The First Book of the Year-2014
What is the first book you are reading this year??
I made a goal this year to read all the books I received as gifts during the year and so I am starting with this book, The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo which was given to me for Christmas by my son, Max.
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
"One evening, my father asked me if I would like to become a ghost bride..."
Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.
Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.
After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim's handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim
family's darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.
Sheila over at BookJouney is holding an event regarding the first book of the year. She has created a book collage and a linky for everyone to hop around and see who is reading what.
What is the first book you are reading this year?