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Author: Amanda Sun
Release Date: June 24, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
American Katie Green has decided to stay in Japan. 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 her return 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.
I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series. Dark magic, Japanese culture and mythology and food. Stranger in a strange land, sometimes screwing up royally. Katie's not perfect, she's far from perfect, and she has to figure out how to navigate this new culture or else she's going to stick out like a sore thumb even more. Plus there's that whole 'ink is drawn to her' stuff she has to look out for. And I love the cover. While it is more cluttered than the first, I like that they kept with the watercolour-style of art. And Tomohiro is on the cover. How often are Asian guys on book covers?