Weekend Reads: Korean Suspense Thriller & YA Chinese Fantasy

Happy Saturday morning, chums! Welcome to BiblioNyan. Before I jump into my weekend reading plans, I wanted to provide a brief update on the 1,000 Follower Giveaway. My announcement of the winners and Q & A segment was supposed to go up yesterday, but due to technical difficulties I had to postpone that until Monday. If by Monday morning I still can’t get those difficulties sorted out, I’ll just share everything in a normal post rather than the video that I had planned. I’m kind of bummed about this because I was very excited for the video. I’m still going to keep my fingers crossed that things will work out but if they don’t, I won’t make you wait to hear who won.

Okay,  aside from trying to fix those technical issues, the rest of my weekend will be devoted to planning and re-arranging the entire house with Sir Besty. We are going to turn out living room/library into a library and cat-room. Then the cat-room shall become a computer room! This is neat because it means I can have a sofa in my room, although it comes at the cost of kitty towers, which was how I lured the felines into my possession for snuggling at night. But hey, a couch means I can play old-school video games on my SNES and Nintendo GameCube again, so I can’t complain too much.

Last week, I shared a psychological thriller that I was reading, and I fucking loved it! My review for it will be up in the first half of next week. After that I was supposed to start an #OwnVoices Chinese historical thriller, which I finally did last night. I’m not too far into it, but I love how it began and look forward to the journey it will take me on. After that, I’ve got my next two books planned out. With all of the moving, I don’t plan on getting a lot of reading done weekend, however, I’m excited for everything on the list, nonetheless.

The Imperial Alchemist by A.H. Wang

The Imperial Alchemist is an #OwnVoices Chinese historical thriller that alternates between two time periods—210 BCE China and the Present time. Many millennia ago, China’s most powerful emperor sent his most-talented alchemist and sorcerer on a quest for the elixir of life as he dangles on the brink of death, only to never return again. Fast-forward to now where we meet Georgia Lee, a super renowned archaeologist, who is on the hunt for a mysterious dude that possibly holds the answers to the greatest discovery in human history. Her journey shall take her from ancient tombs in China to traditional Japan, through the infernos of the Outback and finally to the lush and breath-taking mountains of Taiwan. As she continues to unravel this enigma, she realises that she’s in great danger.

I’m only a few pages into this and I’m loving it. The writing style is so delightful. I love how detailed the atmospheres are, and they don’t come across as tedious or boring or even slowing down the fast-paced events. It’s very gripping and rich with culture.

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Miracle Creek is an #OwnVoices Korean-American suspense thriller that takes place in a small town in Virginia and involves a special treatment centre where everyone knows each other since they’re all being treated (for various ailments and conditions) under the same roof via hyperbolic chambers. Then a catastrophic explosion occurs, and two people are killed. It becomes quite clear that the explosion wasn’t happenstance. This begins an intense and astonishing search for secrets and culprits that lead to a mind-blowing revelation.

This is another book that has being going around the community and once again I have been tempted to pick it up because the premise sounds so amazing. A lot of POC readers have been noting the cultural elements of this story and how POC—specifically Korean-Americans—are impacted, and that was too irresistible for me to not pick it up when I came across it at the library.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane is an #OwnVoices Chinese-American YA fantasy story about a young woman who is tossed in the chaotic world of power and politics when her father, the king, is murdered. Blinded by the need for vengeance, she turns to a unique magician—a treasonable act punishable by death—and a brilliant investigator who’s also a criminal, in order to find her father’s killer and obtain her revenge.

I checked this out quite a while ago, but then had to return it since there were holds on it. I’ve been craving a light and easy fantasy story and tossing in Chinese cultural and mythological facets made it pretty perfect for this strange mood I’ve got going on. I’ve noticed that when I want a fantasy, but I don’t have to invest too much thinking power into it, the young adult genre seems to be a great source to turn to. Additionally, the premise felt quite original than others I’ve encountered through the years.

Those are my weekend plans in a nutshell. I hope that you all have a lovely and gentle weekend ahead. If you live in a place that is extremely hot, like California or England apparently, then please stay hydrated and try to stay indoors as much as you can. If you’re in a far cooler climate, then know that I envy you and I only ask that you have a cup of cocoa on my behalf!

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