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 Summary 

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. 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. 😀 I love Malaysia and terribly missed the old days.

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

Welcome Into Bookish World

  • I need to admit that I found Donatella perspective was way too adventerous compared to Scarlett. 😇 #legendary #stephaniegarber .
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I keep forgetting about whom is whom from Caraval and I feel a little bit lost learning where Dante comes from 😂 Hence I put Caraval on my next list just to recap what actually happen. .
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As the lovey dovey thing I prefer Tella dilemma in choosing love rather than Scar. .
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Q: #teamTella or #teamScar?
  • Akhirnya aku membaca buku ini dipandu emosi diluar kewarasan. 
Rare species yang amat, one of its kind. Never in my life I stumble into this kind of reading. .
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Tak tahu nak nangis atau nak ketawa. 😂
  • All time fave local book. Bits of Heaven by Aishah Madidiy. This is one of a few english novel that I owned, written by a local Malaysian. Hooked me on the very first chapter and the very reason why I decide to write my blog wholly in english. .
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"Akeed's dauntless journey explored every aspect of journalism, philosophy and religion. The book is an interesting read for those who yearn for something with different twist"
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I remember that I dont get bored easily on every chapter as it was a very light reading. Some says that Aishah Madidiy could be the next Hlovate (some says laa). 💖
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Q: Have your read any Aishah Madidiy books yet? What do you think of it? Im kinda sad will I get the copy again as JS already close down. 
For #bookendsmy #merdeka2k18bookchallenge
  • My most anticipated books will/already published on 2018 🎉😎
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✔A Court of Frost & Starlight by SJM - following my dearest Rhysand whereabout 😂
✔Legendary by Stephanie Garber - hopefully I could get a glimpse of that mind reading dress on Tella and the mastermind behind the circus (ok I need to read the book back cause my memory begin to fade out) ❌Wildcard by Marie Lu - of course as a gamer in between I must have this book into possesion
❌ A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G Drews - the debut of the hilarious talented book blogger Paper Fury had comes into pieces? Who did not want to be tame by this dark magic right? .
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I have planned that if I get all these books this year then I can start my book banned scheme successfully, till then I just need to pile up my TBR books a bit high more. .
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What is your most anticipated books this year? .
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Notes : ✔ (got it) | ❌(pending)
  • "Sini kak.." lambainya memanggilku. Aku hanya mampu terdiam kaku. Suasana sangat sunyi ketika itu sehinggakan aku boleh dengar degupan jantungku sendiri. - Syif Tengah Malam
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Ajaib sangat aku post benda ni di tgah malam. Tadi bukan main mengigil meskipun dibaca kala pagi. Sorry sgt dgn gambar gaya-gaya kiut tak menunjukkan keseraman langsung. .
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Sumpah seram sbb intimate sangat cerpen-cerpen dalam ni dengan aku, bukan sebab aku kerja kat hospital tapi sebab kawan aku yang kerja di hospital pernah cerita benda yang sama pernah terjadi. Jadi kaitan dia tu mmg sgt berkaitlah. Sebijik sama! .
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Rekomen terhadap pencinta paranormal/benda asing/entiti sebab ada sesuatu tentang penulisan amatur ini yang perlu dijadikan pedoman. .
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4/5🌟
Soalan : Kisah seram bikin ketagih kan? Serupa samyang 😂
  • I've been tagged by @eiyafarihah to do the #bareyourbookshelf tag. So lets go ✌😎 .
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📚 A BOOK YOU OWN BUT HAVEN'T READ ➡ There is so much but let me feauturing Aku Arkitek Jalanan by Teme Abdullah
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📚A BOOK YOU BOUGHT FOR THE COVER ➡NAMAMU and its white. 😍
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📚A BOOK PUBLISHED THIS YEAR ➡Warcross by Marie Lu
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📚A BOOK FROM AN AUTHOR YOU'VE NEVER READ BEFORE
➡ Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
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📚A BOOK FROM AN AUTHOR YOU LOVE
➡ A Court of Frost & Starlight by SJM
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📚A BOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR TBR PILE
➡ Sindrom by Tey Marzuki
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📚A BOOK SET SOMEWHERE YOU'VE WANTED TO VISIT
➡ Tokyo as describe in Warcross by Marie Lu 😍 the neon light etc
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Thanks for tagging me and feel free to do this #bareyourbookshelf tag!
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Also for #junebookchallenge2k18 by #bookendsmy [11] Your Favourite Film Adaptation.