Official Review: Dew on Ginkgo Leaves by Todd Shuler

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Official Review: Dew on Ginkgo Leaves by Todd Shuler

Post by katiesquilts » 28 Feb 2019, 08:59

[Following is an official review of "Dew on Ginkgo Leaves" by Todd Shuler.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Dew on Ginkgo Leaves by Todd Shuler takes place in Imperial China. Jade Flower and her husband are a part of the emperor's special battalion, a troop of warriors consisting only of married couples. However, Jade's husband is killed during a battle, but not by an enemy's blade. Jade knows at once that something is suspicious and vows to find his murderer and avenge his death. However, when she returns to the imperial palace, she is matched to a similarly widowed warrior before they set off on a more important mission -- one that, if they do not succeed, could end the emperor's reign for good.

I love Asian cultures and am always in the mood to read books that take place in Asia. From the summary, Dew on Ginkgo Leaves promised me action, suspense, and romance, and it did not disappoint. The book captivated me in the first few pages and wouldn't let me put it down. I honestly had to pace myself so that I could enjoy it longer. Shuler did a good job of balancing action with plot. He also sprinkled in bits of cultural detail that gave the world the characters lived in an exotic touch.

However, there were a few issues that stuck out to me. Jade's husband's name is Wu Lei. Her new partner's name is Yu Luan. However, her full name is Jade Flower. I didn't understand why literally every other character had a Chinese name except for her. Also, I thought that she, the emperor, and the empress acted out of character at times. Even though Jade is a warrior, there are times when she acts overly weak and emotional. I found her hard to like when she acted bullheaded for no good reason, except perhaps to make her new partner, Luan, look so much better in comparison. Finally, with regards to the book's editing, I did find over ten mistakes that could have easily been resolved with another round of proofreading.

Although I nit-picked at the book's characters, I did enjoy Dew on Ginkgo Leaves and would eagerly pick up the second book in the series. Although quite a lot happens in the first book, there are a few mysteries that Jade and Yuan have yet to solve. And, of course, as they continue to fight together, their relationship is sure to take some twists and turns.

As a heroine, Jade has a few flaws. Also, the book could have used another round of proofreading to make it the best it could possibly be. That is why I would rate Dew on Ginkgo Leaves 3 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical tales set in exotic lands with a mixture of both action and romance. If you like political intrigue and a little bit of suspense, you are sure to enjoy this book as well. Despite the action there is not a lot of gore, so I believe it is suitable for all ages. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next in Jade and Yuan's story.

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Post by kandscreeley » 04 Mar 2019, 09:58

This is a bit of a different book from the sounds of it. It sounds intriguing, and I think I could get past the editing errors. I want to see who killed her husband and why. I also am curious about if she falls in love with the new widow! Thanks so much.
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Post by Crazyreader01 » 04 Mar 2019, 11:45

I think the storyline sounds great and as for the name problem, maybe the author wanted to make the protagonist's name more memorable? But I do see how it would maybe be a little irritating. Thanks for the review! I'll be sure to add this book to my to-read list.

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Post by chiefsimplex » 22 Mar 2019, 14:50

I think the book would have been great indeed , however the contradictions noted are really worrying.The difference between reality and fiction is that fiction has to make sense-Jade's name sticking out does not sound ideal.Thanks for such a thorough review.
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Post by Eclecticmama » 14 Apr 2019, 17:32

Very thought out review! One of my biggest pet peeves in books is when authors make the characters do things that don’t fit into the character’s... well, character, lol.
Although I do enjoy learning about other cultures, the flaws you point out make me want to give this one a pass.

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Post by Adedayo+23 » 16 Apr 2019, 12:37

The plot is interesting, but I find it a bit off-putting when authors make the characters do things that go against the essential make up of said characters. Thanks for the review.
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