Shealea vlogs for the first time? (ft. ya girl losing her voice over Descendant of the Crane)

When I first arrived in Kuala Lumpur last week (can you believe that the start of #KateLeaLumpur was exactly a week ago?), I jokingly “vlogged” about my arrival. I was running on nearly 48 hours of sleep deprivation, but my haggardness was outweighed by how excited I was to travel outside of the Philippines with a friend, instead of with my family member — and yes, it was a huge first for me. Plus, the airbnb that we got was too fancy and wonderful to not film. You can easily watch the video on Twitter (cough, don’t forget to give me a follow while you’re at it, cough).

Kate @ Your Tita Kate and I have been high-key hyping up our trip to Kuala Lumpur for months (honestly, I could not have asked the universe for a better traveling companion!), and us being us, we will most likely recount our adventures in Malaysia on our respective blogs sometime soon. Hopefully. But I digress.

As y’all have noticed, my blogging has been quite sporadic — and of course, college is to blame. I’m incredibly behind on the content I’ve been hoping to post on my blog, including my written book review for Descendant of the Crane by Joan He.

It felt really weird for me to not have a small tribute in celebration of Joan’s highly anticipated debut partly because I wholeheartedly adore Joan and partly because um, hello, I’ve been online screeching about Descendant of the Crane since the dawn of time. Naturally, my extra self just had to do something to mark this momentous occasion (as well as to effectively convince all of you to prioritize picking up Descendant of the Crane).

Fortunately, I was struck with inspiration after watching Kate’s vlog wherein she expressed her thoughts on Descendant of the Crane.

Quick segue: The thing about me is that I am a terrible, terrible speaker. Which is odd and perhaps mildly ironic, considering how I went to Malaysia to formally present one of my research papers to an audience of fellow academics. But it’s true!!! I am easily distracted, and I frequently derail from my main point — which, more often than not, leads to endless, senseless babbling. So I’ve always been more comfortable with expressing myself through writing (hence, you know, this blog).

Despite this, Kate’s video review of Descendant of the Crane inspired me to make a video of my own, which focuses on a dozen reasons to pick up and read this Chinese-inspired fantasy debut.


1. This video was taken on April 7th and was supposed to be posted on April 9th, but I struggled with transferring the video file from my phone to YouTube, as well as with the splicing (fun fact: this video was originally 26 minutes long!).

2. In making this video, I had to redo filming when I was halfway finished because my phone crashed and stopped recording. This happened three times. I’m still salty about it.

3. By the third time I was filming this vlog, I was dehydrated and I had lost a significant amount of my voice. I hope y’all bear with the poor voice quality.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
Descendant of the Crane
by Joan He

published 09 April 2019
young adult & fantasy

tagged for authors of color (asian authors), poc representation (Chinese)

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purchase via amazon or book depository

read the full synopsis.

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her.

Hesina’s court is packed full of dissemblers and deceivers eager to use the king’s death for political gain, each as plausibly guilty as the next. Her advisers would like her to blame the neighboring kingdom of Kendi’a, whose ruler has been mustering for war. Determined to find her father’s actual killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death, since magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of Yan at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

I’d love to hear from you!

🌻 What do you think of my first ever book vlog? Do you think I have a bright future in booktube? (Please be nice to me.)

🌻 Have you added Descendant of the Crane to your TBR? Have you picked up a copy?

🌻 Aside from Descendant of the Crane, what other April releases are you looking forward to?

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12 thoughts on “Shealea vlogs for the first time? (ft. ya girl losing her voice over Descendant of the Crane)

  1. I’m dying to read Descendant of the Crane! It is one of my most anticipated new releases of 2019. My library actually has the eBook version ready for download, so I hope to pick it up in the next few weeks 🙂

    You did a wonderful job in your first video!


  2. Loved it! As a booktuber myself, I think you’d be great! I recommend giving it a second chance! And I always promote my favorite booktubers on IG when I watch their videos! I think you’ll shine brightly!


  3. okay what shealea this was such a good video, i enjoyed it so much!! I’ve been pronouncing your name wrong so i’m glad i know the correct pronunciation. honestly, i hope you make more videos because you have such a sweet & awesome personality.


    1. A waste of my time????? SHEALEA THAT WAS THE BEST USE OF MY TIME!

      I loved your review, especially how structured it was and how excited you were, it was beautiful to watch 😊
      I also found out that while pronouncing your name I’ve been putting too much emphasis on the vowels 😅 Imma go practice it now…


  4. First of all, apparently WP unfollowed you for me — thanks for nothing, WP. Secondly I am breaking my hiatus for this post because QUEEN! You are so cute and your speaking voice is great, you are too hard on yourself!

    I loved this book so much as well, and I really enjoyed hearing your thoughts about it. I need more from it. So much more (but protect everyone still alive). Lilian is probably my favorite character, other than Hesina.

    Loved your vlog, and your dress! I hope your presentation went well, as well as your trip with Kate.


  5. Ahhh Shealea!! You’re so cute ❤ I have been loving your vlogs with Kate so much because it kinda feels like I’m there with you?? (not really but kinda) I can’t wait to watch your DOTC vlog too 🙂 (also I have been accidentally pronouncing your name wrong in my head but I’m so glad I know now!!)


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