The Ghost Bride

The Ghost Bride
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Age Range
13+
Release Date
August 06, 2013
ISBN
978-0062227324
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"One evening, my father asked me if I would like to become a ghost bride..." Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound. Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price. After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim's handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

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4 reviews
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4.9
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The Ghost Bride
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4.7
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
I have wanted to read this book since I first laid eyes on the cover in 2013. It's gorgeous and the premise of the book was so interesting that I wanted to go out and buy it immediately. For some unknown reason i never did buy it but this week when I was looking for something to read on Oyster there it was in unlimited. I squealed, yes I actually squealed with delight and downloaded it right away.

Yangsze Choo writes in such a hauntingly beautiful manner. I found myself rereading paragraphs quite often, not because she was difficult to understand but rather because I wanted to visualize the intricate story Choo was weaving.

The Ghost Bride concept was such an interesting one, entirely new to me. I've always been very interested in other cultures and this story made me intrigued to learn more of the Chinese traditions.

I am glad that after all this time I got to read it and it was definitely worth the wait.
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Wonderful Debut
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The Ghost Bride, can't believe is Yangsze Choo debut novel. It so amazing, it was hard to put down. The story is about a young woman, Li Lan's adventures of the underworld after a recently dead spirit of a young man, Lim Tian Ching's proposal for marriage, her first love interest, Tian Bai, Lim Tain Ching's half brother, her coming of age journey. Ghost, Plains of Dead,ox-headed demons, winged monsters, hungry ghost, complicated humans, dragons. The books is an unique experience of the Chinese folklore and beliefs.The writing is exceptional with enough detail to really imagine life in Malaya, both life and afterlife. The characters are so well developed, the reader really gets to know them and care for them, specially Li Lan. I was so intrigued with Er Lang, he was my favorite character. The story has a fairy tale feeling, Choo is a gifted storyteller, it kept me interested until the very end. I love the notes in the ends, it help you understand more about the Chinese culture. I absolutely love the ending, but would've like for Tian Bai to have a similar happiness as Li Lan's.
I really enjoy reading this novel, Yangsze Choo did an outstanding job. 5 well deserved Stars. Recommended
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Wonderful Debut
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
The Ghost Bride, can't believe is Yangsze Choo debut novel. It so amazing, it was hard to put down. The story is about a young woman, Li Lan's adventures of the underworld after a recently dead spirit of a young man, Lim Tian Ching's proposal for marriage, her first love interest, Tian Bai, Lim Tain Ching's half brother, her coming of age journey. Ghost, Plains of Dead,ox-headed demons, winged monsters, hungry ghost, complicated humans, dragons. The books is an unique experience of the Chinese folklore and beliefs.The writing is exceptional with enough detail to really imagine life in Malaya, both life and afterlife. The characters are so well developed, the reader really gets to know them and care for them, specially Li Lan. I was so intrigued with Er Lang, he was my favorite character. The story has a fairy tale feeling, Choo is a gifted storyteller, it kept me interested until the very end. I love the notes in the ends, it help you understand more about the Chinese culture. I absolutely love the ending, but would've like for Tian Bai to have a similar happiness as Li Lan's.
I really enjoy reading this novel, Yangsze Choo did an outstanding job. 5 well deserved Stars. Recommended
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Outstanding Debut
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5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
The Ghost Bride, can't believe is Yangsze Choo debut novel. It so amazing, it was hard to put down. The story is about a young woman, Li Lan's adventures of the underworld after a recently dead spirit of a young man, Lim Tian Ching's proposal for marriage, her first love interest, Tian Bai, Lim Tain Ching's half brother, her coming of age journey. Ghost, Plains of Dead,ox-headed demons, winged monsters, hungry ghost, complicated humans, dragons. The books is an unique experience of the Chinese folklore and beliefs.The writing is exceptional with enough detail to really imagine life in Malaya, both life and afterlife. The characters are so well developed, the reader really gets to know them and care for them, specially Li Lan. I was so intrigued with Er Lang, he was my favorite character. The story has a fairy tale feeling, Choo is a gifted storyteller, it kept me interested until the very end. I love the notes in the ends, it help you understand more about the Chinese culture. I absolutely love the ending, but would've like for Tian Bai to have a similar happiness as Li Lan's.
I really enjoy reading this novel, Yangsze Choo did an outstanding job. 5 well deserved Stars. Recommended
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