[Review] The Monkey King’s Daughter by T.A. DeBonis

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Another round of the year for Multicultural Children’s Book Day and this time, I will be reviewing another book matched to me. This an overdue review that supposed to be last January been posted already which I feel bad. But still, I want to share what I thought about it.

Without further ado, here’s my review of this really good story about The Monkey King’s Daughter – Meilin.

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Disclosure: *I received a reading copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review and don’t mean to affect how I will read nor give my opinion about it. My opinion is mine and mine alone after reading the book. Thank you to Mr. DeBonis and MCBD, especially to Ms. Becky and to the founders of it.


The Monkey King’s Daughter isn’t about Sun Wukong, the Monkey King – it’s about his daughter, Meilin. Only, Meilin doesn’t know she’s the Monkey King’s daughter. In fact, she doesn’t know she’s half-monkey at all. As far as Meilin knows, she’s an ordinary 14 year-old high school freshman from Midland Hills, California, facing all the problems that bright young girls face at that age- flakey girlfriends, zits, too much homework, bad hair, obnoxious boys… But all of that changes when her ancient past catches up with her. (And she thought high school was gonna be easy…) The Monkey King’s Daughter is a new series of novels that introduces a totally fresh and exciting action/adventure hero to 8-to-13-year-old readers.

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I haven’t really know the true story or where The Monkey King legend originates but I have seen several movies or shows who the Monkey King is revealed. From those, I’m quite a bit familiar with what this book is describing and talking about who Monkey King is – not exactly but close enough. Some traits of his I know are described in the book similar to the movies I watched already. But when you put some twist on it that this book does, a good story starts to stir. That’s when Meilin comes and her adventure on finding first her true form, then her destiny and braveness. By the way, this is not quite a retelling of Monkey King but have some part of it, though this revolves to her daughter, Meilin.

I love how fluid and easy to read this book since I read it in fast-paced mode and follow the story smoothly. This presents a new angle of The Monkey King tale which brought the idea of him having a daughter and how she can inherently acquire such skill and power from his father. The book also features some racial discrimination among her peers that is making fun of it actually since Meilin is half Chinese and half American as you might find it first in the story but later soon you’ll find out her true identity or obviously, you do now.

The Monkey King’s Daughter gives a great middle-grade fantasy tale that is perfect for teens and children and any ages. This tackles some family values, true friendship, and finding your self-confidence. This is only the first book of the series and I still need to read the rest to continue knowing more of Meilin’s journey between her true world and the world she used to live in. I enjoy reading this kind of book from the top and end of it and you better feel the same once you start grabbing and reading this book to your nearest store or simply buy yourself a copy online in case it isn’t available to your region or country.



About the Author

T.A. DeBonis

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T.A. DeBonis is the author of The Monkey King’s Daughter which is a powerful, heartwarming, coming-of-age story of Meilin, a contemporary Chinese-American teenage girl, tightly wrapped in high adventure and fantastic Chinese mythological settings.

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