When Katie meets aloof but gorgeous Tomohiro, the star of the school's kendo team, she is intrigued by him…and a little scared. His tough attitude seems meant to keep her at a distance, and when they're near each other, strange things happen. Pens explode. Ink drips from nowhere. And unless Katie is seeing things, drawings come to life.
Somehow Tomo is connected to the kami, powerful ancient beings who once ruled Japan—and as feelings develop between Katie and Tomo, things begin to spiral out of control. The wrong people are starting to ask questions, and if they discover the truth, no one will be safe.
Amanda Sun was born in Deep River, a small town where she could escape into the surrounding forest to read. An archaeologist by training, she speaks several languages and will write your name in Egyptian Hieroglyphics if you ask. Her debut novel, INK, is the first in the Paper Gods series and is inspired by her time in Japan, with a paranormal twist. She loves knitting, gaming, and cosplay, and lives in Toronto with her family. Find her on Twitter @Amanda_Sun or on Goodreads.
My review for novella 0.5, Shadow
The same as the novella I read, this book digs deep into Japanese mythology. Before reading this series, I had no knowledge whatsoever. It has been fun to learn about it. I'm just not sure how much I am sold on it though. It's kinda 'out-there' at times, this mythology, and the fact the ink comes to life is what I am not really fancying about the book.
What kept me reading was the idea of an American or Canadian girl, however you see her heritage, can be put into a completely different world and manage to get through. Even start to like being there and fitting in. The deep culture, language and descriptive nature of the scenes and characters is what I liked the most. While Katie learns, so did I.
I got a little book crush on the bad boy too! Tomohiro is one dark and mysterious guy, but an alluring character indeed!
So while I may not care for the paranormal aspect of the book, the characters and how they interact with each other is what might have me grab the next book in the series. I'm still curious about the relationships in the story.