Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Book Review: If You Could See the Sun by Ann Liang (YA Fantasy)

Title: If You Could See the Sun
Author: Ann Liang
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication Date: 11 October 2022
Pages: 304
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

No secret is safe.

Alice Sun has always felt invisible at her elite Beijing international boarding school, where she’s the only scholarship student in a sea of ├╝ber-wealthy classmates. But she has a plan: be top of the class, attend a prestigious university, secure a killer job, and finally lift her family out of poverty.

Then her parents drop a bomb—they can no longer afford her tuition, even with the scholarship. But that’s the least of Alice’s problems because she has started uncontrollably turning invisible. As in completely, physically invisible.  

Alice realizes there’s an upside to her strange new power—unparalleled access to the secrets of China’s most rich and influential teens. Soon, Alice has a new plan: offer her invisibility services to find out what her classmates want to know—for a price.

But between balancing schoolwork, a growing relationship with academic-rival-turned-business-partner Henry, and stealing secrets, things start to fall through the cracks. As the tasks escalate from petty scandals to actual crimes, Alice must decide if helping her family is worth losing her conscience—or even her life.

 

If You Could See the Sun by Ann Liang was a fun read. I loved the premise and I mostly enjoyed the relationship between Alice and Henry; although, I thought it could have been expanded a little. The story touches on various themes, including classism, and does so in a subtle but powerful way, and the pacing throughout worked well. The only downside for me was the fact that the issue of Alice's invisibility was introduced in an interesting way, with the suggestion it had happened to others in the past, but then at the end of the book all mention of it dropped away and we never had any resolution, not even as to whether the power had now gone. That left me a little unsatisfied, but I enjoyed the story and characters in all other respects, so I am giving this book 4 stars overall.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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