So, while I was waiting to pick my brother up from work (because the idiot wrecked his car a while back…by hitting a cow. I can’t make this up.), I stopped by my local BAM to look for a book. Originally I was glancing through the manga section in the hope that volume 9 of the re-printed Sailor Moon was out already. No such luck; I did find Madoka Magica volume 3, though!
Most importantly, I stumbled across something that piqued my interest. I went to the young adult section to see if, by any miracle, Tamora Pierce had released anything new (God I wish…), and instead stumbled on this little beauty:
Prophecy by Ellen Oh.
I’ll admit: her last name made me look at the book. You just really don’t see many Asian-American authors in the stores (or at least you don’t here), and I’m always interested when I see one. So I opened it, scanned the summary of the novel. Seemed interesting. Flipped to the about the author flap in the back. Saw she liked Kpop and Kdramas and was pretty much determined to buy it just because of that. And because the first two pages got me totally hooked.
I kid you not: I think I read this entire book in two hours. It was just that good.
I can’t say enough good things about it. I love the inspiration drawn from Korean myths and legends, I love Kira (the heroine) and her team. My heart broke numerous times while reading the novel, so I’d say Ellen Oh did something right.
I’m not saying this book is perfect; nothing ever is. But I am saying that this is a wonderful, interesting, engaging debut novel that had me hooked from beginning to end. I actually cursed it for being a trilogy, because I wanted the next book now.
So if you’re looking for something new to read, I highly suggest picking this up. It’s a bonus if you have an interest in Korean culture, just so you can be proud that you recognize a few things here and there, but it’s an enjoyable read for anyone who likes YA fantasy literature.