Ghosts and Grudges (The Shaman Queen Saga, #1)
Japanese mythology meets urban fantasy in this brand new series by Jasmine Walt! When an ancient spirit awakens a hidden ability within Aika, grateful is the last word that comes to her mind. Being able to summon monsters and spirits to do your bidding might sound cool in comic books, but in real life it brings nothing but trouble. And between chasing after a medical degree, caring for her ailing mother, and running the family business, she's got plenty to deal with. Unfortunately, Aika doesn't have the luxury of ignoring her new abilities. An ancient, powerful evil has taken her mother hostage, and with cancer eating away at her life, the clock is ticking until Aika loses her forever. Luckily, a hunky—if occasionally infuriating—shaman has taken an interest in Aika, and is willing to show her the ropes and fight by her side. But the more time Aika spends with Raiden, the more she realizes that he might not be what he seems. The truth is just out of reach, and once Aika uncovers it, she'll either find the key to saving their world... ...or destroy the best thing she's ever had. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make sure to read the author's note in the front of the book before diving into the book. There is important information there that will improve your reading experience.

Ghosts and Grudges (The Shaman Queen Saga, #1) Details

TitleGhosts and Grudges (The Shaman Queen Saga, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 21st, 2018
PublisherDynamo Press
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mythology, Magic

Ghosts and Grudges (The Shaman Queen Saga, #1) Review

  • Penny Noble
    January 1, 1970
    I like books that have different mythologies than usual, and this one definitely fits the bill. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind reading the same-old, same-old, but it’s nice once in a while to read something different. In this one, the author uses Japanese mythology to create a wonderful reading experience filled with great characters and a fascinating plot. Aika helps her mother, who has cancer, run her restaurant. One day, an unusual customer comes in, and she starts seeing fantastical things I like books that have different mythologies than usual, and this one definitely fits the bill. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind reading the same-old, same-old, but it’s nice once in a while to read something different. In this one, the author uses Japanese mythology to create a wonderful reading experience filled with great characters and a fascinating plot. Aika helps her mother, who has cancer, run her restaurant. One day, an unusual customer comes in, and she starts seeing fantastical things. Not long after, her mother is kidnapped, and she finds out she is from a shaman family. I am eagerly waiting for the next book, and I can’t wait to see what comes next in this series with Aika and Raiden especially after the revelations at the end. I highly recommend this book to urban fantasy readers! I was provided the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed.
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  • K. Lincoln
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a little conflicted. On one hand, this is a well-written book on many levels. The author definitely has a sense of how to pace a book, balances the Japanese myths/words with action and a heroine who has a background as a pre-med student with an ailing mother, and has transparent smooth prose.I went in expecting Urban Fantasy, and after the first third of the book in which young college student Aika discovers she's a shaman that can control fantastic creatures, Aika and fellow shaman Raiden b I'm a little conflicted. On one hand, this is a well-written book on many levels. The author definitely has a sense of how to pace a book, balances the Japanese myths/words with action and a heroine who has a background as a pre-med student with an ailing mother, and has transparent smooth prose.I went in expecting Urban Fantasy, and after the first third of the book in which young college student Aika discovers she's a shaman that can control fantastic creatures, Aika and fellow shaman Raiden begin their quest to confront the evil Kai, and it reads more like a fun fairy tale adventure featuring many tidbits from my kids' picture books like a giant sea turtle (Urashima-taro), suzume-bachi, nine-tailed foxes, native Japanese myth of Amaterasu the sun goddess, and the comic battle of monkey vs crab over persimmons.Aika becomes more of a fairy tale heroine and less full-fledged character to me as time went on. She even got to go to an undersea ball and be made into a princess--so that wasn't as interesting to me as if Aika had filtered all these unreal myth experiences more through the lens of a practical, busy, anxious person trying to juggle a restaurant, school and her mother.And then there's the monkey liver. That almost was a deal breaker for me. At one point in the story, Aika and Raiden are told they need to get a liver from the monkey king. And...they're just like 'oh, okay let's go' without even touching on the whole obvious assumption that you most likely will have to go kill a monkey to get its liver. Aika's all down with the liver from the start, and even when details emerge that suggest the monkeys on this island are sophisticated and have a society-- she still is down with the liver. So...that turned me right off. fairy tale heroines are not supposed to just go around killing animals (that for all Aika knew at the time were innocent) just for a liver without at least thinking a bit about the morality of it.That was an odd, jarring note. Most of the book Aika's a fairly G rated thinker when it comes to her crush. She's a young woman in her early twenties and she's had boyfriends, but never gone all the way, which fit the fairy tale tone of this book. (Aika and her crush are conveniently interrupted every time they're about to kiss, so this is really G rated)However, there were a couple of times where an older sensibility about physical attraction flared up briefly that again felt jarring juxtaposed with the rest of Aika's character-- almost like she was a girl of 15 on the cusp of more adult feelings rather than an adult in her early 20's.I picked up this book because of the japanese myth content, and there it does not disappoint. It's a fun tour of various creatures, myths and tales...but Aika wasn't a character I was able to fully get into.
