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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee | ARC Review (Chinese Mythology and Tall, Angry Asians!)

Epic Crush of Genie Lo F.C. Yee

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
F.C. Yee
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Reviewer: Sophia
Source: Netgalley

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo's every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.

Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo comes out next week! I repeat, NEXT WEEK! F. C. Yee’s debut novel might be my favorite book of this year, taking a spot right next to I Believe In a Thing Called Love and When Dimple Met Rishi.

Here's why you, as a fabulous bookworm, need to check out Yee’s debut novel when it hits shelves next week (and if you can't afford it, request away at the library!):

Chinese Mythology - As someone who is Chinese, I am ALWAYS on the lookout for Chinese representation in the books I read. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo focuses on a particular story, but those who are unfamiliar with Chinese Mythology will find the explanations included not overbearing.

Hilarious - Genie Lo is hilarious, and I swear 80% of my reading notes contain laughing emojis. There is never a dull moment in this book - every scene has a line that will have you laughing out loud, or trying hard not to laugh in public (I get embarrassed).

Breaking Stereotypes - I am SO glad there is a book out there breaking stereotypes. Genie Lo is tall and angry, something not typically associated with Asians. We're not all small and docile - we have claws, too!

Just A Little Bit of Romance - I am not a romantic person, but I loved the developing relationship between Genie and transfer student Quentin. It's not taking over the overall plot and action, and their interactions are entertaining to read as well.

Relatable - I'm not saying Genie Lo is relatable because she's Chinese like me. She's relatable to all of us - the ones who have gone through or will go through the struggles of junior/senior year of college: choosing the right college, writing the best essay possible, striving for good grades and scores, etc. There aren't many books in the YA category that deals with characters fighting demons while they're stressing over schoolwork and everything else at the same time.

With action and fantasy set in the modern world and comedic lines, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo deserves all the hype it has been getting the book community and so much more.

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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.