Audiobook Review: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

Posted August 11, 2016 by Nereyda/ 25 Comments

Audiobook Review: Outrun the Moon by Stacey LeeOutrun the Moon
by Stacey Lee
Release Date: May 24th 2016
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: Historical Fiction, YA
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
Pages: 400
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four-stars
Source: ARC received for review purposes, Audiobook Received for Review

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, a historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the army to bring help—she still has the “bossy” cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

ARC received for review purposes, Audiobook Received for Review in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction, but Stacey Lee is an author that I have been wanting to read so I immediately added this to my TBR. I ended up going with the audio version of this book, which was a great option for someone who a) loves audiobooks and b) isn’t a huge fan of historical fiction. I had already been warned that her last book was pretty damn sad and tried my best to mentally prepare myself for this one. Still, there is something about reading about tragedy, even if it’s fiction that can still weigh on you. Luckily, the  writing transformed this book from a sad and depressing story into a sad but beautiful story.

As much as I loved the writing I think I loved the characters even more, especially our MC Mercy Wong. Mercy s the kind of girl you want to know and be friends with. The kind of girl you admire for her bravery and determination to not only make something out of herself but for helping others. Although she was destined to not have much in life, her determination to not only make the best life for her but to attend the best school made it easy to love Mercy right away.  Mercy brought out the best in everyone including her new friends at school, even the ones that took a little longer to win over. Although these girl were brought closer together by loss and grieve, I loved how they remained strong and loyal and always willing to help other in need, even if they put themselves in danger. The setting and descriptions of old Chinatown were vivid and bold and just one more thing to love about this book.

I will say that this story focuses more on Mercy and her journey to get into St. Claire’s, stay in St. Claire’s, be accepted among her piers and later to survive once the earthquake hits. It’s very low on the romance front which normally bothers me, but in this case it just worked .While I would have liked a little bit romance at the epilogue at the end, I’m still very happy with the story and the ending. If you’re like me and don’t normally reach for historical fiction books, you should definitely give this a shot anyway. Mercy Wong and the beautiful writing will make you forget all about what genre this book is. Now I’m looking forward to reading her first book, Under a Painted Sky as well as her upcoming book, The Secret of a Heart Note. Outrun the Moon was a great story of diversity, friendship and girl power.

Book Look:

bl outrun the moonThis cover is absolutely gorgeous! I love the combination of colors and the lanterns. I was browsing on Polyvore last night looking for some lantern-looking jewelry and happened to stumble on this cute red lantern clutch purse which was pretty much made for this cover inspired look. I love the dress and how it has the blue shades of the cover and how it almost looks like the smoke on the cover, to me anyway. The red really stands out to me and I wanted to add a pop of red to the outfit with the purse and the ring.

Audiobook Comments:

Although this is my first audiobook from Emily Woo Zeller, she is no stranger to audiobooks. With over 100 titles under her name, she’s certainly a pro at narrating stories. Emily did such a fantastic job with this audiobook, her performance was amazing and one of my favorite parts of the book. She was able to fully capture Mercy and her personality and emotions, especially the heartbreaking moments. I love when a good narrator can make you feel and she did just that. In addition to Mercy’s character, she also did such a great job with the rest of the supporting characters. With such a diverse cast, she was so good at doing different accents and tones. I already looked her up and added a few more titles narrated by her to my wish list.

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  • kindlemom1

    So glad the audio book of this worked so well for you, especially since this isn’t your go to genre. I love this genre so I definitely need to add this to my huge TBR pile. 😉 Great review!

  • Love the book look! Great color choices there to match the book. I’m glad you liked this one. I have been wanting to read it and the setting sounds fantastic to me. I’m glad you enjoyed the audiobook narrator too! I don’t listen to many audiobooks, but that can totally ruin a book of the narrator is bad.

    • Thanks!
      I hate when a good story has a bad narrator, this one is really good 🙂

  • I have this on my TBR because I do like historical fiction at times and saw such good reviews. i am glad to see you enjoyed it and the audio too. I will have to check that out now. The book look is beautiful!! Great review!

    • The audio is really great Grace you should definitely check it out!

  • Eva

    I love that look! Sounds like I will love this one — the setting sounds great and I’ve really enjoyed historical fiction this year. Glad the narration worked, too! ♥ great review

    • Thanks Eva!
      I’ve been trying to read more historical fiction books this year, this one was a good one. Maybe you can try the audiobook since you’ve started listening to them 🙂

  • I love that book look, so sexy!

    This book is right up my alley.

  • I’m so glad the audiobook didn’t disappoint. I borrowed an e-copy from my library and LOVED it so much. Too bad audiobooks aren’t my thing. My mind just…drifts. :/

    • It took me a while to get used to audiobooks and not get distracted. Now I can listen to them while doing almost anything!

  • I have this book but have yet to pick it up. And audio copy might be the best way to get if off my TBR – especially with the caliber of the narrator’s experience. As far as the story goes, I love anything oriental inspired which was the first reason why I bought the book to begin with. Lol.

  • I never picked up this book but I’ve been very interested in it! I have The Secret of a Heart Note and I can’t wait to read it in a couple of months.

    • That one sounds so good too, I need to try her first book although I heard it was very sad…

  • I’m actually kind of glad that this one doesn’t have a strong romance! I got this out fromn the library but not sure whether I’ll be able to read it. Thanks for sharing your review, Nereyda!

  • Dude, the book look? SO on point. I am a fan for sure! I really enjoyed this story too, I LOVED Mercy- and I love the title, but while I was reading, when someone would say her name, I was reminded of the original title and how damn fitting it was for the book- “The Unsinkable Mercy Wong”. It just described her SO WELL, but I mean, Outrun the Moon is super pretty too. Totally agree with you about the setting and description, they were just phenomenal- I felt like I was THERE. Such a solid book, I am looking forward to reading more of Stacey’s books too! Fabulous review, Nereyda!

    • Thanks Shannon!
      Wow I didn’t know the first book had that title, I love it! I want to read more of her books too.

  • You made this one sound soooo good, Nereyda, which is a feat since normally I’m not into books that don’t feature romance. What can I say? I love love! 😀 The diverse YA game has been killing it lately, and I’m so behind when it comes to non-SFF diverse reads. I really want to read some new ones soon, so this one’s been added to the list!

    • I love me some romance too, but sometimes books don’t need them 🙂

  • I’m really glad you liked this one Nereyda! Omg, it was also my first Stacey Lee book, but it definitely won’t be my last. Like you said, it was a bit sad (and bittersweet) but altogether beautiful, touching, and leaves readers with a hopeful note. JUST WONDERFUL. I hope you enjoy her other works!

    – Aila @ One Way Or An Author

  • This is MC? I love the setting, and you may not know this but I love historical settings. This sounds wonderful! I am off to listen to a sample!