My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Book #2 “in the books” for the Booksparks Winter Reading Challenge! #WRC2019
The Night Tiger was…. interesting. I can’t sit here and say that it worked for me because in all honesty, it didn’t. This book had all the makings of a wonderful story. Rooted in magical realism, there was a mystical quality to the writing. There was a murder mystery. There was a love story. All the things that I would expect from a fantastic novel. But unfortunately, they didn’t all mesh that well together for me. There was a lot of fuss over a severed finger that I just didn’t understand or connect with. And the love story was a tad “icky.”
That being said, there were some qualities that I could appreciate that are worth mentioning. I did like the overall writing style of Yangsze Choo, and although I didn’t connect personally with the mystical elements, I could appreciate that the story was deeply rooted in folklore. In addition, I really enjoyed getting to know Ji Lin, the main character, and really connected to her as a character.
While this one didn’t blow me away, I’ve seen plenty of reviews from others who absolutely LOVED this book, so it’s definitely worth checking out if you like folk stories with a touch of fantasy.
-I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Yangsze Choo, and Flatiron Books for the opportunity to review.-
On to Book #3 of the Winter Reading Challenge, Me For You by Lolly Winston!