On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.
Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.
Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.
I really love these covers. I love the watercolor effect, even though it’s really popular right now. I think I like it because I’m really bad at using watercolor so it’s always nice when someone else can do it.
I knew nothing going into this book. I was expecting something along the lines of Inkheart if anyone has read that. I’m so glad that I was wrong and that it turned out to be an incredible series that I couldn’t put down.
My New BFF
I really liked Katie in this series. I liked how she wasn’t just in a new city in the same country like we tend to see, but she’s in a new city in a whole different country! I loved learning all about the Japanese culture with her. We got to see so many little things that I wasn’t expecting. It’s like I had moved with her and was learning it all at the same time. Katie made it all seem so easy though. I’m jealous of her ability to adapt so quickly.
Tomohiro is an easy character to fall in love with. At first he seems like the bad boy which is what gets you at the start. Then once Katie starts being around him more you see how sweet and selfless he is. Can you imagine being a teenager and going through all those emotions and then having crazy, out of control powers at the same time? I admire him for keeping his control for so long. I didn’t like how he just accepted his fate though. Maybe he was just tired of fighting but he always just figured he’d die in the end. I’m glad Katie was there to tell him otherwise.
My favourite part about this book was learning about the culture. I don’t think I’ve read any other books set in Japan so it was really refreshing to read something not set in the U.S. You get tired of being in the same place for so long. I also really loved all the characters. There was almost a love triangle, which I got nervous about, but you could tell that Katie and Tomo were going to stay together. All the other characters were really interesting though.
This will forever be a favourite series I think. I’m a sucker for any book that relates to any of the Gods. I’m glad that I got to learn about the Japanese Gods this time because I’m getting a little tired of the Greek ones. I’m really happy with how this series turned out and I’ll probably recommend it to just about everyone.
“Power is an ugly thing. Run from it while you can.”
5 out of 5 stars