** I received an e-Arc of "An Arrow to the Moon" by Emily X. R. Pan from the publisher for the book tour conducted by TBR and Beyond tours. All reviews are my own and unbiased.**
About the book:
Romeo and Juliet meets Chinese mythology in this magical novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After Hunter Yee has perfect aim with a bow and arrow, but all else in his life veers wrong. He’s sick of being haunted by his family’s past mistakes. The only things keeping him from running away are his little brother, a supernatural wind, and the bewitching girl at his new high school. Luna Chang dreads the future. Graduation looms ahead, and her parents’ expectations are stifling. When she begins to break the rules, she finds her life upended by the strange new boy in her class, the arrival of unearthly fireflies, and an ominous crack spreading across the town of Fairbridge. As Hunter and Luna navigate their families’ enmity and secrets, everything around them begins to fall apart. All they can depend on is their love…but time is running out, and fate will have its way.
Ever since reading "The Astonishing Colour of After", I've been in love with Emily's writing style. It's so emotional, and hits all the right places to make my heart a soft beating mush and leaves me shedding tears.
This book isn't any different, and I LOVED the scenic writing which left me asking for more. Magical realism is a genre that fits this book so well. When I heard it's Romeo and Juliet retelling meets Chinese Mythology, I was expecting a high fantasy, action-filled, angsty romance kind of a story, but was pleasantly surprised to find out I couldn't be more wrong.
It's fluffy and cutesy at times, filled with love, laughter, and banter between Luna and Hunter. Their chemistry seemed so natural and free-flowing, so supportive and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The whole book is filled with magical artifacts, family secrets and so much more that I wouldn't want to spoil here. All I can say is: GO READ IT YOURSELF. You won't find a dull moment in the story...that is up until the end. I'm going to put a disclaimer here, that I am not a fan of unsolved mysteries / open endings. And the ending of this story left me with a lot of thoughts. There were more than a couple of things that were kind of left open and not really explained and it kind of bugged me and ruined a part of the reading experience.
I wouldn't go in-depth about the other things, cause that might be spoilers for all the awesome-sauce components in the story filled with magic and intrigue. It was a really enjoyable read and I would for sure pick up the next book Emily puts out.
Rating: 4 / 5
Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times and National Indie bestselling author of THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, and received six starred reviews. It was also an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Best YA Books of All Time. Emily co-created the FORESHADOW anthology and teaches creative writing at New York University and other institutions. She lives on Lenape land (in Brooklyn, New York), but was originally born in the Midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She received her MFA in fiction from the NYU Creative Writing Program, where she was a Goldwater Fellow as well as the editor-in-chief of Washington Square Review. She was the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine and has been awarded residencies at Djerassi (2017) and Caldera (2019). She spends her free time playing the mandolin, making art, and training her furry dog-beast to balance on strange objects. Her next novel, AN ARROW TO THE MOON, will be published by Little, Brown in April 2022. Visit Emily online at exrpan.com, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan. Links: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads
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