Siren Queen follows the story of Luli Wei, who is a Chinese American woman trying to find a way to break through in Pre-Code Hollywood. The magic of Hollywood hypnotized her as a young girl, and we follow her journey as she continually makes sacrifices, and even risking relationships, to make her dreams of becoming a Hollywood star come true.
My absolute favorite part of the story was how magic existed. Magic was very much a part of life seemingly in a subtle, but then not so subtle way. It’s like Nghi Vo wrote magic to exist as almost a side note, but also to take center stage. The times magic found its way to be front and center was usually unexpected and brilliant. Occasionally, I almost forgot magic was part of the story until the strangeness of it was laid out on the page. I loved it. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story where magic was written in this way.
There are parts of the story I wish were a bit more flushed out, but overall this was an enjoyable read. This was the first book I’ve read by Nghi Vo, so I am looking forward to reading her other stories.