Books for Lunar New Year

Happy Year of the Goat!

Golden-New-Year-Goat-2015

In honor of Lunar New Year (BTW, I was born year of the Tiger) I wanted to share some Asian-inspired reads. I may be wrong but it seems to me that there aren’t that many mainstream books with an Asian influence. Here are some that I’ve read and enjoyed. Leave a comment and let me know of your favorite Asian-inspired or Asian-centric books or movies. Thanks for reading!

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Probably the most well known of this article. The movie was fantastic also. It follows 4 women and their female children as they come of age and come to terms with their mothers. A fascinating story and so well done!

Eon & Eona by Alison Goodman. This short fantasy series is an amalgam of Asian inspired culture and superstitions. It also speaks to drug use, gender issues, chauvinism and women’s roles in any culture. The dragons are a bonus. Well written, inventive, and exciting.

Gilded by Christina Farley.  After her mother’s death, Korean-American Jae-Hwa returns to Seoul with her father only to discover she is hunted by a demigod to be his mistress. Farley portrayed Jae-Hwa as a typical teenager that discounted everything her family cautioned her against and, if I must say, was a tad annoying because of it. However I enjoyed the story a lot overall and really appreciated the glimpse of Seoul – it was like taking a vacation.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. The least “Asian” story of them all. Park is half Korean in middle America during the 80’s. This love story is a must read for anyone who grew up in the era of big hair and power ballard or for fans of realistic YA. Rowell does an amazing job of writing about misfit teenagers falling in love. Fans of John Green will appreciate this story.

 

Fate Reborn by Christina Ow

FateReborn_MED

Fate Reborn (Dukkha Fate Series #1) Blurb:
Ashat is a werewolf who’s lived three centuries in sorrow and torment after his family was killed by an enemy-Baku. The only way he is able to bear his long life is drinking himself into a drunken stupor, women and hunting down Baku. His world suddenly changes when he meets Merilee and he is finally able to love and be happy again.

Merilee lost her family in a fire when she was five. However she isn’t too sure about that, her nightmares show her something very different to what her shrink has been telling her for thirteen years. She was raised by her two adoptive sisters Ann and Maria in an orphanage. She has a fear of letting people in and losing them. This fear makes her put up with an obnoxious boyfriend Steve until she’s finally gets the courage to get rid of him.
She finally meets a man who she instantly has a crush on and ultimately falls in love with after their first night together.

But Merilee and Ashat have met before in the worst of situations.

Ash

Lee

 ********************

Ani’s Review

Let me cut to the chase. I liked reading Fate Reborn. I was intrigued by and enjoyed the Native American aspect however, two things bothered me.

1. Once the story came to the present time, the Native American aspect disappeared almost entirely.

2.  I really like the name Ash for a tough male character but during the prologue, which is the only part where the author used his full name, Ashat, I could not stop seeing it as “ass hat”. I tried really hard – I did! LOL

Beyond that, Fate Reborn was engaging and interesting. I liked seeing Lee’s character develop from a needy, peace making kid to a strong willed woman who stood up for herself and her family/friends. Good character development and story writing but I’d love more details. This can be read as a stand alone novel but it does leave the reader with unanswered questions but thankfully, no cliffhanger ending (hate those!). I’m definitely interested in reading more of the Dukkha Fate series of 5.

Fate Reborn will be available January 30th.

The Beginning, the prologue to Fate Reborn, is now in a novella format and free if you sign up for author Christina Ow’s newsletter below.

thebeginning11 copy

inderxAuthor Bio
Christina OW writes suspense, thrillers, erotica, interracial and multicultural romance books. She is the author of Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Regency Romance books and a poet of currently 3 titles. She loves reading novels that take her on a ride of wild emotions. Books have always been an escape for her, for a few hours she gets to live the lives of characters she grows to cherish and admire. She’s always had an active imagination and because of it has lived in her head more than she has been in the outside world. She always imagined scenarios and wondered how they would turn out in the end, and what kind of emotions they would invoke. Thus began her writing career.

Author Links

 

Game by Barry Lyga

GameGame: The Sequel to “I Hunt Killers”

Billy grinned. “Oh, New York,” he whispered. “We’re gonna have so much fun.”

 
I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history’s most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent.
In an effort to prove murder didn’t run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo’s Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz’s door asking for help, he can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple–and its police force–running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game.
Both the stakes and the body count are higher in this suspenseful and unstoppable sequel from acclaimed author Barry Lyga.
*********************************
Ani’s Review
Game, the sequel to I Hunt Killers (click here for my full review)  was a twisty roller coaster of a ride! It definitely kept you on the edge of your seat but I also found that the supporting characters were not as interesting as in the first book. Jazz’s character and plot line was still very engaging but I was unhappy with girlfriend Connie. She had typical horror-movie decision making – poor to say the least! I wanted to jump in the book and shake her! That being said, I did enjoy the book a lot and the cliffhanger ending left such a hole that I was dreaming, literally, of how Jazz’s story would end. I have to applaud authors that can make me dream about their books (even though I would have preferred a good night’s sleep instead)! Check out the book here:  Game: The Sequel to “I Hunt Killers”