Foxfire by Karen Kincy
"Tavian Kimura has never forgotten his kitsune mother, a shape-shifting Japanese fox spirit who abandoned him as a baby. While visiting his adoptive grandparents in Japan, Tavian learns his mother is still alive and that a faceless ghost is haunting him at every turn. The ghost’s warning is clear: Leave now. It is almost too late.
After a pack of vicious dog spirits attacks him, Tavian discovers that his paranormal fox powers are failing, killing him at an accelerating pace. Desperate to find a cure, he must track down his kitsune mother in Tokyo’s dangerous underworld. She is Tavian’s last chance to survive not only the fatal illness, but also the dog spirits who hunt him relentlessly."- summary from Amazon
This is the first Other book I read. I know, how weird is that? I have a copy of the first book (signed by Karen too!) but never got around to reading it. I saw that Foxfire was up on Netgalley and thought about reading the first two books before this, but timing just didn't work out (plus, I had no access to the second book- tried to get it at BEA but they didn't have any copies there). So I gave the third book a shot anyway, and it turned out pretty great.
I think this was the case because it seems like the books are only loosely linked and each tells its own story. I was able to pretty much understand the world that Kincy had built as well as these characters that had been previously introduced. I loved the setting of Tokyo and Kincy did a good job setting the stage and exploring the area.
The emotional journey of Tavian was very interesting and Kincy really nailed it, investing me in this character and everything he's going through. His relationship with Gwen was very fun and I loved seeing the two of them match wits and barbs. There's also quite a bit of action in here, which was nice to see.
Overall, a great book with an intriguing world and even better characters. I'm really gonna have to break out my copy of the first book and somehow get my hands on the second!
FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.