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Review: Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Xiran Jay Zhao

Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Xiran Jay Zhao

Rating: 4.5/5

Publication Date: May 10 2022

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I received this from the publisher in exchange for a review. This does not affect my review which is unbiased and honest. I also received a finished copy from Colored Pages Blog Tours! I posted on my instagram which you can check out on the bottom of the review!

First of all, we’re gonna talk about how the synopsis make it seems like a fun adventure story with lots of Chinese history and mythology and then BAM! Xiran Jay Zhao goes HA! I TRICKED YOU YOU’RE GONNA RED ABOUT A MUSLIM CHINESE BOY WHO NOT ONLY GOES ON A FUN ADVENTURE BUT ALSO YOU’RE GONNA FEEL ALL THE FEELINGS.

Like I was just so thrilled to see a Chinese Muslim MC with Percy Jackson style humor! And the fact that the author brings up the Uyghur Muslims and casually brings up halal food and prayers and Ramadan just made my heart warm!

I loved the funny titles so much and was flying through the book! There were so many laugh out loud moments! It was really easy to love Zachary especially near the end!!! The friendships (or more like alliances) were really interesting and I loved the incorporation of technology along with everything!

I have to admit my brain didn’t completely understand everything that was happening in the book but that’s on me because I’m not used to reading on my laptop and also my brain is just not wired for history lessons most of the time!

I would definitely recommend this for a fun new adventure especially because this was comped with Percy! I really think Zachary Ying brings something new and fun to the table and with that ending, I’m so excited to see what comes next!

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