Hunter Yee has perfect aim with a bow and arrow, but all else in his life veers wrong.– GoodReads
Luna Chang dreads the future. Graduation looms ahead, and her parents’ expectations are stifling.
I’m not crying. You are.
Honestly…okay it’s’ me crying.
Emily X.R. Pan probably has a barrel of reader tears, for get the cute little jars we joke about on bookstagram.
This is just perfect because I also read Daughter of the Moon Goddess the same month so I got to see such a delightful contrast in retellings of this part of Chinese mythology.
We have a modern day retelling where the fantasy part is just so delicately woven in that the MCs are not even sure if what is happening is even real for them for a while; but they know it’s not normal.
I think the most intriguing part of this book was just seeing the differences in the two families. One isn’t better than the other, the problems they face are certainly different but both families kept me reading the whole time.
There are multiple POVs not just our MCs Hunter and Luna.
There are members of their families mostly but also the ‘antagonist’ but there’s really not just one ‘bad’ guy. I mean there is but he’s not necessarily the evil that Hunter and Luna face.
Their lives are complicated. One is the supposed bad boy the other the perfectionist hoping to live up to her parents’ ideals but both are smothered by their families and find solace in each other.
Pacing for me flew by because I was compelled to see each person’s chapter and find out more about them. There was so much drama between the adults, and then just the sweetest moments between Hunter and Luna but also Hunter and Cody, his little brother.
I think this feels more mystical than straight up magical and that was just a really nice touch.
I can see where some may not find this to be the retelling they were hoping for but this book was gorgeous to me and if you want a happily ever after….
No spoilers but maybe don’t run out to read this.
If you want an amazing novel and to collect some used tissues, go for it.
5/5 Huge cups of coffee from me. Thanks so much to the publisher for an ARC of this exchange for my honest review. This book releases 4/12/22!