I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the An Arrow to the Moon Blog Tour hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours! Check out my review below!
About the Book
An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Retelling
Publishing date: April 12th, 2022
Romeo and Juliet meets Chinese mythology in this magical novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After
Hunter Yee has perfect aim with a bow and arrow, but all else in his life veers wrong. He’s sick of being haunted by his family’s past mistakes. The only things keeping him from running away are his little brother, a supernatural wind, and the bewitching girl at his new high school.
Luna Chang dreads the future. Graduation looms ahead, and her parents’ expectations are stifling. When she begins to break the rules, she finds her life upended by the strange new boy in her class, the arrival of unearthly fireflies, and an ominous crack spreading across the town of Fairbridge.
As Hunter and Luna navigate their families’ enmity and secrets, everything around them begins to fall apart. All they can depend on is their love…but time is running out, and fate will have its way.
“Once upon a time, there was an archer who lived in the sky…”
“Luna couldn’t help herself. Her thoughts of Hunter were delicate, silken things. She let them weave their web around her, sank into their embrace.”
“‘But I agree with you,’ said Luna, surprising him. ‘Fairy tales make it sound like everything in life is designed to fall into place. You just have to walk in the right direction, drink the right potions, fall in love with the right person…’ ‘And bingo,’ he finished. ‘Happily Ever After.'”
I was provided a copy of the book through TBR and Beyond as a Tour Participant . I voluntarily read and reviewed it. All opinions are my own.
Pan writes with such prose in her stories. I was so excited to see her publishing another book and this one did not disappoint!
I love the way Pan intertwines her stories together and I thought the multiple POV’s were well done. I liked getting to know each of the characters and felt like each one contributed something important to the story overall.
I definitely felt the Romeo and Juliet vibes between Luna and Hunter. It was fun seeing them defy their parents and their relationship felt genuine. I enjoyed the banter between the two. I thought the magic that connected them was really interesting. If one kissed the other they left a literal mark and vice versa. It was beautiful in its description.
Pan did a great job of blending tense family dynamics, romance, and magic. I definitely recommend!
About the Author
Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times and National Indie bestselling author of THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, and received six starred reviews. It was also an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Best YA Books of All Time. Emily co-created the FORESHADOW anthology and teaches creative writing at New York University and other institutions. She lives on Lenape land (in Brooklyn, New York), but was originally born in the Midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She received her MFA in fiction from the NYU Creative Writing Program, where she was a Goldwater Fellow as well as the editor-in-chief of Washington Square Review. She was the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine and has been awarded residencies at Djerassi (2017) and Caldera (2019). She spends her free time playing the mandolin, making art, and training her furry dog-beast to balance on strange objects. Her next novel, AN ARROW TO THE MOON, will be published by Little, Brown in April 2022. Visit Emily online at exrpan.com, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.
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