The Apothecary Diaries [Vol 2] by: Natsu Hyuuga

Maomao, a young woman trained in the art of herbal medicine, is forced to work as a lowly servant in the inner palace. Though she yearns for life outside its perfumed halls, she isn’t long for a life of drudgery! Using her wits to break a curse afflicting the imperial heirs, Maomao attracts the attentions of the handsome eunuch Jinshi and is promoted to attendant food taster. But Jinshi has other plans for the erstwhile apothecary, and soon Maomao is back to brewing potions and…solving mysteries?!

Although this is a light and cute manga there is mention of Kidnapping, forced servitude/indentured servitude, poisoning, and death of small children.


I was so excited when my Libby app alerted me that my hold for volume 2 was up! My current plan is to read through most of my physical TBR but honestly, the call of the Libby app can be so strong at times.

This book was a lot of fun to read, not only do we learn more about Maomao but we also get to see more interpersonal interactions with other members of the palace. I especially loved seeing Maomao’s strength of character shine strong. When faced with bullies, who try to prevent her from doing her job, Maomao lays down the law and shows them she won’t back down.

As all good manga volumes do, this one left me with some curiosities and questions that I look forward to exploring, as I’m able to read more of the story. I really want to know more about Jinshi as I feel like he plays a much bigger role, in the goings-on, than we currently know about. A fun, and quick, read that I look forward to exploring more of!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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