Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anyone who reads and researches a lot about Japan knows that there isn’t much tangible social history about those outwith the nobility. This book seeks to shine some light onto a life of an “ordinary” Japanese woman coming of age in the early 19th century. This was a time of huge political and social change in Japan and it was still largely closed off from the wider world and the social and cultural influences of the time. I say “ordinary” because Tsuneno was still rather privileged by the standards of the time, at the beginning of her life at least.
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Thanks to HQ and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve really enjoyed this series and was excited to read the final book in the trilogy. It’s guilty of being a bit trope-y at times but it is YA after all and it’s a hell of a lot of fun with it, so I’d say it gets a free pass.
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Thanks to a Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I am a huge fan of Japanese literature and always hesitate to describe something as very ‘Japanese’ because Japanese culture is not a monolith but…this book is very Japanese.
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Thanks to HQ Young Adult and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
Soul of the Sword pretty much picks up where Shadow of the Fox finished off. I really enjoyed the previous book in this series so was chuffed to bits to be approved for this sequel.
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Thanks to Quercus Books and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
Hmmmmm. Definitely not a book to give as a gift.
I’ve always had a huge interest in Heian period Japan so was really intrigued about this book. The synopsis sounded interesting too so I was excited to get stuck in.
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Thanks to Canongate and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
It seems to me that, in general, Canongate is incapable of publishing a duff book. This novel is written by a South East Asian author and the cover is also downright gorgeous. Canongate? Asian Author? Pretty cover? I’m on board.
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Thanks to Kodansha Comics and Netgalley for providing me with an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
A bit of a Japanese theme on my blog this week. I used to read a huge amount of manga before physical space and bank account constraints put an end to most of my habit, but I still pick the odd one up if it seems intriguing. I’ve always been a fan of the Tale of Genji, written in the 11th century by Murasaki Shikibu arguably the first novel ever written, and by a woman no less.
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