American Katie Green has decided to stay in Japan. She's started to build a life in the city of Shizuoka, and she can't imagine leaving behind her friends, her aunt and especially Tomohiro, the guy she's fallen in love with. But her return is not as simple as she thought. She's flunking out of Japanese school and committing cultural faux pas wherever she goes. Tomohiro is also struggling—as a Kami, his connection to the ancient gods of Japan and his power to bring drawings to life have begun to spiral out of control.
When Tomo decides to stop drawing, the ink finds other ways to seep into his life—blackouts, threatening messages and the appearance of unexplained sketches. Unsure how to help Tomo, Katie turns to an unexpected source for help—Jun, her former friend and a Kami with an agenda of his own. But is Jun really the ally he claims to be? In order to save themselves, Katie and Tomohiro must unravel the truth about Tomo's dark ancestry, as well as Katie's, and confront one of the darkest gods in Japanese legend.
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.