need to be more then the equivalent of background noise were exactly that.
The only thing that really took away any enjoyment for the book was the vague endings. Most of the POVs ended with a unfinished feel to them.
I would definitely read more books by this author
One thing I want to mention is the Table of Contents list only 11 of the 12 characters in the story. My version is a ARC, so this might be something they change during the editing process. ...more
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Amelia used to be your (almost) average tee**Thank you Bookish Girl Press and Netgalley for providing this in exchange foe an honest review**
Amelia used to be your (almost) average teenager. She was a star on the swim team, had tons of friends, was dating a very cute, popular boy, and occasionally the ghost of a woman hanging around her the back of her house. Then her brother died in an accident and everything changed. She build up walls and kept everyone, but her best friend Leah, at arms length. She stopped seeing the woman in white. A year goes on and another summer rolls around. Amelia's hometown, Asylum, is about to celebrate its 250th anniversary. As head of the Asylum Historical Society, it is Amelia's mother's responsibility to get everything setup for the festival. For Amelia, this means she's about to be busy as free labor. Thankfully, her neighbor's (super cute) grandson has just moved in next door and is willing to help. However, not long after he arrives drowned girls start turning up. Then the woman in white returns. Could her seemingly sweet new neighbor have a dark side no one knows about? Or is there another sinister force taking over Asylum?
This was just an okay read for me. The story wasn't bad, but it wasn't really anything special either. It kept my attention just enough to finish it, but just barley. There were a few things I really liked. The book didn't suffer from absent parent syndrome, there wasn't a love triangle, and the love interest is actually a really nice guy. Even though the story was lacking, the character and world development were spot on. I did like the characters. They were all well developed and believable. Asylum was based on a real town and you could tell the author did everything she could to stay true to the town's actual roots while still putting her own spin on it.
I'm not sure if I'll continue with this series or not. The story did end on a cliffhanger, but I'm not really dying to know what happens next. I do know if Perinovic continues to refine her writing skills (this is a debut novel after all), I would definitely pick up future tiles by her....more
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I have never seen the YouTube channel this is***Thank you Weinstein Books and Netgalley for providing this in exchange for an honest review**
I have never seen the YouTube channel this is based on, so I have no clue how it compares. As a book, this was a really fun story.
Sunshine and her mother, Katherine, have just moved half way across the country to Ridgemont, WA. Her mother has been offered a position in the new Neo-Natal unit at Ridgemont Hospital. Sunshine mourns the loss of having her BFF with her all the time and, well, sun shine. Not only does she have to adjust to life in grey skied Washington, she also has the feeling that something just isn't right at home. Sunshine and Katherine have always been close. They've been together almost everyday since Sunshine was abandoned at the hospital. Katherine happened to be working the night Sunshine was left. She from the moment she laid eyes on Sunshine, Katherine knew they were meant to be mother and daughter.
Sunshine knows there's something wrong on the first night in their new house. She hears the voice of a small child. Soon, someone is pulling all of Sunshine's toys out. Board games are set up to be played. There are screams in the night. The scariest part? Sunshine is the only one who notices or remembers any of this.
I really enjoyed this. The characters are fun and likable. Sunshine is the kind of girl you want to root for. She is smart, brave, and isn't boy crazy. The story has a great creepy feel to it. There is a second POV that pops in every now and then. I did find this a little confusing at first. You don't know who it is or what they're talking about. Their voice feels a little forced until the pieces fall into place. After that the second voice flows nicely with the rest of the story. The romance was allowed to form gradually. It had a very natural feel and was a breath of fresh air as far as YA romances go.
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Elle is a clairvoyant, telekinetic, who helps o**Thank you A-Girl Studios and Netgalley for providing this in exchange for an honest review**
Elle is a clairvoyant, telekinetic, who helps out Prince Albert’s Royal Commission whenever needed. She and her wife, Faedra, live during the same time and place as the Dark Victorian books. Elle receives a letter from a woman asking for her help. The woman, Josefina, works at a hotel called Sundark. Sundark was built by an illusionist for his wife, Abigail. The house was mechanically designer so the rooms could be moved. Abigail was an occultist who worshiped the goddess Hekate. She picked the location of Sundark, and the placement of a few specific towers, for the special powers they held. There was the odd disappearance now and then, but since Abigail herself disappeared, things had quieted down. Now currents guest are starting to disappear. The regular police have been in after every incident and can find no evidence of foul play. At her wits end, Josefina has come to Elle for help.
I have to admit, I was really let down with this title. I recently read another book by the author, The Dark Victorian: Risen Volume One , and really enjoyed it. The characters in Dark Victorian were fun and quirky, but weren't too over the stop. Not the case here. Elle and Feadra are too sickeningly sweet. Most of the characters are pretty generic and flat. The mystery itself bored me.
I will not continue with this series. For those of you who read this and didn't enjoy it, I recommend you try Watasin's Dark Victorian series if you haven't already. The characters, story, and overall atmosphere are all stronger then they were here....more
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A Victorian Gothic, retelling of Beauty and the Beas**Thank you Netgalley and REUTS Publications for providing this in exchange for an honest review**
A Victorian Gothic, retelling of Beauty and the Beast? How could I not love it?
