Memorable Quotes from The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim | Blog Tour

Nov 16, 2020

the surprising power of a good dumpling blog tour

Hello, everyone! Welcome to my stop on The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling blog tour, which is organized by The Book Terminal! I'm so excited to share with you today, my favorite quotes from The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim, which is out now! Follow along the tour to celebrate the U.S. release of this heartfelt and heart wrenching novel that will pull at your heartstrings in various ways. Thank you, The Book Terminal, for having me on the tour, and Scholastic for the review copy!


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The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim
Young Adult Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Mental Health
November 10, 2020 from Scholastic Press

An authentic novel about growing up in a migrant Asian family with a mother who is suffering from a debilitating mental illness. 

Anna Chiu has her hands full. When she's not looking after her brother and sister or helping out at her father's restaurant, she's taking care of her mother, whose debilitating mental illness keeps her in bed most days. Her father's new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren't right at home, she's starting to feel like she could be a normal teen. 

But when her mother finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as her mother's condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other. 

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling is a heart-wrenching, true-to-life exploration through the often neglected crevices of culture, mental illness, and family. Its strong themes are balanced by a beautiful romance making it a feel-good, yet important read.

★ Praises for The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

"This is a book with a huge heartbeat and so much love infused in every page. The stoic resilience of the Chiu family is inspiring." -- Alice Pung, award-winning author of Lucy and Linh

"A heartwarming tale of family, food, and first love that captures the pain and confusion of grappling with a parent's mental illness. Wai Chim will make you cry both happy and sad tears." -- Justine Larbalestier, author of My Sister Rosa

"I adored this heartfelt story. Anna truly won my heart: at sixteen she's caught at the crossroads of responsibility and restriction, laboring under heavy expectations that come from others and herself. Wai Chim has employed a deeply immersive storytelling style to explore the unspoken truths within families, trust, cross-cultural relationships, first love, and forgiveness with sophistication and unfailing empathy." -- Leanne Hall, author of Iris and the Tiger

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Content/Trigger Warnings: parent with mental illness; microaggression; racism; bullying; animal cruelty; delusions; familial emotional abuse; portrayals of depression; suicidal ideation + attempt; forced psychiatric hospitalization


☀ Hong Kong Chinese-Australian MCs + SCs 
☀ Mental Illness
☀ Queer + neurodivergent Chinese characters

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Look how cute these dumpling cloth patches from author Wai Chim, paired with 
a super adorable dumpling postcard and a sweet message. I'm- πŸ₯ΊπŸ‘‰πŸ‘ˆ

"I'll never cease to be amazed by the power of a good dumpling."

--Wai Chim, The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

"Everyone thinks therapy is for when things get too bad, but really we all could use someone to talk to."

--Wai Chim, The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

"No matter what you hear, no matter what bad things they say. Remember that we love you and we are here to fight for you. We will fight the bad things, we will fight the shadows together. We are your family."

--Wai Chim, The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

[Quotes are from an unedited advanced review copy and is subject to change in the final publication]

Song Dedication

OK Not To Be OK -- Marshmello x Demi Lovato

Wai Chim is a first-generation Chinese-American from New York City. Growing up speaking Cantonese around the house, she absorbed as much Western culture as she could through books, TV, and school. She spent some time living in Japan before making Sydney, Australia, her permanent home. In addition to her writing, Wai works as a digital producer/web developer for The Starlight Children's Foundation, whose programs offer entertainment, education, and technology to critically, chronically, and terminally ill children. Learn more about her at

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{Story Diary} Master of One by Jaida Jones, Dani Bennett | Blog Tour

Nov 10, 2020

master of one blog tour

Hello, everyone! Before we begin, let's wish a happy book birthday to Master of One by Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett, which releases today! This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and it was definitely worth the wait. I am honored to feature Master of One here on EK today, on the blog tour organized by TBR and Beyond! Be sure to add this book to your TBRs and libraries, friends. You won't regret it. Thanks, TBR and Beyond for having me on the tour, and Harper Teen for the advanced review copy.

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Master of One by Jaida Jones, Dani Bennett
Young Adult Fantasy, LGBTQ+
November 10, 2020 from Harper Teen

Sinister sorcery. Gallows humor. A queer romance so glorious it could be right out of fae legend itself. Master of One is a fantasy unlike any other. 

Rags is a thief—an excellent one. He’s stolen into noble’s coffers, picked soldier’s pockets, and even liberated a ring or two off the fingers of passersby. Until he’s caught by the Queensguard and forced to find an ancient fae relic for a sadistic royal sorcerer. 

But Rags could never have guessed this “relic” would actually be a fae himself—a distractingly handsome, annoyingly perfect, ancient fae prince called Shining Talon. Good thing Rags can think on his toes, because things just get stranger from there... 

With the heist and intrigue of Six of Crows and the dark fairy tale feel of The Cruel Prince, this young adult fantasy debut will have readers rooting for a pair of reluctant heroes as they take on a world-ending fae prophecy, a malicious royal plot, and, most dangerously of all, their feelings for each other.

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Reasons to Read Master of One

♚ If you're a fan of many but short chapters with multiple POVs, this is for you.

♚ There's fae, magic, royals, a heist, sorcerers, thieves, a quest, a cutthroat queen, a ragtag group of chaotic gays and more in this high fantasy that is not to be missed.

♚ The unique magic systems of the fae and the sorcerers, and how each wield it is quite interesting. πŸ§šπŸ§™‍♀️✨

♚ It's unapologetically and wonderfully queer. πŸŒˆπŸ’•

Funny, witty banter and the dynamic between the characters is not only highly entertaining but also shows the characters sense of humor and personalities.

Brilliant worldbuilding and excellent character development that readers can appreciate and get immersed in.

♚ It's action-packed after a creeping, methodical build up. ⚔️

♚ It's a character-driven story with the reluctant band of misfits, some of which readers may grow to love.

Tropes / Themes

☽ Heist
☽ Quest to find an object
☽ Slow burn romance
☽ Y E A R N I N G
☽ Grumpy/sunshine pairing
☽ Mustache-twirling villain (sans mustache)
☽ Morally grey characters
☽ Soft boy under grumpy exterior
☽ A group of chaotic gays
☽ Evil queen


☀ m/m romance
☀ Disabled SCs
☀ Trans SC
☀ Chronic illness

Content/Trigger Warnings

➤ Violence
➤ Blood
➤ Torture
➤ Physical Abuse
➤ Death
➤ Grief
➤ Animal death
➤ Kidnapping

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"She needed her rage, had donned it like armor."

--Jaida Jones & Dani Bennett, Master of One

"Don’t pay attention to what you can’t do. Remember what you can."

--Jaida Jones & Dani Bennett, Master of One

"Memories often betray us this way... Because what we think we remember and what truly was are only distorted echoes of each other."

--Jaida Jones & Dani Bennett, Master of One

"Forgive me."
"I would forgive you of anything. Anything but death… I have waited so long for you. So many of your short lifetimes. And I have missed you every moment of every year until we met."

--Jaida Jones & Dani Bennett, Master of One

[Quotes are from an unedited advanced review copy and is subject to change in the final publication]

jaida jones
Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett are married co-authors (without wanting to divorce yet) who live in Brooklyn with 8 cats. Danielle is from Victoria, British Columbia, and works freelance as an independent editor, proofreader and plagiarism checker. Jaida is a native New Yorker. Their published work includes four novels from the Volstovic Cycle, in addition to their many twitter rants on intersectional feminism and the NYC subway system. 

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