WELCOME TO THE BLOG TOUR FOR THE Wonderful Contemporary New Adult Debut – “LOVE AND OTHER MOODS by Crystal Z. Lee! Check out my review of this wonderful and delightful debut about community, family, friendships and consequences of change on the blog today along with a wonderful giveaway (US + INTL) ❤
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Naomi Kita-Fan uproots her life from New York to China when her fiancé’s company transfers him to Shanghai. After a disastrous turn of events, Naomi finds herself with no job, no boyfriend, and nowhere to live in a foreign country.
Amidst the backdrop of Shanghai welcoming millions of workers and visitors to the 2010 World Expo, we meet a tapestry of characters through Naomi: Joss Kong, a Shanghai socialite who leads an enviable life, but must harbor the secrets of her husband, Tay Kai Tang. Logan Hayden, a womanizing restaurateur looking for love in all the wrong places. Pan Jinsung and Ouyang Zhangjie, a silver-aged couple struggling with adapting to the ever-changing faces of their city. Dante Ouyang, who had just returned to China after spending years overseas, must choose between being filial and being in love. All their dreams and aspirations interweave within the sprawling web of Shanghai.
…It’s because we believe in certain ideas about this city – that it has the potential to be invincible, that it could be ours.”
Oh this was a beautiful and a lovely coming of age novel – but it was so much more; because this coming of age happens in the 20s-30s for the characters – and I loved that, for you have to know, that growing up can happen any moment in your life.
Crystal Z Lee gives us characters who you can’t help but connect with – set in Shanghai (I have never been there; but the author makes it sound like a wonderful place to visit!); Love and Other Moods is all about taking risks, making mistakes and trying to better every moment of the day.
The characters introduced in the book aren’t perfect; but they are human and thus, oh so easy to relate to. You will find yourself lost in a city that is so unlike your own, but somehow finding yourself within its inhabitants anyways!
Love and Other Moods is a debut that is a read that you do not know what you expect from it, but also one that will still surpass your expectations anyways!
“Home is our mental as much as it is a physical space. It’s where we choose to root our existence, where we decide to build our bliss, our lives, ourselves.
… Some people made anywhere feel like home.”
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INTL TOUR-WIDE GIVEAWAY
(Click on the image below to be taken to the giveaway!)
-One lucky reader will win a copy of Love and Other Moods(open intl)!
-Love and Other Moods curated gift basket filled with items (worth $50) related to the novel(US only)
Crystal Z. Lee is a Taiwanese American bilingual writer and a member of the Asian Authors Alliance. She has called many places home, including Taipei, New York, Shanghai, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She was formerly a public relations executive who had worked with brands in the fashion, beauty, technology, and automotive industries. Love and Other Moods is her first New Adult novel. Her debut children’s book is forthcoming in 2021