Book Review: The Lotus Flower Champion by Pintip Dunn

My book review of The Lotus Flower Champion by Pintip Dunn and Love Dunn.

Title: The Lotus Flower Champion

By: Pintip Dunn and Love Dunn

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 400

Release Date: October 3rd, 2023

Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

No escape. Follow the rules. And don’t count on reality—in this uniquely vibrant romantasy from NYT bestselling author Pintip Dunn and daughter Love Dunn…

It looks like paradise…only it’s not.

This was supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime family trip to Thailand. One last wish for my dying mama. Instead, we’re stranded on a lush, stunning island with ten strangers—held captive as Thai mythology unfolds around us…and within us.

Now we’re being tested. We’re expected to face our greatest fears—and possible deaths—in hopes of awakening some kind of dormant gift…or curse. One by one, we’re transforming, echoing the strange and sometimes wondrous abilities found in Thai folktales.

But my mama has only days to live, my papa is missing, and I’m forced to trust a group of strangers…including our evasive, dark-eyed tour guide, who resembles a minor god. Toss me in the ocean and feed me to the naga now.

Only I’m no hero. My days are managed by numbers and the compulsions that used to keep me safe.

I have to prove how far I can go. To survive. To protect my family.

And to find a way off this perilous island where everything is a lie…including reality.


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There was a lot of very interesting and intriguing elements portrayed in this book. I don't think I was ready for the adventured I was being taken on.

The story starts off like a normal fiction. At first I thought I was being taken on an exotic romantic adventure, but things quickly changed to a thriller mystery and then by the end a fantasy. Even though it was a strange change of events, It all worked really well together.

I loved Alaia and the growth her character goes on throughout the story. She has OCD and is struggling with her anxiety, but by the end of the book, she has learned how to use her OCD to her advantage. Its a wonderful progression.

Although there were some weird elements like to crocodile people and in the end, the story of the Lotus Champion that didn't really fit in with the rest of the story, I really loved reading this book. It was entertaining and kept me wondering what was going to happen next.

Another wonderful read from Dunn. Gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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