Greetings bookish friends! Today I am going to be reviewing one of my all-time favorites, a Chinese fairytale called Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. I reviewed this book a while ago on my old blog, The Tweendom Kingdom, but I think it’s time for an update. I hope you enjoy!
- Title: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
- Author: Grace Lin
- Publisher: Little Brown
- AR: 5.5
Young Minli lives in the Valley of the Fruitless Mountain, where she and her parents spend their days laboring away in the fields. At night, Minli listens to her father’s tales about the Old Man of the Moon, who knows the answers to everything. Minli sets out on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon–he will know how to bring good fortune to her family. Along the way, she befriends many magical creatures, including a talking fish, a powerful king, and a dragon who can’t fly!
Will Minli survive her treacherous journey and bring good fortune to her family? Or will she never even be able to find her way back?
I picked this book up at a Barnes and Noble a long time ago because the cover caught my eye.
I did some more research of my own, from online reviews and what other bloggers though of it, and concluded that it was a really good book. The first chapter was also really interesting.
I gave it a try, and absolutely loved it!
I loved the writing style of this book! Everything is so dreamy and the reader is whisked off to a magical world. The characters were also amazing. Minli is so inspiring, kind, intelligent, and tenacious. I loved Minli’s and Dragon’s friendship. It was so dynamic and heartwarming, and it made the story one million times better!
The illustrations were absolutely gorgeous. They made the book appear more fairytale-like and the combanation of the text and visuals made for a phenomenal story. The short chapters had excellent pacing and have the ability to catch the reader’s attention very quickly.
Not only that, but everything lead up to the climax perfectly. The ending was so suprising and magical! The plot is so unique and creative that it makes it nearly impossible to dislike. Readers were caught up in between Minli’s exciting quest and the sorrow and worry of her parent’s at home. I kept on reading so I could find out what happened when Minli reached the end of the String of Destiny bridge. Grace Lin brilliantly used multipule perspectives throughout the course of the story, showing how Minli, Ma, Ba, Dragon, and what other important charcters were doing and feeling.
I cannot stress how much I love this book. The story is so beautiful and the characters are amazing. If you’re looking for a nostaglic book with an amazing protaganist and cast of characters, this is the book you’re looking for!
I’m sure there are some people who didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did, but as critical as I am when it comes to literature, I can’t say one thing wrong about this book. In my eyes, it is 100% perfect!
This book was so perfect and I absolutely loved it! The story, pacing, writing style/quality, character developement, and overall enjoyment was amazing!
From the start of the book where Minli found the goldfish to the climax where she finally met the Old Man of the Moon, this book was wonderful. I highly recommend this book! This is a must-read!
Story and plot: ☆☆☆☆☆
Character development: ☆☆☆☆☆
Writing quality: ☆☆☆☆☆
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Keep On Booking,
☆ Katie K ☆