Stronger Than A Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan International Blog Tour || Book Review & Aesthetic Board

Stronger Than A Bronze Dragon (e-ARC)

Author: Mary Fan

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Released: June 11th, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 384

Format: E-book (Hardcover)

ISBN: 9781624147333

Characters: Anlei, Anshui, Tai, Viceroy Kang, …

When a powerful viceroy arrives with a fleet of mechanical dragons and stops an attack on Anlei’s village, the villagers see him as a godsend. They agree to give him their sacred, enchanted River Pearl in exchange for permanent protection—if he’ll marry one of the village girls to solidify the alliance. Anlei is appalled when the viceroy selects her as a bride, but with the fate of her people at stake, she sees no choice but to consent. Anlei’s noble plans are sent into a tailspin, however, when a young thief steals the River Pearl for himself.

Knowing the viceroy won’t protect her village without the jewel, she takes matters into her own hands. But once she catches the thief, she discovers he needs the pearl just as much as she does. The two embark on an epic quest across the land and into the Courts of Hell, taking Anlei on a journey that reveals more is at stake than she could have ever imagined.

With incredibly vivid world building and fast-paced storytelling, Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon is great for readers who are looking for something fresh in epic fantasy.

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First of all, I want to thank Page Street Publishing and The Royal Polar Bear Reads for organizing this international blog tour. I appreciate it so much and it’s a joy reading this book!

This book features a strong badass warrioress, a charming thief/half breed (i’ll let you figure that out) and their journey on saving the people in their hometown and eventually, everyone else too. I love the chemistry between Anlei (the protagonist) and Tai (charming thief). The plot developed well as they brought me along their journey. I liked the fact that Tai is a mysterious character and he is quite dynamic. Meanwhile, as much as I love Anlei, she’s that strong female character that we all need but at times, I felt that the author is emphasizing on her greatness too much in the book that at certain point, Anlei is just too obsessed with her ability to fight and becoming a warrioress. The villain in this book (Viceroy Kang) certainly has so many layers to his character, I loved how the author shaped him and gave him so many layers of identity. It was pure joy to get to know Viceroy Kang and his evil plans.

Stronger Than A Bronze Dragon honestly feels like a character-driven kind of book, like there are definitely significant plot change and all that, but the characters really keep everything going and moving. For that, I like the story moving at a nice pace with adventures and lots of events unfold as we go into the book. However, there were times that get a little bit blurry as there were just TOO MANY things going on at once that got me a little bit confused but that’s just like a tiny bit of the whole book.

The relationship between Anlei and her sister, Anshui is also another aspect I adore. It was nice to see the sisters rooting for one another and how mature they are and their affection for one another is really soothing. Of course, I love the Asian aspect of this book. The Chinese words that keep appearing along the story making reading this book so much more interesting. Example: TA MA DE! If you’re a Chinese then you would know. It’s not a very good phrase though. Also, the myths and the folklore told in this book is really pleasant to be read.

Psst… The ending got me tear up, just a tiny bit, not much. Like I’ve seen this kind of ending before but it never fails to touch my heart. Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book!

BUY-LINKS

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Hello, I didn’t plan on coming up with a creative post but recently I am inspired by Read By Tiffany to create a mood board or aesthetic board. I’m not actually sure they are exactly the same, but here you go, my very first attempt at creating an aesthetic board!

On this weak attempt of creating an aesthetic board, I have incorporated 4 elements found in this book, which are the dragon (obviously) and the pearl to represent the River Pearl, a warrioress to represent Anlei, moon to represent Yueshen, the China palace to represent the setting and the dynasty of which the story takes place in. So, that’s basically it. 🙂

Disclaimer: All the photos above are taken from Pinterest and the credits go to the respectful owners.


Tour Schedule

JUNE 11

Michelle from FirstBookLove
Piros from Berries & Books
Ramnele from Bookdragonism
Akisha from akithroughbooks
Camelle from Home of a Book Lover
JUNE 12 
Justine from The Bookish Wisps
Fatina from The Infinity Words
Kaitlyn from Kaitlyn Gosiaco
JUNE 13
Myrth from Cliste Bella
JUNE 14
Krisha from Bookathon
Jessica from Endless Chapters
Camillea from Camillea Reads
Athena from The Night Faerie
Shirley from Shirley Cuypers
JUNE 15
Jonathan from Wander with Jon
Karina from Afire Pages
JUNE 16
Dexter from Dexter Totalus
Taasia from Librae Paints Pages
Michelle from Magical Reads

About the Author

Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now, she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.


3 thoughts on “Stronger Than A Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan International Blog Tour || Book Review & Aesthetic Board

  1. Jessica this is a BEAUTIFUL mood board!! I love it and think you did such a great job~ You should totally do more in the future. I’m also so glad that you loved this book too. It’s been on my TBR for a while, but seeing everyone love it makes me even more excited to read it~

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