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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

If You Loved That, You'll Love This - Korean Edition with Axie Oh + GIVEAWAY: Win 5 Copies of Rebel Seoul!

Another round of recommendations! This time I had the pleasure of hosting Axie Oh, author of the upcoming YA Sci-Fi REBEL SEOUL, pitched as Pacific Rim meets Korean drama. 

Hi everyone! Excited to share some of my favorite Korean American and Korean authors with you in this awesome Bookavid feature. I really enjoyed “f/f recommendations with Julia Ember”, so very thrilled to be invited! Here we go:

If you love Daniel José Older's SHADOWSHAPER
Then you'll love Ellen Oh's PROPHECY

Both of these books are fast-paced adventures with courageous heroines chasing after their destinies. They're rooted strongly in their settings—modern Brooklyn in SHADOWSHAPER and ancient Korea in PROPHECY. And each integrates culture into their world building in both a macro- and micro- level. For example, with PROPHECY, on a macro-level, it’s set in a fantasy Korea and has Korean names and places. But on a micro-level the details are distinct and specific. The rhythm of the language, the interactions between the characters, who the characters are—their desires and fears—all contribute to building a world that feels like ancient Korea (but with magic)!

If you love  Jenny Han's TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE
Then you'll love Maurene Goo's I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE

This pairing might be a little obvious, but I can't help myself! Other than having very long (adorable) titles, both of these books are feel good contemporaries with realistic high school experiences and just the right amount of K-drama flair to give it that extra *gochujang (this was a really bad joke, sorry). Both books were featured on the popular Korean drama blog DRAMABEANS, here and here, because of their fun homage to K-dramas. Definitely two books close to my heart.

If you love Neil Gaiman’s TRIGGER WARNING
Then you'll love Yoon Ha Lee’s CONSERVATION OF SHADOWS

CONSERVATION OF SHADOWS may very well be my favorite short story collection. Like Gaiman, Lee's writing is literary, weird, gorgeous and imaginative. My favorite short story in this collection, “Effigy Nights,” was a 2014 nominee for the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story. The story itself is…indescribable, but in short, it’s about a city of artisans under attack by enemy starships. The only way for them to repel the attack is by summoning soldiers from books of legend by cutting them out from paper with scissors. Amazing, right? Other elements in his short stories include: mecha, necromancy, Korean history, mathematics and black holes.

If you love Lauren Oliver’s DELIRIUM
Then you'll love Gabrielle Zevin’s ALL THESE THINGS I'VE DONE

Both of these books are literary dystopias with great characters and writing. Like DELIRIUM, the world in ALL THESE THINGS I’VE DONE is similar to our own but for one disparate element i.e. love is outlawed in the world of DELIRIUM and chocolate is outlawed in the world of ATTID. Both books are written like contemporaries, but that added element gives them a fantasy-edge to keep things interesting. I've been a fan of Zevin's work since high school, but ATTID is a personal favorite. It’s set in a run-down New York where chocolate (the drug of choice) is outlawed. The heroine of the novel, Anya Balanchine, is the heiress to New York’s most notorious crime family. At the same time, she’s juggling Catholic school and nursing a flirtation with the new assistant DA’s son.

If you love Erin Morgenstern’s THE NIGHT CIRCUS 
Then you'll love Ha Il-Kwon’s ANNARASUMANARA

ANNARASUMANARA is a webtoon set in Korea about Yun Ai, an 11th grade student whose hardships have left her embittered. Still, as a young girl, she used to want to be a magician. When she stumbles upon an abandoned circus, a mysterious magician appears before her and asks, “Do you believe in magic?” The story goes from there and it’s enchanting.

Both THE NIGHT CIRCUS and ANNARASUMANARA follow a loose plot with gorgeous imagery (visual and textual images in the case of ANNARASUMANARA). They both center in and around a circus and are told in vignette-like chapters. The main difference is that THE NIGHT CIRCUS is fantasy, while ANNARASUMANARA is magical realism.

Axie Oh is a first generation Korean American, born in NYC and raised in New Jersey. She studied Korean history and creative writing as an undergrad at the University of California – San Diego and is currently pursuing an MFA at Lesley University in Writing for Young People. Her passions include K-pop, anime, stationery supplies, and milk tea. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her puppy, Toro.
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REBEL SEOUL, out on September 15th 2017 with Tu Books

"After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State.

