Blurb from Goodreads:
Okiku is a lonely soul. She has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the spirits of the murdered-dead. Once a victim herself, she now takes the lives of killers with the vengeance they’re due. But releasing innocent ghosts from their ethereal tethers does not bring Okiku peace. Still she drifts on.
Such is her existence, until she meets Tark. Evil writhes beneath the moody teen’s skin, trapped by a series of intricate tattoos. While his neighbors fear him, Okiku knows the boy is not a monster. Tark needs to be freed from the malevolence that clings to him. There’s just one problem: if the demon dies, so does its host.
This was a really interesting and entertaining book. Based on a Japanese ghost story, It follows a boy who is, basically, possessed, through his journey to find relief from his suffering. I’ve seen The Ring, and expected this to be a scary book similar to the movie, but it was more interesting than scary. It was enjoyable, though I did have trouble getting invested in the characters. It’s narrated by the ghost, so it felt more like an observation of the characters than direct involvement. Still, I liked it, and I thought the ending was perfect. I’m kind of disappointed that it wasn’t scary, like I thought it would be, but since it was still enjoyable, I won’t hold that against it. It’s nice to learn a little about a different culture from time to time, and I think that was what I enjoyed the most about it. I might even see if I can find a book that is just about Japanese folklore and ghost stories, so I can learn more.
Creep Factor: 2