ARC Review: The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker

Happy Tuesday y’all! This has been such a long week already and I’m so ready to sleep and the weekend- unfortunately, it’s still a few days off haha but we can make it! Happy release day to The Keeper of Night! I was able to read an eARC of this one (thank you so much to Inkyard Press and Netgalley for letting me do that) and man y’all, this was such a cool book!

The Keeper of Night 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Death is her destiny.

Half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami, Ren Scarborough has been collecting souls in the London streets for centuries. Expected to obey the harsh hierarchy of the Reapers who despise her, Ren conceals her emotions and avoids her tormentors as best she can.

When her failure to control her Shinigami abilities drives Ren out of London, she flees to Japan to seek the acceptance she’s never gotten from her fellow Reapers. Accompanied by her younger brother, the only being on earth to care for her, Ren enters the Japanese underworld to serve the Goddess of Death… only to learn that here, too, she must prove herself worthy. Determined to earn respect, Ren accepts an impossible task—find and eliminate three dangerous Yokai demons—and learns how far she’ll go to claim her place at Death’s side. 

This book had such a cool concept- I love the idea of different kinds of servants of death depending on where in the world you’re located and them having different traditions and not being able to fit in if you weren’t 100% one type or the other. There were times where I loved Ren and there were times where I hated the decisions that she made, but I always understood why Kylie Lee Baker had her make the decisions that she did- Ren needed to make her mistakes in the way that she did in order to grow from them and come back even stronger in book two (and y’all, I am the most excited about book two). I really liked Neven and loved how he was always there doing everything he could to help Ren out- yay for sibling bonds! I also loved my flawed main character- Ren just wanted to belong and not feel like an outsider for who she was- and she wanted to make the choice of where she belonged and I don’t think that’s wrong at all! Hiro was such an interesting character and I really liked getting to know him throughout the book. Plot wise, I was always really interested in where things were going. I thought the author did an amazing job really showing how Ren felt like an outsider no matter where she was and was willing to do whatever was needed to get rid of that feeling. I definitely think that should should go out and grab The Keeper of Night ASAP and then as soon as the sequel is out, we all need to go ahead and read that one too!

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