The monkey king is one of my favorite legends. If you haven't heard of Sun Wukong (i.e. the monkey king), you've probably watched or played something influenced by his story (Dragon Ball anyone? Or Wukong in League of Legends?). If you want to get me to read or watch something, tell me the monkey king is in it.
Needless to say, I was excited when I heard The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee featured the monkey king. Chinese-American Genie Lo is focused on keeping her grades up so she can get into a good college. She does not need a new student from China telling her that she's the incarnation of a legendary demon killer. Or for the same student to tell her that he is the monkey king (whoever that is), and that it's their destiny to send demons back to the underworld. She has no time for the crazy dude.
And then demons start attacking her. Now she'll have to balance school, extracurricular activities (because you need those for your college applications), and hunting demons. Yay? Also, she has powers she'll need to learn how to control. As if life wasn't busy enough.
Snarky banter? Check. Martial arts action? Check. A whole slew of characters from Chinese mythology? Check. What's not to love? I'm ready for book two, please.