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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Anything Is Possible: The Crown’s Fate

This is really late in the day, but Happy Book Birthday to Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh and The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye! These were two of my most anticipated releases for this year, and while I have to wait a little longer for my copy of Flame in the Mist to arrive, I was lucky enough to snag a ARC of The Crown’s Fate at Yallwest from the Epic Reads booth! I actually grabbed the very last copy AND was able to meet Evelyn at her signing, so that makes my book so much sweeter and more precious. I blew through it in just a few hours, and I’m pleased to say that I truly enjoyed it! My final rating?

I give The Crown’s Fate 9 out of 10 stars!

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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.

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I’m Blue That This Book Is Over: Ramona Blue

img_0568-2.jpgToday I’m going to be taking a short break from my #AsianLitBingo challenge and instead review an amazing book that’s coming out really soon! Thanks to Epic Reads, I was able to grab an ARC of Ramona Blue at YALLWest, although this doesn’t any way influence my review etc.

Ramona Blue comes out on this Tuesday, May 9, and I highly encourage you all to grab a copy of it, or even preorder it! (Pssst, there’s a preorder campaign with lots of fun swag going on.)

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I’m aware that there was initially some controversy regarding the synopsis of this book and that it contained some poorly worded and offensive language. Fortunately, I believe that has been rectified since, and that this is the updated version: Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever. The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.

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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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Earthquake!: Outrun the Moon

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Not Your Typical Fairy Tale: Of Fire and Stars

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The first thing I would like to draw your attention to: this beautiful cover. There’s just something so simple yet beautiful about it, and it just makes me really happy. I was really excited to read this book when it first came out, due to both its beautiful cover and its intriguing synopsis. What could be so compelling, you ask? Well, I am glad you asked. Continue reading