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Would you try another book from Julie C. Dao and/or Kim Mai Guest?
I would definitely try another book by Julie C. Doa. She seems to have potential to be a great author!
What do you think your next listen will be?
Currently, I'm listening to Journey to Star Wars: Leia Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Grey and The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe.
What aspect of Kim Mai Guest’s performance would you have changed?
I would definitely have made her voice more lively. It was monotoned throughout most of the book. She did great in portraying the male characters. However, the female characters sounded the same.
Did Forest of a Thousand Lanterns inspire you to do anything?
It quickly became a chore listening to this audiobook. Many times I contemplated returning it for a new audiobook. However, I forced myself to finish it. It was such a boring listen! The audiobook listens like a long drawn-out prologue. There was not much of a plot, and all the characters are one-dimensional. I will not listen or re-read this book again.
I'm a little divided on how I feel about this book. On one hand, I enjoyed it. On another, I found some parts just to slow. I felt a little angry with Xifeng because she was so hung up on her beauty and what her "aunt" made her believe was her destiny. I loved the East Asian setting a lot though. This story was ok, but not as great as I had hoped.