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- Print Length: 319 pages
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- Publisher: Macarons & Tea Publishing (November 28, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 28, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N1M61E6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Blood Stained Tea not only lives up to the promise of its blurb, it goes beyond that. Yakuza and m/m sounded intriguing enough but there was a lot more that kept me glued to the book throughout.
Amy Tasukada's writing style is crisp and lyrical, like snowflakes dancing in the night. She describes with the same ease and elegance steeping of tea and spilling of blood. Without getting into unnecessary detail, she transports us to historical Kyoto as the background of the war between the Japanese and Korean mafia and the impossible love of Nao and Saehyun.
The dialogue is witty and dynamic, with entwined bits and pieces about their cultural differences that are quite interesting. Keep in mind that if you've never been exposed to Japanese/Korean culture in any way , you may find some of the character's behavior and decisions questionable and irrational but they are not such in the least.
The chemistry between Nao and Saehyun is wild and rugged. It's not a sugar coated romance and there's no pink bubbly end. It's a raw romance amidst violence, love wounded by honor and necessary lies - harsh, beautiful and broken.
<i>Blood Stained Tea</i> was thrilling throughout but the last third was a total twist in the gut. I really don't know what Amy Tatsukada has mixed up for us in <i>Better Than Suicide</i> (Yakuza Path #2) but I'm sure it would be as strong and sensual as oolong tea.
One of the aspects I enjoyed most about this novel was the author's attention to detail. She clearly did her homework with regard to the setting of the book, which takes place in Kyoto, Japan. From the specifics of proper tea drinking and preparation, to Nao's traditional dress, to the Gion Matsuri which plays an important role in the story, Ms. Tasukada does not disappoint.
If you are looking for a bittersweet romance, you'll find it here. If you're looking for blood and guts, you'll find it here. And if you are looking for a glimpse into a Japan which very few of us will have the chance to know, you'll find it here.
(So when can I buy the sequel???!??)
And this is why it's hard for me to review. I feel like I'm judging it unfairly. After all it was my own fault that I hadn't done my research properly and learned the genre of the book. But I still can't look past the ending, which is why I can only give it four stars.
That being said: there's a lot of things I really love about it. I'm in awe of the amount of research Amy Tasukada has done and I feel like I'm transported to Kyoto when I read it. I'm the type of person who googles everything she doesn't know, so I've googled The Philosopher's Path, the Gion festival floats, and Japanese funeral clothing—just to mention a few things—to see what they look like, and the author's descriptions are spot on. The Philosopher's Path looked exactly like Tasukada described it, and I would really love to travel to Kyoto and walk the path.
I just hope I don't encounter Nao Murata while I do :-)
Another thing I absolutely love is all wonderful tea references. Phrases like
"It only swirled his memories like whisked matcha."
"The bitterness of Father's words stayed in Nao's mouth like oversteeped tea"
I also really love the character development for the two main characters, Nao and Saehuyn. Saehuyn starts out as a real a$$hole that annoys me to death, but manages to redeem himself through his relationship with Nao, to the point that he's my favorit character in the whole book, despite what he does.
Nao, on the other hand, takes a completely different path. From being somber and serious, carrying sorrows that are yet unknown to the reader, but being a seemingly decent human being, he completely deteriorates. So while their relationship makes Saehuyn a better person, the relationship (and Saehuyn's actions) have the complete opposite effect on Nao. It's very interesting.
This is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who love to read about organized crime, star crossed lovers, and above all, tea.
I also want to mention the amazing cover. I love that it's dramatic, but still restrained and not over the top. It's very beautiful.
But consider yourself warned: this is not a romance :-)
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