The same as the novella I read, this book digs deep into Japanese mythology. Before reading this series, I had no knowledge whatsoever. It has been fun to learn about it. I'm just not sure how much I am sold on it though. It's kinda 'out-there' at times, this mythology, and the fact the ink comes to life is what I am not really fancying about the book.
What kept me reading was the idea of an American or Canadian girl, however you see her heritage, can be put into a completely different world and manage to get through. Even start to like being there and fitting in. The deep culture, language and descriptive nature of the scenes and characters is what I liked the most. While Katie learns, so did I.
I got a little book crush on the bad boy too! Tomohiro is one dark and mysterious guy, but an alluring character indeed!
So while I may not care for the paranormal aspect of the book, the characters and how they interact with each other is what might have me grab the next book in the series. I'm still curious about the relationships in the story.