Book Review : The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

I always looked up onto Choo’s writing about strong girl character, you may read my review on her first book (The Ghost Bride – here), did you know it will be 6 episodes adaptation of this novel coming on Netflix this year? Im all head over hills into it. Back to this review, you sees, as a woman/girl we do have many limitations as fragile as we are. But deep inside, there always something blossoming about being a girl, and this book was all it was. Its a relief that sometimes its good to be emotional.

English, 363 Pages|Publisher: Flatiron Books| Historical, Fantasy Fiction, Mystery Solving Investigation |Rate : ★★★★★

Goodreads Summary  : A sweeping historical novel about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.

Centered in Malaya, five people (few were ghosts as I recall) tangled in a matter of living and dead. Which lead to self-discovery, sin to be regret and what matter of all, of course; love.

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It was like a curse, one of those dark tales when you try to discard something but it always return to you. – Ji Lin

On this Choo’s writing, I extremely devoured by her skills of blending the words with other people inner thoughts as though I’ve been in that person mind instead. I really like the ideas of putting ‘a paragraph’ to breathe, the kind of delaying on what will coming afterward to deepen the intimate connection with the characters. Save the best part for the last, right?

It occurred to me that just this afternoon I’d asked Hui to tell Mama I wouldn’t be in for the rest of the week because my mother was sick. How flippant I’d been! And now, like a curse, my words had come to roost. _ Ji Lin

Characters development was written emotionally powerful, with all the thoughts and decision making. I remember how it stabs my heart several times and kept me with a weird feeling lurking in my stomach.

A choking loneliness that made my teeth ache. – Ji Lin

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How I picture them in my head. Well Ren & Yi actually is 8 years old but it hard to find stock photo. lols. 

Whereas the background setting, the author must have plentiful research to set up such a place. The Malaya was explained in a beautiful yet oldies way, just I imagined how it used to be (re-imagine from P Ramlee movies of course).

My advice, please do not read this book on the public area as you’ll grin like a mad person before you realize it and do not read it on a dark night, where everyone falls asleep because in lonesome you’ll find the eerie side of this book. I still sometimes get the goosebump from it.

Goodby to my old life, and hello to the rest of it, whatever it might bring. – Ji Lin

There are no reason to object the relationship involved, as it was totally legal as far that I’ve research (in muslim ways) – not know about chinese but I thought it will be the same. But it all again got back into superstitious and the fear that people will talk – I’ll leave the rest into your own judgment as I already had my stand on this matter.

After all, this was a medium reading, not that heavy because it was all about emotion, but you may experience slow reading pace grabbing all the emotions back. Yet, the words used was that light and encouraging even for a beginner.

A slight heavy on the romantic side, well balanced in blending of the mysterious and problem-solving riddle. Also, a book which resembles how it was to be a decent girl living in Malaya on 1931. Tho it has alternate character perspectives, but still, the girl is the dominant and ace of all.

Why you need to read it?

In spite of the curiosity to know of what actually the connection between these five people with the Confucian name, the reader will be served with lots of inner view to what it felt to be a girl with not so good background. We will experience how crucial his/her past experience in determining their later decision. Also a sprinkled bit of hope in loving line – a forbidden love story perhaps? Everyone was curious to know how it end, well, Choo’s has her own way to make the character live even when you have already finished the book. 🙂

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  • 5 🌟 review up on the link 👆
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I remember how its stabs my heart several times and kept me with a weird feeling lurking in my stomach.
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My advice, please do not read this book on the public area as you'll grin like a mad person before u even realize it AND do not read it on the late night, where everyone had fall asleep, the eerie side of this book may freak u out.
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Well done @yangszechoo for the writing 😘❤️
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I shall say only three words for this book : short, fastfoward and paranormal.
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The story involving two malay detectives pushed into a tangled world of paranormal serial killer, a vampire like. But what matter the most, it has a connection from their ancestor. .
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There were still much hole on the plot as there were several unanswered questions at the end of the book. Still, the crucial questions had all been covered, so that not gonna be a problem.
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Its also have a plot twist which I did not expect nor do I excited about. Its just so-so.
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The ending for me does not satisfied as there are so much 'Why this and that?'.
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But yeah still a nice fast foward reading, this first published book for RAM Typewriter gotta glued you till the end with the curiousity bait in every pages.
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P/s : Are you a fan of RAM? Have you read this book? Or what was your fave RAM' s book?
P/s : Im not really a fan of RAM, but my mom is. Only she always read the first and the last chapter😂
#ramleeawangmurshid #kasyafain
  • Today Gratitude : To all the follower of this IG account. .
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As an introvert, i found its really hard to interact with other human being because of the shyness been accumulated inside me. I have no other words to decribe how meaningful other was to me. The reader, the follower or even the bypasser of this bookstagram pages, i would like to sincerely thank you for doing so. I pray for your everlasting wellness. May the goodness always in your favor ❤️.
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Dont let it stop here. Pass your own gratitude to other. Spread the positivity so there is no way for a blues monday.
  • Fix me in this path ya Allah.
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Kau kena faham, untuk berada di jalan yang kau pilih, untuk mengejar impian, tak semua akan faham bagaimana kau menjalankannya.
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Nasihat aku pada diri sendiri, keep moving on and teruskan berdoa in every step we take. Percaya dengan sebulat tekad, bahawa jalan terbaik bukanlah yg pada akhirnya berjaya, tapi pada proses kau mengenal Majikan Kau yang sebenarnya. Indeed He is Capable of Everything.
  • Izinkan aku membaca untuk seribu tahun lama lagi.
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Im out of words but soon im gonna post my book haul in my blog. 😁😁
  • What if, you are a ghostwriter. What it felt to write something for someone as themself and they take the credit? .
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This is indeed a digging the truth in a very deep way kind of writing. .
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I manage to visit a bookXcess outlet on Fahreinheit (after accidently mistook their warehouse an outlet 😅😅😅). And i'm both excited and amaze on how low all the books prices was. Due to my tight budget Im very glad to have some new books haul to bring back to KK and living with the most relaxing time of my life - reading.