I really enjoyed this book. A lot of the Malay myths reminded me of Filipino myths (i.e. Pontianak similar to tianak). The blend of Chinese and Malaya culture made for a very fun world to explore. I have burned gifts for my friend's grand parents without understanding why, this book gave me an exciting world to imagine the Chinese after life. I also found myself craving laksa and all sorts of fruits from Southeast Asia. This book made me miss my own upbringing in Southeast Asia with all the smells associated with high humidity, the sounds of insects and birds and the bustling households full of family and yaya's (house help).
The ending was a little too rushed and a little too tidy, but I've been reading a lot of YA lately and that's just the nature of the beast I guess.