Book Review | The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

This is my first horror-ghost-like novel of 2017! Yeayy! And guys oh guys, it was freaking awesome! I love how it end, how the cultures had been portraits and most of all I love how it achieve my expectation level.

Published by William Morrow (2013) | Author : Yangsze Choo | English | Paperback (368pgs) | Genre : Culture, Paranormal Journey, History, Romance | Goodreads SummaryΒ 

First Impression & My Own Summary

Honestly, Im kind of attracted to the book cover and also the book summary which urge me to buy it on the spot.

This book is about Li Lan who receive a news from her father to be betrothed to the dead of Lim’s son family. Well, of course she refuses, but then she and the whole family had been haunted. Hence to overturn the misfortune, Li Lan must embark unwilling journey to the afterworld to find the true reason that may be the root answer for all of their haunting. It was a discovery of bitter true and ehem, romance? Yeah indeed. Lols. I just love how horror-romance blend together, it is my fave genre at the moment.

The Kind of Horror That You’ll Experience

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All of the horror that I think I’ve seen on chinese drama like there is hungry ghost, wandering spirit, how actually the afterworld had been portraits in local Chinese customs. Most of all I didnt find it hard to digest since it was held in Malaya and I feel the intimacy of reading local writers ghost story.Β Yangsze Choo is a fourth generation Malaysian of Chinese descent and I found she portraits the culture beautifully.

I may warn you that sometimes when I read this book at midnight it will give me some goosebump and chill because yeah of course its gonna leave the reader marks of its genre right? – Read it with your own risk.

The Kind of Plot You’ll Expect

It was a light reading, it does not have to push your brain too much about the plot cause it was rather straightforward. Its also have a little bit riddle and mystery that will feed your curiosity at a correct amount. There are also thrill in every Li Lan journey and I’ve been with her in her glorious and sadness moment (I love this girl despite how innocent and stupid she was) but she deserve someone to be loved. Hail yeah to the all sweet girls of the world.

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The Kind of Romance That Makes Your Nose Bleed (no kidding)

I love how one of the character resembles one of my main-fictional-crush (you know who). Choo totally nailed this character and now I’ve been listing the hero of this book on my best fictional boyfriend/husband. Muahahaha. I love the romance between Li Lan and **** (I’m sorry but this is a free spoiler review, so..), how they cope together in very well blend. Yaiee, my face went blushing, hahaha.

The Ending of All The Misery & Mystery

I have tagged Choo on her twitter on how much I love how this book end but secretly hoping that they’ll be a sequel for this book. Please Choo <3

Why You Should Read It?

If you are a fan of asian horror story like The Eye 10, Mae Nak or even chinese horror drama this book should reminisce about it. If you enjoying a light but also blend with low level of mystery solving than this is the book. If you also enjoy a plot twist about who will the main character end up is, this is the book (it have a lovely ending trust me).

I may catch a glimpse on what other reviewer been said about this book, on of it is this book was not about a love story of the girl living in Malacca nor the guy who haunted her in her dream but the culture and heritage was stand out powerful yet beautifully written. All of sudden my patriotic spirit boosting up. πŸ˜€ I love Malaysia and terribly missed the old days.

Do you have any other horror-romance book that you know & want to recommend me? πŸ˜€

