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
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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
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW. "This is what this city is, the party at the end of the world." Wow! What a rollercoaster. Honestly, this book gave me the most twists and turns out of all the fantasy books I've read; every page was refreshing and action-packed. Although the book is marketed as a retelling of Romeo … Continue reading These Violent Delights Review
A mother struggling to repress her violent past, A son struggling to grasp his violent future, A father blind to the danger that threatens them all. When the winds of war reach their peninsula, will the Matsuda family have the strength to defend their empire? Or will they tear each other apart before the true … Continue reading The Sword of Kaigen Review
NOTE: This trilogy is not for everyone. Themes of war are constant throughout the books; it is very graphic. Check out Tiffany’s “Things You Should Know Before Reading The Poppy War” first before you read! Additionally, these are my own opinions. I am in no way claiming that mine are any more valid than others, … Continue reading The Burning God by R.F Kuang – Review & Analysis
This Filipino-American History Month, I dug out my Asian American Studies 101 class's syllabus and re-read some of the most important and influential texts that transformed my understanding of Filipino history and Asian America. The Filipino-American history is a story of the struggle against imperialism, immigration, family, justice, and belonging. Although I'm not Filipino-American, educating … Continue reading Filipino-American History Month
These Violent DelightsOne of the most enthralling stories I’ve ever read. I’m super grateful for NetGalley for providing me with an ARC for this wonderful book! These Violent Delights is slow burn enemies to lovers —actually enemies, not just rivals — with fascinating political and social commentary. The book does a splendid job of explaining … Continue reading September 2020 Wrap-Up