Book Review: Ink by Amanda Sun

Ink by Amanda Sun

Series: Paper Gods (#1)

Published: July 5th 2013

Publisher: Mira Ink (Harlequin UK Limited)

Goodreads: 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.”


I was looking for a book to read on Goodreads when I came upon Ink. As soon as I  read the word “Japan” on the blurb I said “I MUST HAVE THIS!”. Ok, some yelling may have been involved as well as some embarrassing dancing from happiness.

Let’s say I’m a sucker for all things japanese and one of my dreams is to go to Japan so you must know that my expectations were really high. Like above the sky high, some airplanes may or may not have been victims of my expectations. So it was with great sadness that I found myself not really liking Ink.

Now, don’t start throwing stuff at me, some might love this book, it just wasn’t my piece of cake. We have Katie, an american girl who goes to Japan to leave with her aunt after her mother died. One of the things I didn’t like about Katie was her interactions with her aunt. While her aunt always tried to make her feel welcomed in Japan and wanted her to try embracing the culture, Katie was always behaving badly with her and having fits.

Towards the end of the book that ends but at the beginning I knew right away that Katie and I just weren’t going to be great friends, least of all BFFs.

To be honest, she really didn’t have a major role in this book at all. All that mattered happened to Tomohiro. He was the victim, he was the hero and, for me, the protagonist. Katie just fell in love with him and was wherever he seemed to be. Oh, and she stalked him several times during the book! That is a big NO NO for me. Me don’t like stalkers. *shivers*

The fact that she influenced Tomohiro’s condition (no spoilers here guys!) was actually pretty cool and it kind of saved the book a little for me. That and the ending. Yup, cliffhanger! I just love those, I really do. It makes me want to have the next book in my hands right after I finished reading the one before. Sometimes I even try to see if there are invisible pages missing. ‘Cause, you know, that is what you do when a book ends in such a way that your jaw almost hits your fit.

Unfortunately, even though the cliffhanger left me wanting more, I don’t know if I’ll read the next book in the series. I’ll have to think about this one a little more to see if I care to read it.

*ARC received by the published via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review*

2.5 Chibis

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Ink by Amanda Sun

  1. Wow, and here I thought it would awesome! I’ve read two reviews (yours and another) that were both thumbs-down reviews.

    How could she go wrong with writing of a Japanese setting???!!!!!??!!!! And the drawing coming to life stuff!!! DDDX
    What a disappointment how she sounds. I will have to think it over whether to waste my money on this.

    And BTW I also want to go to Japan! If you are a Studio Ghibli fan (like me!) there is a Studio Ghibli museum!!! URGH! I WANT TO GO THERE! AKFSAJKLFJ <3. XD Awesome review, Ana! ^^ (sorry I ranted out :D)

    • Exactly my thoughts! This could be a awesome book but, in my opinion, she just didn’t do it right. But let me tell you, they put Tomohiro’s drawings in the book and decorated the pages in the corners with little flowers petals and they are beautiful drawings, I couldn’t get enough of looking a them,
      I don’t know, maybe you’ll like it. I just couldn’t connect at all with Katie.

      And I didn’t know there was a museum! I loved Spirited Away, it’s one of my favourite movies. I first watched it when I was maybe 8 yrs old and I still haven’t gotten tired of it! I still haven’t watched Howl’s Moving Castle but there are really good things said about it. One more place to put on my tour for when I can (hopefully!!) go to Japan!

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