Ooh, What’s That Wonderful Smell?: The Secret of a Heart Note

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Hi my pandas! It’s been a long week, hasn’t it? Well, let’s try to end it on a good note. (Was that pun intended? You will never know.) Today I’m going to be reviewing my third Stacey Lee book for the #AsianLitBingo readathon. The Secret of a Heart Note was my choice for the Multiracial Multiethnic Asian MC square, and I’m pleased to say it was yet another delightful read!

I’m giving The Secret of a Heart Note 9 out of 10 stars!

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To The Rescue: Not Your Sidekick

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Today for Fangirl Favorites Friday, I present to you my review for the LGBTQIAP+ MC square of #AsianLitBingo! I chose the book Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee after hearing many rave reviews about it, and I can confirm that it as amazing as you’ve heard. This is the superhero book you’ve all been waiting for! I’m already highly anticipating the sequel, Not your Villain, which comes out later this year. Because…

I’m giving this Not Your Sidekick a perfect 10 out of 10 rating: that’s how amazing it is!

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We’re Coming to America: Girl in Translation

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Hi my pandas! Today, I’m going to be reviewing the book I read for the Asian Immigrant MC square: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok. I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this book to be honest because I wasn’t even sure what it really was: YA or adult? Memoir with a few creative liberties or fiction? To be honest, I’m still not quite sure how to categorize this book, but it ended up being a very insightful, interesting, and highly recommendable read.

I give this book an 8.5 out of 10 star rating!

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A Snake and a Dragon Go On a Journey To the West: Under a Painted Sky

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First of all, today is my bookstagram one-year anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started that account. and almost a year since I started this blog. How time flies! Anyway, my pandas, I have my sixth #AsianLitBingo review, my pick for a religious Asian MC. Now, Samantha is not as religious as the other main character, Annamae, but she is still religious. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure about whether or not I would actually like Under a Painted Sky. On one hand, I’m not really a big fan of “Western” type novels nor of long journey type novels. On the other hand, I loved Stacey Lee’s other book, Outrun the Moon, with its gorgeous dialogue and beautifully crafted characters. The final outcome?

I gave Under a Painted Sky 8/10 stars.

That is probably the highest rating I’ll ever rate a Western journey type novel, so consider me extremely impressed with this book. Let’s see what made it so much better than your average Gold Rush journey! Continue reading

Reincarnations and Mind Reading: Silver Phoenix

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Hello my pandas! Today I’m going to be reviewing my fifth book for the #Asian Lit Bingo Challenge: Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon! I used this for the SFF with an Asian MC space, and I’m going to give it a 7.5 star rating. 

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As usual, thanks Goodreads! No one wanted Ai Ling. And deep down she is relieved—despite the dishonor she has brought upon her family—to be unbetrothed and free, not some stranger’s subservient bride banished to the inner quarters. But now, something is after her. Something terrifying—a force she cannot comprehend. And as pieces of the puzzle start to fit together, Ai Ling begins to understand that her journey to the Palace of Fragrant Dreams isn’t only a quest to find her beloved father but a venture with stakes larger than she could have imagined. Bravery, intelligence, the will to fight and fight hard . . . she will need all of these things. Just as she will need the new and mysterious power growing within her. She will also need help. It is Chen Yong who finds her partly submerged and barely breathing at the edge of a deep lake. There is something of unspeakable evil trying to drag her under. On a quest of his own, Chen Yong offers that help . . . and perhaps more.

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The Badass Heroine and Her Sidekick the Chinese Batman: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

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“So I didn’t handle the mugging as well as I could have.”

Today’s Fangirl Friday post is going to be about a book that just blew my mind. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I got this book at YallWest. I passed by the Pique booth where F.C Yee was signing, thought, “Cool, free signed ARC,” and that was that. However, I found out that I could use this book for my Asian Superhero MC space, and the rest was history. I am so glad I picked up this book at YallWest! It was completely and absolutely amazing. (Oh and thank you to Pique Beyond and F.C. Yee for this ARC. This has no influence on my review whatsoever.)

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Take it away, Goodreads: The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged. Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven. Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…
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I give this book a full 10 stars and I want all of you to buy this book when it comes out in August of this year. Cue the fangirling and actual review.

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Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures: Enter Title Here

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Hello my pandas! Today I’m going to have a review instead of a Thinking Thursday so that I can get as many of my #AsianLitBingo  Challenge books reviewed this month without having two posts per day. Today’s book feels especially appropriate given that it is currently AP and SAT season right now. Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia is definitely one of the more unique books I’ve read recently. This is my fourth book for the challenge, and I used it for the Southeast Asian MC square. Where are the other two reviews you might be asking? The two books I read before this, while both absolutely amazing, are ARCs, and I’m going to try to review those towards the end of the month, closer to the release date. Continue reading

Earthquake!: Outrun the Moon

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Seeing Asian: Top Ten Covers with Asian Rep on the Front

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a cover freebie. So in keeping with this whole Asian American Heritage theme, I’ve decided to feature covers with Asian people on them, whether a photograph or drawing. Unfortunately, there are not nearly enough covers with PoC on them, but the majority of those that do are gorgeous! All of the following covers are books that I’ve either read and loved or have on my #AsianLitBingo TBR. Don’t forget to check back tonight for my review of Outrun the Moon! The books I have read and reviewed have linked reviews: just click on the title! Without further ado:  Continue reading

Looking Ahead: What’s Up in May Featuring My #AsianLitBingo TBR

Ok my pandas, this might be a long post, but bear with me here. This month is going to be super jam-packed because I have three main topics I have to cover: my YallWest wrap-up, the #AsianLitBingo along with accompanying shenanigans, and of course, my BLOGIVERSARY!!!! I can’t believe this blog is already almost one year old; how time flies!!! However, more on that and YallWest later. I will say though that all these things happening all in the month of May means that my blog schedule is going to be super jam-packed. Not only will I be posting everyday, you might even see two posts on one day: a review and either another type of post or another review. I’ll try to space it all out, but I make no promises. And of course, I chose to do this all during AP exam season. Ain’t I brilliant?

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Anyway, let’s focus on today’s big announcement: the #AsianLitBingo! The amazing Shenwei has all the official rules and such on their blog, so please click here for all the official rules and such! This is going to be so much fun, from author interviews to Twitter chats, to of course, prizes. I will be reviewing all the books I read for this challenge this month and I will try to make as many posts centered around Asian rep as possible. Ooh and shout out to Aentee for creating all the gorgeous graphics! Speaking of gorgeous, here’s the bingo sheet:

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Being the ambitious Hufflepuff that I am, I’m going to try and do a blackout of this. Keyword: try. You never know though! Anyway, keep reading for my TBR. (I will try to keep this updated throughout the challenge by bolding the ones I’ve read.) Let’s go! Continue reading