The debut novel from Jadie Jang is an action-packed urban fantasy delivering a bold new take on the Monkey King in San Francisco – complete with murder and mayhem!
San Francisco has a Monkey King – and she’s kinda freaked out.
Barista, activist, and were-monkey Maya McQueen was well on her way to figuring herself out. Well, part of the way. 25% of the way. If you squint.
But now the Bay Area is being shaken up. Occupy Wall Street has come home to roost; and on the supernatural side there’s disappearances, shapeshifter murders, and the city’s spirit trying to find its guardian.
Maya doesn’t have a lot of time before chaos turns up at her door, and she needs to solve all of her problems. Well, most of them. The urgent ones, anyhow.
But who says the solutions have to be neat? Because Monkey is always out for mischief.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.
DNF @ 62%
It’s taken me almost four months to cave and admit that I will never end up finishing this book. Which pains me because I really really wanted to enjoy it. With a spunky Asian-American main character exploring an Urban Fantasy world centered around San Francisco and navigating the various subcultures and minorities that don’t generally get screentime in SF-set media, there’s so much to love here. The worldbuilding in this book, with characters who can shift into different animals with powers inspired by mythology from different cultures, was unique and interesting new take in the UF genre. However. there was just something about the plot I felt extremely dragging for a book that’s supposed to be very fast paced. Every time I’d pick it up, I found I’d have to bribe myself to finish 5% or 10% before I could go and do something else and eventually that just became unsustainable. I won’t be rating this one.
r/Fantasy 2021-22 Bingo Squares:
- 1st Person POV
- Mystery Plot
- Published in 2021