Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: Ink (Paper Gods, #1) by Amanda Sun

Title: Ink
Series: Paper Gods, #1
Author: Amanda Sun
Category: Urban Fantasy/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 2.5/3 stars out of 5
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.

*received this book from Netgalley for an honest review* 

 My thoughts: 

Now, I did, in a way, enjoy Ink. Once I started it, I had to see how it would end. I think what really drew me in was the mythology that Sun intertwined within her story. It was interesting and pulled me in. I also liked that the setting was Japan. I’m a lover of Japanese things; however, some of their culture and customs are very different from ours. Since I have kind of a limited knowledge of that, I wasn’t too thrown; however, if someone is not familiar, the actions and customs of the characters probably would see weird.
"It's not just the ink hunting you, Katie. I'm hunting you."
I think the author really only aimed her book to a certain crowd, or group of people. This book felt too much like a Japanese/ Korean drama, or even along the lines of an anime show. The actions of some of the character were way too dramatic. I actually shouted a few times at the characters, at why they were acting like that!!  So, if you aren’t into J-Dramas or Anime, I wouldn’t really pick this one up.

I also felt that the story moved at a very fast paced, making some of the events  unbelievable. I also felt that the developing romance, between Katie and Tomo to feel unnatural. Their interest in each other felt a bit forced, but it did have its sweet moments.  Though, I do like how Sun intertwined their connection.  It was very unique.

I honestly don’t know what to say about the characters. I did enjoy them, to an extent. Katie reacted a lot to her emotions, and some of her actions just didn’t connect, like there was no reason behind them. I couldn’t feel, or understand why she did some things. Then Tomo, he was a poo-poo head. Like Katie, his actions were random at times. And he was a very dramatic guy. He definitely had some sekrits.  I did like the mythology based on what Tomo was. That was one of the coolest thing in the entire book.
"I was an ink magnet. I was making the ink do things. I was connected to the Kami."
Amanda Sun did create an interesting series, and one that I will have to continue. I have to see where she takes the story. And since I am a lover of Japanese things, I did like getting lost in a book that was based in Japan. Though I did find a few things I didn’t enjoy, Sun did a good job creating a book with a decent mythology twist to it. 


  1. I have been hearing mixed reviews so I don't really know if I will read it, although the synopsis does sound good.


  2. Oh dear. I'm sorry you didn't like this one all that much. I've been hearing very mixed things. I don't think this one is for me. Thanks for the honest review.

  3. Very good review Magen- I agree with you about the romance being a bit unrealistic and the pace making it not so believable. I found it to be an enjoyable read and ended up giving it 3.5 stars just because I was interested in the plot and seeing the culture. But the characterization and the execution did fall flat for me too.


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