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
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, 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 something must be wrong. Jun and Min had dreamed of joining the Forces their whole lives and going on grand adventures together. Now that he is a part of that world, Min knows he w...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Beth
    Min is a young fox spirit living on a planet that has very limited resources. This means she is growing up relatively poor. When her brother is accused of abandoning his position in the galactic fleet, Min runs away to save her family from her rash actions and to find out what really happened to her beloved brother.Min makes mistakes, she discovers things about herself and the choices she makes and adjusts to become the person she really wants to...
  • Isis
    Aw, this is just delightful. Thirteen-year-old Min runs away from her home planet to find out the truth behind her brother's supposed desertion from the Space Forces, and also, she's a fox. In fact this universe is populated with not just humans, but also supernaturals: creatures from Korean mythology who appear in human form but are actually foxes, tigers, dragons, and goblins. They may have magical powers, but they also have human emotions and ...
  • Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    I received this book for free from Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee is the latest in Rick Riordan Presents, an imprint under Disney that “highlights cultures and mythologies from around the world,” selected by author Rick Riordan. An #ownvoices novel based on Korean mythology and folklore, Lee’s novel follows a fox spirit na...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    There were a lot of things I really liked about Dragon Pearl, but I was a little bit disappointed, too.  I think it was the pacing more than anything.  Certain parts flowed well, but parts were slow and other parts wrapped up too quickly.  Overall, I enjoyed it though.Min is a 13 year old gumiho, a fox.  She can change shapes and use her magic to get into people's heads.  She can make them believe that they never saw her or that someone didn...
  • Ceillie Simkiss
    Full review to come
  • Lourdes
    This got me hooked from the very beginning. Things I loved Min our 13yo main character who's a shape shifting fox spirit, side characters, we have goblins, ghost nonbinary characters and oh everything about it. Review - https://chapterswelove.com/2019/01/15...Thank you to the author and Netgalley for the eArc
  • Renata
    Although I've loved all the other Rick Riordan Presents books, I was a little skeptical about this one because the premise seemed like A Lot?? Like I'm here for Korean trickster fox spirits, and I'm here for space opera, but both of them combined seemed like....a lot?? But it actually all worked together really well, and that will teach ME a lesson about doubting Rick Riordan's empire. It's a really fun story and a great example of how easy it ca...
  • Kristen
    Dragon Pearl is an imaginative fusion of space opera and Korean mythology about a thirteen-year-old gumiho who leaves her planet to find her brother Jun—and clear his name after he's accused of deserting the Thousand Worlds Space Forces to pursue the powerful Dragon Pearl. I loved the premise of this book and thought it had some great elements, but it never quite came together as a whole for me. It bounced from situation to situation after Min ...
  • Ivy
    I've accepted that I'm just not going to get around to finishing this. It was super creative, and I loved the idea, and I bet it would an awesome book if I was still in the middle-grade age range. I highly recommend it for any kids who love space adventures and awesome magic. This book tastes like grape juice.
  • ambsreads
    full review to come.
  • Brittney
    *Thanks so much to Disneybooks for sending me an e-arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*this review may contain slight spoilers, first paragraph of review depicts information all found in the goodreads summary2.5 / 5 starsDragon Pearl follows the adventure of Min as she embarks on a quest to seek her brother to clear his name. Min’s brother is condemned for his potential abandonment of his post in the Space Forces. Min does not b...
  • Lara Lillibridge
    DRAGON PEARL is a essentially a girl's quest to save her brother, beautifully written as a blend between the old and new—heavily influenced by Korean folklore and set in a distant universe. It actually works seamlessly. The story feels old and new at the same time—grounded in tradition but set in the future. I have no doubt this will be the next Star Wars or other big box office hit someday. Although this was suggested to me on a Middle Grade...