Skeleton Women by Mingmei Yip

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Skeleton Women Read Online Free - Once upon a time in China, the most beautiful and gifted women were known as “skeleton women”—the ultimate femme fatales who could bring a man to his knees, or to his doom…

When Camilla, a young orphan girl in Shanghai, is adopted and brought to live in luxury, it seems like a stroke of luck. But as Camilla grows to womanhood, she realizes that her “rescue” was part of gang leader Big Brother Wang’s scheme. Camilla is trained in singing, dancing, knife-throwing and contortion—all to attract the attention of Wang’s enemy, the ruthless Master Lung.

Forced to become Master Lung’s mistress, Camilla meets two other intriguing women. Shadow is a magician and rival for Master Lung’s affections, while Rainbow Chang dresses like a man and wields power through her incendiary gossip column. Both pose risks to Camilla’s safety and status. But an even greater danger comes in the form of Master Lung’s eldest son, Jinying, who despises his father’s violent lifestyle—but loves Camilla. Only by plotting to eliminate Lung can she make her escape, but at what cost?

Title : Skeleton Women
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ISBN : 0758273533
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 pages


drey rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 31, 2012

I really looked forward to reading Skeleton Women, how awesome it would be to read about 1930s Shanghai! What we have between the covers is a story of love, wrapped up in survival, loss, confusion, and danger. What’s not to like? The stiff prose, for one. Constant repetition. Overuse of quotes fro...

Breslin rated it ★★★★★

January 28, 2018

You know how some novels are overly wordy? Or a little trite in their presentation, so you get the idea the person who wrote them hasn't been out much? This novel avoids these problems and remains agreeably no-nonsense.

Louise rated it ★★★★★

June 13, 2012

Kensington|May 29, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-7582-7353-6 Story Description: Once upon a time in China, the most beautiful and gifted women were known as “skeleton women” – the ultimate femme fatales who could bring a man to his knees, or to his doom…When Camilla, a young orphan girl in Shang...

Harvee rated it ★★★★☆

June 28, 2012

Skeleton women appear in North American myths - the Inuit, Hopi, Alaskan Eskimo, and other stories as symbols of relationships, and of life and death in nature. In Mingmei Yip's novel set in early 1900s Shanghai, Skeleton Women refer to women who are trained spies, beautiful assassins and courtes...

Natalie rated it ★★★★★

July 20, 2012

Mingmei Yip is an excellent story teller! I love her books. Every character is beautifully written and the picture is perfectly seen. I have been reading romance books so this was a nice break but Skeleton Woman does have a little romance in it, a forbidden romance The main character, Chamilla is...

Susan rated it ★★★★★

June 14, 2012

Skeleton Women is set in the ever-fascinating 1930s Shanghai. The heroine Camilla is a 19 year old singer/spy who is kept by one gangster boss to set up the hit of another gangster boss. In the mix are a femme fatale Eurasian magician and a cross-dressing gossip columnist. Where else but in Shangh...

Lora rated it ★★★★★

August 28, 2012

This novel speaks to the souls and hearts of women in all cultures. Mingmei Yip manages to juxtapose two images of the Chinese culture. The lovely referencing of cultural symbols, taboos and customs versus the harsh realities of being raised as a female orphan in a chinese gang culture; having to...

Kathryn rated it ★★★★★

October 18, 2015

I Love This Book. Everything about it I get so locked into it. The main character Camilla. How she makes men grovel at her feet and the way she manipulates them. Men who fall for not only her beauty, but her deception. The spy world surrounding her in Shanghai. The way she responds to other women...

Jillyn rated it ★★★★★

July 14, 2014

I received this book through Goodreads First Reads. An orphan, lead character Camilla was brought up & trained to be a spy by a gang, mastering strategies & skills (such as knife throwing, singing, & contortions) that make her a skeleton woman, or a Chinese femme fatale. Gang leader Bi...

Wendy rated it ★★★★★

July 07, 2012

First, I want to gush about the cover of Mingmei's newest release. It's sexy, sophisticated and secretive. I absolutely love it! Skeleton Women is what femme fatale's are addressed as in China. This is about three such women, Camilla, Rainbow and Miss Shadow. Camilla is the main character, an orph...

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