Book Review: Ink

Ink CoverBook: Ink by Amanda Sun

Ink will be published on June 25, 2013 by HarlequinTeen|Expected Number Of Pages: 377

Series: Paper Gods #1

Genre: YA Paranormal

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Ink is an e-ARC from, which has not influenced my review in any way

Goodreads Summary: I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.

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.

Ink…I truly have mixed feelings about Ink.

I love that Ink is set in Japan.  I love that Katie is living in Japan with her aunt while she’s waiting to find out if she’ll be able to live with her grandparents.  I love that she’s been there long enough that she understands the culture and is making progress with learning Japanese.  I love the focus on Japanese mythology and how the Kami are the focus of the book.

However, the thing I love about Ink are also the things I don’t like.  It’s all very confusing, and it’s why I have mixed feelings.  The fact that it’s set in Japan and focuses on Japanese mythology is refreshing.  It’s nice to see mythology that’s not Greek.  It’s nice that Katie has picked up on Japanese, and that there is a word of Japanese here and there.  It really makes me feel like I’m in Japan, and right in the middle of things.  I wasn’t expecting that, and there were a couple times when I had to google something because I wasn’t sure what something meant.  For the most part, I was able to figure out a word or two, based on what was going on, but it wasn’t until the end when I realized there was a glossary!  Which is actually nice, but given I read Ink on my computer, I didn’t actually catch that.  Still, it was nice to have it there.

There were a few sketches throughout book, and they were beautiful!  Unfortunately, the first picture didn’t want to load on my Nook, so I ended up reading it on my laptop.  In the end, it wasn’t a big deal, but it’s entirely possible that me not liking the book as much as I was expecting might be because I was distracted by other things.

I didn’t pay too much attention to the characters.  Katie has some special connection to the Kami, but we don’t learn what it is yet.  I did like that she wasn’t Kami but had a connection, and I liked seeing Katie try to figure out what was going on with Tomo.  It really was nice to learn about the Kami and to learn a little bit more about Japanese mythology.

Final Thoughts:

I loved that this mythology re-telling focused on Japanese mythology and how I felt like I really was in Japan, going through a typical day for Katie.  I really did like that Katie’s life was pretty ordinary, even though she and people she knew had connections to Japanese gods.  I found myself getting a little distracted by the random Japanese throughout the novel and by the really pretty sketches throughout the book, and I’m not completely sure I gave Ink the attention it deserves.  Still, it was really refreshing and unique in comparison to a lot of the other paranormal/mythology re-tellings I’ve read, so Ink gets 3 stars.  

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