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Book 2 of 2 in the Paper Gods Series

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Product Details

  • Series: The Paper Gods (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373211112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373211111
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 9 Up—This sequel to Ink (Harlequin Teen, 2013) picks up where the first volume left off, with American transplant Katie Greene having decided to stay in Shizuoka, Japan, even though it poses serious risk to herself and her boyfriend, Tomohiro. His divine ancestry gives him the power to create sketches that come to life, and Katie's presence heightens this ability—which is quickly growing beyond his control. As their relationship intensifies and Tomohiro grapples with his expanding powers, the couple faces danger from all sides, including the ancient gods of Japan, the Yakuza, and the local police. Katie also faces the very realistic pressures of fitting into Japanese society as a foreigner, navigating traditional gender roles, and memorizing endless amounts of kanji. The story is grounded by a vivid sense of place, opening with the lively atmosphere of a summer festival and taking readers through the ornate beauty of one of Shizuoka's most famous shrines. The author weaves Shinto deities and historical figures like shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa into her version of Japan's mythology, enriching the story with cultural details that set it apart from run-of-the-mill paranormal romance. Like its predecessor, the plot is slow to pick up, but the final third of the book is hard to put aside once the story gains momentum. Expressive ink drawings appear throughout, representing Tomohiro's sketches, and a glossary is included to explain the Japanese dialogue sprinkled throughout the text. Those who enjoyed the first volume will be well satisfied with this one.—Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Library, CA

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Katie’s decision to stay in Japan has dramatic consequences in this follow-up to the paranormal romance Ink (2013). Katie is hoping that she can help Tomo learn to control his powers, but the Carrie-esque scenes of ink raining from the sky, flowing from his pores, and running out of faucets suggest that her plan is not working. The situation is further complicated by the discovery that Katie is a manufactured kami; in other words, someone interfered with her mother’s pregnancy to make her so. Fans of Ink will be rooting for Katie and Tomo to overcome their cultural differences and the machinations of outside forces who wish to manipulate Tomo’s volatile powers for themselves. Grades 9-12. --Kara Dean

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I cannot wait to read the third one next summer.
J. Hooligan @ Platypire Reviews
A few revelations are made towards the end, but not much when you consider the length of the book.
Amy @ The Reading Realm
I loved the first book of the series and this just made me love it even more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hooligan @ Platypire Reviews on June 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I've been looking forward to this book since I finished Ink, about a year ago. As the count down for it's release came closer, I became more and more excited.

When I actually received the book, I was actually nervous about starting it. Ink was one of my top 10 books from last year, and I was worried that I had built up my excitement for the sequel - and I didn't want to be disappointed.

I have to say this... I was worried for nothing. Holy freaking fluff balls, this book... I had to compose myself so I could put my feelings for it into words.

I don't know how she did it, but Rain was much better than Ink... which is saying a lot, because I loved the first book. Maybe it's because I already knew the characters, so she could get more into the story, but I think it's because their was more folklore in this one.

There was still a lot of action, with the kendo matches and ink, the romance felt more intense, and their was one character that I wanted to jump into the book and shake because they were so selfishly cruel. Just like both Shadow and Ink, I couldn't put this one down. (Who needs sleep when you're reading a good book, am I right?)

Absolutely loved this story. It will definitely make it into my top books again this year. I cannot wait to read the third one next summer.

5/5 Platypires
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Danger and romance combine to make a thrilling sequel.

Just like the first book we are given a lot of detail about modern Japan, which is one of my favorite parts of this series. We really get a good look at the different cultures and how Katie learns to interact with her surroundings. In this one we get to see a festival and even my favorite activity catching fish! I like how this author can add all of this detail in without making the pacing to slow or seeming forced. In fact this book starts out with a bit of a bang.

Katie was doing great in the first book learning how to better fit in, however with new threats and rivals its becoming a lot harder. In this book we get to see a bit more of a vulnerable side to Katie as she makes mistake after mistake. It was understandable though considering everything on her plate. It also made the differences between her and Tomo really come to light.

Aside from the threats against them their relationship is still heating up. There are definitely some differences in dating with an American girl and Japanese boy. The author brings some of these issues up in a way that not only helps to move their relationship along, but add to the overall story line.

Tomo is doing his best to combat the Ink's power, but it seems like the harder he tries to resist, the worse it gets. He really is a great hero with a lot of heart, but also a lot of issues. I liked getting to see more of his background in this book and why he is the way he is.

This book is action packed and as the danger escalates its hard to tell just who is friend and foe.

I highly recommend this amazing sequel to the Ink series. If you are a fan of paranormal romance and/or Japanese culture this is one story you won't want to miss!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By YA Book Madness Blog on July 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Rain is the perfect combination of legend and urban fantasy. The story comes alive as the vibrant Japanese culture flourishes, between the festivals, the Japanese words, and the foods, the atmosphere is rich in such powerful imagery and casualness that it’s almost as if you’re there. The descriptions of the city, the nature, the food will leave you salivating and hungry for more. The beautiful and quirky fashion, the culture clash between Katie’s American lifestyle expectations and those in Japan are so interesting, there’s so much to learn and embrace. It’s a wonderful journey into another culture.

The Kami ancestry is insanely detailed and layered with corruption and secrets. The legends are a profound and twisted mythology that is built on betrayal, heritage and resilient beliefs. The way the Kami blood works, the powers, the history, the stories that accompany these original Kami ancestors are coupled with these magical stories tinted with shadow and sinister animosity. There’s a black cloud that seems to hover over these tales, escalating the sense of suspense and foreboding. Like in the first book, I was enamoured and in awe of the Kami powers, the magical and whimsical control of the paper, the way the images move and come to life-like live action comic books but more real, more alive. The firefly scene was enchanting, a dazzling display of love and light.

The ink is an entity on its own, one that walks a fine line between violent and peaceful, beautiful and viciously ugly. The ink is temperamental, consuming, it takes control and attacks on whims. Scenes that start as captivating and magical are tarnished by the bite of the ink and the scars it leaves behind.
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By Sugar Spice on August 22, 2014
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The first book in this series wasn’t really as excellent or satisfactory as I was hoping and I expected quite a lot due to me really enjoying Japanese themed books and wanting something exceptional to come with that setting which has a million possibilities that haven’t yet been delved into.

My main con was simple – nothing really happened till the end, where the story picked up pace all of a sudden and there was action and revelations galore. It was basically Katie running between talking to Jun to talking to Tomo and then some bits with the annoying pest Shiori and then some with her friends and repeat. The story kept going in circles and there was no substantial progress. It wasn’t entirely tedious to follow, however, because there doesn’t always have to be a lot of action, sometimes the complicated relationships compensate for the lack of development. Still, the backstory and mythology that this story has set up is fascinating and intriguing and I would have loved to see it explored to the degree it deserves. Despite this, as soon as the ending was near, I have to admit that it got quite action-packed and I was on the edge of my seat. The revelations were with cool twists, which predict promising developments for the last book (hopefully). Overall, I really really loved the tone and place this book ended with.

Another aspect I didn’t like shouldn’t be a surprise anymore:
Why was there a need for a love triangle? Ok, I have to admit that till about 75% of the book I was fine with that, it wasn’t that bothersome, but then suddenly Katie let’s something happen that upped the triangle to the level of “aggravating.
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