When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project. Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot one of the lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war.

With secret orders to report on Tera, Jaewon becomes Tera’s partner, earning her reluctant respect. But as respect turns to love, Jaewon begins to question his loyalty to an oppressive regime that creates weapons out of humans. As the project prepares to go public amidst rumors of a rebellion, Jaewon must decide where he stands—as a soldier of the Neo State, or a rebel of the people.

Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas in this mind-blowing, New Visions Award-winning science fiction debut."

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

20 Upcoming 2016/17 YA Books by Asian Women: It's getting diverse in here, #ownvoices fabulousness! | #DiversityBoost

2017 will be a fantastic year, looking at all those incredible #ownvoices books that are so diverse that it takes physical restraint for me to not preorder all of them.

Do yourself a favor, diversify your shelf and add all those fantastic books to your TBR.


SACRIFICE by Cindy Pon
The sequel to SERPENTINE, #ownvoice high fantasy inspired by Chinese mythology. Yay! (Sept 2016, Month9Books) Goodreads
For her 2017 release, see WANT below.

This is the conclusion to her Young Elites series. (Oct 2016, G.P. Putnam's) Goodreads
For her 2017 release, see WARCROSS below.

The sequel to FORGET TOMORROW, an exciting diverse #ownvoices Sci-Fi. (Oct 2016, Entangled: Teen) Goodreads
For her 2017 release, see GIRL IN BETWEEN below.

This is about a teen aroma expert. Sounds promising and fresh! Sounds like it might have a touch of magic.
(Dec 2016, Katherine Tegen Books) Goodreads


WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
A high fantasy inspired by Labyrinth!
(Feb 2017, Thomas Dunne Books) Goodreads

You can never go wrong with a solid epic sci-fi read and this cover is absolutely gorgeous. (Feb 2017, Razorbill) Goodreads

A FLAME IN THE MIST by Renée Ahdieh
This is the first book in an upcoming duology, set in feudal Japan (May 2017, Putnam Juvenile) Goodreads

An #ownvoices book about arranged marriage and Indian teens! I'm so ready. (2017, Simon Pulse) Goodreads

WANT by Cindy Pon
A thriller set in Taiwan. #Ownvoices, too, yay! (2017, Simon Pulse) Goodreads

#Ownvoices and about a girl following Korean love rules. Sounds like a super fun contemporary! Can't wait. (2017, Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Goodreads

Is this... an interracial f/f .... with diverse protagonists.... I don't think I can handle this long wait, this book sounds like heaven. Add this to your TBR guys, this will be fantastic. (May 2017, HarperTeen) Goodreads

GIRL IN BETWEEN by Pintip Dunn
An exciting #ownvoices novel about a Thai-American heroine! Yay!
(July 2017, Kensington) Goodreads

(other covers yet to be revealed but not any less exciting)

#Ownvoice sci-fi set in a futuristic Korea. Weapons, gangsters, genetic modification! Wheeeee (2017, Lee & Low Books) Goodreads

WARCROSS by Marie Lu
Teenage bounty hunters! I absolutely CANNOT wait! (2017, G.P. Putnam's) Goodreads

ALONG THE INDIGO by Elsie Chapman
About a girl that's pressured into working in a brothel. (2017, Abrams) Goodreads

A "magical-realist romance". Well, that sold the book to me. (2017, Entangled Teen) Goodreads

QALA ACADEMY by Tanaz Bhathena
Super diverse #ownvoice read and from the early reviews I can tell that it tackles lots of important topics; domestic abuse, religion & stereotyping, rape - I need this. (2017, Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Goodreads

SOULMATED by Shaila Patel
An empath looking for her soulmate! Swoon! I love soulmate stories, plus this one's #ownvoice, too. (2017, Month9Books) Goodreads

A super dramatic bollywood-inspired #ownvoice contemporary that sounds really really fun! (2017, Crown) Goodreads

A Pakistani teen becomes a servant to pay back their parents' debt. (2017, Penguin) Goodreads

#DiversityBoost is a new monthly feature on my blog where I boost and highlight upcoming and recent diverse books or books by diverse authors. 
If you're a diverse author/ have written a diverse book and would like to be in one of my posts, follow my twitter to never miss a submission call!

Previously: 20 Exciting 2016/2017 YA by Black Women 
Next: 18 Upcoming 2016/17 YA by Latinx Authors
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