Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Ink by Amanda Sun

Hi all!

A review for a book that will be released next month!

Author: Amanda Sun
Title: Ink
Series: Paper Gods #1
Release date: 25th of June 2013
Published by: Harlequin Enterprises Ltd
Imprint: Harlequin Teen
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Paranormal
Pages: 321 in e-book format
Source: Netgalley


On the heels of a family tragedy, Katie Greene must 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.

When Katie meets aloof but gorgeous Tomohiro, the star of the school's kendo team, she is intrigued by him...and a little scared. His tough attitude seems meant to keep her at a distance, and when they're near each other, strange things happen. Pens explode. Ink drips from nowhere. And unless Katie is seeing things, drawings come to life.

Somehow Tomo is connected to the Kami, powerful ancient beings who once ruled Japan-and as feelings develop between Katie and Tomo, things begin to spiral out of control. The wrong people are starting to ask questions, and if they discover the truth, no one will be safe.


Firstly - this is a gorgeous cover!

I’ve said it a million times: any Japanese themed or set YA book is an automatic win for me and, finally, I’ve noticed that several book answering to those conditions are about to pop up lately (ok, only a few). And, luckily, I had a chance to put my paws on this book a lot earlier than the actual release. I was ecstatic!

Pictures coming alive – evil ones with the intention to bite/cut/hurt with no control over them, Japanese gods walking amongst ordinary people, Yakuza causing trouble – it all sounds so eerily badass, BUT, it all seemed and looked so much better in my imagination than what I actually got. This is a good book, no doubt about that, but I hyped myself to extents that I guess no book can reach so I’m a little underwhelmed.

Japanese mythology has so much to offer and I’m glad it was successfully explored in this story. I would like to see it delved more deeply into in the next books, but overall, I’m quite satisfied how the topic of kami was handled and how the effect and mystery of the ink and Tomo’s ability was created and described. There was this constant element of something evil in the background without knowing from where or what the danger was or where it’s stemming from. I really liked how the atmosphere of the supernatural was created in this book.

I loved the authenticity of the setting, the characters, language used, mannerism, etc etc. I can imagine that for some the constant use of Japanese words and way of speaking and acting can get confusing to people who don’t really know much about those aspects, but for me it made the story realistic and exotic. The author took full opportunity of what this foreign setting had to offer.

What could have been better: I felt the climax slightly lacking even though everything was basically there. The motives of the latter “villains” weren’t convincing enough, maybe because they seemed too “sweeping” and general.


My most painful let down was the main character Katie. She had so much potential and in the first chapters I was a big fan of her I-don’t-care-what-others-say-or-think attitude, but as soon as she received the Tomo obsession bug, that is where she lost a lot of her initial spark. She had nothing else on her mind anymore except getting to the bottom of what his secret was and then just swooning over him. She was great in every aspect that didn’t have to do with Tomo, because every time he stepped on the scene everything else faded to the background for her. With her friends, her aunt, Jun, etc, she was Katie, but with Tomo, she was his fangirl. I’m hoping she can be more HER in the upcoming books with letting her personally shine instead of Tomo’s.

Tomo was mysterious and detached, well at least he tried to be till Katie came info his life. Overall, I liked Tomo, he tried to fight a battle he couldn’t win with his powers and at the same time tried to keep everyone out of harms way, even tough, it pained him to keep dear people to him at a distance. He was charming, even tough, he tried to act the bad boy way. I’m hoping to see more if the kami side of him in upcoming books, I think that would be a scary, but fascinating experience to read about.


I’ll try not to get too hyped about books I want to read in the future, but overall, this is a good story, there are many things I loved, but it wasn’t without issues. I’ll definitely read the rest of the series and I’m certain that it can only get better.

3 stars!



  1. I totally agree with what you said about Katie. That girl was obsessed with Tomo.

  2. It's so sad that her potential was kind of ruined because of a guy, but I'm hoping she grows more independent in the future. Then again, being a hot, nice and interesting guy, I totally understood why she could be a little obsessed with him :D But not to that high degree of course!
    Thanks for the input!