Review: Ink by Amanda Sun

July 6, 2014 Book 4 ★★★★

Review: Ink by Amanda SunInk by Amanda Sun
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: Paper Gods #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on June 21st 2013
Source: Borrowed from Library
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four-stars

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

When I started this book I was afraid of disliking it for something I read on a review. Said review mentioned how this book had some of the most overused elements in YA books these days. These elements are: 1.) Female character who moves to a new town 2.) Brooding guy who tells main girl to stay away from him, but at a certain point in the story he admits defeat and is with said girl and fall in love. 3.) When pushed away, main girl goes against anything to find the truth and whatever mystery main guy is hiding. 4.) On the side there’s a nice looking kid who likes main girl but is rejected.

In other words, Twilight. But ladies and gents, it is with great pleasure that I say that, even with these things, I deeply enjoyed this book. As in, I can’t-stop-thinking-about-it, tweeted-the-author-about-it, I’m-stalking-HarlequinTeen-everyday-to-get-the-sequel-approved-on-Netgalley, and Omg-if-I-star-it-I-won’t-have-more-books-to-read.

Yeah.

Let me slap ya’ before patting ya in the back.

Katie Green was very annoying at first, and a little bit through the rest of the story. She kept insisting on stalking Tomohiro (main guy) and discovering this big secret he was hiding. She was very nosy and couldn’t help but embarrass herself in front of Tomohiro whenever he discovered her very bad detective skills. As the story moved on I started to like her more, she was still annoying, but in a tolerable sibling kind of way. By the end I saw her different than before, a fighter and lover who, thank God, wasn’t actually stupid at the most critical moments of the story. She was brave, stubborn, smart, and a, we could say, a heroine you could encounter anywhere, not only on scenarios of fantastical and mythological proportions like here.

Tomohiro… Ugh he was a prick and still is in my eyes. But I like him too. There’s something that draws you towards him. Maybe it’s his dark past, sweet and caring behavior that’s uncommon and hidden under his mean pretense, I dunno. But he’s definitely an awesome character I enjoyed reading about, even if I myself wanted to punch him numerous times.

What I absolutely adored of this book was the Japanese culture in it. According to an interview that was on the back of my library ebook copy, Amanda Sun tried as hard as she could to keep everything here as real as possible. She had been an exchange student for part of her High School years in Japan, and had lots of help from people who knew of Japan, plus her experiences. It was amazing to read about everything, from traditions like when the cherry blossoms bloom, the bento boxes, the shrine, and other things. It felt like I was walking with Katie through Japan and drinking it all in from the descriptions. It also felt like the whole story was  a Manga, but without drawings (lol). It was amazing and made me love Japanese culture again, plus take out those mangas under my bed and read them again.

Something I didn’t like much of the book was how not all of the characters felt as dynamic as the main ones. They were there to fill the moment and then they were almost forgotten, but maybe that was the author’s purpose. I think that in those, like Katie’s friends and aunt, got to participate a bit more, it would have felt better.

Overall, it was a great read and I can’t wait to read Rain! I was hoping to get approved by Harlequin (no response yet) so I borrowed the ebook from the library. The book was full of mystery, romance, funny moments and other that left me baffled at the twist. I loved the drawing concept and for moments after reading the book, I kept wondering if my own drawings would jump at me. At least I can rest assured that I am not Kami, and nowhere in my bloodlines do I have Japanese. I hope Spanish, Mayan, Taíno, Jew and who knows what else don’t have anything of the sort in my blood…

So, take Ink, read it, love it, and you know the rest. If you do pick it up, I hope you enjoy it as much, or more, than me 🙂

Rating: 4 stars

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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂
  • This sounds great! I’m glad you ended up enjoying it despite having some premonitions on it. Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! Definitely going to have to give this a try! 🙂

  • I’m halfway through this book and I love it. yes, Katie is annoying at times . I really love that its set in Japan because I love that country. Reading about the scenery and details I can just picture it from pictures I seen on the internet. The way the male characters act remind me of certain Jdramas I watch and mangas. I wish I had a aunt or relative like Diane. I hope she writes more books set in japan.

  • What I really loved about this book was the Japanese culture and yes, it felt so authentic it felt like I was watching an anime or jdrama. Katie Green’s behaviour was so over the top and obsessive though, I hope Rain is better. Lovely review Jennifer!

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