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

Title: An Arrow to the Moon
Author: Emily X.R. Pan
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Retelling
Publishing date: 12th April 2022
Rating: 4/5 stars

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.

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My thoughts: An Arrow to the Moon is a cute, fun retelling of Romeo and Juliet with some Chinese mythology mixed in and perfect for readers of YA fantasy. This story is full of romance, star-crossed lovers, secrets and feuding families.

This was such a great read! I really enjoyed the multiple pov chapters and especially reading from the adults point of view. I felt that it gave a better outlook on the situation and not just from the view of the younger characters.

I also enjoyed the pacing of this story. I was racing through this book so quickly, but I didn’t want it to end. I just couldn’t put it down!

Hunter and Luna are such a cute couple! They bounce of each other so easily. With everything going on between their families, I love how they fight to move past it to be with each other. They really just don’t care what their families think 😂

Hope you all enjoyed my review! I really enjoyed reading this one! Happy reading all! x

About the Author

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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