The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary: Book Review

For this world, which lives only through belief, being forgotten is our ultimate death curse. Had you not come, we would have slowly faded until nothing remained. Do not blame yourself for the machinations of fate.

Goodreads Synopsis: The last thing Saki Yamamoto wants to do for her summer vacation is trade in exciting Tokyo for the antiquated rituals and bad cell reception of her grandmother’s village. Preparing for the Obon ceremony is boring. Then the local kids take an interest in Saki and she sees an opportunity for some fun, even if it means disrespecting her family’s ancestral shrine on a malicious dare.

But as Saki rings the sacred bell, the darkness shifts. A death curse has been invoked… and Saki has three nights to undo it. With the help of three spirit guides and some unexpected friends, Saki must prove her worth – or say good-bye to the world of the living forever.

Commentary: I received an ebook copy of this book via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I have to say that The Night Parade has been one the most entertaining books that I have read for this month. I thought it was going to be young adult, but it is middlegrade. I had so much fun reading this book!!

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This book reminded me of Spirited Away which is one of my favorite films when I was a young girl. In Spirited Away and in The Night Parade, both protagonists find themselves involved with the spirit world and with a quest to break a curse.

Now going back to the book, I initially did not like Saki. I thought she was rude especially to her loving grandmother. As the book progressed, she grew on me since she started changing. She was a completely different person by the end of the book. I thought that she was courageous and more true to herself. I enjoyed her growth and it made this book far more enjoyable because of that.

Overall, I loved her adventures in the spirit world! She had to endure a lot and I really liked her guides to help her on her journey. I loved the Japanese mythology in this book! One of my favorite characters from the spirit world is The Moonlight Prince, even though he is a minor character. What can I say, I happen to be a sucker for princes.


What I really appreciated about this book is that it teaches us, the readers, that we should appreciate what’s in front of us. We should try being more independent, instead of being too dependent on technology. For example, Saki was glued to her phone and hated the countryside. As the story goes on, she appreciates what she has around her. By the end, she fell in love with the countryside. Overall, this is positive book!!

I would love for this book to be adapted into an animated film! I think if they were to adapt this book to a movie, the movie would be better. I really enjoyed reading this enchanting tale! I do recommend this book!!

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

7 thoughts on “The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary: Book Review

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this book too! I think that is a spot-on comparison, really, and I love Spirited Away (along with almost every Studio Ghibli produced anime). It’s incredible to see how Saki transformed during her short time in the province. I loved the characters! Definitely a great read!

    • I agree! I hope many others can read The Night Parade!! I really liked that the book focused on her journey and how she changed as a person. It’s been a while since I read a book that included no romance and annoying love triangles! Definitely this book was about girl power 😀

      • Yes! She was such an awesome heroine as well, even if she was a real brat at the beginning. XD This book definitely needs more attention. Maybe people don’t pick it up because it’s a middle grade book, but the story can easily pass into the YA category.

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