One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars meets Black Mirror, with a dash of Studio Ghibli. Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she … Continue reading [Blog Tour] The Ones We’re Meant to Find: The Sea Between Us
Hi friends, it's been a while! I haven't been meeting my goal of at least one blog every two weeks, and I'm sorry about that. It's my third year of undergrad and school hasn't really been kind to me, I'm currently trying to knock out all my requirements for a more relaxed senior year (but … Continue reading Early 2021 Recap & Moving Forward
Rating: ★★★★★ Synopsis: With the epic sweep of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko or Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and the lyrical beauty of Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan, The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Tran family, set against the backdrop of the Viet Nam War. Tran Dieu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee … Continue reading The Mountains Sing Review
Title: A Pho Love StoryAuthor: Loan LePublisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young ReadersGenres: Young Adult romantic-comedyBUY THE BOOK HERE: GoodreadsAmazonBook DepositoryBarnes & NobleIndieBoundIndigo BAM! When Dimple Met Rishi meets Ugly Delicious in this funny, smart romantic comedy, in which two Vietnamese-American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud … Continue reading [BLOG TOUR] A PHO LOVE STORY Interview With the One and Only, Loan Le!
As a Vietnamese American reader/book reviewer, I'm constantly on the lookout for Vietnamese own-voices stories. Growing up, the narratives surrounding the identity of being Người Việt have almost always been tied to the Vietnam War. From books to movies about the war itself, the portrayal of Vietnamese people have always been reduced to the 'other' … Continue reading 2021 Releases by Vietnamese Authors
A solid 3.5 stars. Before I begin, I'd like to direct everyone to this thread that the author made. I'm not a Bengali Muslim reviewer nor do I want to speak over those voices, so this review is 100% my own opinion and interpretation of the book. However, it is important to recognize that no … Continue reading ARC Review: Counting Down With You
Rating: ★★★★★ Synopsis: If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d say he was a rock. Steady and strong, but not particularly interesting. His grades are average, his social status unremarkable. He works at his parents’ pho restaurant, and even there, he is his parents’ fifth favorite employee. Not ideal.If Linh Mai had to describe herself, she’d … Continue reading ARC Review: A PHỞ LOVE STORY
To say that 2020 was a rollercoaster ride would be an understatement. This year was emotionally taxing with more days spent crying than doing anything else. I spent a good chunk of the year away from family, stuck at my college town while waiting for people to quarantine. Despite the bad days, I also accomplished … Continue reading 2021 MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES
Hey! I’m Trin, owner of AllegoryOfWords— a blog dedicated to all things literary. My journey with reading has been a bit tumultuous until quarantine. At the age of nine, I immigrated to California from Viet Nam and, like most diaspora community members, I struggled with fully grasping the new language while desperately clinging onto my native tongue. Through books emerged a sense of escapism, allowing me to simultaneously learn this foreign tongue while revealing worlds I was eager to dive into, escaping the difficulties of being an immigrant, woman of color in the U.S. I learned English through Harry Potter, The Grimm Sisters, The Hunger Games, Divergent, all of John Green’s books, Deltora Quest, Eragon, and more. Fantasy was, obviously, my favorite genre! And it still is to this day.
But it was disheartening to read about characters that do not look like me, to the point of feeling…
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“I’d like to count stars with you. I don’t know where I even got this idea, but it’s there.” Synopsis from Goodreads: The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life … Continue reading Gods of Jade and Shadow Review