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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  906 ratings  ·  157 reviews
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
ebook, 69 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Harlequin TEEN
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Adriyanna Zimmermann
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the writing; it really focused on the detail and emotion. This was perfect for the backstory of Katie and Tomohiro. We're really in their heads, listening to their thoughts, worries, joys and I loved that the POV, which was first person, alternated between the two characters. I'd recommend reading Ink and then this novella just because of the way it's set up. Even though there's no spoilers about Ink, I think you'll like the backstory more if you read Ink first.


I loved the
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Kristy (Book Nerd Reviews)
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shadow introduces you to the Katie and Tomohiro before the events of Ink.

Shadow, unlike Ink, is told from alternating perspectives - which I really enjoyed. It is the backstory as to why Katie ends up in Japan and her feelings about this life-changing event, and some much needed backstory of Tomohiro’s life and how he is dealing with his abilities. You get to see a whole other side of Tomohiro, one I actually preferred to how he appears in Ink at times.

Some prequels are best to read before the b
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While I was reading Ink I wanted to know what it was like for Katie before she went to live with her Aunt Diane. I’m glad Amanda Sun wrote about her life before. Katie didn’t immediately go live Diane because she still felt too attached to the U.S. due to her mom even though she is gone from the living world. She finally decides to live with Diane, but she hits hiccups on the way there that she can’t explain. To me, it showed that when she got close to Japan the ink started to affect her then. N ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
This e-novella, a prequel to Ink (book#1 of the Paper Gods series), was quite an enjoyable introduction to the two lead characters, Katie and Tomo. Fans of Amy Plum's Die For Me trilogy will notice a very similar theme - American teenager Katie Greene's mom dies, and Katie ends up moving to Japan to live with her aunt (and the female leads have almost the same name too!). This similarity isn't a bad thing; if anything, it intrigued me even further. As this is only the prequel, Katie and Tomo hav ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ronda by: Jg
Wow - I love the idea of this storyline and I love the way it is written...

I was told about this book by a friend who had gotten it free at the time and I thought 'why not'. She gave this novel 5 stars, which surprised and intrigued me... However, I totally understand why she awarded full marks to Amanda Sun's book - it is brilliant!

Katie's mum dies and after a short while, Katie goes to live with her aunt Diane in Japan, she feels she does not belong and her world is raw and torn... Tomohiro li
Shambhawi P.
Apr 03, 2013 marked it as to-read
To that Cover

Holy Smokes it's beautiful. CANT WAIT!
Lance Schonberg
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shadow is a prequel novella to Ms. Sun's Paper Gods trilogy. I have read it before, when it first came out, but when I wrestled Storm (the final volume) away from my oldest daughter, I decided I’d like to read the whole set of stories as a single, continuous tale. I don’t do re-reads very often, and I haven’t done a trilogy in one go more than a handful of times as an adult, but I thought I’d like to do real reviews of each story in the sequence, and that makes Shadow a good place to start. The ...more
Suze Lavender
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Katie Greene has lost her mother. She had a fatal heart attack and now Katie's all alone. Katie has to get through the funeral and then there's the matter of where she's going to stay. Her family doesn't live anywhere near and her mother's friend can't let her stay forever. Her mother's will is clear, her aunt will have custody. Only that would mean moving to Japan and Katie isn't ready for that yet. Japan is her destiny though, but how will she be able to make a life for herself there when she ...more
Shadowhunter's Library
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I saw that this was a free ebook on my ereader store and I have wanted to read something from this series, so naturally I decided to get this and sometime afterward I started it, and I read it all throughout my Spring break (which for me would be pretty good). And I enjoyed it.

One of the things I love most about this series right now is that it takes place in Japan and is influenced by Japanese mythology and culture and in YA literature we don't see it all that much. It was refreshing to know a
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Recommendations
After I read "INK" by Amanda Sun I wanted to look further into Katie Greene and Yuu Tomohiro's background to gain an insight into their relationship and his power so I read " Shadow" the prequel to the book. In this paranormal novella Katie's devastated by the loss of her mother and is forced because of her grandfather's illness to live with her Aunt Diane. Adrift in despair and wanting some sense of belonging, she travels to Japan having little knowledge of the language and culture.
Likewise Yuu
Hm...abrupt ending. Katie's role in Tomohiro's story, though, is intriguing and left purposely vague. Fine. I have to read the book now. I am still very much irked by the sometimes unnecessary use of Japanese words.


I was checking my updates feed when I saw one from The Holy Terror saying that the author posted some chapters of this prequel on Wattpad. As of this writing, a prologue and four short chapters are available online. So far, nothing much is happening. What ticks me off at times is t
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Wow! I wish I had read this before Ink! Shadow starts while Katie is still in the US, the day of her mother’s funeral. We get to see the moments that pushed her to staying with her aunt in Japan and we get to see the beginning stages of her attempting to start her life over in a foreign country. As an added plus we get treated to chapters in Tomohiro’s point of view, where we get to see the nightmares that haunt him and his strained relationship with Myu. I loved that this gave him a chance to e ...more
May 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is the backstory for Ink, which has one of the most gorgeous covers I've seen in ages. Katie has just lost her mother and has to move halfway around the world to live with her aunt; Tomohiro is a young man with a dangerous secret. At the end of Shadow, they encounter each other for the first time. It's a fairly conventional setup, but the setting is a bit different.

