Fantasy

Monkey Around by Jadie Jang

After reading the blurb, one might have an anticipation of what the book could be like. Despite that thought process, I highly doubt many people can truly guess its contents.
I must admit that at the time of writing this review, there is no one else who rated the book the way I did, at least on the sites I post reviews. I also want to talk a little about what the book was about and why it did not work for me.
The author has done a lot of research and littered the book with mythical creatures from many cultures and appropriately used them all. The San Francisco of the book is a place where many of the creatures with magic in their blood congregate and co-exist under the radar(most of the time). Our leading lady/monkey is a shapeshifter who is still learning more about her powers by the day. Maya does not have concrete proof about her antecedents, but she has an inkling as to where to look by the end of the book.
Maya does small and big things regularly to help the magical population in the area when she stumbles onto something big. This is the start of the roller coaster that is this book. There are many sub-plots and agendas, and it is nearly impossible to guess the conclusion of any of the threads. All of this action makes it a very fast-paced narrative.
However, I did not enjoy the book. In theory, it should have worked for me; the author has written well. I did not get invested in the plotline, and although I liked Maya’s voice and the things she does, she was a little too active for me. Her confused emotions did not keep me hooked, and the possible love triangle was not my thing either. If it had been shorter, maybe I would have liked it more.
I still recommend this book to anyone who finds this review and/or the blurb enticing.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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