Title: Seven Deadly Shadows
Authors: Courtney Alameda, Valynne E. Maetani
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Supernatural, Japanese Mythology and Culture, Asian rep, POC
Content Warnings: Violence, multiple deaths, bullying
Publication date: January 28, 2020
Kira Fujikawa has always been a girl on the fringe. Bullied by her peers and ignored by her parents, the only place Kira’s ever felt at home is at her grandfather’s Shinto shrine, where she trains to be a priestess.
But Kira’s life is shattered on the night her family’s shrine is attacked by a vicious band of yokai demons. With the help of Shiro—the shrine’s gorgeous half-fox, half-boy kitsune—Kira discovers that her shrine harbors an ancient artifact of great power . . . one the yokai and their demon lord, Shuten-doji, will use to bring down an everlasting darkness upon the world.
Unable to face the Shuten-doji and his minions on her own, Kira enlists the aid of seven ruthless shinigami—or death gods—to help stop the brutal destruction of humankind. But some of the death gods aren’t everything they initially seemed, nor as loyal to Kira’s cause as they first appeared.
With war drawing nearer by the day, Kira realizes that if this unlikely band of heroes is going to survive, they’re going to have to learn to work together, confront their demons, and rise as one to face an army of unimaginable evil.
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Seven Deadly Shadows is an entertaining read, one that took me to various Japanese cities, showed the rich culture and mythology, and gave me just enough Inuyasha vibes!
My thoughts on Seven Deadly Shadows
Although it didn’t completely blow me away, Seven Deadly Shadows is still a fun read.
I’m torn about the writing style. Sometimes it’s hilarious and I loved the prose (there were quite a few lines that stuck with me), but other times I wasn’t all too fond of it. I also like Kira enough, but I had trouble connecting with her. The plot was interesting, but as for me, I wanted to see more action and plot twists.
My favorite part about the book is definitely the mythology, the culture, and world-building. I loved getting to know about the Japaneses mythology and the culture—the demons, the creatures, the heroes. And even then, I wanted to know more. I would love to see this book getting a sequel of some sorts. I feel like the world is just too good to let go after one book.
I definitely recommend this book to those who love anime!
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About the Authors
A veteran bookseller and librarian, Courtney Alameda now spends her days writing thriller and horror novels for young people. Her debut novel, SHUTTER, was nominated for a Bram Stoker award and hailed as a “standout in the genre” by School Library Journal. Her forthcoming novel, PITCH DARK (Spring 2017), is a genre-blending science fiction/horror novel in the vein of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film ALIEN.
Courtney holds a B.A. in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing. She is represented by the talented John M. Cusick of Folio Literary. A Northern California native, she now resides in Utah with her husband, a legion of books, and a tiny five pound cat with a giant personality.
Valynne E. Maetani
Valynne E. Maetani (pronounced Vuh-lin Mah-eh-tah-nee) grew up in Utah and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In a former life, she was a project manager and developed educational software for children with learning disabilities. Currently, she is a full-time writer. She is a member of the We Need Diverse Books team and is dedicated to promoting diversity in children’s literature because every child should grow up believing his or her story deserves to be told. Her debut novel, Ink and Ashes, is the winner of the New Visions Award 2013, a Junior Library Guild 2015 selection, and Best Fiction Book in Salt Lake City Weekly’s Best of Utah Arts Award for 2015. She lives in Salt Lake City.
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Grand Prize: Win a signed copy of SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS, a signed copy of Courtney Alameda’s SHUTTER, and a signed copy of Valynne Maetani’s INK AND ASHES; anime portraits of Kira and Shiro; a stuffed fox omamori charm from the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine in Japan; an origami fox hand-folded by Valynne Maetani; a yokai mini sticker sheet; and an assortment of Japanese Kit Kats (not pictured) [INT]
Second Prize: Win (1) of (2) A signed copy of SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS with anime portraits of Kira and Shiro (INT)