Ashley ARC Reviews – The Book of Tea Duology (Judy I. Lin)

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A Magic Steeped in Poison & A Venom Dark and Sweet – Judy I. Lin

Ash here!! Please Enjoy my mini reviews for the two books in the Book of Tea Duology, A Magic Steeped in Poison, & A Venom Dark & Sweet! So in love with this UTTERLY TRANSPORTIVE STORY! 🥰
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The Book of Tea, Volume 1 – A Magic Steeped in Poison

Judy I. Lin’s sweeping debut A Magic Steeped in Poison, first in a duology, is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo.

I used to look at my hands with pride. Now all I can think is, “These are the hands that buried my mother.”

For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it’s her own fault. She was the one who unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her—the poison tea that now threatens to also take her sister, Shu.

When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom’s greatest shennong-shi—masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making—she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning’s only chance to save her sister’s life.

But between the backstabbing competitors, bloody court politics, and a mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret, Ning might actually be the one in more danger.

ARC copy provided in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes my rating or review.

The Book of Tea, Volume 1 – A Magic Steeped in Poison

Star Rating: —>5 Stars

•RE-READ 08/23/22 in prep for A Venom Dark & Sweet !

Wow. This book definitely lives up to its cover!!! A competition? Mystery hot love interest??? THAT TWIST !!! And SUCH a strong female MC! I L O V E D this!!!
ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL CHINESE MYTHOLOGY BASED READ!!!

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher—Fewel & Friends/ Macmillan, & Judy I. Lin for the e-arc!!!!

The Book of Tea, Volume 2 – A Venom Dark and Sweet

Star Rating: —>5 Stars

LOVED THIS DUOLOGY SO FREAKING MUCH!

A high-stakes, utterly transportive, action packed conclusion to The Book Of Tea Duology!

“Soon there will no longer be an empire to rule, and we’ll all reside in the serpent’s realm of nightmares.
Soon none of it will matter at all.”

(This quote may not be in the published version of this novel, it was copied from the advanced reader’s copy.)

This was a beautifully laid out Chinese mythology-based tale of Gods, monsters, & the legends of shénnóng-shī. I cannot express enough how lush, beautiful, yet absolutely readable prose was! I fell even harder for this story than I could have ever imagined! Judy I. Lin’s take on the magical tea makers of Chinese legend is just SO original— an absolute breath of fresh air. I look forward to reading so much more from her!

I LOVED having Kang’s POV this time around! His tale of redemption was woven with care, and this tale is as much his, as Ning’s.

Ning was as kick ass as EVER ! I love seeing female POCs in SUCH. STRONG. ROLES! Ning is both lovely and kind, & cutthroat and vicious! She is a character I couldn’t help but fall deeper & deeper in love with !

“I want to kiss him, and hit him, in equal measure.”

(This quote may not be in the published version of this novel, it was copied from the advanced reader’s copy.)

Lmfao! Yas we loves this!
I ADORED (duh) the enemies to lovers dynamic present here, as I always do, haha. This is more of a background theme, but you can definitely still feel that tension!

Gah I just fell head over heels for this duology!

1000% recommend!!!

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher—Fewel & Friends/ Macmillan, & Judy I. Lin for the e-arc!!!!

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