Queen’s Feature ( Blog Tour ) : Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao + Giveaway

A review copy was given by the publisher in exchange of an honest book review as a part of this blog tour hosted by Erika over at The Nocturnal Fey ( Thank you! ) and in no way affects on my views and opinion of the book. Thank you. 

Hardcover, 363 pages

Published October 10th 2017 by Philomel Books

Original Title : Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

ISBN 1524738298 

(ISBN13: 9781524738297)

Edition Language : English

Series : Rise of the Empress #1

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.
Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?
Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute. 





Julie C. Dao (www.juliedao.com) is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her Kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of becoming a published author. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is her debut novel. Julie lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes.


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Evil Queen Retelling? Already love it. As I was reading this, I actually felt like I was reading Flame in the Mist again, but a lot better version. Maybe I got that vibe because of the names but I also have a love and hate relationship with Xifeng. But we will get to that later. 
Let’s start with the writing. It was on third person but still largely based on Xifeng’s point of view. This just beats the purpose of being into an outsiders perspective because there were few times that it wasn’t her point of view but still it worked. The way it was written was very good. It was engaging and there were times thaf I cannot put it down but there were also times that I want to chuck it out of the window because of Xifeng. 
Regarding it’s characters, it was very misleading. There is an eerie feeling of a twist within the story but eventually finding out that there wasn’t until there is. It’s very confusing un a good way. 
Let’s jump up to Xifeng now. To be honest, I really like her. She knows what she wants and she will not stop until she gets it and that’s good. But the way she treated Wei was just heartless, not only to Wei but also herself. I love how ambitious she is but I hate how selfish she can be. 

In conclusion, I really liked this book. It has tons of drama and mystery and magic and a lot of bad juju and I love it! Will definitely read the next book in the series. 4 Lovable Royal Stars!

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