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Seven Deadly Shadows

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Kira Fujikawa has never had it easy. She’s bullied by the popular girls in school. Her family ignores her. And she’s also plagued with a secret: She can see yokai, the ghosts and demons that haunt the streets of Japan. But things accelerate from bad to worse when she learns that Shuten-doji, the demon king, will rise at the next blood moon to hunt down ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by HarperTeen
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Tara ☽
Jul 19, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Umm so the synopsis basically pitches this as an anime in YA book form so you know I'm already a slut for this book
Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
Oh my fucking god. This sounds like all my favorite anime wrapped up in one. I NEEEEEDDDD THISSSSS!
nova ryder ☼
Apr 18, 2018 marked it as not-yet-published  ·  review of another edition
um yes I need this right now
✨Brithanie Faith✨
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4.25/5 stars .25

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The best thing about reading a book that features unfamiliar mythology is getting to do an internet deep-dive to learn all you'd like to know about said mythology. I love books that encourage me to learn, and Seven Deadly Shadows did just that.

I had an incredible time reading this! It might not have been perfect, but it was a lot of fun! There were many fascinating characters to learn about- and plenty of adventure
Elyse Manhollan
Kira? Shinigami? Sounds like it kind of took inspiration from Death Note? I’m on board with it, I love novels set in Japan.
Amy Imogene Reads
Are you ready? I'm not.

Thank you to the publisher via Edelweiss for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars (and I was mildly tempted to add another 0.5 for the way it got me deep in my anime feels)! This was such a fun book to read, mostly because it’s another book that read exactly like the sorts of anime I enjoy. It’s fast-paced, magical and compelling, and I enjoyed it and the characters a lot!
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Well, it appears this one has been pushed back to January 28, 2020. That's so far.
Sounds like anime in book form and I am here for it!
Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
The only anime I could stand, tbh.
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
Thank you to Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!

DNF at 41%

Well, it didn't work for me. I thought it would, but it didn't.

There's an interesting idea rooted in Japanese folklore, which I was passingly familiar with thanks to the anime (and manga) Ghost Hunt. A murder and then some ghost stuff and then trying to make things safe in some way.

But it was unremarkable besides that. I couldn't get attached to the characters, the plot felt predictable like any other YA fantasy I've
♠ TABI ♠
Jul 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: edelweiss
if this disappoints me I'm gonna be quite devastated
confession: i haven’t read a lot of manga or anime.

Yes yes yes, it’s a problem that must be remedied as soon as possible. However, even with my limited exposure to the world of Japanese entertainment, I still picked up on a ton of anime-ish vibes! There was something in the way action scenes were described, and the wit of the banter, that was very clearly inspired by certain source material.

This was clearly so well-researched and I appreciated that! I’m no expert on Japanese culture* and so I
This book was not for me. I enjoyed the read and in the end, I was happy I had a chance to read this. I just did not particularly like the writing style, and I think a few scenes could have been written differently. This book is an easy read; it is good but not perfect. Another thing I appreciated about this book is that I was able to understand dynamics of Japanese culture because the author was great at explaining everything.

Final vote: 3/5

Ebook provided by Edelweiss in exchange of an honest
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Review to come closer to pub date
Celia McMahon
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many of you want a demon-filled, Seven Samurai/anime/manga/Miyazaki inspired fantasy? If less than all of you don't raise your hands, I'm coming over there and slapping some sense into you. You don't know what you want, so let me tell you.

SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS is about our girl Kira, who is one of those strong and confident heroines, as she battles demons who attack her shrine in modern-day Japan looking for an ancient artifact. Alongside, Shiro, who s half fox and half boy mind you, they
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
You can read an excerpt of the book on Epic Reads now, and you definitely should!

This was such a fun and immersive read! Full review to come closer to publication as part of the blog tour.

eARC provided by the publisher, HarperCollins, and FFBC in exchange for my honest review as par of the blog tour. This does not affect the content of my review. Quotations are from an uncorrected proof and subject to change upon fina publication.
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Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
12/9/19: **4.5 stars**
*I received an ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
THIS WAS SO FREAKING GOOD! I read this book at the right time and this made me so happy. I loved Kira's story with her trying to preserve the family shrine and get revenge for her grandfather's death. Her journey to show she grows was fantastic. Both authors did SUCH an incredible job bringing Japan and its mythology to life. I learned a lot
rachel ☾
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

*3 stars means I LIKED IT. Meaning: I enjoyed the story and some elements, though I do think some things could have been improved. So don't be deterred!

Seven Deadly Shadows is heavily inspired by the anime of my youth (Bleach, Magic Knight
Rayearth, Inuyasha, Death Note…) which is all kinds of awesome because it took me down memory lane, and while I can see the inspiration it is not an identical copy. I was able to appreciate it the story as a whole without feeling like I have been there and
Veronica ( moon & coffee. )
B+ | Simply put? This book is a fun, immersive, and easy read. Kira is a believable teenage protagonist who struggles with school, bullies, and family drama along with the supernatural drama she’s entangled in. The plot is interesting, but predictable. There is romance, but it doesn’t overpower the plot or Kira’s struggles which I am absolutely thankful to see. Still, while I enjoyed this book, I don’t believe it reached its fullest potential which was disappointing.
This one is giving me all the BLEACH vibes & I am living!
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 4-stars, 2020-reads
"Kagome Kagome. We are the birds in the cage. Ang the monsters will come for us.

Anything that is centered or inspired by Japanese culture. Sign me in.

I loved this book. If you are a solid anime fanatic and those tropes of stories would sell you out, this book is for you.

Kira Fujikawa's family was a descendant of many ancestors who protects the Fujikawa Shrine. This shrine holds memories of their late ancestors and gives them the power to see a ghost or what they called "yokai". But evil
Jenna | Silver Spines
*Sniffs book like it's soup*
Is that a pinch of Kamisama Kiss I smell?

Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great read!

“Seven Deadly Shadows” finds Kira at the center of an all out war following the brutal death of someone she loves and with the threat looming over her family’s shrine she must go to unspeakable lengths toeing the lines between life and death in order to ensure her survival.

This book reminded me a bit of Buffy in that way where a young woman is aware of the darker elements of mythology and monsters and has to navigate the sight against that of her normal life and the
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
There were parts of this that I really liked, and parts I didn't like at all. Under the dislikes column, is notably, the romance. I just didn't feel a lick of chemistry between the protagonist and the LI. I think it would have worked so much better as a friendship.

The other thing I disliked was the character development in the large cast of side characters. It just wasn't there. It's a very difficult thing to write that many characters and make readers care about them. But I've seen it done
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
quick edit (the full review is still coming i swear i just needed to say this): uhhhhh i just looked at the goodreads description and apparently our MC is supposed to be SEVENTEEN?????? when I say my fifteen year old brother acted more mature than this girl i MEAN IT jesus

This was such a let down!! I was so looking forward to this January release, the blurb made it sound so promising, but at every turn I found myself extremely disappointed. The characters were inconsistent, the plot
Maiko-chan [|]
I don't understand the decision of the synopsis to go from
...Kira enlists the aid of seven ruthless shinigami—or death gods—
with "death gods" as the sidenote to shinigami, and then goes to
...But some of the death gods...
where it suddenly becomes the main usage. That's a really poor choice imo and makes me wary of this book, which I don't want to be since I'm still really looking forward to reading Courtney Alameda's book Shutter.
chelsea {chelseareads_}
RTC in the new year!

EDITED: review is live on my blog! Thanks to HarperCollins Canada for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

My blog can be found in the clickable link on my profile!
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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 ...more