How did I get the book? Blogger Event thank you @ Hot Key Books
Genre: Historical Fiction / Paranormal
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Li Lan lives in 1890s Malaya with her quietly-ruined father, who returns one evening with a proposition – the fabulously wealthy Lim family want Li Lan to marry their son. The only problem is, he’s dead. After a fateful visit to the Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also her desire for the Lims’ handsome new heir. At night she is drawn into the Chinese afterlife – a world of ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, monstrous bureaucracy and vengeful spirits. Enlisting the help of mysterious Er Lang (a dragon turned clerk) Li Lan must uncover the secrets of the ghost world – before she becomes trapped there forever.
200words (or less) review: As strange as it sounds I struggle the most when writing reviews for books I love. Maybe it’s because I feel I’m not being objective enough if all I say is “it’s wonderful”. But that’s exactly what The Ghost Bride is, wonderful.
A beautifully written and fascinating story set in a place I know next to nothing about. Please don’t let that put you off because Yangsze Choo explains it all, the descriptions are detailed so it’s no struggle to picture Li Lan’s life both in the real world and during her journey through the afterlife.
The Ghost Bride is one of those rare reads I couldn’t rush through. Actually I dragged it out for a couple of weeks because I didn’t want Li Lan’s story to end.
There isn’t one thing about The Ghost Bride that stands out as better than the rest but I guess the adventure begins once Li Lan’s travels to Afterworld – yet everything that happens before then is equally enthralling and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ending.
Yangsze Choo has written a book that will captivate you from the very beginning and take you on a unique and enchanting journey.