Happy Sunday all! Today I’m featuring ‘Monkey Around’ by Jadie Jang. Many thanks to Storytellers on Tour for letting me take part in this Book Blitz. Click above for more information on their services.
Monkey Around: Book Information
Monkey Around by Jadie Jang
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 432 pages
Publication Date: August 3, 2021
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San Francisco has a Monkey King – and she’s kinda freaked out.
Barista, activist, and were-monkey Maya McQueen was well on her way to figuring herself out. Well, part of the way. 25% of the way. If you squint.
But now the Bay Area is being shaken up. Occupy Wall Street has come home to roost; and on the supernatural side there’s disappearances, shapeshifter murders, and the city’s spirit trying to find its guardian.
Maya doesn’t have a lot of time before chaos turns up at her door, and she needs to solve all of her problems. Well, most of them. The urgent ones, anyhow.
Claire Light (writing as Jadie Jang) is almost as organized as her characters. She started a magazine (Hyphen) and an arts festival (APAture) with a cast of Asian Pacific Americans even more magical, if less supernatural, than the ones she writes about. She also got an MFA, went to Clarion West, and compromised between the two by publishing a collection of “literary” sci-fi short stories (Slightly Behind and to the Left) that maybe 100 people read. After wrangling arts and social justice non-profits for 17 years, her already autoimmune-disease-addled body threw a seven-year-long tantrum, leading our then-house-bound heroine into an urban fantasy addiction.
A few years, and a dozen Euro-centric-mythology-dominated urban fantasy series later, Claire sat up and said “I can do this!” and Jadie Jang, the part of her brain that writes snarky-fun genre romps, was born. She posts about monkeys every Monday under @seelight on Twitter.
I absolutely enjoyed reading Monkey Around! This story has a perfect blend of Chinese legend and progressive activism. Maya works in an Oakland coffee shop in the midst of social change. While there are social activists causing mayhem among the city streets, there’s an upheaval in the supernatural world as well. Maya is quick thinking as she’s faced with choices that will effect her standing in the shapeshifting realm. This story is packed with action, something I approve of!
Definitely pick up your copy of Monkey Around when you have the chance!
**I received a gifted copy of Monkey Around through Storytellers on Tour. All opinions are my own.**
Monkey Around: Giveaway
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