“The prequel novella, Shadow, had chapters written from Katie and Tomohiro's POV and I expected that to continue in this book. I was disappointed that it was only told from Katie's, who really started to grate on my nerves very early on. I didn't like her at all-- she was a stalker, way too brash,...”
“The prequel novella, Shadow, had chapters written from Katie and Tomohiro's POV and I expected that to continue in this book. I was disappointed that it was only told from Katie's, who really started to grate on my nerves very early on. I didn't like her at all-- she was a stalker, way too brash, and repeatedly kept making bad decisions. Most of her internal thoughts had to do with her Tomohiro obsession and how his beautiful dyed copper hair falls into his eyes. I don't understand her fixation on him either (wait, I guess I do, since he's attractive and she even admits that she's shallow), but his personality wasn't compelling at all. His character was filled with stereotypes: "monster" who puts up a bad boy facade in order to protect people by keeping them away. This is not only overused in YA, but also in anime.
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Katie and Tomohiro's romance scenes had no chemistry and I found it distracting that they were always put into situations where they were completely alone. Are 16 year olds really given that much independence? Because to me it just seemed like bad parenting (and writing). The plot was too convenient with far too many coincidences going on all of the time. I know it's fantasy fiction, but it's set in modern day so suspending disbelief isn't that easy to do. The Yakuza as villains is hardly original, nor is the secret society of Kami who want to rid the world of crime and become gods (Death Note anyone?) Tomohiro's ability to bring drawings to life reminded me of Sai from Naruto too. But the worst thing to me was the end when Katie decides to "stay for a guy" even though she and Tomohiro will be in mortal danger if she does. Her character is a really bad stereotype of American teenage girls (stupid, shallow, and obnoxious). I definitely won't be reading the next one in the series.
Now after saying all of that, I did like the setting and the art. This book also helped me learn Japanese words and phrases, which is why I'm rating it 2 stars as opposed to 1.”