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  • Tina Gundy
    January 1, 1970
    A fast-paced action book full of Japanese folklore...A must read for urban fantasy lovers! Ghosts and Grudges by Jasmine Walt is now the perfect urban fantasy book! For those who read the first book (by Jasmine Walt and J. A. Cipriano) and weren’t too keen on it, I’d highly recommend reading this version instead. The flow and story are better all around. Minimal spoilers below…-------------------------------------------------------Aika is a medical student who has taken to running her mother’s r A fast-paced action book full of Japanese folklore...A must read for urban fantasy lovers! Ghosts and Grudges by Jasmine Walt is now the perfect urban fantasy book! For those who read the first book (by Jasmine Walt and J. A. Cipriano) and weren’t too keen on it, I’d highly recommend reading this version instead. The flow and story are better all around. Minimal spoilers below…-------------------------------------------------------Aika is a medical student who has taken to running her mother’s restaurant as her mother is ill. While at work one evening, she learns she is a rare kind of shaman (one that hasn’t been seen in centuries) and all the stories told to her as a young child are indeed true. Enter Raiden and Shota, cousins who are from the Takaoka Shaman Clan. Kai, an ancient shaman who is possessed by the god of chaos, has kidnapped Aika’s mother. While making their way to rescue her, Aika, Raiden, and Shota meet unique creatures (The Sea Dragon King, mermaids, talking crabs) while battling others (The Monkey King). During this time, Aika learns more about her powers and the shaman world. There are plenty of adventures, creatures and folklore (even an occasional joke/snarkasm), but trying to keep spoilers to a minimum. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the lore in this book and it’s even more exceptional with this edition. I will be purchasing future books and can’t wait to see the story unfold. I see another reviewer mentions it would be good as an anime series- I fully agree with this- it would be fantastic!Parental advisory/trigger warnings: a couple curse words scattered throughout (s-word, dammit, bastard), death, love not ending in a fairy tale ending, warring clans, mermaid breasts, mother sick with cancer, kidnapping, and weapons.
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  • C. Erani Kole
    January 1, 1970
    *voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from the author*This book was previously written as an RH Urban Fantasy, and reading it again with a one-on-one type of romance for this saga was interesting. I thought it concentrated more on the other issues, which was Aika's dilemmas and her feelings about how much her life was changing. My opinions are pretty much the same as last, which is that I thought Aika was a character I had to warm up to. Things read a little predictably, but it w *voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from the author*This book was previously written as an RH Urban Fantasy, and reading it again with a one-on-one type of romance for this saga was interesting. I thought it concentrated more on the other issues, which was Aika's dilemmas and her feelings about how much her life was changing. My opinions are pretty much the same as last, which is that I thought Aika was a character I had to warm up to. Things read a little predictably, but it was all more like things were just going very fast, if that makes sense.A lot of things happened. I wanted to get eased into those many things, because I felt they were really awesome and could go seriously deep, but to be honest, that just may be me, as they were things I needed in order to connect with any of the characters. I still like Kai, I still adore the turtle. Rai was pretty cool. I don't know... this whole adventure story had a lot to say, so it felt fast because a lot of things were mentioned and then kinda just THERE to be accepted so you could move on to the next stage.I think that if you've never read Japanese lore or enjoy other mythologies that aren't Greek, you could check this out. It's certainly an interesting read, and I kept thinking about this manga I read that wasn't really similar, but it had like, that moment or two, that would make things connect for me and then I'd go off into day-dream land reminiscing on things that made my heart heart. So, check it out if you want to read about a few shamans running around San Francisco.
