A fabulous queer urban fantasy novel with horror vibes

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(4.5 stars rounded down to a 4)

Siren Queen is an urban fantasy novel by Nghi Vo that is set in pre-Code Hollywood. The eBook version is 288 pages. We follow our main character with a first-person point-of-view.

Luli Wei grew up working in her Chinese American family's laundry business in Los Angeles, blocks away from Hollywood directors filming on-location. She works her way up from bit part to bit part, clawing her way to the top through hard work and a sharp mind. This version of Hollywood runs on a system of bargains and blood magic, where stars are sacrificed as needed to keep the industry going. Luli refuses to let them own her face, her name, or the women she loves.

This book has great spooky vibes. Overall, I feel like it could have been longer! I was really interested in the world and would love to see more about it. That's mostly why I'm rounding this down to a 4 on Goodreads.

Tropes in this book include: lesbian heroine, Asian heroine

CW: racism, sexism, homophobia, death