The Adventures of Monkey Girl and Tiger Kite by Kai Schalk

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The Adventures of Monkey Girl and Tiger Kite by Kai Schalk
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

High school would be a lot easier to deal with if Sunny Wong did not have to balance schoolwork with superhero shenanigans. But superhero she is, gifted the powers of Chinese folk hero Monkey, and when zombies start appearing it’s up to her and her sidekick, Delia, to figure out who’s responsible for raising the dead and why…

Sometimes the best person to fight off a hoard of monsters is the one you’d least expect.

As soon as I met Sunny I knew I was going to like her. She had a witty, intelligent personality that worked well for the predicaments she’d soon find herself in, and there were even a few hints of character development as her adventures progressed. I don’t know if the author is planning to write a sequel, but I hope to find out more about Sunny soon.

The plot spent a great deal of time jumping from the past to the present. While the flashbacks were interesting, having so many of them interrupted the flow of the plot. As soon as I adjusted to what Sunny’s life was like in the past or present, the scene would shift to a different time again. This was often distracting.

The romantic subplot was woven nicely into everything else that was going on. I was curious to see how so many different genres could be balanced in one short story without slowing down the plot. It was fun to watch all of these themes show up in something so fast paced. They were combined incredibly smoothly.

There was an almost unbelievable amount of background information packed into this tale. At first I wondered if this actually was intended to be a sequel to at least one previous book, but as far as I could tell this wasn’t the case. Several previous events that sounded incredibly exciting were only briefly described. This definitely could have been expanded into a full-length novel. Doing so would have made it much easier to explain all of the fascinating things that have happened to Delia and Sunny in the past, and it also would have helped the plot flow more smoothly.

How many different kinds of zombies can you think of? The ones invading Sunny’s town have qualities that I’ve never heard of in that particular kind of monster before. It was pleasantly surprising to compare Chinese zombies to the ones that typically terrify characters in North American science fiction.

I’d recommend The Adventures of Monkey Girl and Tiger Kite to teens and adults alike.

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