Friday, June 3, 2016

Blog Tour: Risuko By David Kudler {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

Published By:  Stillpoint Digital Press
Genres: Young Adult, and Historical Fiction
Format: eBook
Pages:  230 pages

Release Date:  June 15, 2016
RATING:   4 out of 5 STARS

Check this book out on Goodreads!
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Can one girl win a war?

My name is Kano Murasaki, but most people call me Risuko. Squirrel.

I am from Serenity Province, though I was not born there.

My nation has been at war for a hundred years, Serenity is under attack, my family is in disgrace, but some people think that I can bring victory. That I can be a very special kind of woman.

All I want to do is climb.

My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Squirrel.


Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan -- or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems.

Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.

Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel) is a young, fatherless girl, more comfortable climbing trees than down on the ground. Yet she finds herself enmeshed in a game where the board is the whole nation of Japan, where the pieces are armies, moved by scheming lords, and a single girl couldn't possibly have the power to change the outcome. Or could she?

Historical adventure fiction appropriate for young adult and middle-grade readers.

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David Kudler is a writer and editor living just north of the Golden Gate Bridge with his wife, actress, teacher, and author Maura Vaughn, their author to be daughters, and apparently non-literary cats.
A published author, he is currently working on Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale, a young-adult historical adventure novel set in sixteenth century Japan.

He serves as publisher for
Stillpoint Digital Press. Since 1999, he has overseen the publications program of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, for which he has edited three posthumous volumes of Campbell's previously unpublished work (Pathways to Bliss, Myths of Light and Sake & Satori) and managed the publication of over fifty print, ebook, print, audio, and video titles, including the third edition of the seminal The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

Currently, David serves as vice-president of
the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.

Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres to read and I may have a slight obsession with Japanese culture, so this was a must read for me! I seriously loved this book!! I loved the plot, characters, just every aspect of this book! I seriously can't wait to read the next installment of this book, and see what happens next in this story and what Risuko's path will lead out to be!

This story is a bit difficult to describe without giving away most of what happened but, here is my best attempt at it! ;D This is the story of Kano Murasaki, or as her mother calls her Risuko (squirrel). When her mother sells her, she is torn away from her home. She is to have formal training a Mochiziki to become a Miko, a shrine maiden. As her training begins, things begin to mysteriously disappear, and people begin to notice that someone has been going through their stuff. Risuko, along with Emi, and Tiomi get the blame for it all but, most of the suspicion is laid upon Risuko. As more and more weird things occur, they must find out who is at fault for this.

This book is only 230 pages long, so therefore, it was a pretty fast read! Before I knew it, everything was wrapping up and
it was near the end of the book. The pacing did slow down a lot only after a couple chapters but, I really didn't mind. Like I said before, I enjoyed the story line and the characters in this book, and can't wait for the next book! ;D


Blog Tour Organized by:
YA Bound Book Tours

Thanks for reading!!


  1. Thanks so much for your review and your post! I'm glad that you enjoyed Risuko

    1. No problem! Thanks so much for giving my blog the opportunity to participate in this Blog Tour and given the opportunity to read your book! ;D