The Dragon’s Promise by Elizabeth Lim

“A promise is not a kiss in the wind, to be thrown about without care,” I murmured to myself. “It is a piece of yourself that is given away and will not return until your pledge is fulfilled.” Princess Shiori made a deathbed promise to return the fractured dragon pearl to its original owner. However,…

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

“Men lived forever in their bodies, in their statues, in the words they guarded jealously and the countries they would never let you claim. The immortality of women was a sideways thing, haphazard and contained in footnotes, as muses or silent helpers.” Luli Wei is desparate to become a star. She is talented, beautiful, and…

I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki by Baek Sehee

“Why are we so bad at being honest about our feelings? Is it because we’re so exhausted from living that we don’t have the time to share them?” Baek Sehee is a successful young social media director at a publishing house when she starts to see a psychiatrist about her…depression? Maybe it’s depression, she’s not…

The Silence of Bones by June Hur

“This is the consequences of the clash of old and new. We must prepare our hearts, all of us. No matter which side wins, we will all be heartbroken.” 1800, Joseon (Korea). Sixteen-year-old orphan Seol is indentured to the police bureau. She’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with an investigation into the…

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

“Maybe part of fighting the unhappiness in this world is to seize happiness when we can.” When Ever Wong’s parents send her to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself living in a small colony of the over-achieving kids her parents always wanted her to be like. Rick Woo, a child prodigy…

An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan

“There was once a girl who lived on the moon as its guardian. She was its heart and its breath.” Hunter Yee has perfect aim with a bow and arrow, but everything else in his life has veered off course. After being kicked out of his private school, he transfers to a public one and…

A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

“Grief has a taste, bitter and lingering, but so soft it sometimes disguises itself as sweetness.” For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it is her fault. She unknowingly brewed the poison tea that took her mother and now threatens to take her sister, Shu. When a letter is…

2022 Asian Readathon Ideas

Asian Readathon is back for the fourth year in a row! This has become a staple in my reading year and I’m super excited to see what I decide to pick up this year. The fabulous withcindy is hosting again and you can click on the link to see the announcement video. This year she’s…

Kamusari Tales Told at Night by Shion Miura

“People pray only in times of trouble, they say, which to me seems like a suspect use of religion—but the point is, this line of work is inherently so demanding and dangerous that all anybody can do is trust their luck and leave their fate in the hands of the gods.” It’s been a year…

American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar

“Our worlds seem so different on the surface, but maybe they’re reflections of the same soaring sky—one shot at dawn, one at dusk.” Rani Kelkar has never lied to her parents, until she meets Oliver. A straight- A student aiming to be a pediatrician finds herself attracted to this young, charismatic artist, who also happens…