I'm hoping I read the unedited version of this book; if not, I don't have high hopes for Ink. Even in a novella, the use of "sm
I decided to read this novella before to see if I would give a try to Ink. It was good, pretty interesting actually and there are possibilites that I give a try to the book when it comes out (I can only waste time and I still have three months left to go back to college so it isn't a problem).
I don't speak japanesse or something but as an otaku as I am and after getting used to hear japanesse through anime for ages, I found myself noticing a few things which confused me with the use of the langu
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a prequel novella to a book that I've really wanted to read, Ink by Amanda Sun. The novella is told in dual POV with Tomohiro and Katie telling their tales. Honestly, I wish I had read this after Ink. It didn't get me very excited for the book at all, and although it was a decent novella, it wasn't anything special. There's a lot of character development, but not much else is given. The mysterious vibe that surrounds the two- Tomohiro especially- didn't really engross me. I think that I ...more
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it

Since I am planning to read Ink in the next two weeks I thought that I would check out this prequel.

Shadow is thirteen chapters, plus a prequel and epilogue. It alternates chapters and follows Katie (starting in the US) and Tomohiro (in Japan).

Katie's mom has just died (her chapters begin at the funeral) and she finds out that she is supposed to go to Japan to live with her aunt.

Tomohiro lives in Japan and is tormented.

I thought that the prologue was a bit confusing (it's written totally differe
Shadows, the prequel to Ink in the Paper Gods series, tells the story of Katie and Tomohiro in a dual perspective. Set before Katie comes to Japan, it delves into the sadness and despair of both the characters and how troubled they are.

Katie has just lost her mom and there are these choices to be made but she is stuck in that moment, not able to move forward. Hoping that coming to Japan wouldn't be any worse, she finally decides to join her aunt. But life in Japan is much more confusing than she
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
{Feb 10th 2014} UPDATE retrying attempt to write this, but too frustrated to bother at the moment unfortunately, since GR made my almost finished review disappear again, will attempt to write this review tomorrow most likely.

[Katie's] heart pulsed like the earthquake, like the turbluence on the plane. [She] looked at the bloom in [her] hand, brushed [her] fingers over the soft petals. [Katie] lifted the flower to [her] nose and breathed in the sweetness, feeling like [she'd] been dreaming all t
Nikki S
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was an amazing prequel! Sun's writing style kept me glued to the story and aching for more! There is also so much to learn about the Japanese culture in these 69 pages, so I can only imagine what there is to learn in the actual book.
In the prequel we meet the main characters Katie and Tomoshiro. Tomoshiro has so much going on and yet he can't explain any of his issues to anyone. Katie's mother has just died and she has moved to Japan with her aunt. Suddenly, weird things begin to happen
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
January 2014: 4 Stars
I thought I'd already reviewed this, which is why I'm only doing it now.
A good addition to the series. I know that it's technically a prequel novella, but I'm very glad I read this AFTER reading Ink. The beginning is so strange and the whole jumping back and forth from Katie to Tomohiro's lives was so disorienting and impersonal that I probably would have been put off. As it is, reading it AFTER reading Ink was nice; it was a good way to leave the series' world while waiting
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
I understand that this is merely a prequel to the actual first book, Ink, but it felt very much incomplete. The story was very confusing too, but it certainly got me interested in Ink. It's a good thing that I have a copy from Netgalley!
I first read this in August last year, then re-read it June 2016. I didn't get into it that much last time but this time I did and I LOVED it!!
Julianna Helms
I wanna gobble that cover up
-Bookish Gal-
Usually I am not one for paranormal love stories as much as I love reading anything that involves the likes of ghosts or gremlins or anything out of the ordinary. Anything supernatural – a fantasy, based in either a real world or a fictional or where both these worlds co-exist, the real world usually unaware it is even connected to another, one where creatures we thought as mere fantasy exist, where things thought to be unnatural or imagination happen, where things we deem fit for nightmares dwe ...more
I think this would probably be more enjoyable if I'd have read Ink prior to this. But I wanted a taste and didn't want to dish out money for something I was unsure about. This didn't really grab my interest. I don't feel like it explained anything but then novellas mostly don't - they just give greater insight to the characters, so I probably can't really hold that against the story. The Japanese English translations were annoying. It would work better if there was a link to the glossary with ea ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love how easily it flowed into Tomo’s perspective. I really want Ink written from his perspective now.
This was a nice little glimpse into the lives of Katie and Tomohiro before their worlds collide.
Fay Tannerr
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this novella.
It was interesting and exciting.
I can't wait to read more about Katie and Tomo in Ink!
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Interesting is all I really have to say. There isn't much I can say but I loved it. It was creepy but beautiful
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Having read Ink my expectations for this novella were for the most part fairly low and unfortunately it didn't rise above my expectitions.

Shadow is written through the perpectives of both Tomohiro and Katie based on the events that lead to Ink. In my review for Ink I remarked that it could've benefited from doing just this rather than focusing only on Katie and after reading Shadow I feel like I was on to something. Tomo was far more enjoyable to read than Katie, although that might have had som
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