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14 January 2019

Blog Tour: Book Review: The Girl King by Mimi Yu *AD Gifted

Orion Publishing sent me a review copy of The Girl King by Mimi Yu.

I was so excited when I picked up The Girl King by Mimi Yu, and I definitely had expectations going. On reading it, I was not disappointed! And isn't the cover gorgeous? See my Book Beginnings thoughts.

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Sisters Lu and Min have always understood their places as princesses of the Empire. Lu knows she is destined to become the dynasty's first female ruler, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. Then their father declares their male cousin Set the heir instead - a betrayal that sends the sisters down two very different paths.

Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. She needs an ally - and an army - if she is to succeed. Her quest leads her to Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. Nok wants to keep his identity secret, but finds himself forced into an uneasy alliance with the girl whose family killed everyone he ever loved...

Alone in the volatile court, Min's hidden power awakens - a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set's reign... or allow Min to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one Emperor, and the sisters' greatest enemy could turn out to be each other.

Source: Review copy

5 Word Review: Family, magic, power, manipulation, control. 

Content Warning: Attempted rape, manipulation, violence.

I loved The Girl King right from the start, it was a fast paced roller-coaster of a read, and I couldn't put it down.

I think my favourite character was definitely Min. She's very much a product of her upbringing in how she bears herself, but she still has a spark of something despite it. She's a pawn used by other characters, but it was like I could see a glimmer of something deeper there whenever she was on page. And I felt that I could often really relate to how she felt too. I feel like a lot of the other characters in the book really underestimated her, and I'd like to see how that develops in the next book.

I love the way the story was filled with twists and turns. I did absolutely see the first "twist" coming, but I was eager for it to get the story going. I was ready for it. My little cliché-loving heart jumped for joy when it happened. The Girl King was full of political intrigue, a huge journey of discovery, the pettiness and small dangers of court life, and the consequences of the actions you undertake.

I really enjoyed the magic of the world in The Girl King. There was something about the book as a whole that felt epic. I loved the politics of the story, the way toxic relationships were explored.


  1. I really like the cover!😍

    Shirley |

  2. oh yay! im glad to hear something v positive about this book. im still v intrigued to pick it up and glad that somoene i know is happy to rave about it :D

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