Anne has been a parlor maid at Caldwell House since she was a little girl. On her 17th Birthday, she finds out she is being let go from the only home she has ever own. She is now going to be employed by a distant relative of her current employer. She will have to leave the busy hustle and bustle of London for an isolated Manor in the country, Rosewood Manor. Anne can tell right away that there is something wrong with Rosewood, and it doesn't take her long to realize her life could be in danger.
This book was absolutely delightful. The characters smart, witty, and refreshingly proactive. The world building was wonderful. I felt like I had actually seen the grounds of Rosewood, rather then just read about them. The romance was allowed to gradually grow over time. It felt very natural, not forced or rushed, and there wasn't a love triangle. I knocked one star off the rating because the end didn't feel complete. If it turns out there is going to be a sequel, I will change my rating to 5 stars...more
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This was excellent!
Collette has an easy job. Sure, deep down sh**Thank you Netgalley and Penguin for providing this in exchange for an honest review**
This was excellent!
Collette has an easy job. Sure, deep down she knows she is paid with dirty money, but its a lot of money. One night she sees something she shouldn't have and has to go on the run. After a few years of constantly moving around, she eventually makes it to 23 Beulah Grove. At first, she thinks this is the perfect place to stay for awhile. Due to a family issue, she must stay put for awhile. She needed somewhere to stay where people wouldn't be too curious about her. Somewhere the neighbors wouldn't ask too many questions. One walk through the building tells her 23 Beulah Grove is that kind of place. The only reason the other tenants would live in a slum-hole like it would be because they also were hiding from someone or something.
I loved, loved, loved this book. The characters and surroundings were well developed. While Collette is technically the main character, there was no secondary character feel to the others. This story was equal parts character and story driven and told from alternating POVs. When you were with one of the "secondary" characters, you felt like they were the one that the book was actually about. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was a short romance that took place. I can take or leave a romance story line. They aren't usually a selling point for me, but its very rare that they ding my opinion in a story. This one, unfortunately, did cause a ding. It came across forced and really had no impact on the overall story. It felt like an after thought that was thrown in because...well, why the hell not? This will definitely be a reread for me and I look forward to reading Marwood's The Wicked Girls ...more
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I believe this may be the weirdest book I've ever read. I**Thank you Netgalley and Muse for providing this in exchange for an honest review**
I believe this may be the weirdest book I've ever read. I'm a bad reader when it comes to Anthologies. I usually read the first few stories and set the book aside. I always say I'll pick it back up soon, but that very rarely ever happens. To be honest, I'm pretty sure I've only ever finished one Anthology, besides this one, and that was only because there was a main story connecting everything together. Really, that's my main issue with anthologies. Short stories are exactly that. Short full stories. I know how the last story I read ends. Its too easy for me to say "Ok, I know how that ended. I'll just finish this novel sitting here beside me and then I'll read this next story". Problem is, I'll say that over and over again. Without a continuous story to keep my full attention, Anthologies are set back on the shelf and forgotten. This title took me forever to finish, BUT I did finish it. That should say a lot as to how much I enjoyed it. The stories were so different from anything I've ever read read before. I tend to avoid books that are loaded with sex. I'm glad they're out there for the readers who enjoy them, but they just aren't my cup of tea. The sex scenes in these stories were so bizarre, they weren't like anything I've come across before. The violence, while extreme, wasn't done in a gross-out kind of way.
I really hope to see a full length novel by Tse someday. Her storytelling is definitely unique ...more
Mei Yee was sold into the sex trade by her drunken father. She is kept separate from the other girls. The only person she sees besides the girls who tMei Yee was sold into the sex trade by her drunken father. She is kept separate from the other girls. The only person she sees besides the girls who take care of her room and Mama-san is her exclusive customer, the Ambassador. Mei Yee is expected to accept this is how it’s going to be the rest of her life. Mei Yee still has hope, though. She dreams of finding her sister again. She pictures them by the ocean. A place they’re never seen, but one that still gives her a safe place feeling.
Her younger sister, Jin, has run off to find her. In order to survive the murders, gangs, and thieves of the Walled city, Jin has to live as a boy. She has been nimble in body and mind since a young age due to her father’s rages. Her quick thinking and speed have kept her alive, but they are not enough. The city is huge and full of brothels. She has been able to check out most of them on her own, but now she needs help. She believes she may have finally found where her sister is being kept. There’s only one problem. It’s run by the deadliest gang in the city, The Brotherhood.
Dai is in the city due to Reasons. These Reasons call for him to get in with the Brotherhood. He has a plan, but in order to work, he is going to need a partner. Someone fast and who can think on their feet. He’s just met Jin and thinks “he” may be perfect.
The Walled City is told in three alternating POVs. Mei Yee and Jin both held my attention better the Dai. His character had an artificial feel while Mei Yee and Jin felt natural. The world building was hit and miss, but overall not bad. It was the story itself that brought my rating down. It took me over a month and a half to finish this book. The story was never exciting enough to hold my attention for more then ten to fifteen minutes at a time. If this hadn’t been an ARC it would have been a DNF.
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