The Girl King (The Girl King, #1) by Mimi Yu

The Girl King (The Girl King, #1)

Two sisters become unwitting rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor in this sweeping tale of ambition, sacrifice and betrayal for readers of Sabaa Tahir and Alwyn Hamilton. All hail the Girl King. Sisters Lu and Min have always understood their places as princesses of the Empire. Lu knows she is destined to become the dynasty's first female ruler, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. Then their father declares their male cousin...

Details The Girl King (The Girl King, #1)

TitleThe Girl King (The Girl King, #1)
Release DateJan 8th, 2019
PublisherBloomsbury YA
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

Reviews The Girl King (The Girl King, #1)

  • Emily May
    "I am going to win back my throne." See, here's the thing. I've read this book before. Many times. Hundreds of times, it feels like. The Girl King sounded good, but it does absolutely nothing that hasn't already been done by countless YA Fantasy books.What we have here is another young woman looking to reclaim her throne. She journeys around with standard Hot Dude™ and hopes to recruit the Yunians, a group of people with magic, to her cause. I...
  • emma
    Dear The Girl King,It's not you, it's me.Gang, it's heartbreak hour. It is devastation o'clock over here in my brain. Because this book sounded good as hell and in many ways for many readers probably would be good as hell - but for me, it just didn't work.This book is, on paper (ha ha book jokes), very Cool. It is sister-centered (usually something I love). It is Asian-inspired. It is high fantasy. It is unique.But never, not once, did it ever re...
  • Anissa
    Wow, this book is so magical and captivating - I loved it so much! So many twists and turns. I cannot wait to read what happens next in this fantastic story.
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestTo be honest, I'm not sure how I feel about this book. THE GIRL KING is another book in a long line of "strong female" heroine-centered YA fantasy novels being marketed to young adults, and it doesn't do anything that's too different from what's already on the table, apart from being an Asian-inspired kingdom with a heroine who's a person of color. I get that people of color don't have the lu...
  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    What a disappointment! I was expecting so much more out of this Asian fantasy. While I liked the Asian setting and the magic system, I found the characters one-dimensional. The sisterly rivalry felt quite forced and I wasn't a fan of Min's character, who I found weak, whiny, naive and even her sister refers to her as "simple". Compared to Lu, who is an ambitious female warrior who wants to take over the throne, it wasn't particularly believable t...
  • Lili Marcus
    Lu and Min knew their position in the Empire. Lu is to be their dynasty’s first female ruler and Min her shadow. Everything changed after their father declared their cousin Set as the new Emperor instead of Lu. And the events that followed made the sisters rivals in a war to claim the title of Emperor. All Hail the Girl King.Who else’s heart skipped a beat after reading that title? THE GIRL KING. The title alone made me go to Edelweiss and Ne...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    All Hail The Girl King Betrayal! SO. MUCH. BETRAYAL. These royals are some shady ass people and I lived for it! I need the second book and the first one is not even officially released yet. #readerproblemsWhen I read this synopsis. saw the STUNNING cover and then realized it was an ownvoice Asian-inspried fantasy – I knew I needed to feature this book and ask Mimi Yu to come visit us in 2019 on TBR and Beyond. Thankfully, she generously accep...
  • julianna ➹
    *looks at all of the lower ratings* well, this is awkwardI really just loved this book. I had some mixed feelings while reading it, but guys, the payoff was amazing at the end. It was like And I Darken x Girls of Paper and Fire x The Winner's Curse?? I’m so glad this was my first read of 2019 <3Also, I was taking notes while reading the book, which I normally never do, and boy is there a long list of trigger and content warnings.trigger and con...
  • Julie
    This is one of my top 2018 reads! Check it out if you like powerful, determined girls, because Lu - the titular Girl King - is going to knock your socks off!My official review:"This action-packed epic fantasy engrossed me from the first page. Lu, the fierce Girl King, is the heart and soul of this tale of legends, gods, and destiny, and she is a heroine for the ages! I loved rooting for her and look forward to reading more of her story."
  • Adah Udechukwu
    The Girl King was awesome, spectacular and action filled. I loved it. I loved every moment. The plot of the novel made sense. I am definitely going to read book 2.
  • Cora Tea Party Princess
    5 Words: Family, magic, power, manipulation, control. Content Warning: Attempted rape, manipulation, violence.See my Book Beginnings thoughts.Blog Tour: Book Review: The Girl King by Mimi Yu.I loved The Girl King right from the start, it was a fast paced roller-coaster of a read, and I couldn't put it down.I think my favourite character was definitely Min. She's very much a product of her upbringing in how she bears herself, but she still has a s...
  • Eri
