ARC REVIEW: The Dance Of The Spirits – by Catherine Aerie

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Title: The Dance Of The Spirits
Author: Catherine Aerie
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
First published: September 22nd 2013
Finished reading: September 23rd 2014
Pages: 338
Rating 4,5

“Little King was not just a dog. He was part of Jasmine’s childhood; he was a little brother, a dear faithful friend, and an indiscriminate companion to all the humans in the Garden Of Melody, whether they were noble or humble, whether they were rich or poor.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Catherine Aerie! ***

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When I was first contacted about The Dance Of The Spirits and read the description, I immediately knew I would enjoy this book. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I love reading about foreign cultures and war stories. This novel by Catherine Aerie about forbidden love set during the Korean war in the 1950s is right up my alley. I have to admit I didn’t remember much of the details about the Korean war, but it wasn’t a problem when reading The Dance Of The Spirits. Catherine Aerie was able to both refresh my memory on the facts of the Korean war and at the same time tell the rather tragic love story involving an American soldier and a Chinese surgeon. There is a perfect balance between the historical facts and the fiction, and the prose itself is beautifully written. All in all a perfect read and highly enjoyable!

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The Chinese Jasmine Young grew up in a wealthy family, but as her mother dies she is forced to leave her house and family. She was studying medicine at the time, and struggles to pay her debts. But soon she has other things to worry about, as the Korean war starts to affect the daily life as she knows it. Mao and his communism are spreading, and soon she is shipped off to war in order to save the honor of her family… Jasmine was told she wouldn’t be in direct danger and would be working as a surgeon to pay her depts to her country. Unfortunately she has problems adapting to the communist way of thinking and she soon offends the people in charge at the camp. She is then send off to a far more dangerous site with the excuse they need an English speaking doctor… And then her life changes forever.

US Lieutenant Wesley Palm is sent to the Korean war to free the country of communism, but he is more worried about getting his buddies and himself out of this mess alive. He fights bravely and suffers some great losses. One day fate decides Jasmine and Wesley have to meet… And even though Jasmine is the enemy, he cannot kill this ‘innocent’ Chinese woman. He lets her go, but against all odds they meet again… After surviving horrible battles, freezing winters and the brutality of war in general. Even though their love is forbidden, they find a way to be together… Only to be taken apart again. But the love never died, and something else is growing inside Jasmine. Will they survive the war? Will they ever meet again?

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Catherine Aerie really managed to dazzle me with her story about the forbidden love between an American soldier and a Chinese surgeon. Its historical facts about the Korean War mixed with fiction form a perfect balance and the prose is beautiful. So many great quotes! I simply loved reading The Dance Of The Spirits, and if you enjoy reading historical fiction, I’m sure you would as well. Definitely recommended!

WWW Wednesdays #11 – September 24th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

hpandtheprisonerofazkabanI’m about to finish Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban by mrmercedesJ.K. Rowling and I’ve started reading Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King as well. The third HP book is of course a reread, and I can tell you it’s great to step back into the wizard world and read about the adventures of the boy who lived! I’m loving every second of it. Stephen King is one of my preferred horror/thriller genre authors, and until now he delivers with Mr. Mercedes.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

thedanceofthespiritsI finished The Dance Of The Spirits yesterday, and I have yet to write a full review. What I can say for now is that Catherine Aerie really managed to dazzle me with her story about lost love set during the Korean war. Its historical facts mixed with fiction form a perfect balance. It makes this novel a highly enjoyable read and just what I needed to take a break from all those YA dystopian novels I’ve been reading lately.

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

blackdivinefallEither Divine Fall by Kathryn Knight (ARC) or Black Roses by Jane Thynne depending on my mood. It’s either reading yet another YA fantasy story or an historical fiction novel set in Hitler’s Germany of the thirties… I’m placing my bets on Black Roses for now.

Teaser Tuesdays #13 – September 23rd: The Dance Of The Spirits

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

The book I’m currently reading is The Dance Of The Spirits by Catherine Aerie. This book has been kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for a review, and I’m highly enjoying this novel about the Korean war until now.

thedanceofthespirits““Little King was not just a dog. He was part of Jasmine’s childhood; he was a little brother, a dear faithful friend, and an indiscriminate companion to all the humans in the Garden Of Melody, whether they were noble or humble, whether they were rich or poor.”

 

What are you reading right now?

Friday Finds #10 – September 19th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. You can find a selection of my newest additions below:

My finds:

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