This was such a bittersweet goodbye to a series that is so close to real life, it’s hard not to get attached. Weddings, college, decisions to make, things to leave behind. It’s the perfect closure. I can’t have it any other way.
I miss obvious romance — maybe because I’ve been reading too much SFF lately, so this is really a welcome change. So to anyone who wants to fall in love while having a quick read at the same time, this is definitely for you.
With the current wave of YA lit, Genie’s character – the sarcastic, smartass, driven one — is the kind that I get to frequently read in the books these days, but as a guy. So imagine how groundbreaking it is for me to, finally, have it be a girl standing on that pedestal, and not just any girl — but an ASIAN GIRL.
I can’t really remember the last time I read a retelling so this was really a thrilling experience for me: the familiarity, the references. First few pages, few chapters, and this book already charmed my socks off! I didn’t expect to like this book this much — but man am I so wrong.
I am a Filipina and reading this story felt like being slapped by the wind whispering “it’s yours, it’s yours.” It was the familiarity I guess, the ease to which I imagined the scenes: typical provincial life, with the nice little bungalow, the festivities, the family. First few sentences and I can almost see my life reflected back at me.