Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

Shadow by Amanda Sun

Shadow by Amanda SunSynopsis from Goodreads:

Meet two teens whose worlds are about to change forever in this paranormal Young Adult novella, a prequel to Ink by debut author Amanda Sun…

Katie Greene’s worst nightmare comes true when her mother dies, and she’s devastated to learn that she will have to leave the only home she’s ever known. Desperate to find where she belongs, she must decide if she has what it takes to start a new life across the ocean.

For Yuu Tomohiro, every day is a nightmare. He struggles to control his strange ability, and keeps everyone at a distance so they won’t get hurt—even his girlfriend, Myu. At night, a shadow haunts his dreams, and a mysterious woman torments him with omens of death and destruction. But these haunting premonitions are only the beginning…

Review:

In the prequel to Amanda Sun’s Ink, Katie Greene’s mother dies and she must decide whether or not she will move in with her Aunt Diane, who lives in Japan. Tomohiro must confront his affection for his girlfriend and his power. Shadow is a good read. I don’t believe I would have understood it as well had I not read Ink.

For character development, it isn’t great. Katie makes a decision, and Tomohiro fights himself on what he is.

The one piece I found most interesting is that Tomohiro spots the new girl in school and already feels a pull towards her. He also saw her in his nightmares.

I recommend this novella to fans of The Paper Gods trilogy.

Genres: Urban Fantasy YA

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

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