Series: Paper Gods #3
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date published: July 1, 2015
After almost a year in Japan, Katie Greene has finally unearthed the terrible secret behind her boyfriend Tomohiro's deadly ability to bring drawings to life—not only is he descended from Kami, the ancient Japanese gods, but he is the heir to a tragedy that occurred long ago, a tragedy that is about to repeat.
Even as the blood of a vengeful god rages inside Tomo, Katie is determined to put his dark powers to sleep. In order to do so, she and Tomo must journey to find the three Imperial Treasures of Japan. Gifts from the goddess Amaterasu herself, these treasures could unlock all of the secrets about Tomo's volatile ancestry and quell the ink's lust for destruction. But in order to complete their quest, Tomo and Katie must confront out-of-control Kami and former friend Jun, who has begun his own quest of revenge against those he believes have wronged him. To save the world, and themselves, Katie and Tomo will be up against one of the darkest Kami creations they've ever encountered—and they may not make it out alive.
When I did finally get it, I was afraid to start it. Not because I was worried I wouldn't like it, but because I did not want it to end.
It didn't take long for my curiosity to get the better of me, and I started reading it.
Amusing thing, I knew I liked this serious. I went into this book remembering that both Ink and Rain made it into my top 10 books the years they were released. With that in mind, I was still surprised at how much I loved this book.
There were a few times where I found myself having to close to book just to give myself a moment to gather my thoughts on what I had just read. The story did lead where I expected it to go, nor did it end how I thought it would. I may or may not have started crying a bit toward the end, because reasons.
I have to say that I was quite impressed with the growth of many of the characters, especially Ishikawa.
There is a part in here that connects to the companion novella, Rise. I cackled when I got to that part, because I knew exactly what was going on. And also because I'm so very mature.
I was pleased at the direction of the relationship between Katie and Tomo in this story. Also, there's a part toward the end that reminds me of River Song from Doctor Who... and if you know me, that's a high compliment.
This was a fantastic end to a wonderful story. If you're a fan of folklore, mythology, or YA paranormal romance, then you definitely need this series. I had to buy it all in paperback, because I loved it so much.