AUTHOR: Annette Marie
DATE RELEASE: October 21, 2016
PUBLISHED BY: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
SERIES: Book 1 of Red Winter trilogy
SYNOPSIS (FROM GOODREADS):
Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess-and not once has she doubted her chosen fate. Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can't match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command-whether she wants him or not. On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate-but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope... and hope is all she has left.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR (FROM AUTHOR'S WEBSITE):
Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, which includes the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night. Her first love is fantasy, a limitless realm of creativity where she can break all the boring rules of real life, but fast-paced urban fantasy, bold heroines, and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to include them in every book.
Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of northern Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her remarkably patient, comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.
I came across this trilogy when I was browsing my Goodreads. It was also the time that I'm suffering from a reading slump. I was so glad that I made my cousin purchased this for me (of course I paid her after) because OMG! This screams my favorite Japanese animation, INUYASHA. Well, technically there are some similarities to each other.
Before anything else, I'd like to say that I'll try my best to make this review a spoiler-free.
Because I was familiar with Japanese folklore, I can easily understand the story. I enjoy how the author, Annette Marie, portrays her main character, Emi. It is full of emotions and actions that makes you crave for more. Emi, Shiro and Yumei are my favorite characters while Kasuo is my least favorite. It was so well written that I cannot find error to it.
Did I mention that there are illustrations drawn by Brittany "Bea" Jackson? Oh my goodness! I love how Ms. Marie thought of adding those, making readers see a preview of a scene. It made me miss reading manga.
I cannot put this book down. I have so many favorite scenes in the novel but one struck me the most. The fight scene at the courtyard of the shrine. Because how detailed this scene is written, you can imagine it like you are watching the anime.
RATING: 5/5 stars
I highly recommend this to those who are looking for a Japanese-theme or any Asian action-packed fantasy. I also recommend this to Japanese anime nerds too.
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