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  • Jemimah Zafoune
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book on its first release when the author co-write with another and planned for this to be a RH story. I really enjoyed the book then as I loved all the Japanese mythology (give me any countries mythology and I'm enthralled) and the story line, but wasn't digging the RH side of it as it didn't feel it fit with the story (although I am a big of RH books). This rewrite is the author writing on their own again and there is no RH for the main character. I enjoyed this read as much as I d I read this book on its first release when the author co-write with another and planned for this to be a RH story. I really enjoyed the book then as I loved all the Japanese mythology (give me any countries mythology and I'm enthralled) and the story line, but wasn't digging the RH side of it as it didn't feel it fit with the story (although I am a big of RH books). This rewrite is the author writing on their own again and there is no RH for the main character. I enjoyed this read as much as I did the first time around. Nothing drastic has changed, but there are a few differences in how the main character reacts with other characters. I really love this story and it's pace, it is exciting and different. I love learning about all the Japanese myths and culture. I really liked that the characters aren't all white and pure American, it makes a refreshing change to have a MC of a different ethnic background. I give Ghosts and Grudges five stars. I've been waiting impatiently for book two of this series since I read the first incarnation of this book as I really enjoyed it back then. Now, I'm going to be waiting on tenterhooks for the second book as this re release has whet my appetite for more of the story sooner.
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  • Mandy Parmenter
    January 1, 1970
    Medical student Aika has a hidden ability awaken in her and that's when the trouble starts. How is she supposed to handle caring for her sick mother, studying for her medical degree and running their restaurant before this new ability to summon monsters? However when her mother is taken by an ancient and powerful evil she can't ignore it anymore and ends up working with a hunky shaman called Raiden although she senses something is not right about him - will her attraction to him win out over her Medical student Aika has a hidden ability awaken in her and that's when the trouble starts. How is she supposed to handle caring for her sick mother, studying for her medical degree and running their restaurant before this new ability to summon monsters? However when her mother is taken by an ancient and powerful evil she can't ignore it anymore and ends up working with a hunky shaman called Raiden although she senses something is not right about him - will her attraction to him win out over her suspicions?Wow - if I could give this more than 5 stars I would. There was so much drama, mystery and action woven into this mystical story around an ancient Japanese folklore that I was hooked from start to finish.Definitely a book that I struggled to put down. I loved the way the story was woven into the folklore and the clever way the concern for her mother, the need to learn about her new skills, her attraction to Raiden and the suspicions about him all mixed together into a lovely meal that certainly was a delight.
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  • Alice Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Aika is a medical student, trying to keep her mother's restaurant going, look after her mother who has leukemia, and keep her life together. While working at the restaurant, she notices an elderly man sitting at a table and when she approaches him, he is startled that she can see him. It seems he is a ghost. After this, Aika begins seeing other ghosts and other strange creatures. She is rescued from one such creatures by Raiden Takaoka, a Shaman. On returning to her home, Aika finds a monster af Aika is a medical student, trying to keep her mother's restaurant going, look after her mother who has leukemia, and keep her life together. While working at the restaurant, she notices an elderly man sitting at a table and when she approaches him, he is startled that she can see him. It seems he is a ghost. After this, Aika begins seeing other ghosts and other strange creatures. She is rescued from one such creatures by Raiden Takaoka, a Shaman. On returning to her home, Aika finds a monster after her mother and ends up kidnapping her. The Shaman also discovers that an evil spirit that was banished two thousand years ago is looking for Aika. Aika, also finds that she must have shaman ancestors. Raiden and Aika come to the conclusion that they must help the Shamans who have traveled to Japan to recapture the spirit shaman, Kai and rescue Aika's mother. Shota, another restaurant owner and shaman goes along with them. Follow them on their journey. Do they find Aika's mother? Where is Kai? What are these feelings she has for Raiden and Shota?
