This review will be another quick one because I’m in a car on a road trip and tend to get carsick. Plus, I’m still on limited data. But, I finished The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker (published by Inkyard Press) last night and couldn’t wait to talk about it.
The Keeper of Night was my BOTM pick for November. It’s a YA fantasy about Ren, half British Reaper and half Japanese Shinigami. When her Shinigami powers come out, she’s forced to leave London and flees to Japan with her brother, hoping she’ll find acceptance there. But the Goddess of Death tells her she must prove herself first by slaying three Yokai demons. So, with the help of her brother and another Shinigami called Hiro, she sets off on the journey.
I absolutely loved this book. I’m not very familiar with Japanese mythology but this really made me want to learn. A lot of their experiences with the Yokai kind of reminds me of Spirited Away. Except I liked this book better 😂
Ren is a morally gray, sometimes unlikable character. Her brother is a cinnamon roll. And Hiro is the attractive semi-love interest with questionable motives. I loved the dynamics between the three, and I’m kind of in love with Hiro, even at his misguided times.
There were so many plot twists in the book, especially towards the end. I was gripping to the covers, unable to stop reading. It leaves off on a cliff hanger sort of, and I have to wait until this November for the next book.
Overall, 5/5 stars. What a great start to the reading year! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️