5/5 stars. ALL THE STARS FOR THIS PRECIOUS GEM!!!!\
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Series: Book 1 in The Red Winter trilogy
Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess-and not once has she doubted her chosen fate. Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command-whether she wants him or not. On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate-but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope… and hope is all she has left.
I swear, I really don’t understand why such an amazing, beautifully written book about Japanese mythology with rich and gorgeous world-building, strong female character that goes through SO much character development, shameless flirting, romance that makes you scream OTP!!!! and such an intriguing plot is SO !! FUCKING !! UNDERRATED !!!!!!!!
Like, what the fuck man, y’all missing out on a gem. This book is so so wonderful, fuck I’m still so high on this, I CAN’T WRITE. okay, I need to organize everything.
This book is about Emi, who was marked to become a kamigakari for a goddess names Amaterasu. A god or goddess can’t come down to earth if they don’t have a perfectly amazing host prepared for them, so Emi prepared for ten freaking years to become that amazingly perfect host. It’s a huge honor and she’s respected a lot for it. She’s treated like a queen, but had so many restrictions when preparing that she’s pretty much clueless to what girls her age do. Alright so all’s fun and games until she finds out something about her being kamigakari which makes her question her future and fate.
There’s many other terms and things revealed in the book, but I promise you, it’s not going to be confusing. It’s not going to be info dump, it’s going to be revealed clearly, in a way you can understand and everything is so so beautifully described. But if you’re still confused, there’s a glossary with every Japanese word you need to know!! I personally didn’t need it because, like I said, everything flowed so easily and I was able to understand it all perfectly.
Japan’s mythology is GORGEOUS. I’m blown away!!!
Okay so let me tell you, some people might have a hard time getting into the first 20ish% of this book and that’s because Emi’s described as the perfect “chosen one” and it’s talking about stalking boys and all the things she never experienced, how she’s worshiped and all, some flashbacks to a bad event, and Emi being very bland, BUT, dude, I promise you it all leads up to important shit that will slowly be revealed. Give this time and once Emi meets Shiro, shit goes down.
Shit goes down so hard and you’ll be slowly fucking dying and its going to feel fucking amazing. Death is great.
Trust me, I’m a professional, I know this shit well.
Everything is so fucking intriguing with so many plot twists, action, character growth and awesomeness.
Okay so personally I had no problem with the beginning. I actually really liked it, despite reading reviews on how the beginning was a struggle and that’s probably why I enjoyed it so much.
Emi is queen. I love her. She’s naive, a little stupid in the beginning, but damn she grows so much and learns so much about herself. She doesn’t become a karate master overnight and she could use some defense and fighting besides her magic, but honestly it’s so realistic. Like, I don’t understand how someone can become so good at fighting and motivate themselves to learn self defense and shit. (Lmao I can just feel the laziness thinking about taking lessons about self defense. I don’t know how people do it.)
Shiro!!!!!!!! IS MY FUCKING HUSBAND !!!!!!. He’s just so adorable and sexy and AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I’M SCREAMING BYE. He’s a shameless flirt and the way he makes Emi blush and feel butterflies in her stomach made me scream “OTP” once or twice while I read this. He also has a lot of mystery surrounding him which will also be slowly revealed. So fucking read it and find out for yourself mate!!!!
Also, Yumei is my fucking son. He’s that emotionless bastard, but we all know on the inside he’s a soft little cinnamon roll who secretly cares about Shiro and Emi because he’s always there to help and fight for them and offer his protection even though he fucking says otherwise, this dickhead. Love him.
AND YOU KNOW WHAT FUCKING ELSE BITCH???? There’s art. there is gorgeous art and it makes me feel like a talent-less potato.
how fucking gorgeous??? ^
The first one is my queen, Emi. Second is my hot son Yumei (I definitely spelled his name wrong, I’m sorry) and the third is my husband Shiro and his other temporary wife for the books, Emi. IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL OH MY GOSH, I’M SCREAMING???? 😍😍😍
anyways, read this oh my god please read this, i’m on my knees right now, i’ll fucking buy you donuts everyday if that seals the deal.
REACTION AFTER FINISHING:
oh i love banana strawberry pies and they help me when im in pain and this book is totally not pain and what the fuck pickles are great as well, have a nice day, i stopped working for the rest of the day, see you in Hell Annette Marie, you fucking devil. i love you though, thanks for ruining my life with this book you’re awesome, you’re great, i owe tweebs for introducing me to this book so the real devil is her thank you and i’ll leAve now.
review to come some day when i get off of this drug called RED WINTER.