Storm by Amanda Sun
Publication Date: June 30, 2015
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After almost a year in Japan, Katie Greene has finally unearthed the terrible secret behind her boyfriend Tomohiro's deadly ability to bring drawings to life—not only is he descended from Kami, the ancient Japanese gods, but he is the heir to a tragedy that occurred long ago, a tragedy that is about to repeat. Even as the blood of a vengeful god rages inside Tomo, Katie is determined to put his dark powers to sleep. In order to do so, she and Tomo must journey to find the three Imperial Treasures of Japan. Gifts from the goddess Amaterasu herself, these treasures could unlock all of the secrets about Tomo's volatile ancestry and quell the ink's lust for destruction. But in order to complete their quest, Tomo and Katie must confront out-of-control Kami and former friend Jun, who has begun his own quest of revenge against those he believes have wronged him. To save the world, and themselves, Katie and Tomo will be up against one of the darkest Kami creations they've ever encountered—and they may not make it out alive.--Goodreads
I’m not one to complete series. Sure, I talk about finishing series but it always difficult to get into that mindset, “Yes, I am finishing this series today.” Finishing a series is like seeing a friend off at the train station. I have a problem about goodbyes. The Paper Gods series is over—I can never get the same reaction as I did the first reading around; my thoughts will always be different. It’s quite sad really.
Despite my qualms about goodbyes and as far as goodbyes go, Storm was a sweet goodbye. It wasn’t too dramatic and there wasn’t a cliffhanger. It was nice and sweet.
From the very beginning, I loved this series as a whole. Ink killed me, it was the perfect combination of setting to drag you in and plot which held you still. Rain wasn’t as amazing but still a good path for the series to take. Storm was just the icing on the cake. Here is the complete package.
Throughout the first two books, I found myself disliking Tomohiro. Ever since that scene with the love motel, I was definitely turned off by Katie’s boyfriend. I explain a little more about my dislike in my previous reviews. Jun was my guy: the strong, coffee lover who totally cared about Katie and tried not to get her too involved. In Storm, my team switched and here’s why. Jun took a huge back seat in this book. He was barely mentioned and if he was mentioned, he was brought up in fear, disgust, or caution. Total turn-off. Storm was Tomohiro’s story. It was the book where I started warming up to him—liking him much more. Throughout the whole series, Sun created gorgeous characters with intense depth, power, and form.
Sun is a fantastic author. Her genius lies in description, whether she delves deeper into war upon a battlefield or she depicts a perfect picnic in Japan. Readers will be forced to read on to experience as if it was happening right beside them.
As much as I hope for another book in the series, Storm concludes The Paper Gods series. It was a good ending to a great series. Readers will love the final battle between the past and present. Amanda Sun has truly created a work of art.