The Deep by Alma Katsu: A Slow-Burn Spectral Tale of the Deep Sea – Book Review

The Deep by Alma Katsu is a historical supernatural mystery novel about a young woman named Annie who survived the sinking of the Titanic, only to find herself working aboard another ship, the Britannica, years later. While working on the second ship, she is reminded of her time on the infamous maiden voyage of the Britannica’s predecessor; memories that are further heightened when she bumps into a familiar face.

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel: A Slow-Paced Retelling of Empress Wu’s Beginnings – Book Review

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel is an own-voices Chinese historical fiction novel that is the first in a duology chronicling the life of Empress Wu as she rose from a simple concubine to become one of the most powerful rulers in Chinese history. The story begins with a little girl named Mei who is picked to become a potential paramour for the Emperor. In the wake of her father’s demise, she is whisked away to the palace, never to see her family again.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong: An Outstandingly Lyrical & Savagely Imaginative Re-Telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong is an own-voices Chinese young adult historical fiction story that is an imaginative re-telling of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This breath-taking debut novel takes place in 1920s Shanghai where a blood feud between the Scarlet Gang and the White Flowers runs the streets, leaving the city in the grips of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper that has assumed the role of proud heir to the Scarlet Gang, and Roma Montagov, who happens to be the White Flowers heir apparent, as well as Juliette’s first love… and first betrayal.

Weekend Reads: Spoopy Historical Fiction & Badass YA Science-Fiction

My reading over the last week, or since my last Weekend Reads post to be more specific, has been sporadic. While I have been able to finish a couple of books, the rut is fighting back and it’s annoying to say the least. But fear not! I shall also fight back. As long as I don’t fumble my next d20 roll (let’s go critical hit!), I should be okay, I think. Either way, these are the light-hearted (prose-wise) gems that I shall be diving into with the hopes of driving that rut back into the closet where it belongs.

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See: A Precise, Poignant, & Purposeful Narrative on Cultural Identity & the Strength of Women – Book Review (Historical Fiction)

The Island of Sea Women by Chinese-American author Lisa See is historical fiction story about two women—Mi-ja and Young-sook—who developed a deep-seated friendship as children; one that would follow them throughout their lives, via every obstacle and awe-inspiring challenge that befell them, together and as individuals. Their journey is set on the Korean island of…

Impromptu Used Books Book Haul! (April 2018)

This past Sunday after attending my regular Dharma service at my local Buddhist temple, I decided to go to a used bookstore. It was a beautiful Spring day, I was properly medicated to fight off the histamine twirling in the air, and, most importantly, my anxiety was very calm and almost non-existent. As someone who…