Review: Shinigami Eyes – Adam Smith & Cheree Smith

Shinigami Eyes (Shinigami Eyes, #1) Most children hope to grow out of their imaginary friends.

17-year-old Rin Waters’ only hope is that hers doesn’t kill someone, especially when said imaginary friend puts a boy in a coma. Finding herself shipped half-way around the world—to Japan, of all places—she is forced to live with grandparents she hasn’t seen for ten years and a cousin she can’t even remember.

Rin would rather just forget about the one night that ruined her life and pretend her imaginary friend doesn’t exist—if it was only that easy. When manga-obsessed otaku, Matt, won’t stop pestering her about a manga that sees the future and the tragic accident she’ll be involved in if she doesn’t listen to him, pretending becomes quite a challenge.

Suddenly mysterious accidents begin to happen to students in her school, and Rin has to wonder what length Matt is willing to go to prove his manga is real. Is it all a sham or is there really something that wants to see Rin and her new friends dead?

I was really looking forward to reading this book, but unfortunately, I found myself really disappointed and ended up having to abandon it. While I was really excited that the book was taking place in Japan, that was the only thing I really liked about the book. I gave up reading after about 60 pages.

My biggest issue with this book was the terrible parenting. It infuriated me that the first sign of Rin showing some sort of mental problem (schizophrenia), her parents shipped her off to a foreign land to live with people she’d never met and had no connection with. It bothered me so much that I could never get past it.

I wasn’t really grabbed by the characters because they all fell so flat for me. They were so one dimensional. Even though all I read was about 60 pages, the plot and writing didn’t interest me either. While I was intrigued by the character of Misa and figuring out whether Rin had mental health issues, everything else about the book upset me enough that I didn’t continue.

For some readers, this would probably be an enjoyable novel, but it wasn’t for me.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This hasn’t affected my review in any way.



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