E-ARC, 288 Pages
By: Julie C. Dao
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/2
“Love isn’t waiting for someone to remember me. Love isn’t dreaming about them all alone. Love is talking together, forgiving each other, finding common threads in the lives we want. I’ve learned that now. You taught me.”
🌟 I picked this book in a moment of excitement when it was available for downloading on Edelweiss for everyone. I was having second thoughts as I started to read less YA books and I did not want to be harsh and unfair to this book. So I kept procrastinating reading it until I was finally in the mood recently.
🌟 This is my second book by the author, I read her Forest of a Thousand Lanterns last year and it was good. I liked her anti-hero protagonist. This book takes place in the same world and we got glimpses to some of the characters but this can be read as a standalone and it has totally different vibes to it.
🌟 Speaking of vibes, this had the same vibes that the old fairy tales I grew up with had, this book made me nostalgic and this explains why I enjoyed it. If you look at the synopsis you may understand why: It is basically a love story with a magical curse (The guy is trapped into a flute) by a witch! Weird and new and unique!
🌟 The characters were well written but I confess that Lan, the female MC was hard o love at first because she was being so rude, but she realizes that and tries to fix it through the story so bonus points for her growth.
🌟 The writing was good, I can’t say that the plot surprised me, just like the fairy tales I mentioned. The ending could be guessed as soon as you are oriented to the story and it is under 300 pages so it was not hard to go through.
🌟 Summary: This book made me go back to my first reading days! The story was simple, predictable and well written with characters that grow through the story. I can recommend for fans of fairy tales!