Review of Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda, Valynne E. Maetani

Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda, Valynne E. Maetani

Review: As soon as I got Seven Deadly Shadows in my Fox & Wit young adult box back in January, I knew I was in trouble. I think it only took two days for me to break and stop what I was trying to read at the time and grab this book up, it only took me a few days to finish it too. Sadly for me, the story was over in just a few short days. But, hell. I had a ton of fun.

The best thing about Seven Deadly Shadows is that both authors tried their hardest, and succeed in staying culturally and religiously aware of the Japanese culture they portrayed in their book and writing. Explaining more about the topics they mentioned, and even their influences in the back of the book. Which I can not tell you enough, how much I enjoyed reading. I might have also cheered when I was right about the anime and manga that inspired them and I could see trace of in the novel. I basically swooned from all the details of shrines, Japan, kitsune, honor, bullying and death gods know as shinigami (well known from the manga/anime series Bleach and Death Note).  Anyway, all through my reading I could tell they took care to explain traditions and meanings of each new topic introduced to readers who might not be familiar. All the while not bogging down the plot or characters with too many details of explanations.

It wasn’t long at all before I was immersed in the plot that is Seven Deadly Shadows, along with the history, culture, mythology- I fell for the romance. Which was sweet and a common trope I have seen in manga and anime, it was great to see it in a young adult novel. Although, I still have questions about the romance and a few lose ends from the end of the book. I do hope we might see a squeal, though there is no plans at the moment to go farther then this one book. In the end, if you area lover of mythology, anime and manga-this book is for you!

Favorite quote(s):

I. Will. Not. Cry.

She looks like a scream made flesh.

I wonder what color my wings would be, if she wore my soul on her skin.

Would I? Reread? Maybe. Recommend to others? Yes. Read more from these authors? Yes please.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Edition: Hardcover, 384 pages

Young Adult. Fantasy. Romance. Mythology. Paranormal.

Published January 28th 2020 by Quill Tree Books.

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Kira Fujikawa has never had it easy. She’s bullied by the popular girls in school. Her family ignores her. And she’s also plagued with a secret: She can see yokai, the ghosts and demons that haunt the streets of Japan. But things accelerate from bad to worse when she learns that Shuten-doji, the demon king, will rise at the next blood moon to hunt down an ancient relic and bring the world to a catastrophic end.

Not exactly skilled at fighting anything, much less the dead, Kira enlists the aid of seven powerful death gods to help her slay Shuten-doji. They include Shiro, a kitsune with boy-band looks who is more flirtatious than helpful, and O-bei, a regal demon courtesan with covert reasons of her own for getting involved.

As the confrontation with Shuten-doji draws nearer by the day, the fate of Japan hangs in the balance. Can Kira save humankind? Or will the demon king succeed in bringing eternal darkness upon the world?

-Summary from GoodReads.com

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