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The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary eARC {4 Stars}

The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary tells the story of a Japanese girl named Saki who stumbles upon a death curse while visiting her grandmother and proceeds to adventure within the spirit world for three nights of unexpected adventure. Due to excellent pacing and a rich world of magic, I devoured The Night Parade and definitely recommend it for fans of Japanese mythology.

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Night Parade from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary eARC {4 Stars}

The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary
Published by Sourcebooks on Jan. 5th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 336 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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The last thing Saki Yamamoto wants to do for her summer vacation is trade in exciting Tokyo for the antiquated rituals and bad cell reception of her grandmother's village. Preparing for the Obon ceremony is boring. Then the local kids take an interest in Saki and she sees an opportunity for some fun, even if it means disrespecting her family's ancestral shrine on a malicious dare.

But as Saki rings the sacred bell, the darkness shifts. A death curse has been invoked... and Saki has three nights to undo it. With the help of three spirit guides and some unexpected friends, Saki must prove her worth - or say good-bye to the world of the living forever.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • I love fantasy creatures and so have a passing familiarity with Japanese myths, but The Night Parade still surprised me with spirits that I hadn’t read about before. Since the actual event the Night Parade is literally a parade of spirits each night, Saki runs into a lot of different critters and it is so fun to figure them out with her.
  • The pacing of this story is fantastic. Saki doesn’t take long to stumble onto the curse and is whisked off to adventures right away. I loved that she had to lead a normal life during the day and continue her adventures at night since it made for a wonderful mix of character development and action.
  • Saki has to deal with not only a death curse, but mean girls in her daylight hours. I was annoyed with her at first because of her participation in a mean girl clique, but the lesson that she learns is a great one.
  • Since Saki still has to help her grandmother and parents during the day with cleaning and such, her parents are around and keeping a close eye on her. It was nice for her family to be present instead of conveniently absent and I quite liked her grandmother.

Weaknesses:

  • Since this is a standalone as far as I can tell, I was able to pretty easily predict the ending. There was a bit of a twist, but past that, everything sort of played out how you would expect.
  • There are times when I really questioned the internal logic of The Night Parade. Especially towards the end as things needed to all get resolved, a few details seemed rather conveniently brushed aside as mysterious magic, sigh.

Summary:

The Night Parade is a fun adventure into Japanese mythology for readers young and young-at-heart alike ;-). If you are looking for a fast and light read with some fantasy creatures you probably haven’t encountered before, this one is for you.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary

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Comments

  1. I REALLLLY want to read this!

  2. Glad to hear you liked it! Saki annoyed me in the beginning of the book, but I liked her better as it went on. And I LOVED the kitsune! The other fantasy creatures were good as well, but that was totally my favorite character. *grins*
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  3. This looks really cute and I love that cover. I’m going to have to try getting this one from the library.
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    • Yes, do it! If they don’t have it, you could try requesting since it’s from a smaller publisher so they might not have spotted it when it came out.

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