Currently Reading: The Downstairs Girl

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What It’s About:  By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, “Dear Miss Sweetie.” When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society’s ills, but she’s not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender.

While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta’s most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light.


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This book was on my list of future reads and as soon as the public library acquired it, I requested a copy.

I am now 100 pages in and so much has piqued my interest.  Jo Kuan is such a fierce character and though much of her is still a mystery, I’m invested in her journey and where she will end up.  This novel is also very rooted in its setting and time period and what that means for people of colour like Jo, her friends, and her loved ones.

Stacey Lee’s latest book is unfolding in interesting ways, and I’m locked in for the ride.

Spotlight: Our Dreams at Dusk

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In this Spotlight post, I will shine a little light on a manga that I think everyone should pay attention to and read.  I’m so excited about this one and can’t wait to dig into it.


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Title: Our Dreams at Dusk (Shimanami Tasogare)
Story and art by: Yuhki Kamatani

What It’s About: A beautiful tale of coming-out and coming-of-age.

Not only is high schooler Tasuku Kaname the new kid in town, he is also terrified that he has been outed as gay. Just as he’s contemplating doing the unthinkable, Tasuku meets a mysterious woman who leads him to a group of people dealing with problems not so different from his own. In this realistic, heartfelt depiction of LGBT+ characters from different backgrounds finding their place in the world, a search for inner peace proves to be the most universal experience of all.


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Our Dreams at Dusk (Shimanami Tasogare) is a compelling read right from the beginning.

The emotions of fear and confusion burst off the page in some of the most incredible art I have ever seen.  The other more important thing is that those emotions ring true and do not feel like a hollow representation. We also get a range of characters with different experiences, which will allow different readers to see themselves in this book.  It is a story that I think will resonate with a lot of readers and not just those in Japan.

The cover image of Tasuku Kaname is arresting. It implores you to read about his journey and I hope that you will.

Finished Reading: Wicked Fox

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What It’s About: A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.


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Wicked Fox is such an atmospheric novel.  The writing really transports you into each scene whether it is inside a silent moonlit forest or a character’s unique living space.  Kat Cho does such a good job of doing this that you feel like you are walking beside Jihoon and Miyoung as they make their way through what is really the beginning of their story.  This novel is also full of that paranormal romance goodness that a lot of readers will be looking for.  Jihoon and Miyoung’s relationship stands out.  How they talk to each other, listen to each other and grow to understand one another despite coming from completely different worlds.

It is not love at first sight but rather, something small and fragile that grows into something stronger.  Kat Cho has brought us an exciting new series that weaves Korean folklore into the modern-day South Korean landscape and delivers an action-packed story with so much heart.  It is also unapologetically a Korean story.

Rating 3 Donut

Currently Reading: Wicked Fox

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What It’s About: A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.


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This book takes us to Seoul!  It will be fun to see a little about the landscape of such a vibrant and large city.

I have always loved reading legends and folklore from other countries so I’m excited to explore the story of the gumiho with this novel.

The author, Kat Cho, really enjoys kdramas and this novel was inspired by that love.  I am here for all of that.

This looks to be an action-packed story with some high-stakes and some romance.  I’m really looking forward to getting to know Miyoung and Jihoon as characters and seeing how each of their stories and histories unfold.

Give me more magic but also, more drama!