Blog Tour – An Arrow to the Moon by Emily XR Pan

**Disclaimer: I was given a free ARC in exchange for an honest review from as part of a tour from TBR and Beyond Tours.**

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Title An Arrow to the Moon
Author Emily XR Pan
Release Date April 12, 2022
Date Finished April 11, 2022

Romeo and Juliet meets Chinese mythology in this magical novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After

Hunter Yee has perfect aim with a bow and arrow, but all else in his life veers wrong. He’s sick of being haunted by his family’s past mistakes. The only things keeping him from running away are his little brother, a supernatural wind, and the bewitching girl at his new high school.

Luna Chang dreads the future. Graduation looms ahead, and her parents’ expectations are stifling. When she begins to break the rules, she finds her life upended by the strange new boy in her class, the arrival of unearthly fireflies, and an ominous crack spreading across the town of Fairbridge.

As Hunter and Luna navigate their families’ enmity and secrets, everything around them begins to fall apart. All they can depend on is their love…but time is running out, and fate will have its way. 

Initial Thoughts
I was super excited to be chosen for this tour. Several friends on Instagram had mentioned that they loved this book and was very excited that it was a retelling.

Some Things I Liked
Retelling. I loved that this story is an extremely unique retelling of not one, but two stories that I love, Romeo and Juliet and the Legend of Chang’e. I thought the retelling elements were just enough to feel familiar but not so much that it’s a shot for shot remake of either story.
90s setting. I also wasn’t expecting the story to take place in the early 90s and I loved that so much. It made me nostalgic and I loved that it was different than anything else I had read recently.
Romance and feelings for days. This book is rich with romance and themes that make you feel all the feelings. I’d liken it to the amount of emotions I felt when I read ALL MY RAGE by Sabaa Tahir.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About
I didn’t love that the chapters were very short and there were about 8 POVs. At times, it got to be too much and I wished it had been narrowed down to fewer key POVs.

Series Value
I think this story has a conclusion. I don’t think I’d need more of this story. But, I’d love to read more from this author. I think the world building was really interesting here and while I’d love more about these characters, I thought the note the story ended on was fitting and it felt right for this story.

Final Thoughts
I went into this book thinking it was going to be very different than what it was and I was very pleasantly surprised. I’m really glad I read this book.


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Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times and National Indie bestselling author of THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, and received six starred reviews. It was also an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Best YA Books of All Time. Emily co-created the FORESHADOW anthology and teaches creative writing at New York University and other institutions. She lives on Lenape land (in Brooklyn, New York), but was originally born in the Midwestern United States to immigrant parents from Taiwan. She received her MFA in fiction from the NYU Creative Writing Program, where she was a Goldwater Fellow as well as the editor-in-chief of Washington Square Review. She was the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine and has been awarded residencies at Djerassi (2017) and Caldera (2019). She spends her free time playing the mandolin, making art, and training her furry dog-beast to balance on strange objects. Her next novel, AN ARROW TO THE MOON, will be published by Little, Brown in April 2022.

Visit Emily online at, and find her on Twitter and Instagram @exrpan.

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