Blogger Shame Review: Ink by Amanda Sun

January 29, 2018 Book Reviews 2

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Blogger Shame Review: Ink by Amanda SunInk (Paper Gods, #1) Published by Harlequin Teen, Llewellyn Publications on June 25th 2013
Pages: 326
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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.

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Here’s yet another book that has been sitting on my Netgalley shelf for way too long! For this one, I did try reading it a while ago. The synopsis is really up my alley, sounds interesting and the first few pages pulled me into the book. ‘

Then something happens.

I am not even sure what. It becomes passive. There’s nothing really that I can even say that I truly disliked about it, but every time I opened up my Kindle to get into the book, I would just kind of sigh. The writing is good, the characters are interesting, but the plot after the first 10% or so, just became ho hum.

This is so hard for me because this seems like it would be right up my alley. But I noticed that I had gotten just about to the 40% mark when I put it down the first time.

Katie’s mother just died so she is visiting with her aunt, so she is new to Japan.  I can only imagine how she felt.  Especially with brooding Yuu Tomohiro acting like a jerk half the time. A part of why this drove me crazy is because Katie does not get the idea that she basically puts herself in danger, multiple times. Yuu is not the brooding jerk that he seems, but if he had been, she could have been in serious danger. Instead of thinking of that, she starts stalking him and asking him questions, that honestly do not have anything to do with her. I get he’s interesting, and dark and mysterious, which I totally go for, but come on! Be smart!

Yuu Tomohiro is not much help. He continues to nearly threaten her, which of course just creates more tension between the two of them. The tension wasn’t built upon a relationship though, and that’s where it really started losing me.

The supernatural portions were amazing, and slid right into the plot, seamlessly. These small moments were the moments I enjoyed the most, but sadly there are not many of them. Although the plot didn’t keep me pulled in, there are moments when I can see what the characters are doing. My mother also grew up in Japan, so the Japanese culture is fascinating to me. That could be a part of why there is a barrier though. There are many Japanese words and traditions in this, where I felt nearly overwhelmed instead of welcomed into that world.

In short: I enjoyed where Amanda Sun’s imagination was starting to go, but the relationship between the two characters was very strange, for me.

Rating Report
2 / 5
Character Development
2 / 5
Writing Style
3 / 5
Personal enjoyment
2 / 5
3 / 5
Overall: 2.4 / 5





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2 Responses to “Blogger Shame Review: Ink by Amanda Sun”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Sorry you didn’t like this one better but hey, at least you got it knocked out. I remember when this one came out and it did sound interesting but then I never heard much about it. I can only take so much of people making stupid decisions and putting themselves into dumb situations so I think I’ll skip this one!

    • Christina

      Yeah, it was rough. It makes me sad because I really feel like it was nearly there, but just annoyed me too much! Also, the Aunt was actually in the book, for the most part. Thank goodness! But even still, she wouldn’t text her Aunt to tell her what she was doing, etc. The lack of parents in YA makes me so frustrated. I should have written down all my frustrations! The entire book review would have been “Why this book frustrated me in 10 reasons!”.