Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
Published August 6th 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Source: Ordered it from awesomebooks.com
“One evening, my father asked me if I would like to become a ghost bride…”
Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.
Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.
After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim’s handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.
I was expecting so much more from this book.
It was interesting to see the cultural diferences between our cultures and to know the meaning of the festivals.
In the beginning the plot developed quickly and I was really into it but then it became boring. I lost interest. I stopped caring for the characters and I couldn’t enjoy the book.
Nonetheless, if you like paranormal historical fiction you should try this book. The fact that I didn’t like it doesn’t mean you won’t.
Rating: 3 stars
If you want a different opinion you can check my sister’s review of the book here.