Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Dragon Pearl

To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older br...

Details Dragon Pearl

TitleDragon Pearl
Release DateJan 15th, 2019
PublisherRick Riordan Presents
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Mythology, Young Adult

Reviews Dragon Pearl

  • Rick Riordan
    A Thousand Dangerous Worlds Min is just your regular teenaged fox spirit, living with her family on the dusty backwater world of Jinju.Oh, sure, like all fox spirits, she can change shape into whatever she wants: human, fox, even a dining table. And, yes, she has the power to Charm -- to manipulate human emotions and make people see things that aren’t there. But that’s not very exciting when you’re stuck on the family farm, sleeping every n...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    The cover of this book is sooooo cute!This was a really good middle-grade book!! Happy Reading! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • megs_bookrack
    Middle Grade Adventure at its BEST!!!This rollicking space opera follows 13-y.o., Min, on her quest to find out what happened to her older brother, Jun.When an investigator shows up at her house, accusing her older brother, Jun, of deserting the Space Forces, Min knows there has to be some mistake. Jun and Min had talked of joining the Forces their whole lives and going on grand adventures together. Now that he is a part of that world, Min knows ...
  • Acqua
    This is one of the best things I've ever read.Dragon Pearl is a Korean-inspired space opera following a teenage fox spirit, set in a queer-inclusive universe. I can't believe I almost didn't read it just because it was middle grade; if I hadn't loved Ninefox Gambit so much, I would have never picked it up, and that would have been such a mistake on my part. It is middle grade, that's the target audience, but Dragon Pearl is the kind of book that ...
  • Bradley
    I read this specifically because it was penned by Yoon Ha Lee. I'm a completionist that way.BUT, I'll be honest, I am not particularly fond of most YA. It tends to be cookie-cutter plots and characters that feel like dough. It's fine if you like fat and sweet things that aren't that good for you but still make you feel warm and fuzzy afterward. And sometimes not even that... sometimes there is just the gnawing guilt and the shame.Not here, though...
  • Hilly
    2.5 starsWell, this didn’t go as expected. Dragon Pearl was my most anticipated Rick Riordan Presents book because it's a space opera with Korean mythology elements. However, I didn't enjoy this as much as I wanted to. I was hesitant to round my rating to 3 stars because I feel I didn't quite like it at that level, but 2 stars was too low of a rating for it.The main problem I had with this book is that it's bland. It's not exciting or mind-blow...
  • Hannah Greendale
    The lasting prejudice against us annoyed me. Other supernaturals, like dragons and goblins and shamans, could wield their magic openly, and were even praised for it. Dragons used their weather magic for agriculture and the time-consuming work of terraforming planets. Goblins, with their invisibility caps, could act as secret agents; their ability to summon food with their magical wands came in handy, too. Shamans were essential for communicating ...
  • Alexandra Elend Wolf
    2.5 stars “Seems to me, Min, you make your own luck.” I entered this book with so many expectations -why do I keep doing this to myself?- and, oh so hype, the premise seemed really cool and, well, it didn't help up.I kept falling asleep every time I read more than a couple of pages. I'm not even kidding, it was Every. Single. Time. I think I ended reading it more asleep than awake at the end.It's probably just the fact that I had so many e...
  • Trish
    My first book by this author and I was confused why he'd need a "Rick Riordan presents" on the cover. I still don't know. But Rick Riordan has character art and more insight on his website so maybe he's writing in the universe of the thousand worlds?We follow 13-year-old Minas she is told that her older brother has deserted the military. To clear his name and possibly save him, she embarks on a journey all alone. Apparently, it all has to do with...
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...To keep the family safe, 13 year old Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. When word arrives t...
  • Lata
    I liked this fast-paced story a lot. When Kim Min, young fox spirit, hears that her older brother is suspected of deserting from his Space Forces post in a quest to find the Dragon Pearl, she accidentally knocks the Investigator who brought the news unconscious and decides she has to find her brother. (Now, if I'd just done that to someone, I don't think I'd be thinking of leaving the planet, but it's a great start to this story.) Min, after tric...
  • The Captain
    Ahoy there me mateys! I have been meaning to read more of this author’s work ever since I read the odd but interesting short story called the starship and the temple cat. It can be found for free at the beneath ceasless skies website by clicking here. I do own the first book in his machineries of the empire series but haven’t yet read it. I decided to tackle this young adult title first.The story follows a young fox spirit named Min who is bi...
  • Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
    This was fun, but sometimes a little boring.
  • CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
    Loved this!I thought this was such a delightful and fun space adventure. Can't wait to read Lee's adult SFF books now. - Follows Min, a young teen who lives in the poorer fringes of the galaxy and is a fox spirit! She runs away from home to try and find her brother, who has been accused of being a deserter.- It's a wonderful adventure where Min meets gamblers, dragons and dokkaebi and tigers that take human form, and eventually finds her way to a...
  • Leona Carstairs
    This is my first Rick Riordan presents novel, and I must admit that I am disappointed. The idea of RR presents is a good one. It's very admirable that RR is using his fame to help other authors share stories that involve their various cultural backgrounds but quality-wise this book was nothing like a RR book. I didn't expect this to be like one of his books, but I did expect it to be GOOD which it was not. Both the ending and the beginning are st...
  • Sharlize D'Souza
    DNF'D at page 105. I really wanted to love it ..I just couldn't!
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    A super fun and adventure filled book that any middle grade (and older) person will enjoy. I was honestly so happy when I heard about this book and my heart was literally jumping out of me because ASIAN REP IN MIDDLE GRADE, I'M LIVIN!! Also, the plotting, the character development, the writing and everything was honestly phenomenal. It taught important lessons, and like all books from the RRP series - with great humor that made me reminisce my yo...
  • Sepani
    This is the first time that I read a Korean mythology.Though the book was not up-to what I expected, I'm not totally unsatisfied. To be honest, the only reason that I selected this book because it said "Rick riordon presents".
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Korean mythology.A feisty gumiho (fox girl).A plot that does not let up.And sci fi!Color me delighted.Seriously.I was delighted and entertained by this incredibly original and complex world and the action-heavy plot. Occasionally I was like, "just let the girl take a nap or something!" because of the non-stop pace, but Min's relentless temerity and cleverness always saw her through every situation. Of course, her wit and cleverness is what you wo...
  • Fran
    Such a gorgeous, excellent, beautiful adventure. I would like more right now, please.
  • Nhu
    I want to know more.
  • GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
    If I could, I would give this three and a half stars, however, rounding up to 4 stars doesn't sit well with me, so, I guess I have to settle with a 3. I did enjoy this book. I mean - its a quick and easy read and I was entertained the whole way through but I didn't really connect with any of the characters all that well. There just wasn't enough there for me to latch onto.It's a stand-alone story, which is nice, but I'm not sure if I would have p...