Saturday, January 22, 2011

Review: Takeshita Demons

The Eulogy (From the Publishers):
Miku Takeshita and her family have moved from Japan to live in the UK, but unfortunately the family's enemy demons have followed them… Miku knows she's in trouble when her new supply teacher turns out to be a Nukekubi - a bloodthirsty demon who can turn into a flying head and whose favourite snack is children. That night, in a raging snowstorm, Miku's little brother Kazu is kidnapped by the demons, and then it's up to Miku and her friend Cait to get him back. The girls break into their snow-locked school, confronting the dragon-like Woman of the Wet, and outwitting the faceless Nopera-bo. At last they come face to face with the Nukekubi itself - but will they be in time to save Kazu?

The Epitaph (In a Nutshell):
A clever, exciting middle fiction novel packed full of plenty of spooky Japanese mythology.

Dearly Departed
We are gathered here today to discuss Takeshita Demons by Cristy Burne. When I first heard that this contained Japanese demons whose heads flew around eating children, I thought, yes please, I’ll take that. And this is a genuinely creepy book, owing at least in part to the fact that it’s so beautifully written. Miku’s struggle to defeat the demons who took her little brother really sucked me in, and I actually learnt a lot about the fascinating world of Japanese mythology (don’t worry, it was the fun kind of learning). I was very pleased to learn there’s a sequel in the works too, which I shall be eagerly awaiting. So if you’ve got some 9-12ers in your midst, or are even just looking for a bit of horror that’s different to much of what’s out there, be sure to give Takeshita Demons a read!
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