Princess Anastacya Mikhailov of Cyrilia has lived her life in safety, hidden behind palace walls. But when she is framed for her father's brutal murder, she must leave behind everything she has ever known to find his killer and ...more
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Ladies and gentlemen, it's been confirmed: BLOOD HEIR WILL BE PUBLISHED! This is not a drill I repeat this is not a drill Blood Heir will be out November 19th 2019!
To the haters, I say:
According to New York Times, this is why and how Zhao finally decided to go ahead with publishing Blood Heir (if you want to know why it was cancelled, scroll down to the Jan 31 update):
[Zhao] reread her book several times, examining the plot and characters to see if the critics were right. She decide ...more
I wanted to share the Dear Reader letter that we included in the ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) of BLOOD HEIR. It touches upon why I wrote BLOOD HEIR, and who I wrote it for.
Four years ago, I began writing a story about a corrupt empire steeped in winter, filled with morally gray con men, deadly assassins, twisted villains, and above all, a girl named Anastacya, who ...more
I’m looking forward to the next book!!
********RANT BELOW ABOUT THE ASSHOLES THAT GOT THOS BOOK SHUT DOWN FOR A BIT***************
UPDATE: This was not the day to get this email about my pre-order being void!! (And don’t preach on my post or you will be deleted. I’ve put up with enough bullshit in my 40+ years! ...more
GOOD NEWS!! Zhao is publishing Blood Heir AS IS in November! http://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/29/books/amelie-wen-zhao-blood-heir.html
Added to post Jan 31, 2019
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Added to post late Jan 30, 2019
Added since author Amelie pulled her book from publishing. ...more
The first three chapters were a solid 5 stars, everything after felt like reading a completely different book.
This was not it, chief.
Firstly, this review is not going to talk about or explain the controversy behind this book... If you want to know why it got pulled and then set to be re-published, there are so many great reviews and articles out there that explain the situation. All this review is going to be is j ...more
You have no idea how disappointed I am to hear that this book will not be getting published. People need to stop getting offended over things. This is a fiction book and it was seriously my favorite so far of 2019, so I'm completely heartbroken that the author felt the need to pull her book because of bullying.
A dark retelling version of Anastasia? I'm all in! I've read one other Anastasia retelling, Heart of Iron, which was totall ...more
My hopes right now? I really need a review from someone who had a chance to read the first version.
EDIT: I made the mistake that I went back to Twitter to have a look what's new. I should not have done that. They are trying to turn this all around and make the two au ...more
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It's impossible to discuss this book without addressing the controversy surrounding it. Basically, publication was delayed and digital ARCs were pulled after some preliminary readers alleged that there were passages in this book that were, according to the articles I read summarizing the issue, "anti-black." After a small but vocal minority of people decried this book-- either overtly or subtextually-- as being racist or problematic, the ...more
Okay, I liked it a lot, I enjoyed reading it, and while it's not perf ...more
I'm delighted that Amélie Wen Zhao got a chance to express her feelings throughout this novel! She has defined the purpose of this novel many times to the public. She wanted to write a book that paralleled the torture of human trafficking. And quite frankly, anyone who has this much of a personal meaning to their own story deserves to tell it.
Here's the thing... Zhao's writing is not anything unique. It’s not any different from all the other YA Fantasy aut ...more
this isnt the most original novel as many key points of the plot are recycled from other YA fantasies (major grishaverse vibes). some characterisation is lacking (one vital character doesnt even show up until the very end, leaving me super confused about their motives for everything) and the writing is just okay.
yet somehow i enjoyed this. its a quick, easy read and perfect for t ...more
If you allow envious, rival authors and agents to claim for themselves the right to determine that your writing is secretly “coded” to mean what they want it to mean, rather than what you intend for it to mean, you will learn the hard way that you’ll never successfully appease these people. They will simply ...more
"Your Affinity does not define you. What defines you is how you choose to wield it."
As many of you may know by now, this book has apparently been embroiled in a rather intense controversy. I say apparently because I personally have only heard of the incident through second hand sources here on Goodreads and have not in fact been following the issue on Twitter. So please understand I cannot to speak to that issue. I am just here to give my honest review ...more
To the people who didn't give this book a chance because of other people's opinions or the ranting on twitter - shame on you. Also, fuck you because this book was so fucking good.
ALSO, tons of spoilers in this review. I didn't feel like hiding them or nothing. So read this at your own risk people.
