an arrow to the moon – emily x.r. pan | blog tour + arc review

An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan

Expected publication: April 12th 2022 by Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Age Range: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling (Romeo & Juliet)
Representation: Chinese, Taiwanese cast


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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.

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Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tour for choosing me as one of the participants in the #AnArrowtotheMoon tour. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. If you’re interested in the other tour stops, check out the schedule!


With An Arrow to the Moon, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, comes heartaches, forbidden loves, and an age-old hatred between the families. Emily X.R. Pan once again brought me into a world with characters I want a perfect happy ending for. I’ve been wanting a story of Houyi and Chang’e last year, and this is a dream come true.

Weird magical things are happening around Hunter and Luna. Hunter never misses a target with his bow and arrow. His impeccable aim is a mystery in itself. Luna kept seeing little fireflies floating around her, trying to convey some sort of message. Even Cody, Hunter’s brother, owns a book that doesn’t always have a story within it.

Although their parents are constantly on bad terms with one another, Hunter and Luna didn’t care. As time passed, the two started to gain feelings and sneak around knowing that their parents would disapprove vehemently. The two families are always vying for the same tenure, career goals, and mysterious artifact.

While they were falling in love, Hunter and Luna were both dealing with individual struggles when it comes to their parents. Due to his affinity with the wind, what seems like pranks by him got Hunter expelled and his parents blamed everything on him without finding out the truth. Meanwhile, Luna has no idea about the turmoil and dissatisfaction within the family.

In my opinion, Emily X.R. Pan did a fantastic job in recreating the Moon Goddess and the Lord Archer’s legend that I know and love. I’ve been waiting for a new book by Emily X.R. Pan for years after reading The Astonishing Color of After. Feel so blessed it’s my long-awaited Chang’e and Houyi’s retelling.

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10 thoughts on “an arrow to the moon – emily x.r. pan | blog tour + arc review”

  1. this moodboard!!! and the picture you chose of jadey has my heart absolutely dying! this was honestly such a wonderful retelling, it didn’t quite hit me until i had finished but now i just want to go back and reread luna and hunter’s story!

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