"The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo" is enormously fun and deftly written. It's a sweet, engaging romance with a very likable heroine -- smart but naive, practical but inexperienced, independent but not *quite* prepared for the consequences of her indiscretions. A very sweet, entertaining read.
And I want to make it clear that the only reason I'm docking this a star is because I'm judging it by the standard of Jane Austen and Dorothy Sayers. By THAT standard, okay? Zen Cho is absolutely at that level: she deserves the comparison. This story is very smart and completely charming. But ultimately it's a fun, quick read rather than an enduring classic for the ages, because things are a little *easy* for Jade -- she just does whatever she wants, and then the happy ending kind of falls into her lap. She isn't forced to wrestle with the flaws of her own character the way that, say, Elizabeth Bennet or Harriet Vane do before they get their happy-ever-afters.
Instead, this is a cotton-candy story. It dissolves on your mind and leaves a sweet taste behind.