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The fate of the heavens is at stake in this hilarious and highly-anticipated sequel to the The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, from the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi

Genie Lo thought she was busy last year, juggling her academic career with protecting the Bay Area from demons. But now, as the Heaven-appointed Guardian of California, she’s responsible for the well-being of all yaoguai and spirits on Earth. Even the ones who interrupt her long-weekend visit to a prestigious college, bearing terrible news about a cosmos-threatening force of destruction in a nearby alternate dimension. 

The goddess Guanyin and Genie’s boyfriend, Quentin Sun Wukong, do their best to help, but it’s really the Jade Emperor who’s supposed to handle crises of this magnitude. Unfortunately for Genie and the rest of existence, he’s gone AWOL. Fed up with the Jade Emperor’s negligence, Genie spots an opportunity to change the system for the better by undertaking a quest that spans multiple planes of reality along with an adventuring party of quarrelsome Chinese gods. But when faced with true danger, Genie and her friends realize that what will save the universe this time isn’t strength, but sacrifice.

©2020 F.C. Yee (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • Becca
  • 20-06-21

Great storytelling

I love the blend of Chinese Gods and history with current characters. This book is a fun read, suitable for young people and adults.

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  • Natalie
  • 04-01-21

What a wonderful, crazy contemporary turn on the most fun of Chinese classics!

This book (and its predecessor) is tremendous fun—and the right amount of thought-provoking—whether or not you’ve read “Journey to the West!” High-school volleyball player, getting-ready-to-go-to-college, Genie Lo, is both the human daughter, only child, of a separated first-generation Chinese immigrant couple, and the reincarnation of the powerful, magical gold-banded staff (Ruyi Jingu Bang) always associated with the not-too-well socialized hero the Monkey King. She is now a deity in her own right, the protector god of present-day California, who keeps the resident yaoguai (demons) in order—though she doesn’t always feel very confident about her work. The Monkey King himself is now Quentin , a very cute boy and still —or again — a hero. Together they face the ups and downs of high school, what to do after high school, the question of whether they are really a perfect couple, and the deeds and misdeeds of the gods and goddesses of Chinese heaven and monstrous monsters from other dimensions. Fortunately they have some very good friends and mentors: Eunie Park, Genie’s best friend, and Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, are just two of them. The performance for Audible by Nancy Wu is absolutely perfect.

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  • Mark McInturff
  • 13-09-20

One of the best reads for me in some time!

This is one of the most underrated stories and author I've come across. The characters are increadbly remeberable, the story unique, and narriration some of the best in the genre! Loved it!!