Author: Stacey Lee

A Quaint Yet Delightful Story About Family & Love Potions: The Secret of A Heart Note by Stacey Lee

Posted November 21, 2016 by Nick in ARC, review / 43 Comments
A Quaint Yet Delightful Story About Family & Love Potions: The Secret of A Heart Note by Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee has fast become one of my favorite YA authors. She pens stories that are real, raw and hopeful, the kind of stories that anyone can relate to no matter what cultural background they come from. Every time I pick up a book by her, I know I’m in for a treat. The Secret of A Heart Note is a veering from her past historical novels, but it was just as beautiful of a story as Under A Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon were. Like with Lee’s other stories, there are prevalent themes throughout The Secret of a Heart Note, one of them being family, as you can tell from the title of this post. She excels at developing relationships and at showing all the nuances and complexities there are to relationships. Here, we are privy to the complicated, yet heartfelt relationship between a mother and a daughter. Mim and her mother come from a long line of aromateurs – they can smell heart notes and figure out people’s personalities […]

Audiobook Review: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

Posted August 11, 2016 by Nereyda in ARC, Audiobook, Book Looks, review / 25 Comments
Audiobook Review: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

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 […]

Review: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

Posted June 9, 2016 by Nick in 4.5 stars, review / 42 Comments
Review: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

Last year, I fell in love with Stacey Lee’s debut book, Under a Painted Sky. Just from reading that one book from her, I knew she would be an author who mastered every book that she tackled. Outrun the Moon proved that for me. It’s a harrowing, yet hopeful tale of strength, courage and love in the aftermath of San Fransisco’s biggest natural disaster, the 1906 earthquake and subsequent fires. For me, the best part of Outrun the Moon were the characters. It’s an understatement for me to say that I loved Mercy, our protagonist here, because love doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings for this girl. She is the shining star of this book and she is the reason why everyone everywhere must read it. From the moment she wrangled her way into an all-white girl’s school using her smarts, I had nothing but admiration for her. As a Chinese-born American, she was very much at a disadvantage in that era. But Mercy never abandoned her dreams and goals for […]