Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop

From the critically acclaimed author of Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune comes a new delightful novel about exploring all the magical possibilities of life in the most extraordinary city of all: Paris.
Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people's fortunes—or misfortunes—in tealeaves.
Ever since she can remember, Vanessa has been able to see people's fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, she converts to coffee, but somehow fortunes escape and find a way to complicate her life and the ones of those around her. To add to this plight, her romance life is so nonexistent that her parents enlist the services of a matchmaking expert from Shanghai.
After her matchmaking appointment, Vanessa sees death for the first time. She decides that she can't truly live until she can find a way to get rid of her uncanny abilities. When her eccentric Aunt Evelyn shows up with a tempting offer to whisk her away, Vanessa says au revoir to California and bonjour to Paris. There, Vanessa learns more about herself and the root of her gifts and realizes one thing to be true: knowing one's destiny isn't a curse, but being unable to change it is.

My Review

I picked up this book because I loved the first one. It was nice to meet new characters in this book. It had some of the same type of charm as the first book. However, I did miss the humor and the close emotional connection I experienced with all of the characters in the first book. 

Vanessa was a good lead character. On one hand it would be cool to have her ability but on the other hand; it can become a burden. Thus I felt for Vanessa. She really was just trying to live her life. The location of Paris was nice. As I was reading this book, I could picture everything playing out in my mind. 

My overall feelings about this book was middle of the road. There were moments that I was really digging this book and other moments where I found myself skimming it. Yet, I do look forward to seeing what the next book is like. I hope it is like the first one. 


Mystica said…
Better not to know your destiny if you can't influence it in anyway! Thanks for the review.

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