Ink by Amanda Sun lured me in with its beautiful cover and interior illustrations. I was intrigued by the premise of ink drawings coming to life and couldn’t imagine a better setting that Japan. Ink had the right mix of Japanese concepts and explanations for those of us who aren’t as familiar with the culture. While I hope the next book in the series goes a bit deeper than Ink did, I will definitely be keeping my eye out for the second Paper Gods book.
Note: I received an ARC of Ink from a friend. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Ink by Amanda Sun (Paper Gods #1)
Published by Harlequin Teen on June 25th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 326 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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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.
- Japanese mythology is pretty awesome and throwing Kami into the paranormal genre was an exciting direction to go.
- As I said above, Ink has interior illustrations along with the gorgeous cover :D. I’m really hoping there are even more in the finished copy since the drawings really added another element to a story about ink having power.
- Books that are supposed to take place mainly in another language are always tricky. I found that Ink had the right balance of japanese words and explanations for me as a person who doesn’t know much about Japan and certainly doesn’t know any Japanese.
- The romance was very sweet and for once I found a “bad boy” character that I actually liked :D.
- Ink turned out to be quite predictable. I could tell that it was trying to have plot twists, but they were fairly obvious to me.
- There was a lot of repetitive phrasing in my copy of Ink, though hopefully this will be fixed in the final version.
- Ink spends most of its pages focused on the MC and her love interest, leaving little room to develop any of the secondary characters. I really liked two of Katie’s friends and wish that they had gotten more developed.
Ink had a great premise and good moments. I wish that the plot had been as original as the premise, but I ended up being a bit disappointed by lack of depth. I also know very little about Japanese culture and language, so it is possible there were errors that I didn’t catch (if you’ve read it and know there were mistakes, let me know!). I’m excited for the second book, with hopes that some more time will be spent on character development all around and a fresh plot to match the premise.
Ink by Amanda Sun
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