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Shadow (The Paper Gods - Book 1) (The Paper Gods series) [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Sun
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Book Description

I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe.

I reached for it, flipping the page over to look. Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench. A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness. And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is 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. Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team.

How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets. Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA Ink (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9UOST0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #233,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 18 Jan. 2014
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A wonderful introduction into the INK world. A short book only 68 pages but well worth buying. I cannot wait to read the next 'full' book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting 1 Jun. 2013
By J. Hooligan @ Platypire Reviews - Published on
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I received Ink from Netgalley, and when I looked it up on goodreads I noticed there was a prequel - so I had to read it. It was nothing I expected, in a good way. I'm very much looking forward to reading Ink now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read before starting INK 3 Oct. 2013
By LoLaJ - Published on
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If you're interested in INK by Amanda Sun, I'd definitely recommend reading this short novella first. It tells the back story of Katie's journey to Japan, from her mother's funeral to her first day of school. Though this wasn't necessary to get to know Katie, I valued the greater connection I gained with her and her grief.

However, what's best about Shadow is that Katie's perspective is alternated with Tomohiro's viewpoint. Because INK is written entirely from Katie's POV, the novella provides valuable information about the boy whose drawings take on a life of their own - the nature of his nightmares, what happened in his relationship with his ex-girlfriend and why he believes he's connected to Katie. Although it is not essential to understanding INK, the story helped me know both characters better. And because I'd been inside of Tomo's head, I never saw him as a mysterious bad boy, but instead as a guy who's lost and tortured and dealing with a scary ability spiraling out of his control. I hope we get more of this series written from Tomo's viewpoint.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Teen Paranormal Story! 18 Jun. 2013
By Believer - Published on
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After I read "INK" by Amanda Sun I wanted to look further into Katie Greene and Yuu Tomohiro's background to gain an insight into their relationship and his power so I read " Shadow" the prequel to the book. In this paranormal novella Katie's devastated by the loss of her mother and is forced because of her grandfather's illness to live with her Aunt Diane. Adrift in despair and wanting some sense of belonging, she travels to Japan having little knowledge of the language and culture.
Likewise Yuu Tomohiro's haunted by nightmares of his dark power as she tries to find normalcy in his life and protect his girlfriend Myu and a desperate Shiori who's being bullied at her private school. Into this mix add Tomohiro's encounter at school with the mysterious woman of his dreams and his immediate magnetic attraction to her.
As captivating as "INK" Amanda Sun uses her knowledge of the culture of Japan, the use of Japanese words , the taste and smell of its unique cuisine to give the stories depth and color although the ending in both leaves more questions than answers.
In the novella Katie's desolation at the loss of her mother and her relationship with her aunt and her grandparents are explored as well as Tomohiro's desperate need for normalcy in the face of his growing power. In the story we see a little more of Sato's jealousy because of Tomohiro's relationship with Myu, and encounter Katie's friends the outgoing Yuki and studious Tanaka. This novella is enjoyable and well worth reading
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow 23 May 2014
By Lauren Lant - Published on
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I think that Ink could have stood on its own without the introductory Shadow as a prequel; but for those who didn't really connect with Katie or Tomo on an emotional level in Ink, then Shadow is the perfect intro for the series. Well written and makes you crave more of Amanda Sun's world in The Paper Gods Series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Before they meet! 13 April 2014
By M. Olayan - Published on
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This was a pretty quick read as novellas go. I liked that it went a little bit deeper into Katie and Tomohiro's story before they met at school. You got to see what Katie went through before she left for Japan and how the nightmares started for Tomohiro.

I know this is a pretty lame review but it really is just a tiny glimpse before the first book "INK" starts so there is not much to say.

I liked it teehee!
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