Title: The Japanese Lover
Author: Isabel Allende
Start Date: September 1, 2015
Finished: September 7, 2015
✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ /5
I won a copy of The Japanese Lover through Goodreads giveway, and this is my first time reading one of Isabel Allende’s work. I’ve heard nothing but great things about her writing so I was excited to dive right into this. Let me just start off by emphasizing how much I enjoyed this book. At first I was a little wary of coming across stereotypical aspects of Asians or Asian culture (I’m looking at you Rainbow Rowell and your atrociously racist representation of Park in Eleanor & Park. For a hilarious review of a terrible book, check out Angry Girl Comic’s thoughts on it here), but I was so relieved when I found none.
So what is The Japanese Lover about? Alma Belasco is sent to San Francisco to live a life of luxury and safety at her aunt and uncle’s mansion during the second World War. It is here where she meets a young Ichimei Fukuda, her relative’s gardener’s son. Alas, their friendship and romance are thrust into jeopardy as Ichimei is sent to an internment camp with his family. From then on, they reunite on and off. Fast forward to present day where Irina Bazili, a new care worker who begins working at Lark House nursing home, comes across the now elderly Alma. Together with Alma’s grandson, Seth, they try to uncover what really happened with Ichimei, and they attempt to piece together the secretive relationship between the two.
Note: This review contains no spoilers.
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I thought I’d take a little breather from being so ranty after that last review (I get really riled up and do some angry heavy breathing and sighing) by posting what I’m currently reading and some of the best books I’ve read so far this year!
My Current Read: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
I’m only a few pages into this but this seems promising so far and I’m very very very excited about that. With a 4.01/5 review on GR too, I’m very relieved to finally be reading something that I might finish all the way through and not hate.
The way I chose Seraphina was my current read was to write down a bunch of books I’m interested in reading next and randomly select one. It was supposed to be this cute post where I fold a bunch of origami stars with book titles written on them and have those put in a mason jar that I’d decorate too, but laziness overtook me and I decided to just cut out hearts and have the bf randomly select one.
LOOK at this cover though! It is absolutely gorgeous the way the colours change in the light. This might be my favourite book cover of 2015 too now that I think about it.
As some of you may know if you had read the “About Me” section, I hate summarizing plotlines since I think they’re so accessible with Goodreads around, but I’ll try my best to describe what this beautiful book is about.
Seraphina introduces a medieval world where humans and dragons in human forms co-exist, although not as peacefully as some may hope. Tensions are high between the two species and our musically gifted protagonist is thrust into the court life after a member of the royal family is murdered. Seraphina gets involved with the investigation of the murder, and of course there has to be a cutie pie Prince that joins her in solving this mystery.
This is the first time I’m dabbling into a realm where dragons/humans coexist, and I know there are quite a lot of good YA books with this theme so I’m hoping this is a good one to start with.
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