    tw: attempted rape scene4.5 stars BRILLIANT SHOWSTOPPING!!!!!I have almost no words that can coherently describe how desperately I have longed for this kind of sweeping epic East Asian fantasy that is reminiscent of those 50+ episode historical dramas that had backstabbing family politics, bloodlust, ambition, betrayal, dangerous emotions!, and everything else. Needless to say, this book completely took me by surprise by how far it leaned into th...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    1.5 starsThere's no good way to say this.I've been really really excited for The Girl King (I'm #OwnVoices for it too, so you know I was super pumped!).But, this ended up being uncomfortable for me? And I haven't seen anyone point out potentially problematic things for this book, and so now I have to be the first to do it (yikes) and I'm just really sad and disappointed that this did not work out for me.I dislike writing negative reviews. I try t...
  • Aila
    4.5 starsAn absolutely enthralling, East Asian-inspired fantasy debut! Readers, watch out for this one. All three POV's deliver on unique characterizations that will set a tense storyline that will grip you from start to finish. “Beauty as a weapon - one that required honing and care, like a sword. But also like a sword it could cut both ways.” The Girl King promises heartstopping action in the midst of destinies woven across the characters...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    THAT ENDING I AM SCREAMING I can’t wait for book 2 ajdskkdjdjdj(rtc!) *I literally only heard of this book 5 minutes ago but that was more than enough time for me to decide that I NEED THIS SO MUCH
  • Samantha Shannon
    The Girl King is incredible. I expect it will be one of the most talked-about debuts of 2019, and rightfully so. It's beautifully wrought, with rich and atmospheric descriptions and complex worldbuilding. I'm a huge fan of the way the female characters were given the space to be anything, whether that was angry, powerful, ambitious, cold, protective, family-oriented, clever, hot-tempered, devious – anything. Nokhai was great, but Min and Lu are...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    3.5 starsIt was hard for me to rate this one.So prepare yourself for a big, rambly review that will make no sense whatsoever as I try to unscramble my thoughts.On the one hand, I enjoyed the premise and liked the varying points of view. I loved the setting, the different beings, and the theme of colonialism/conquerorism that predominated the narrative. I loved the promise of epic greatness.On the other, I never really connected with any of the ch...
  • Megan ☼
    ARC provided by Bloomsbury via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts and review.It was okay. The Girl King doesn't have any glaringly bad issues, but neither does it do anything particularly remarkable. I know this story. I've read it a hundred times before. This is a book about a princess trying to reclaim her kingdom, and the only difference is that it's not in a European-inspired setting.The highlight of this book for me was Min. Min is...
  • Emily
    This was an interesting YA fantasy debut.There were some things that I absolutely LOVED. Mentions of menstruation?? OH MY GOODNESS. MORE OF THAT, PLEASE. And thennn we get discussions of how menstruation interacts with the magic system???? Be still my beating heart. Honestly though, for SO MANY girls periods are a point of shame and embarrassment. I absolutely loved how Yu put periods on the page in a YA fantasy book.I also loved that while we go...
  • Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I wanted to like this book. In fact, I wanted to love The Girl King. Sisters! Rivals! Betrayal! Family! War! Mimi Yu's debut smells of an action-packed adventure with sibling rivalry, magic and court politics that would be hard to put down. Bonus points for #OwnVoices. But much disappointment ha...
  • Emma (howlsmovinglibrary)
    *I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*Why did I want to read? Asian inspired fantasy, with two female protagonists? Sign me up.The Girl King was a 2019 release I was super excited for, and I felt very privileged to receive an ARC of it. Perhaps because my expectations were so high, the reality was bound to fall a little short. Although there were some glimpses of things I really liked and found interesting – probabl...
  • Amber (The Book Bratz)
    The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz Rating: 2.5 Stars I met Mimi at BookExpo in 2018 and she is so sweet and amazing (and has some pretty amazing tattoos) and it easily one of my highlights of the conference. But The Girl King has sat on my bookcase since June when in November I finally decided to give The Girl King a try and I made it about 20% before I put it to the side and said I would go back to it. It sucks when you are re...
  • Diana
    Between 3'5-4★Vid review here: on March, 13th, 2019Towards the end the pace slowed a lot, or maybe it was me. I loved the book, the world in which the story takes place and the characters were sound. Biggest problem of the book for me is how open it ends. Like the last Avengers movie with Thanos. If you want to know how it ends, you have to read the next book in the series. For me it felt more like the story was kin...
  • Sepani
    3.5 starsThe book was not much interesting as I have expected. Nothing happened specifically to grab my attention.Honestly, the title was the only thing that attracted me.Upon the comparison of the main two characters, Lu's character was much more ambitious than her sister who wants to win her throne back. On the other hand, Min's character was naive and weak. But I would very much like to give a try on the next book as I'm curious as to what wi...