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  • Jumms
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really good book. I didn't know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. This book kept my interest from beginning to end. I loved that this was a bit different and focused on Japanese lore and myths. The story brought them to life. Great description and details without going over the top. While i do think Aika was a bit too trusting w Raiden at first, i love that the story doesn't just jump into romance right away. Aika isn't whimpy, doesn't play helpless and is a fighter. Aika i This was a really good book. I didn't know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. This book kept my interest from beginning to end. I loved that this was a bit different and focused on Japanese lore and myths. The story brought them to life. Great description and details without going over the top. While i do think Aika was a bit too trusting w Raiden at first, i love that the story doesn't just jump into romance right away. Aika isn't whimpy, doesn't play helpless and is a fighter. Aika is a young lady bogged down by duty, who veered off what she wanted to do, to help take care of her sick mom and in turn their family business. Everything is as normal as can be until she meets a certain customer in her family's restaurant and her life goes from normal to strange and dangerous in an instant. She is suddenly surrounded by monsters and powers she thought were only myths and legends...and of course..she has to save the world. Easy! Lol. If you are looking for something a bit different i recommend this book. A good book to curl up as the days get colder.
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  • Erin Remen
    January 1, 1970
    Intriguing storyline, adventure and a heroine confronted by a world she never could have a imagined. A normal girls world is turned upside down after a strange encounter with an old man in her restaurant. Strange things are wandering the streets, terrifying her in her race to get home and hopefully wake up from this nightmare. Unfortunately it's all to real and about to get worse. Enter a handsome Shaman she feels and instant connection too and a powerful enemy centuries in the making forcing he Intriguing storyline, adventure and a heroine confronted by a world she never could have a imagined. A normal girls world is turned upside down after a strange encounter with an old man in her restaurant. Strange things are wandering the streets, terrifying her in her race to get home and hopefully wake up from this nightmare. Unfortunately it's all to real and about to get worse. Enter a handsome Shaman she feels and instant connection too and a powerful enemy centuries in the making forcing her to accept it all and do what she must to save the one she loves. And obviously everyone else! A magical world steeped in Japanese folklore takes this story to the next level and creates an unforgettable tale that had me desperately awaiting the next one. Another brilliant new adventure by Jasmine Walt that deserves every star I can give it. Well done Miss Walt.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    If you enjoy fantasy with an intriguing romance storyline, then this one is for you! One of my favorite parts of this book was how in-depth into the culture this book took you. I really felt like I could understand the culture more and it was just a refreshing read! I love my typical witches, werewolves and vampire books, but this just takes you a step farther into the fantasy realm. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book as I want to see how the story progresses! This definitely isn't your typica If you enjoy fantasy with an intriguing romance storyline, then this one is for you! One of my favorite parts of this book was how in-depth into the culture this book took you. I really felt like I could understand the culture more and it was just a refreshing read! I love my typical witches, werewolves and vampire books, but this just takes you a step farther into the fantasy realm. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book as I want to see how the story progresses! This definitely isn't your typical fantasy book, and I highly recommend checking it out!
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this story and the insight in Japanese culture. I love how Aika adjusts to being an unusual type of shaman, willing to learn what she needs to save her mother. She is strong, intelligent, brave, protective, impatient and very determined. The adventure of Aika and Raiden is not for the faint of heart, but this quest is full of unusual characters,sights and wonders. This book is fast paced with action, danger, magic, shamans, love, fighting, mystery, adventure, gods, monsters and a risk I enjoyed this story and the insight in Japanese culture. I love how Aika adjusts to being an unusual type of shaman, willing to learn what she needs to save her mother. She is strong, intelligent, brave, protective, impatient and very determined. The adventure of Aika and Raiden is not for the faint of heart, but this quest is full of unusual characters,sights and wonders. This book is fast paced with action, danger, magic, shamans, love, fighting, mystery, adventure, gods, monsters and a risky quest.
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  • D. Messing
    January 1, 1970
    I love, love, loved how this was changed! The new direction is perfect for the story, and I devoured the entire thing in a single afternoon. The Japanese influence shines through and is central to the storyline. I loved how it sucks you in from the first page, and while an easy read, still goes from one adventure, directly into another, into another. I can't wait for the next! Thank you for the opportunity to review this gem!
