Stay with Me…✧ ✧ ✧ ✧/5

Title: Stay with Me
Author: Ayobami Adebayo
Start date: July 17, 2017
Finish date: July 20, 2017
Note: I won a copy of Stay with Me from a Goodreads giveaway.

✧ ✧ ✧ ✧/ 5

Wow. Just wow. What a powerful story about patience and endurance.

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You’ll know when you have a great book in your hands when the author is capable of making you feel a series of intense emotions. The amount of detail and thought that went into carefully plotting the story is apparent; Adebayo successfully planted hints  throughout the novel to ultimately explain what drove the characters’ actions.

Stay with Me is set in Nigeria about a couple who’s having trouble conceiving. The idea of a polygamous marriage enters their once peaceful relationship, and Yejide is forced to accept Akin’s second wife.

I thought this story would be more about the trials of accepting polygamy; however, there is so much more to the tale than that. There are betrayals, tragedies (multiple ones might I add that left me teary-eyed), and so much heartache that in the end, the book isn’t so much about the ménage à trois, it is more about the determination one is willing to go through to make a marriage work.

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Want, by Cindy Pon…✧ ✧ ✧ ✧/5

Title: Want
Author: Cindy Pon
Start date: July 11, 2017
Finish date: July 18, 2017

✧ ✧ ✧ ✧/ 5

Do you want to live in a smog-ridden world where the longevity of your life is dictated by a corrupt corporation? This is the reality for Jason Zhou where the rich lead comfortable  lifestyles while the poor struggle to survive on the streets. The rich are protected from diseases by special suits that are made by the all powerful Jin Corporation, and Jason has had enough. In order to infiltrate Jin Corp, he must pose as one of the elites he despises and befriend the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO.

When I initially learned of a YA novel set in Taipei, my thoughts were as follows:

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This is one of the first YA stories I’ve read that is set in my home country. Being Taiwanese myself, I couldn’t believe that there was FINALLY something like this! So THANK YOU to Simon Pulse for publishing an amazing book like this, and for allowing a Taiwanese author to shine in the wonderful world of YA works. My teenage self would have loved to read something like this back in the day.

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The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende…✧ ✧ ✧ ✧ /5

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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