Now I know Amelie pulled this book but since I got the ARC anyways, I wasn't going to waste this opportunity. I wanted ...more
Not trying to diss or anything- I actually really loved this but I read it as 'clown princess' and not 'crown princess' and I'm just-
Okay so about the book; it's fantastic. I genuinely enjoyed it and it's quite apparent in the fact that I read it in almost one sitting and I've got finals in less than a week.
This is the second retelling of Anastasia I've read this year and boy oh boy I'm in love with them.
I think the best part about this book was Ramson. The guy is ...more
This is another instance of unwarranted hate. It's sad how Twitter almost crushed the dreams of a promising author who only wanted to retell one of the dark periods in Chinese/Asian history. Overly sensitive influencers disregarded Amélie's standpoint, accusing her of Black discrimination (and plagiarism). Now that I've read the ARC and final manuscript, I feel very indignant. But I'm also glad that the ...more
There is a lot of drama in the book world and some authors should address the issues raised in their books but I am not sure that the issues raised are enough to justify pulling the book from publication.
Not everything in the world is looked at through American eyes and it seems that a vocal majority has cowed this author into submission.
This will be published on November 19, 2019. ...more
A newly edited version of Blood Heir is going to be published November 19th of this year. While I stand by my opinion that nothing about the message of this book needed to be changed, I'm happy that we will be provided a chance to read this story. Amelie deserves to have her book read, so look for it on shelves this Fall!
Curing an affinity was like trying to change the color of someone’s skin or the way someone loved.
Imagine this: ever since you’ve been a little kid, ...more
Stellar world building. Super writing. A unique twist on several magic tropes.
Plot: ★★★ 1/2
Main characters: ★★★ 1/2
Pacing: ★★★ 1/2
Intricately plotted, gorgeously written, and extremely strong in character development and setting, Blood Heir is an impressive debut.
It reminds me of the joy I had when reading Leigh Bardugo for the first time—great writing surrounding a great world. In fact, there are echoes of Grishaverse in Blood Heir. The dual POVs felt like Six of ...more
It's amazing how changing so little made the story on the whole so much better. Really, this official version had the same shape as the original, with all the same plot points and all the same destinations, but sometimes the motivation behind something was changed or the attitude surrounding it, and that made it all feel more well-rounded, more real, and more human. Issues I'd had with the original were fixed without changing much, especiall ...more
This book is for you if… you still have hope for the ya genre or would like to see it restored to your silly little bookish heart. A slow-burn (clean) romance (or a hint at it) will be part of the deal as well.
Didn't I tell you this would be the Illumicrate December 2019 book? Didn't I? huh?
So, in all honesty, I did not have the highest expectations diving into this book. I read a couple of mediocre and bad reviews, even, beforehand and it really ...more
"Choices were for those with privilege and power. When you had none, all you could do ws survive."
For me this book started off really strong, with an excellent beginning and middle. Ana is thought to be dead; accused of killing her father, the Emperor, she has fled from the royal palace to get revenge on the person who caused his death, and show the empire that she was framed. While doing this she comes across a member of an important crime gang that runs the underbelly of crime and the hum ...more
plot twist: russian language is gendered. a woman wouldn't have a male last name no matter how much you want her to.
Blood Heir was a dark retelling of 'Anastasia' full of action and determination. It contained some important themes and multi-faceted characters and although at times it felt a bit repetitive I still enjoyed it very much.
Anastacya 'Ana' Mikhailov was the crown princess of the Cyrillan Empire- a hostile place for Affinites (people with magical abilities). As a child, Ana discovered her blood Affinity (being able to control people's blood) when she accidentall ...more
|YA Buddy Readers'...: Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy #1) by Amélie Wen Zhao - Restarting October 25th 2020||45||227||Nov 01, 2020 05:44PM|
|Illumicrate Group: Day Two: Chapter 5-9 (Inc)||7||33||Mar 06, 2020 11:55AM|
|Illumicrate Group: Day One: Chapter 1-4 (Inc)||14||67||Mar 06, 2020 11:37AM|
|Illumicrate Group: * Readalong Introduction and Chapter Splits||4||88||Mar 06, 2020 11:34AM|
|Illumicrate Group: Day Four: Chapter 15-19 (Inc)||6||27||Feb 19, 2020 05:00PM|
|Illumicrate Group: Day Three: Chapter 10-14 (Inc)||4||26||Feb 18, 2020 09:51AM|
Amélie Wen Zhao is a Paris-born Chinese national who fell in love with stories since she was old enough to hold a book. Raised in an international community in Beijing, she had the opportunity to grow up steeped in the values and teachings of three different cultures. Romance o ...more