Book Review: American Panda by Gloria Chao

Disclaimer: My review is based on the e-ARC version of the book.

Title: American Panda

Author: Gloria Chao

Publication Date: February 6, 2018

Version: e-ARC

TWs/CWs: racism


An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her germophobia and crush on a Japanese classmate.

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

From debut author Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.

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Brooklyn House Magician’s Manual: The Kane Chronicles

UHH – IS SOMEONE BLESSING US? Just the beginning of the month they announced new covers for The Kane Chronicles, and now we have a new companion book? We really are blessed. I can’t wait for this to join the other beautiful, hardcover companion books on my shelf.

Brooklyn House Magician’s Manual is going to be released on May 1st this year!

Please buy it.

Here are some links:


Book Depository

Book Review: Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Disclaimer: My review is based on the e-ARC version of the book.

Title: Love, Hate and Other Filters

Author: Samira Ahmed

Publication Date: January 16, 2018

Version: e-ARC

TWs/CWs: Violence, assault, Islamphobia, racism


In this unforgettable debut, a Muslim teen copes with Islamophobia, cultural divides among peers and parents, and a reality she can neither explain nor escape.
American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy who’s “suitable” to her mother. And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe, just maybe, pursuing a boy she’s known from afar her entire life who’s suddenly falling into her orbit at school.

But unbeknownst to Maya, there is a danger looming beyond her control. When a terrorist attack occurs in another Midwestern city, the prime suspect happens to share her last name. In an instant, Maya’s community, consumed by fear and hatred, becomes unrecognizable, and her life changes forever.

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The Kane Chronicles’ New Covers (In Other Words: I Am SCREECHING)






They are so beautiful. I love them so much!

I’m so glad we’re getting more things for this amazing series. It’s always been ignored in favour of Rick’s other series, which sucks, since they’re all pretty great. I hope sales increase and you guys also enjoy the new covers. I just wanted to scream for a bit, thanks.