The Girl King by Mimi Yu (ARC Review)

An e-Arc was provided to me by the publishers via Netgalley. However this didn’t affect my opinions regarding the book.


TITLE: The Girl King

BY: Mimi Yu

SERIES: The Girl King #1

GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult

PUBLICATION: January 8th 2019 by Bloomsbury YA

Lu and Min knew their position in the Empire. Lu is to be their dynasty’s first female ruler and Min her shadow. Everything changed after their father declared their cousin Set as the new Emperor instead of Lu. And the events that followed made the sisters rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor. 

All Hail the Girl King.

Who else’s heart skipped a beat after reading that title? THE GIRL KING. The title alone made me go to Edelweiss and Netgalley to request the ARC. H*ck I even thought of sending an e-mail to publishers which I’ve never done before. I was that hyped. It seemed interesting. Sisters rivalry and the words; betrayal, ambition and sacrifice, are mentioned in the blurb. It’s also Asian-inspired. What’s there not to like, right?

Sadly, this book slightly disappointed me. The premise is fine. I really liked the whole concept of the sisters turn rivals and one’s a warrior and badass and the other suddenly learns she has powers. (Not a spoiler because this is revealed in the synopsis on Goodreads.) I don’t know how others see this contrast but for me, it’s a good one. See, the badass one really knows how to fight and the weaker one has some kind of a power/magic. It balances the stakes between the two and I liked that. Also there’s a shifter thrown in the story, an oracle, missing royals, and a cousin. (As you know, cousins are always antagonistic. LOL)

But somehow, the execution and the pace of this book made the book a chore to read at times. I even thought of DNF’ing it. The pace is not really slow as a snail but slower than moderate. Though it started with such ominous prologue, the connections that I’d loved to guess till the end are rather revealed early making the twists and turns through the rest of the book mediocre.

In other word, the execution was a flop making this book seemed just another YA fantasy. And if I’d be very honest, I say I’ve read this one before, except the setting changed and the names are obviously Asian. I also didn’t fully understand the MAGIC. But maybe that’s just me.

Another thing… I love romance (or a hint of it) in every book I read, whatever the genre is, so having the romance in this is completely fine with me. But seeing the whole picture, I think the romance is not really needed.

I wouldn’t mind reading book 2 though coz that sudden shift in Min’s character in the end? I’m curious. But HOPEFULLY, this series stops in duology coz it already became tedious at some points in book 1. And oh, have I mentioned anything about my fave character? No? Well, it’s because there’s none. Everyone’s fine but not more than that. I even dislike their too much inner monologues.

Final Rating:

3 stars

So guys, have you read this book? Or since it’s not out yet, do you have an ARC? Is this book in your 2019 TBR? Let’s chat.

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9 thoughts on “The Girl King by Mimi Yu (ARC Review)

  1. judithcmoore says:

    I actually really liked this book, I think in part because I wasn’t privy to much of the hype? I think it’s one of those books that’s suffered from over promotion! But I agree with you about the duology thing.

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  2. Never Not Reading says:

    I didn’t hear about this one until recently, and I was wondering why it wasn’t getting more attention. Then I checked it out on goodreads and it looks like a lot of people are feeling very underwhelmed. Too bad, it’s a cool idea.

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