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  • Andrea Green
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this story with the insight in Japanese folklore and culture the first time around but it has now been re-vamped and even better than before. I loved Aika and Raiden plus all the unique other characters that feature in this book. I am looking forward to the next instalment to see how this journey unfolds. If you love UF but want something a little different then this is well worth a read.
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    Once I started reading the book I couldn't put it down. The story and the history fascinated me from beginning to end. I really liked all of the characters and the author wove the characters and the world that she created for them very well. You saw glimpses of what might come in future books, but the mystery of what is next is just that, a mystery. By the end of the book I was wanting more and I cannot wait for the next installment!
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  • Angela James
    January 1, 1970
    AikaAnother book that was awesome and different from m born in this genre. I haven't read much Japanese inspired fantasy but I really enjoyed it. I love the cultural heritage, myths, and legends I learned about while going on an adventure. It sucked me in and entertained me. Aika has a whole lot to learn in this story and I was drawn to her character because I felt like we were learning it all together. Great book!
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  • Keoki Ki`Ili
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, what a different kind of story. The inclusion of Japanese folklore is brilliant in this story and the action keeps you turning the pages, until you get to the end and realize you have to wait for the next book to find out what's next. That's ok the story is just too good to not want to read the next book. The romance in this one in simmering but its like a spark waiting to catch fire, who knows maybe there will be more in the next book.
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  • Ms Lorraine
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved all the Japanese creatures and legends etc. in the story. Totally new for me so it was nice to read. I found the storyline ok, it flowed nicely. It was a good read but I felt it lacked something. I love Jasmine's writing so am looking forward to the next book to see if it really takes off.
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  • Ashley Bullock
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting!First book I have ever read with Japanese mythology, definitely different. The foreshadowing and hints were entertaining. Really enjoyed the book and eagerly waiting to read what happens next.
  • Chantel Woodridge
    January 1, 1970
    From the moment I started reading this book I had a hard time putting it down. The story and the history had me amazed from beginning to end. I loved Aika and also felt like I saw glimpses of myself in her. The ending of this book made me wanting more. I can't wait for the next book.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting premiseIt’s nice to read a book that is rooted in another culture’s mythology, but I felt this tale was lacking. There was a lot going on, yet it seemed superficial. The characters were not developed and I have difficulty with Aika’s shallow behavior.
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  • Billie Lane
    January 1, 1970
    Jasmine has put a twist in her writings utilizing Japanese lore and mythology in a new series. When you combine shamans Aika and Raiden, a mythical dragon God, a giant sea turtle, ghosts and more you get an action packed series that will keep you guessing through every turn of the page.
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  • Tasha
    January 1, 1970
    Read this wonderful tale of love and vengeance!Another excellent book by Jasmine, who not only enthralls us with her fine tales and engaging characters but educates us in mythology. I highly recommend this exciting book.
  • Denise Wengert
    January 1, 1970
    Jasmine is a great author and this book does not disappoint. I really enjoyed the Japanese mythology and lore in the book, which was different than other books I have read. The characters are great and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book!
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  • Patricia Knight
    January 1, 1970
    Love all things Japanese and this book surely does not disappoint! Ghosts and Grudges mixes ancient folklore into the modern world to make an interesting & captivating story! Jasmine Walt has created this new and beautiful series filled with action & adventures! Anxiously awaiting the next book!
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  • Lb
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed reading this new start to this series! The Japanese mythology was a fun twist and the action and suspense throughout kept me on my toes all the way to the end. Can’t wait to see what happens next!
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the revamp of this book! Still has the same feel without twisting it into an RH. I do wish the MC was a little stronger at times as she seems so unsure of herself but that is the character written. We'll see how she grows as the stories continue.
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  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    A very different take on Japanese mythology mixed seamlessly with Urban Fantasy, done well! I really enjoyed it! The characters were interesting and engaging, and the overall idea of the story is great. I would love to see what happens next.
  • Book Addict
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really different read to what else is out at the moment. It kept my interest all the way through and the characters were well developed. I am intrigued to read what happens next. Recommended exciting new series!
  • Shelby White
    January 1, 1970
    Loving this start to a brand new series. Loving the freshness and unique telling of Japanese folklore. Full of rich detail and suspenseful adventure!!
  • Bridget Owensby
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the different mythology in this story. I think it was easy to read and flows . Waiting for the next one.
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