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Siren Queen
Siren Queen | Nghi Vo
FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR NGHI VO COMES A DAZZLING NEW NOVEL WHERE IMMORTALITY IS JUST A CASTING CALL AWAY It was magic. In every world, it was a kind of magic. "No maids, no funny talking, no fainting flowers." Luli Wei is beautiful, talented, and desperate to be a star. Coming of age in pre-Code Hollywood, she knows how dangerous the movie business is and how limited the roles are for a Chinese American girl from Hungarian Hillbut she doesn't care. Shed rather play a monster than a maid. But in Luli's world, the worst monsters in Hollywood are not the ones on screen. The studios want to own everything from her face to her name to the women she loves, and they run on a system of bargains made in blood and ancient magic, powered by the endless sacrifice of unlucky starlets like her. For those who do survive to earn their fame, success comes with a steep price. Luli is willing to do whatever it takeseven if that means becoming the monster herself. Siren Queen offers up an enthralling exploration of an outsider achieving stardom on her own terms, in a fantastical Hollywood where the monsters are real and the magic of the silver screen illuminates every page.
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rachelsbrittain
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A gorgeous dark magical historical fiction novel. The movie studios of 1930s Hollywood are controlled by monstrous humans and monsters posing as human. For aspiring actresses like Luli, sacrifices must be made in order to achieve their dreams. But Luli has no interest in becoming some fainting leading lady, and when she's cast as a siren, she realized being a monster is the best way for her to succeed.

Megabooks I was on the fence, but sold! 1w
Tera66 I loved this one! ❤️ 1w
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rachelsbrittain
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More fodder for your TBR!

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peanutnine Great article! 2w
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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A Queen & King from my TBR list for the Day 12 prompt for the #BigJuneReadathon #photochallenge @Clwojick

Clwojick I almost picked up Siren Queen for this prompt, but ended up reading this rom-com instead. 2w
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Read_By_Red
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I really liked Luli‘s story and her determination to obtain what she wants in her life. The narrative is fast moving and kept me hooked. The audiobook was a good listen. Naudus narrates the story in such a way that you are almost transported into the story. I liked the voices she used for the various characters, specifically the female ones. It flowed well and, for the most part, it added to my enjoyment of The Siren Queen.

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TorieStorieS
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This blend of fantasy, old Hollywood, the Fairy Court & other monsters makes for a fresh & intriguing listen! It opens up with the main character as a child drawn to the movies- sneaking onto to sets and eventually becoming a paid extra known only as “CK” for “Chinese Kid”… But her ambition solidifies as she gets older & is determined to be a star- to never take a role with an exaggerated accent, as a servant or a weak woman. Engaging & original!

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Addison_Reads
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#NetGalley #AudioARC

I've seen other books by this author but this is the first one I've read. Now that I've finished this one I quickly put other books by Vo on hold at the library. 😁

This could have been just a good story had the author focused only on being a Chinese-American in the film industry in the 1930s. Instead what we get is an amazing story that takes all that and adds in monsters, magic, and forbidden love.

Loved it! 💚

jlhammar Kind of kicking myself for not adding this to my BOTM box! I'll have to get in the library line for the audiobook. 1mo
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abookishbutterfly
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Unfortunately, I thought the execution was incredibly dull. I expected intrigue. I expected horror. Instead, I got something that barely held my attention and failed to feel as unsettling as I‘m sure reality was/is. I convinced myself that the slow beginning was leading up to something spectacular and persevered into a sense of extreme dissatisfaction.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4451926388

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TieDyeDude
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Won this ARC from Tor.com Instagram page! Not sure if I'll get to it before vacation, but I'm looking forward to reading it. I love classic Hollywood.

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swishandflick
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I'm looking forward to this #BOTM box! 👏🏽

AWahle I‘m still struggling to decide. Too many good choices and add-ons this month! 2mo
swishandflick @AWahle For sure! I wanted to get The Change too, but got cold feet when I saw it was 500 pages long. Chunky books always sit unread on my shelf the longest unless I'm in a specific mood or if they're by an author I already love 😂 2mo
AWahle I‘ll get 3 of the 10(!) I‘m interested in & keep the others in mind for add-ons later. The only easy choice was not getting Part of Your World since it‘s in paperback. I‘m buying it at Independent Bookstore Day this weekend. 2mo
swishandflick @AWahle I kind of like knowing I have one of the few hardback copies of something 😆 2mo
AWahle I understand! I do have several BOTM books that were only hard cover through them. 2mo
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LaytonBooks
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Siren Queen by Nghi Vo is an absolutely amazing #ownvoices blend of history and magical realism. It will appeal to fans of Netflix's Hollywood and other tales of class movie star glamor. The story revolves around Luli Wei, a Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming a movie star. With her wit and a bit of magic, she's able to start her journey. Will Luli be able to achieve her dream, and what will she give up to achieve it?

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Tera66
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#BookspinBingo #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks
I love when an author brings two different worlds together and blends them into an amazing story. It would have been a compelling enough book just about a Chinese American woman trying to make it in "Old Hollywood", but throw in that magic and monsters are real and it turns things up a notch. Took me a bit to get used to the writing style, but then it was smooth sailing
????. #ARC

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Tera66
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#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain 📚

1. Siren Queen📘, These Silent Woods🎧, How High We Go I'm The Dark📗, Secret Agent:The Atomic Spy In America Who Got Away🎧
2. I just checked out Invisible Child:Poverty, Survival, & Hope in an American City
3. Before the book in #2, Along Came A Spider 🕷

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Tera66
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#BookspinBingo #Doublespin
@TheAromaofBooks
Excited for Siren Queen, not sure what to expect from my Doublespin. My Goodreads TBR is ridiculously long and picked this one by random number generator.🤷‍♀️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Tera66
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#Two4Tuesday
@TheSpineView 🌻

1. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of the tagged book.

2. It may not be overused, but it drives me crazy when people pronounce Frustrated as Fustrated. Lol.

TheSpineView I'm interested to hear your thoughts on the tagged book. Thanks for playing! 4mo
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underground_bks
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A 1930s Hollywood as grimly magical as it is glamorous and a heroine whose rising star is sharp enough to draw blood—this is a silver screen-infused spectacle you won‘t want to miss. In Siren Queen, a queer Chinese-American actress yearns for the spotlight in a pre-code Los Angeles where stars are struck through deals with the devil, Fae deal out fame, and celebrity means shining forever—even if she has to play a monster to get it.

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Branwen
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I got an ARC of this book in the mail today! 🎉🎉🎉 It looks AMAZING! I really love the shorter work I've read by this author so I'm super excited for this one! It's being published this May! Chaplin couldn't wait to show it off! 😹❤📖 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #chaplin

Leftcoastzen Strike a pose , Chaplin!😻 4mo
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akaGingerK
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Luli Wei decides to become a star in the early days of talkies, in a Hollywood studio system run by Fae. She‘s determined to do it on her own terms, not discovered by someone who‘ll use her up, not relegated to “maids, funny talking or fainting flowers” - but if ambition in any woman is seen as monstrous, that perception is magnified if the woman isn‘t white.
Full of magic, very queer, and will not hold readers‘ hands for world-building. #ARC

akaGingerK A coworker is also reading this, and we were talking yesterday about something that is metaphorical in the real world but clearly literal in the book, and how we were trying to wrap our heads around it. Definitely worth rolling with it in the end! (edited) 4mo
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