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{June 24, 2013}   {Review} Shadow by Amanda Sun (Ink #0.5)

17185049From 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…

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This novella introduces readers to the two main characters that will take the stage in InkTold through alternating perspectives, readers get to know the circumstances that bring Katie to Japan, giving insight to her grieving process that seems to be missing in the full novel. Readers also begin to learn about Tomohiro and his strange abilities, presenting his softer side, which isn’t seen much in Ink, either.

Shadow starts with the death of Katie’s mother and ends just a little before Ink begins, which is great for giving readers the background knowledge they need to understand the full novel.  I know it helped me immensely to have this background knowledge.  However, while I enjoyed the differing perspectives, I didn’t actually fall for either of the characters—there wasn’t much depth for me to hold on to or connect with, but I liked that I got to see the inside of Tomohiro because he’s got a pretty hard shell in Ink.  And, though I knew the characters would connect in Ink, I didn’t get how that would happen until the very end when the connections actually takes place—up until this stage, they’ve been telling their stories on different continents.  Truth?  I read this prior to Ink and I wasn’t too impressed until after I read Ink, but I think that this novella really need to be read first in order to enjoy Ink, if that makes sense?  Three stars.

3 stars

I purchased this novella from Amazon.

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