*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
When I first heard about this story, I knew I wanted to read it. A statue that wanted to travel? Count me in! So I was very excited to receive an ARC, and I’m even happier to say that this story delivered.
The main characters were Yuki and Arai. Yuki was a college student who wanted to experience the world, but was afraid to do so since she was diabetic and had a highly important routine. Arai was the statue with wanderlust. The story was, once again, told from both the main characters’ point of view. And again, I found it pretty fascinating to read from a (supposedly) inanimate object’s perspective.
The plot was all about Yuki and Arai wanting to travel. Yuki had talked to Arai since she was a little kid, and kept the tradition of going to see her every week even when she grew up. Yuki admitted to Arai that she wanted to travel, but also wanted to be healthy enough to do so. Arai also wanted to travel, and did her best to get Yuki to take her on her adventures. I thought it was a fun little book, with just enough depth to really get me thinking. S.J. Pajonas always makes me want to learn more about the culture of Japan with these stories, and this one was no exception.
In the end, this was another delightful story in the Kami no Sekai series. Wanderlust is a relatable thing, because who hasn’t wanted to travel all over the world? Having Yuki have to contend with her health gave the story a real-life feel, even though she was interacting with a statue. I highly recommend this story, and this series if you haven’t checked it out. It’s fun, it’s quirky, and even thought-provoking.
Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, amateur astrologer, Capricorn, and Japanophile. She loves foxes, owls, sushi, yoga pants, Evernote, and black tea. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing or spending time outside, unless it’s winter. She hates winter. Someday she’ll own a house in both hemispheres so she can avoid the season entirely. She’s a mom to two great kids and lives with her husband and family outside NYC. They have no pets. Yet. When it comes to her work, expect the unexpected. She doesn’t write anything typical.
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