Two of your Pond friends review books at the The Quiet Pond!
Xiaolong is the Keeper of the Pond here. When she isn’t busy ensuring that the magic flows across the Pond, you will probably find her reading (and possibly crying, as most readers do).
Indeed, Xiaolong loves reading books, and so when you visit her at the Pond, she will share with you her review of the latest book that she’s read. You’ll probably see Xiaolong a lot in your visits at the Pond, but you can revisit the first time you met her and introduced herself here.
Cuddle is an inhabitant of the Pond, and reviews her books alongside her stuffed animal otter, Party. Give her a yummy fish snack, a quiet spot to read, and some water, and she’ll be your friend forever.
Like Xiaolong, Cuddle loves reading books and will also share with you her review of a book that she’s read! You can revisit the time Cuddle and Party joined The Quiet Pond and when you first became friends.
You think about asking Xiaolong and Cuddle about a book that they had told you about before, but looking over to your little friends, they look a little busy casting wards and helping the other inhabitants.
You look over the Pond, you know is a powerful and magical entity that can show you the past. You walk over, sit at its edge, and silently ask whether you can revisit a memory that you had with Xiaolong and Cuddle. The tips of your fingers go warm, the soft purple glow of the pond grows deeper, and you ease into the Pond’s magic as it takes you back in to the past.
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Review Count: 41
A River of Stars – Vanessa Hua
A Spark of White Fire – Sangu Mandanna
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Elsie Chapman and Ellen Oh (editors)
The Astonishing Colour of After – Emily X.R. Pan
Autoboyography – Christina Lauren
The Black Veins – Ashia Monet
Check, Please! Book 1: Hockey – Ngozi Ukazu
Darius the Great Is Not Okay – Adib Khorram
Dragon Pearl – Yoon Ha Lee
Exit West – Mohsim Hamid
The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
Final Draft – Riley Redgate
The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns – Julie C. Dao
Fresh Ink: An Anthology – Lamar Giles (editor)
Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan
Hungry Hearts – Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond (editors)
Ignite the Stars – Maura Milan
Internment – Samira Ahmed
Jade City – Fonda Lee
Jade War – Fonda Lee
Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix – Julie C. Dao
Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando – Andrea Wang
Moonstruck Vol 1 – Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle
Not Your Backup – C.B. Lee
On The Edge of Gone – Corinne Duyvis
Opposite of Always – Justin A. Reynolds
Red, White, and Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston
Ruse – Cindy Pon
Pie in the Sky – Remy Lai
The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo
Proposal, The – Jasmine Guillory
Sadie – Courtney Summers
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Soft on Soft – Em Ali
Trail of Lightning – Rebecca Roanhorse
Underdog – Tobias Madden
Want – Cindy Pon
We Hunt the Flame – Hafsah Faizal
The Weight of Our Sky – Hanna Alkaf
Written in the Stars – Aisha Saeed