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The Jade Temptress by Jeannie Lin
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”you sit in gardens and dream of forests.”

i have mixed feelings about this one. i jumped right into it after finishing the first book in the series, the lotus palace, which was so rich and evocative that i couldn’t wait for more. jeannie is, as always, an excellent writer with a gift for imagery and sensory descriptions — the writing in this installment is stellar. i liked mingyu, clever and determined and fierce beneath the delicate flower facade, but i never really warmed to kaifeng, even after all the pains jeannie takes to remind us about the softness hidden beneath his lack of eloquence. moreover — the strength of the lotus palace was that it struck a nice balance between substance and romance, but the jade temptress is angst first and mystery second. there’s a whole lot of waffling around while nothing happens except mingfeng pining for one another (i just coined that ship name), and some threads felt unresolved to me at the end.

i actually loved catching up with yue-ying and bai huang — i don’t know if i realized how much fun they were until they were no longer my main characters.

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Reading Progress

May 20, 2018 – Started Reading
May 20, 2018 – Shelved
May 20, 2018 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
May 20, 2018 –
page 1
0.26% "i'm jumping right into this and i love mingyu so i'm excited!!"
May 20, 2018 –
page 48
12.5% ""do you wish to go?" madame asked her.
"i would never leave you," mingyu replied, equally emphatic. she touched a reassuring hand to the headmistress's arm. "the lotus palace is my home."
madame sun regarded her with a sharp eye, trying to pierce through the illusion created by silk and jewels and powder. perhaps they both lied to one another. perhaps they both knew it."
May 21, 2018 –
page 99
25.78% "i just wish she would stop telling us that mingyu finds kaifeng alluring and enticing"
May 21, 2018 –
page 161
41.93% "i loved mingyu in the first book but this one is dragging for me :/"
May 23, 2018 –
page 249
64.84% "the love story is iffy but this murder mystery is so good"
May 25, 2018 – Finished Reading

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