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Includes the name: Oh Axie

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Works by Axie Oh

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea (2022) 1,221 copies, 36 reviews
XOXO (2021) 293 copies, 15 reviews
Rebel Seoul (2017) 154 copies, 11 reviews
ASAP (2024) 35 copies, 1 review
Rogue Heart (2019) 26 copies, 2 reviews

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The beautiful cover says it all: This book is vibrant and enchanting. To save her brother, Mina sacrifices herself to a god. Thus begins the story of a bold and plucky girl on a quest through the Spirit World to break a curse. Mina is spunky and full of conviction. She practically leaps of the pages without being cartoonish or cliché, and the characters around her are just as vivid. Their decisions drive an entertaining tale that reads like a love letter to the Korean myth that inspired it, but full of reminders that this version centers a woman who has agency. To be sure, the book has its problems—a meandering plot that lacks motivation and direction at times (despite its promise to offer a straightforward quest), predictable twists, a corny romance (that will look overly familiar to YA readers), physical stakes that feel smaller than they should, and an unclear set of antagonistic forces and characters. However the author's lovely prose is enough of a distraction that the book's flaws can go unnoticed.… (more)
 
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tdavidovsky | 35 other reviews | Jul 24, 2024 |
#ReadAroundTheWorld. #South Korea

This is a feminist retelling of the classic Korean folktale “The Tale of Shim Cheong,” by Korean American author Axie Oh.

Mina’s hometown has been buffeted by storms for years with whole villages washed away. The villagers believe the Sea God’s wrath needs to be appeased and sacrifice a beautiful maiden each year into the sea as the Sea God’s Bride. When the beautiful Shim Cheong, in love with Mina’s brother, is chosen, Mina’s life is changed and she finds herself suddenly taking Shim Cheong’s place. Mina must now find the Sea God and put things to right before her time under the sea as a mortal runs out.

She meets the harsh Shin, fun-loving Namgi and a cast of ghosts and gods. I loved the concept of this book, retelling a legend, and the cover is very attractive, but this was definitely not for me. It did not catch my attention and it felt very YA (I don’t mind reading YA but only if the story is engrossing enough to forget that it is written for teens). The romance felt undeveloped and the whole story felt flat for me. I don’t think I’ll be reading another of this author.
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mimbza | 35 other reviews | Apr 7, 2024 |
 
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Levitara | 14 other reviews | Apr 5, 2024 |
i have a weak spot for k-drama inspired books 🫣… the pace was good and i liked the characters.
 
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