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Rain

by Amanda Sun

Harlequin | June 24, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Rain is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
When she first moved to Japan, American Katie Green had no idea she would get caught in a battle between the Japanese mafia and the supernatural forces that have governed Japan for most of its history. Despite the danger, Katie is determined to stay put. 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 the decision to stay 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.19 × 5.47 × 0.76 in

Published: June 24, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0373211112

ISBN - 13: 9780373211111

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I personally loved this book/series, BUT I do think the first book was a lot better than the second one. I do have high hopes for the next book though. GIVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE, TRUST ME!!
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I will make the world cry. About two weeks before the official release of Rain, I had heard on Twitter that there was early released copies at my local bookstore. Hearing the news I immediately started bugging my mom to drive me down. My Twitter people were right, there were copies. I was so excited to pick up my copy early, It's safe to say that Rain is the first book I've ever bolted to the store for. Like the first book, the cover is extraordinary! The designer once again used watercolour, creating blossoms along with a picture of Tomo. Tomo and Katie are both on the cover with an sensational mixed of blues and purples. I do not think I've ever seen a male from a different culture on a book cover, I'm happy to say Rain will be my first. With the mix of the two colours, and both Tomo and Katie on the cover I think this cover is my favourite so far between the two covers. Rain continues on from where Ink left off, not missing a beat or leaving anything out. In Rain we learned a lot more about the power of the Kami. We learnt about more Amaterasu, her siblings, and her lover. Visiting more sanctuaries and temples, but we've only just touched the surface on the topic that is the Kami and It's driving me crazy with wanting to learn more about them. Amanda definitely has me captivated with wanting more. The Ink was more frequent in Rain, the same goes with the action. The Yakuza were as always causing trouble for our main characters in Rain, but they weren't the only villians this time. Sometimes even your closest friends can turn on you. Tomo and Katie uncovered so much more about the world they live in Rain, I hope to discover more in the third Paper Gods book along with them. Amanda has gone easy on us cliff hanger wise in Rain, but that doesn't mean I won't be counting down the days until the last book in the series is released. The final book will be a must have for 2015, and I gladly look forward to it.
Date published: 2014-08-01

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Rain

Rain

by Amanda Sun

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.19 × 5.47 × 0.76 in

Published: June 24, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0373211112

ISBN - 13: 9780373211111

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"Hold still," Yuki said, threading the thick obi ribbon through the back of the bow. She pulled the loops tight. "Okay, now breathe in."I took a deep breath as Yuki shifted the bow to the center of my back, but didn't look up from my phone. "How's that?"No messages in my inbox. "Looks great.""You didn't even look.""Mmm-hmm." Yuki snatched the keitai out of my hands. "Hey!""Ano ne," she said, an expression which meant we needed to talk. That didn't surprise me. "You're starting to look obsessed. Yuu will call you; I'm sure of it. You don't want to be the needy girlfriend, right?"I didn't say anything. How could I? Yuki didn't know that not being able to get ahold of Tomohiro could mean the Yakuza had him, or the Kami had kidnapped him, or that Tomo had drowned in an ocean of his own sketching. The Kami, descendants of the Shinto goddess Amaterasu, could make ink come alive on the page, although the power came with its own curse—a plague of nightmares and threats, scars carved by the claws and talons of their own feral drawings.It had been two weeks since I'd almost left Japan, since the revelation that Tomo was one of the most dangerous Kami alive. Takahashi Jun, Tomo's kendo rival and the leader of the Kami in Shizuoka, said he hadn't seen anyone as powerful in a long time and wanted him as a weapon to help destroy the Yakuza. He also said that somehow, I was making it worse. I was making the ink in the sketches do strange and deadly things. Tomo lost control when I was aroun
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When she first moved to Japan, American Katie Green had no idea she would get caught in a battle between the Japanese mafia and the supernatural forces that have governed Japan for most of its history. Despite the danger, Katie is determined to stay put. 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 the decision to stay 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.

Editorial Reviews

"An enjoyable peek at a world very different from America, yet inhabited by people whose hearts are utterly familiar." -Publishers Weekly on Ink