Thursday, August 14, 2014

[Book Review] The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

The Ghost Bride: A NovelThe Ghost Bride
Yangsze Choo’s stunning debut, The Ghost Bride, is a startlingly original novel infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, and unexpected supernatural twists.

Li Lan, the daughter of a respectable Chinese family in colonial Malaysia, hopes for a favorable marriage, but her father has lost his fortune, and she has few suitors. Instead, the wealthy Lim family urges her to become a “ghost bride” for their son, who has recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at what price?

Night after night, Li Lan is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, where she must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family.

Reminiscent of Lisa See’s Peony in Love and Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s DaughterThe Ghost Bride is a wondrous coming-of-age story and from a remarkable new voice in fiction.

"It seemed to me that in this confluence of cultures, we had acquired one another’s superstitions without necessarily any of their comforts."
The Ghost Bride is essential book to read. It is full of Chinese Malaysian traditions that captured my attention. Li Lan is a maiden who lives with her father that betrothed her to the dead son of a very wealthy family. I instantly disliked him and was amazed at how humbled Li Lan was. She was incredible. With being the ghost's bride and have to be elegant as well as strong and independent was truly amazing and I loved how it was expressed. 

“When Er Lang comes for his answer, I will tell him that I’ve always thought he was a monster. And that I want to be his bride.” 
I don't really know how to write a review for this book because it was simply great. The action, twists, the background, and the setting itself was a perfect way to express something magical and I really enjoyed it.


Yangsze ChooAbout Yangsze Choo

Yangsze Choo is a fourth-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. She lives in California with her husband and their two children, and loves to eat and read (often at the same time).
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