Author: Amanda Sun
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, paranormal, fantasy, young adult
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.
Source: School library
How I Found Out About It: By browsing through books at the library
The Japanese culture has always fascinated me. I’m not a fan of anime, but many of the video games I played when I was younger were from Japanese companies, and I just love origami and kawaii. I also remember having a ‘pen-pal’ from Japan in second grade! So, it only made sense that I was so excited to finally read a young adult book with a setting in Japan!
Ink turned out to be a good book, but it didn’t quite meet my expectations. I still feel eager to continue on with the Paper Gods series, but I would not consider this book to be a favourite of mine.
For a brief synopsis, this book revolves around a girl named Katie, who has been reluctantly forced to move from Canada to Japan because of a family emergency. Being completely new, it is hard for her to get used to the customs and rules of the Japanese. At her new school, she meets a guy named Tomohiro, who draws dragons out of ink that move. But how did he gain these powers? And are there risks attached to them?
Our protagonist Katie was a whiner, to say the least. I understood where she was coming from with being sent to an unknown place on her own and not knowing anything about the culture, but if I’d been in her shoes, I would have tried to at least make the best of it. Come on, it’s Japan! Visiting Japan is on so many people’s bucket lists, so why be so ungrateful? Anyway, that’s my two-cents about her attitude, but I also found her to be pretty brave, developing tremendously by the story’s end. But overall, I just couldn’t relate to her.
The romance between Katie and Tomohiro was adorable, but Tomohiro was quite a bit of a mystery, and decoding his actions felt like solving a Rubik’s Cube
(which I haven’t done…YET). I just wish I could have gotten some more of him, you know? Anyway, my guess is that that’s being left for the sequel.☺️
This book’s premise was interesting and it was executed very well, but it wasn’t the best of the best for me. As you probably already know, I don’t love books with paranormal themes, but I still adored learning about the Japanese mythology in this one.
All in all, Ink was a good story, but I think that those who are more into paranormal themes will enjoy it more. Its characters are not the best, but its plot is very interesting and the writing style is perfection!👌