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 remote mountain 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 goodbye to the world of the living forever.
How did I get the book? Netgalley, thank you Sourcebooks
Review: I enjoyed the descriptions in The Night Parade and how Kathryn Tanquary built the world for the reader. Some of the spirits, such as the fox, were familiar but most of them I didn’t know.
In part The Night Parade reminded me of Spirited Away, with a young girl on an otherworldly adventure in the spirit world. Extraordinary and magical creatures around her and nothing quite as it seems.
I wasn’t quite as gripped by the book as I expected. Certainly there were moments that I loved but I didn’t connect with Saki as a character. As the story is completely focused on her, with all the other character being bystanders/helpers this was a bit of a problem.
The Night Parade has wonderful world-building for the reader, it’s vivid and Saki goes through many adventures. I enjoyed meeting all the spirits along the way.