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  • Hollywood Novel From a Asian Woman's Perspective

    This is a powerfully written, deeply emotional exploration of an ambitious Chinese woman who will stop at nothing to achieve stardom in Hollywood. It belongs to a genre that was unfamiliar to me: adult historical fantasy. So while it tells the story of Luli Wei's professional rise, from a child playing bit parts to lead actress under the old "studio system" -- it also contains actions that fall squarely into the realm of make-believe. I assume that since this is set in Hollywood, including make-believe in the story is exactly what author Nghi Vo thought most appropriate. An Asian woman in 1930s Hollywood was something of an anomaly and a victim of substantial racism. The powerful wolves that ran the big studios did not know quite what to do with Luli Wei. But Luli is smart and persistent and manages to avoid the traditional pitfalls of rising stars, chiefly by using the very same tricks employed by the powerful. The novel is a downright ugly glimpse into Hollywood, where hedonism reigns, where actors rise and fall on the whim of an executive, and where people sometimes disappear mysteriously. It's a place full of LGBTQ folks, all of whom are forced to hide that part of themselves, continually fearful of being outed to the public. Yet, at the same time, everyone seems to know who they really are. The big strength of this book for me was the writing. But the genre of adult historical fantasy is not one I plan to explore further.

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  • a stunningly gorgeous tale of magic in Hollywood

    Gods I love Nghi Vo's books, and they just keep getting better. This one keeps the same vibe as the Chosen & the Beautiful but lays the magic and raw ambition on much thicker. I absolutely could not look away from the Siren Queen as she clawed her way to stardom on the silver screen, finding her limits and her people along the way. The whole idea of the movie industry as a place steeped in magic, where stars literally rise into the sky and a kind of immortality can be wrested by those who want it enough, where the cameras steal a piece of you even as they capture you on film, is brilliant. More than that, it's written in a way that makes it believable and real and true in a way that Hollywood and show business often isn't. There is a hunger to these characters that echoes and leaves you empty. Pain that leaves you with a phantom ache. The way the queer characters have to hide but still find each other, the way the studios can scrape you raw and remake you and sacrifice you if you displease them is desperate and true. The writing is gorgeous and to die for. I read it in over a little more than 24 hours and fell absolutely, madly in love with it. It is absolutely going in my top 10, probably top 5 books of the year. I received a review copy of this book.

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  • Stunning

    The way the cover feels is the way the story feels—alluring and dangerous. I loved Nghi Vo’s other books, her novellas and “The Chosen and the Beautiful,” so I was really looking forward to this, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s exciting, it's queer, it's magical and monstrous and has a setting to die for. It has a main character who’s ambitious and who I wanted with every fiber of my being as a reader to succeed. This book is stunning. I'll read anything Nghi Vo writes in the future.

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