Series: Paper Gods #1
Author: Amanda Sun
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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From the Publisher: 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.
Ink is in their blood.
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.
Ink was unlike any book I’ve read in a long time. I am someone who is completely unfamiliar with Japanese culture, so I wasn’t sure if I’d really be able to get into this book. Not only was it set in Japan, but it dealt heavily with Japanese mythology. I was afraid that I wouldn’t understand what I was reading.
But that wasn’t a problem.
Amanda Sun brought her world to life for me.
Katie Greene is an exchange student attending a Japanese school, rather than an International one. And when she thinks she sees a drawing move on paper, her life changes. Things she never knew existed are real. And she ends up thrown into a world of mystery, intrigue, mayhem, and danger.
I did not see that coming.
Katie was the kind of girl I’d like to know… or be. She was fearless. The strength it takes to learn a foreign language and move to a new country in high school – after your mom died – is absolutely tremendous. And then on top of that, she handles what she discovers in Japan with such grace that, even though she is scared she doesn’t let it stop her from trying to do the right thing. She’s amazing.
And the secondary characters? The secondary characters were absolutely amazing. Tomo. Yuki. Aunt Diane. Watching Katie connect with her Aunt was its own story and one that I’m glad I got to see. The book was much more than simply the paranormal. It was life. It was Katie’s life. And I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes next.
What Others Are Saying:
- Passion for Novels: Overall I found this book really interesting and read it in one sitting. The great thing about this one is the Japanese element. It may not be for everyone but I found it intriguing and entertaining from the start.
- Small Review: I felt like I was at a social gathering with a blindfold and a bunch of people animatedly talking about all these tiny details about a movie I’ve never watched and no one will stop discussing for one second to just clue me in on a basic plot summary.
- Effortlessly Reading: The main reason why I didn’t really enjoy reading Ink is because the book mainly focused on the romance – a romance that was not at all believable for me.