Published by Harlequin on June 25th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Ink is in their blood.
On the heels of a family tragedy, Katie Greene must 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.
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.
I have to admit that one of the reasons why I picked up this book was because of its cover. I mean, will you look at that prettiness?! *heart eyes* And then there’s also the story line, which intrigued me because the thought of drawings moving kinda scares me half alive. DRAWINGS? MOVE? What if someone draws a dragon? Or a snake? EEEEK. HAHAHA so yes, a part of me is actually fascinated by this, and I wanted to see how the story will be told.
I think that my mind was blown since the first page, because I realize that this whole book is part Japanese, part American. I mean, it’s about an American girl who gets thrown in the middle of Japan with no background to its language. Hence, there were some parts where we see Katie picking up bits and pieces of the language, and there were some scenes that were in pure Japanese (which was translated to English for our sake, of course), and in my whole entire reading time, I have never read a book that has people speaking Japanese. So, yes, my otaku self is freaking out. (Otaku = people who are obsessed with anything Japanese, mainly its anime and manga.)
Tomohiro was a mystery, to me. Until the end, I couldn’t figure him out and I honestly wanted to do so because he was so aloof, but then he’s suddenly so cute and funny. And then he’ll go back to being serious and mysterious. SIGH. But he is handsome though. Like, REALLY handsome. And I totally imagined Kirito from Sword Art Online as Tomohiro:
CUTE, AIN’T HE? Hence, y’all need to read this book. BECAUSE IT’S AMAZING. And it blew my mind, like BOOM. Hehe. And the romance, though. It made me squeal like a hundred thousand times, because come on, it’s always cute seeing serious, mysterious guys being in love. HEHE.
Read it. NOW.