SciFi/Fantasy Book Review: An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan: https://t.co/c70g8CcQBS— Josh (garik16) (@garik16) September 21, 2022
Short Review: 7.5 out of 10 - A YA Modern Fantasy take on Hou Yi the Archer and Chang'E the Moon Goddess, combined with a Romeo & Juliet-esque setup of rival families, this is a pretty
Short Review (cont): enjoyable young adult fantasy romance, with a pair of really strong main characters, but the absurdly short chapter lengths, the attempt at weaving the myth into the story, & some other parts didnt quite gel fully for me. Still very solid for YA readers— Josh (garik16) (@garik16) September 21, 2022
An Arrow to the Moon is a young adult modern fantasy novel by author Emily X.R. Pan. The story is an adaptation of the story of Hou Yi the Archer and Chang'e the Moon Goddess (from Chinese mythology), moved forward into modern times and combined with a Romeo and Juliet-esque setup of dueling families. Having enjoyed both other takes on the myth and the dueling rival family romance setup in the past (Hey it's a classic for a reason), I was curious to see how An Arrow to the Moon would read.
The result is a solid book, with a really enjoyable pair of central characters - a pair of end of high school age teens with very different family backgrounds - and a solid if not perfect romance. At the same time, it has some issues that prevented me from fully loving it - the ridiculously short chapter lengths, a final act that seemed really truncated, and a plot that sometimes didn't feel as natural as I'd like. The result is a solid young adult modern fantasy romance, and one that those interested in if not super familiar with the original Chinese myth may enjoy quite a bit.