In June I read 13 books! They are as followed, Ink by Amanda Sun, Shadow by Amanda Sun, Rain by Amanda Sun, Champion by Marie Lu, The Wizard’s Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke, The Wallflower by Tomoko Hayakawa volume 19, A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn, Legacy of Tril: Soulbound by Heather Brewer, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, The Unbound by Victoria Schwab, The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst, Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead, and Silver Phoneix by Cindy Pon.
I really, really loved The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst and may do a blog post dedicated to her series, but The Paper God series by Amanda Sun has a special place in my bookworm heart and I feel that it doesn’t get enough love…so that’s my highlight for June.
Paper Gods series by Amanda Sun
The Paper Gods series is set in Japan, Shadow is a novella prequel to the first two books in the series. Shadow was available to read for free online, however I do not know if that promotion is still going, here is the link to Amanda Sun’s website for Shadow: LINK. Ink is the first book and Rain takes place almost immediately after the end of Ink. I recommend reading Shadow first because it provides context for some of the actions that happen in Ink.
The series follows Katie Green, an American teenager who moves to Japan to live with her Aunt after her mother passes away. Katie has a hard time transitioning to life in Japan since her grief over the death of her mother is still very present and raw.
She starts to make friends and then encounters Tomo, a dangerous young man who has some scary secrets about himself. The two are drawn together through a connection they can’t explain or deny. As Tomo’s hidden talents start to manifest in uncontrollable ways, they try to work and find a solution.
Part of the charm of the story is the setting. I really enjoyed reading a story that was set somewhere besides America or the UK. It was a refreshing change of scenery and Amanda Sun shows that she has done her research through her story and world building. I also enjoyed the inclusion of Japanese words and the glossary in the back.
I have to say I have read Ink two times already and the second time I read it I liked it even more, which is something that I can’t always say about books.