Welcome Into Bookish World

  • QOTD : Whats your fave Fixi Novel?
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First time baca buku matang. Selama ni baca buku budak-budak jak. πŸ™ˆπŸ˜œ
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#Psikik is about a world where male just act as assistant. First 10 pages baca I need more time to adapt with the characters choices of dialogues.
#10pagesreaction
  • Terima kasih @imanpublication providing me a free copy in exchange with a honest review. Belum habis baca sebenarnya tapi nak post dulu lah teaser. πŸ˜‹
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Dah baca 180 pages and I love it! Okay sy cuba berlaku adil dengan buku-buku yg sy pernah bca sebelum ni. But this one, was one of its kind. Susunan ayat, installing the character personalities semuanya menjangkaui telahan yang saya telah fikirkan berkenaan novel-novel melayu πŸ˜‚.
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Daebak! Hanya satu ayat menunjukkan betapa saya kagum akan novel ini. But I need to dig more sebab tak selalu buku melayu membuatkan semangat membaca saya membara πŸ˜‰. Tahniah penulis atas penulisan setengah novel yang begitu dramatik dan intimate.
  • QOTD : What book make you cringe to do something after reading it?
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Last week I've been indulge myself in gaming assuming an assassin role mentioned in #projekathena. The mutual connection between the role both in the book also in ML make me cringe to know what its like to be an assassin. Eventually I fall in love with her. So my next move is climbing up the local rank for that particular heroes πŸ˜‚. I blame @syeraho for this. .
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Back to this book, its been a tearful journey, it was a long reading but a worthy one. I bet one can finish it in one sit as the words uses is simple and understandable.
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Not to mentioned it was my first book from HF. Honestly its hard to rate this kind of book, where islamic lifestyle and fiction were blend together. For my version of rating, I tend to give high rate to the book which has intimate, personal connection to the reader (me), so for that reason I'll give 4⭐. Even after catching a headache resulting from tears streaming last night 😣. .
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This book recommend for a light reading, bedtimes stories also to those who keen to seek assuring words of His Promises. No particular reader, I think its just suit for everyone. Also a nice book to read it Ramadan!
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The book synopsis gonna be in the comment below :
  • Alhamdulillah done reading a malay science fiction about Projek Athena : Manusia Ciptaan (trans : Athena's Projeck : Human Building). Thank you to @imanpublication for providing me a physical copy of this book in exchange with honest review.
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And it was a fun reading towards the end. And syabas @syeraho for your first novel! .
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This book recommend to those who love actions because Syeraho write a beautiful chereofighting, well mostly in words - and that something to praise with!
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I'm currently constructing in depth review for this book and will update it soon on Goodreads - read on GR cause  i'm hiding all the spoilers and leave you with all the good parts, lols 😜.
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Rating : 3/5 🌠. Sorry there are pro and cons so I'll settle with this first πŸ˜‰ and also dont judge by my rating cause im just a very stinky person πŸ˜…. .
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Setiap buku harus punya awal niatnya yg tersendiri (Eyqa, 2019).
  • QOTD : What book do you bought only because of its cover?
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First time encounter buku published by @katapilarbooks ialah masa baca Syif Tengah Malam. Rupanya this is penerbit yg penulis dia dikalangan doktor, misi also yang bertugas di hospital.
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One of many reason I like about them is their cover yg lain dari yang lain. Mcm this one.
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Jadi izinkan saya post pasal book cover mendahului book review dulu ya. πŸ˜‚
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Okay sekian. Saja nak bagitau cover dia cantik. πŸ˜‰
  • Big thanks to @prologmed cos hosting a GA for this book last year πŸ’–.
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Akhirnya dapat juga habiskan buku ni. Dalam buku ni ada enam cerpen yang bertemakan time travel. Buat yg mendambakan peluang kedua dalam waktu yang terbatas, pembaca diajak untuk menilai semula sekiranya kita bisa merentas masa untuk mengubah sejarah, adakah kita akan lebih bahagia dari sekarang? Or worse? Or dlm erti kata lain kena baca dlu buku ni baru tahu πŸ˜‚.
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Dalam enam cerpen aku paling terkesan dengan yang ada love story with bit of plot twist. Yang ada karakter yang kuat dan background cerita yang baik. Sometimes rasa geram but another time rasa bahagia tgk kebahagiaan character biarpun fiksi semata.Tak nak bagi spoiler jadi ckp secara am sejalah yer.
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Overall it was a good book. Kalau fans tentang Hermione with Time Turner, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child boleh lah try baca buku ni, setiap kisah ada teladan masing-masing. Yang tak akan dapat dinilai melainkan dengan cara membacanya sendiri. Hahh suspen takk? .
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⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 cause I want more. The book alone tak cukup πŸ˜‚.