Lately, I don’t seem to spend all that much time sitting still. I’m far, far behind on my reading goals for this year, at least when it comes to books. I am doing plenty of reading, but it’s mostly online, mostly electronic.
And I’ve come, in the past few years, to somehow look at a print book as a luxury, something to sit down and savour, rather than devour.
So it is with my current primary fiction reading. Rain, by Amanda Sun.
This is the second book in her Paper Gods trilogy, and I’m ashamed to say that, much as I want to find a couple of hours to just sit down and read the whole thing straight through, I haven’t been able to do so. Instead, I’ve had to satisfy myself with a chapter here, a chapter there. As it stands, I’m only halfway through the book, when she very generously provided my daughters and me with an advanced reading copy Anime North at the end of May. (I also have a copy from her launch party. Both are signed, of course.)
The girls have both long since reached the end of the book, and both in a matter of days. So I’m left with a bit of guilt, but my slow read also means that I have things to look forward in the story that they already know, I still have more of the story to savour, and I will have less waiting time between finishing book 2 and the arrival of book 3 next year.
Rain, like a its predecessor, is YA fantasy, and is published by Harlequin Teen. But don’t let that fool you, this is not a romance story. Oh, certainly there are elements of romance in it, and the primary protagonists are in the vicinity of 17 years old, withing sight of finishing high school in Japan. But this is not a teenybopper romance story. This is modern fantasy set in Japan and giving us an awesome treatments of certain aspects of Japanese mythology, translated into our world. So sure there’s romance, but there’s also action, adventure, danger, and a little bit of cultural exploration that you don’t even realize is going on while you read.
I loved the first book, and I’m loving the second. And I absolutely recommend that anyone go out and buy it. It’s a fun and amazing story, and if you’re a YA fan, a fantasy fan, or a fan of Japanese culture, you’ll absolutely be a fan of Rain. And Ink, the first book.
Thank you, Amanda. And I can’t wait to see what comes next.by