August 19, 2013

Ink by Amanda Sun: Book Review

Ink (Paper Gods, #1)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: June 25th 2013
Source: Bought
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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.
My Thoughts: This book sounded amazing and in a way it was. I didn't agree with some elements of the book but overall this book was interesting.

The characters in this book act a little too unrealistic. Tomohiro (the love interest) is cute but too well-written. He's a mysterious boy with a troubled past, it seems too ideal for a love interest. Katie, the main character, is very annoying and a little stupid (sorry for using an uninteresting adjective). Katie also questions everything too much. I understand that the author needs it to keep the story fresh but the amount of times Katie questions everything is annoying. It was hard to go through 3 pages without hearing about what happened in the first chapter of the book.

The romance in this book is unrealistic. Seriously, how can the characters love each other after 2 months of dating and not even kissing (I'm sorry but the flirting does not institute love). Not to mention, there was also an annoying love triangle.  The ending of the book was also annoying. At the end of the book, the characters have to choose a side but both sides are evil in their own way. The ending was also a little predictable and expected.

Despite all my annoyances with the romance and unrealistic characters, the plot of this book was interesting. I loved the idea of Kamis -beings who can control ink. The plot moved at a fairly even pace and I was never bored nor struggling to understand what was going on. I also really enjoyed the Japanese elements of the book and the mini glossary at the back of the book really helped. Overall, this book is worth a read if you love perfect characters, a cute romance and interesting fantasy elements.

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