This will be a briefer review than normal for a number of reasons which I will currently keep to myself.
As with the first book in this series, Kojiki, I struggled to enjoy this book.
I felt like I understood the characters a little better this time around, but I really never cared about them. This still felt like I was reading an episode of an anime cartoon (though one of more serious bent) mixed with a touch of soap opera. Characters typically drive a story for me, no matter how strong the plot, so if I’m not engaged by the characters it’s an up-hill battle to keep me interested (though it’s happened – and recently).
The action was a bit uneven, but when it worked, it worked really well. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to really hold me.
This was one of those books that, when I was done I thought to myself. Well, that’s done. On to the next. No reflection on what I’d just read, no wishing it would go on. Nothing. It wasn’t horrible – not like those books I just wish would be over with – but not worth recommending either.
Looking for a good book? Kokoro by Keith Yatsuhashi is a follow-up to Kojiki. Fans of Kojiki will likely enjoy this. The rest of us, probably not so much.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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author: Keith Yatsuhashi
series: Kojiki #2
publisher: Angry Robot
paperback, 416 pages