January 1, 2016

The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary

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★★★★
     In the beginning, it was hard to enjoy Saki as a character for both Laila, and I. She starts as quite the brat. This made it very hard to get into. However, as the story progresses, she turns into a more enjoyable character, and even displays responsibility, which is what I am assuming, is part of the moral of this story.
     Once the night parade actually begins in the book, you’ll begin to meet fantastical and imaginative creatures; each one bringing something new to the table, each one offering something to Saki’s character.
     While I have no current knowledge of Japanese culture or background, I never once felt like I couldn’t tell what anything was or how it related to the countries obviously splendid stories, and myths. We learned many new things as we looked up what we wanted to know more about.
     This novel was a fascinating, entertaining, and engaging read. It’s adventurous, and takes its readers on an imaginative experience.
     Laila enjoyed it, and so did I. We both agree that this novel is totally a four star book.



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T I T L E: The Night Parade
A U T H O R: Kathryn Tanquary
P U B L I S H E R: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
P U B L I S H--D A T E: January 5, 2016
I S B N: 9781492623243
Children’s Fiction
In the shadow of the forest, the Night Parade marches on...
The last thing Saki Yamamoto wants to do for her summer vacation is trade 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.


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*I received an advanced copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review*