The Night Tiger

The Night TigerThe Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
Published by Flatiron Books on February 12th 2019
Pages: 384
ISBN: 1250175453
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four-stars

The Night Tiger has a little bit of something for everyone! Fans of this Author’s debut book, The Ghost Bride will love this sweeping tale set in Malaya (Malaysia) in the 1930’s. There is a lot going on in this book that I am only going to give a brief synopsis of the main characters.

Ren is an 11-year-old boy on a mission to locate his former masters missing finger so that he can bury it with his body. He has 49 days to do so for his master to be a rest. If he fails to find the missing finger, his master will be doomed to roam the earth forever.

Ji Lin is a young woman who works as an apprentice to a dressmaker. She is intelligent and had dreams of going into medicine, but being born a female at this time, she must do as her stepfather wishes. While learning to make dresses, she moonlights as a dance hall girl to pay off her mother’s Mahjong debts. One night she dances with a man and takes a small container from his pocket – in it, a finger! She begins a quest to find out just why this man had this in his pocket and where it came from.

The Night tiger uses history, Chinese superstition, folklore and mysticism. This book is an intricately woven tale of two characters as they grown and evolve on a collision course to learn the truth. Choo utilizes many themes: the class system of servant and master, sibling rivalry, domestic abuse, the afterlife, superstition, romance, coming of age, and even were-tigers.

This book is full of beautifully written passages, vivid descriptions and imagery. This book has a mystery which unites all the characters. It was easy to be sucked into the world that Choo has created. This book is as lush as the Malaysian jungle. I felt as if I experienced this book rather than read it. This book is atmospheric, captivating and intriguing. Yangsze Choo has a creative mind and a gift for writing intricate plots. The result is a beautiful journey into 1930’s Malaya utilizing mystical elements and superstition.

Mark your calendars and be on the lookout next year when this book comes out!

Thank you to Yangsze Choo and Flat Iron books who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

four-stars

The Ghost Bride

The Ghost BrideThe Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
Published by William Morrow on August 6th 2013
Pages: 368
ISBN: 0062227327
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four-stars

Beautifully written book with a beautiful cover. It captured my attention from page 1 and it was very hard to put down. There was a not a single page that I did not want to read.

The long and short of it is that Li Lan, the daughter of opium addicted and bankrupt man (her Mother passed away when she was a child). Her father receives an offer by a wealthy and powerful family. The Lim family want her to become a ghost bride for their recently deceased son,Lim Tian Ching. .

After a visit to the Lim family home, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be husband, but also by her desire/crush/interest for the Lim’s handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is haunted by Lim Tian Ching. – a suitor who disturbs her in many ways.

After visiting a medium and feeling she has no options she “accidentally” takes to much “potion” and slips into a coma. This is really where the magic begins and the story becomes more and more interesting. She is drawn into the Chinese afterlife, full of ghost cities, deceased ancestors, hungry ghosts, demons, magic, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits, and, surprisingly, bureaucracy. In this Chinese afterlife she meets Er Lang, a type of official who becomes/acts as her guardian spirit. With Er Lang she learns that there is more to death (and life) than she ever imagined. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets and in the process learns about her own ancestors and their family history.

Such a fantastic book. Highly recommend.

four-stars