The Night Parade
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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 bo ...more
Saki is annoyed to be spending a week with her grandmother during school vacation, where it'll be chores, almost no mobile reception, and just boring, boring, boring. She's resentful, borderline disrespectful, and slapdash in her efforts to prepare things for a festival. When she gets involved with some village kids and lets something evil loose, Saki has three nights, during the spirits' Night P ...more
The night parade was a delightful read. It's smart, funny and such a well-plotted middle grade book that I couldn't help but like it a lot, in spite of it not being my favourite genre anymore.
I really liked that the book showed that the author knows what she is talking about. Not only the book itself is really cute, but the elements that were taken from japanese mythology were interesting. It's the mai ...more
I found the main character, Saki, slightly annoying. Later on I realised, it might've been her age (13 years old). When starting the book I didn't realise it was a middle grade book but it makes sense.
I enjoyed the Japanese mythology and culture mentions. Some words had me a bit confused but luckily my Kindle was able to explain most of them to me.
Another thing I ...more
Saki travels with her family to her see her grandmother, a journey that she really doesn't want to take. As a teen she wants a mobile phone signal, wifi and Starbucks not traditional ceremonies and horrible local kids.
The family are their to take part in the Obon ceremony to honour their departed ancestors, during the festivities Saki meets the loca ...more
Saki is a typical girl in middle-school obsessed with fitting in with her cohort and making sure she has enough bars on her cell phone. The last thing she wants to do for her summer vacation is travel out to her grandmother's place in the country for the ancient, traditional Obon festivi ...more
I don't know why I wasn't pulled into this book. It has so much that I like-- Japanese culture, Japanese folklore, fantasy elements, character development, etc. I guess I just wasn't feeling it?
Let's talk first about the characters-- or rather character. Saki is our main character who is going on this journey. We see what kind of person she is and she isn't the most likeable, although I really do pity her knowing what her alternatives to her given situation are. Finding a friend group ...more
With this one I thought that the world building was very interesting and a lot of fun. We follow a girl who has to work through this parade to lift a curse and the whole world (and story) feel very Miyazaki-esq. The world was definitely my favourite part of it.
The rest of it sadly felt a bit bland. I thought tha ...more
This was a pretty good middle grade read about family, fairytales and more. If you enjoy these types of stories, be sure to check this book out at your local library and wherever books are sold.
Although I didn’t find this novel exceptional as far as I am concerned as an adult (simple writing style and predictable character development), I think it would nonetheless make a good read for its intended middle-grade audience.
The story is easy enough to follow. A middle school girl (Saki) forced to spend a few days for a traditional ritual at her grandmother’s, far from her city friends, cell phone and usual activit ...more
The Night Parade was a fun and enjoyable story. The first few chapters were a bit slow and made it a bit hard to get into the story as most of those take place in the real world and the main character Saki isn't too likeable, especially at first. But once the curse is set and Saki enters the night parade I really enjoyed this book.
Saki is a young girl who has to visit her grandma during summer vacation. Saki is not happy and would much rather be ...more
When I first saw the cover for The Night Parade, I fell in love with it. After reading it,
I had all those warm satisfied feelings you get of a story well told. A story filled with odd and strange creatures straight from Japanese folklore. Beautiful family traditions blended with dark enchantments, and young heroine, one that is a bit spoiled and self-centred, who ends up on a quest to right a
The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2016
Fantasy (Middle Grade); 320 pgs
I do not often read books that fall into the Middle Grade category, but this one intrigued me--and it came recommended by my friend and fellow blogger, Caspette of Narrative Causality. It was the setting (Japan) and the mention of Japanese mythology that convinced me to give it a try.
Saki is not happy ...more
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 conne ...more
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This book probably sold on concept more than execution. The idea of a book set in Japan laden with Japanese folklore will appeal to a YA market on the lookout for more diversity. However, the mythical creatures Saki meets and must defeat are a pretty random of amalgamation. Creatures, curses, rules of magic--everything is invented when it's needed and there's no apparent logic or consistent overarching system of magic. I wouldn't accept this in any other fantasy novel, so I can ...more
But first let talk a little about the plot - the heroin is Saki - 13 years old that grow up in the big city - Tokyo. Every year her parents are taking her and her younger brother to the country to visit ...more
Such a good story! Based on mythology in Japan. The author spent a lot of time in Japan and studied Japanese culture and lore--it really shows. The cover art is beautiful too. 💕
As someone who also studied Japanese society/culture and was able to go to Japan for two weeks in college, I really enjoyed this book.
The spirits--both kind and malevolent--were interesting and full of character. I grew to really ...more
This book reminded me of Spirited Away (which I love watching) so decided to get it. Although not as great as I thought it was, its good. ...more
But all Saki wants is to be in Tokyo with her friends, instead of no where with no cell service to keep in touch with them. On her first evening, Saki, her parents, brother an ...more
The Night Parade was a fun and pleasant story. The initial couple of parts were a touch moderate and made it a touch hard to get into the story as the greater part of those occur in this present reality and the primary character Saki isn't excessively agreeable, particularly at first. In any case, once the condemnation is situated and Saki enters the night parade I truly appreciated this book.
Saki is a young lady who needs to visit her grandmot ...more