I’m so excited to be taking part in the Momo Arashima Steals The Sword Of The Wind Book Tour, hosted by TBR And Beyond Tours. Check out my review below!
Momo Arashima Steals The Sword Of The Wind
By Misa Sugiura Middle Grade Fantasy Mythology 384 Pages Ages 8-12 Labyrinth Road (February 28, 2023)
All Momo wants for her twelfth birthday is a normal life–a life like everyone else’s. At home, she has to take care of her absentminded widowed mother. At school, kids ridicule her for mixing up reality with the magical stories her mother used to tell her. But then Momo’s mother falls gravely ill, and a death hag straight out of those childhood stories attacks Momo at the mall, where she’s rescued by a talking fox . . . and “normal” goes out the window.
It turns out that Momo’s mother is a banished Shinto goddess who used to protect a long- forgotten passageway to Yomi–a.k.a. the land of the dead. That passageway is now under attack, and countless evil spirits threaten to escape and wreak havoc across the earth. Joined by Niko the fox and Danny–her former best friend turned popular jerk, whom she never planned to speak to again, much less save the world with–Momo must embrace her (definitely not normal) identity as half human, half goddess to unlock her divine powers, save her mother’s life, and force the demons back to Yomi.
Content Warning: misogyny inherent in some of the background mythology
What an amazing adventure! Momo is such a fun character that I think so many will relate to. She’s kinda shunned at school for being different, and she also takes care of her very sick mom. One day she gets attacked at the mall and is rescued…. By a fox wearing clothes?? Her entire world turns upside down. This story will grab your attention and not let go from page one. The characters are well drawn out and the growth throughout the story is believable. The world building is great! The plot is fun and unique, definitely keep you on your toes. I think Percy Jackson fans will find a new favorite in Momo! I can’t wait to read the next book!!
About The Author
Misa Sugiura’s ancestors include a poet, a priestess, a samurai, and a stowaway. Her first novel It’s Not Like It’s A Secret, won the Asian Pacific Islander American Librarians’ Association’s Award for Young Adult Literature; her highly acclaimed second novel, This Time Will Be Different, made the Best of 2019 lists of YALSA, Kirkus Reviews, the New York Public Library, and the Chicago Public Library. Her short story, “Where I’m From” appears in Come On In, a young adult anthology of stories about immigration. Her latest book, Love & Other Natural Disasters has been praised by the American Library Association as “hilariously awkward” and “honestly poignant.”
Misa was born in Chicago, earned a B.A. in English at Princeton University, and taught English as a second language in Japan before moving back to the States to earn her M.Ed at Stanford University. She taught English at a local public high for several years before “retiring” to be a stay-at-home parent.
Currently, she lives and writes under a giant oak tree with her husband, two sons, and two cats.
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