Guest Post: A Guide to the Yokai in Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda + Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Courtney Alameda, co-author of SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS and monster enthusiast here! I’ve long said that the Japanese are among the best storytellers in the world; not only do they have the richest folklore, but they have an extensive monster bestiary that includes some of the most interesting creatures on Earth. SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS features a mere fraction of Japanese yokai, or monsters, and I’m here to introduce you to a few of my favorites.

Unlike many western monsters, Japanese yokai aren’t necessarily “good” nor “evil;” some, like kitsune, can even be benevolent. So break out your moral alignment charts, because here we go!

NEKOMATA: Of course I’m including a monster cat in this list! Nekomata like Oni-chan, Kira’s cat companion in SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS, are regular housecats for the most part . . . except these cats have two tails tipped in blue flames. When these cats transform from ordinary animals into supernatural yokai, their tails split down the center. Oh, and did I mention they can grow larger than tigers and occasionally like to eat human beings? No? (Art by MonMon Cats)

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First Ten Books I Ever Reviewed

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a really fun one if nostalgia is your thing. Thankfully I love reminiscing on the past and seeing what baby Mari was up to which means today I’ll be sharing with you the first ten books I reviewed. Goodreads allows you to sort your read books by review, so I was able to pretty easily find which ones happened the earliest. August and September of 2014 were apparently very busy for me as all of these ten books and reviews come from those months.

Disclaimer: I have copied and pasted all of these directly from Goodreads without having edited them first. I’m sorry baby Mari was so terrible.

Flawless by Sara Shepard (review from 8/9/2014)

Let me just start off by saying that the TV show is WAY better than the books. I am kind of shocked by that, and honestly disappointed. Flawless was so shallow and annoying and overall it just made me angry. Will I read the rest of the series? Yes, because I hate starting things and not finishing them. Also, I am curious about how the book series is going to progress differently than the TV series.

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