The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Li Lan is approached with a unique proposal, to become the ghost bride of Paterson of a powerful family. The prospect doesn’t exactly appeal to Li Lan and the more she learns about her intended husband and the intentions behind the proposal, the more she gets enmeshed in an adventure she didn’t expect.
Review: I knew by the description that I really wanted to read this book, it looked super interesting and right up my alley. As I kept getting more into the book I realized that it was even better than I could have imagined. This book was so fresh and new. It had so many twists within. I loved it because I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen next and it was such a great journey.
Li Lan was such a great character, I love her growth throughout the novel. She does a few things that aren’t the best move, but I thought it made her realistic rather than one of those characters that always does the most stupid things. I found her to be relatable and I really was invested in her story.
There is a bit of a love triangle but I think it was handled well. It was way off to the side and not the main focus of the novel. It didn’t feel like it took away from the main plot at all, and I really liked how it ended.
I liked in the afterword how Choo explained the afterlife, where different parts came from and how the location of the novel influenced all of that. It was cool to learn a lot about a different culture, I can’t pretend to be any sort of expert but from the afterword it felt like Choo did a really good job of depicting these beliefs in the afterlife of her book.
Recommendation: This might be the best book I’ve read this year. It was just freaking amazing and I loved it so dang much. I’m going to tell everyone to read this. This is my new go to recommendation when people are looking for a new read.
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