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BLOG TOUR | The Girl King by Mimi Yu

Title: The Girl King

Author: Mimi Yu

Publisher: Gollancz

Published: 10th January

Edition: Paperback

ISBN: 9781473223110

Series: The Girl King 1/?

Pages: 481

My Rating: ★★★★★

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Two sisters become unwitting rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor in this sweeping tale of ambition, sacrifice and betrayal.

All hail the Girl King.

Sisters Lu and Min have always understood their places as princesses of the Empire. Lu knows she is destined to become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. Then their father declares their male cousin Set the heir instead – a betrayal that sends the sisters down two very different paths.

Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. She needs an ally – and an army – if she is to succeed. Her quest leads her to Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. Not wants to keep his identity a secret, but finds himself forced into an uneasy alliance with the girl whose family killed everyone he ever loved.

Alone in the volatile court, Min’s hidden power awakens – a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign… or allow Min to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one Emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could turn out to be each other.

Hello! It’s finally my turn in the blog tour and I’m really excited for you guys to read this book and I also have a surprise for you all at the end! Firstly thank you to Alex for sending me an early copy of this book, I was able to buddy read this book with the wonderful Lau who was also on this blog tour on the 18th and it’s been so nice reading it with her!

Why did the Gods make you like this? Just to torment me?”

Hot fury lanced her gut. “I wasn’t made to torment you, I wasn’t made for you at all. I was made for me.”

I’d been eyeing this book up since last year when the first lot of proofs were going out but I emailed late 2018 and I was lucky enough to have received a full cover copy of this book and be on the blog tour and it was one of my most anticipated reads of January! So this may be cliché for me to say but I’ve honestly not read a book like this before and it’s been such a lovely change of pace and style! I will admit that I felt that a couple of the chapters dragged on a little bit but they always reeled you back in with a twist!

The book was done from three different points of view, the two sisters, Lu and Min and also Nok who actually knows the sisters from when they were all younger. At the beginning I did get a little bit confused with the chapters of which sister we were viewing from as it did seem to switch but I did get into the swing of things a bit more easily after the first few chapters.

My favourite character in this book was Nok, he is such an interesting character and I absolutely love the way that he can shapeshift as well, I really felt more connected with Nok throughout this book than the other two. I did find Lu a bit mean at the beginning of the book but I grew to like her more throughout it and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Min yet I think I’m going to need to read book two before forming an opinion about her.

This book was just filled with twists and turns which just kept you hooked and wanting more, it was such a fantastic read, I was forever saying to myself ‘Just read one more chapter before bed’ then it’s been almost 60 pages and I’ve not realised, I have absolutely no idea how I’m going to wait until 2020 to read the second book in the series?!

I was originally going to give this book 4.5 stars but when I was writing this review I was just gushing to myself about how much I enjoyed it and just had to bump it up to the full five stars I just enjoyed it so much, I loved the characters, the world building, the twists and turns and I just really enjoyed it if you couldn’t tell! I highly recommend reading this so if you haven’t bought yourself a copy yet, you should!

“Why can’t you see you’ve lost?”

“In order for me to lose, you have to win. And you’re never, ever going to win. It’s not in your nature.”

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Now onto some good news! I currently have a giveaway on my instagram account for this gorgeous book and do you want even better news?

*whispers* it’s international!

That’s right! As long as Book Depository or Wordery ship to your country then you could be in with a chance to win a brand new PAPERBACK copy of THE GIRL KING by Mimi Yu! Hurry though, there’s only two days left as it ends on the 25th January!!! So if you haven’t entered yet, what are you waiting for? Head on over to my instagram now the link is here —> GIRL KING GIVEAWAY!

Please be aware, I’m hosting this giveaway on my own and it is no way associated with either the publisher OR instagram 🙂

If you wish to check out my fellow bloggers and see their reviews on this book you can find their websites in the banner below!

Mimi Yu is an alumna of the Popular Fiction workshop with Marjorie Liu at Voices of Our Nation’s Arts (VONA)/University of California at Berkley 2014, and VONA/University of Miami 2015. She also has a BA in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College, New York, and an MFA in fine art from Parsons School of Design. THE GIRL KING is her first novel.

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