Expected publication: January 5th 2016
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.
I enjoyed this book so much! I loved the plot and the writing was awesome. I loved how much Japanese culture was in this book as well. I learned so much and I think that’s really great, especially in a Middle Grade book.
I love all the creatures and the mythology.
I liked the characters and I really loved following Saki on her adventure.
I do like the concept of this book more than the actual execution. Saki was border line unlikable at times and while I understand why she was written so bratty, I wish that she wasn’t. It was annoying to read about because I knew she was inevitably going to go on her adventure and come back a better person. I would have liked this book so much more if she had just been a nice person to begin with.
Overall, even though I had couple of issues with this book, I really enjoyed it. I really loved the creatures and the concept as well as the Japanese culture. I’m definitely going to pick up a hardcover copy when it’s released.