Author: Amanda Sun
Series: Paper Gods #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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.
First Sentence: I made it halfway across the courtyard before I realized I was still wearing my school slippers.
When I first heard about Ink, I knew I had to get my hands on the book asap. A book about sketches coming to life? Sign me up! However, once I actually got my hands on Ink and read the actual book, I’m very sad to say that Ink failed to grab – and keep – my attention. I was not invested in the book at all. Why? 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.
The romance between Katie and Tomohiro moved way too fast in Ink for my liking. Katie and Tomohiro only knew each other for a little while and before you knew it, Katie possessively started thinking Tomohiro as “my Tomohiro.” It’s absolutely ridiculous for Katie to think that way, especially since Tomohiro and her couldn’t even be called friends the first place, never mind boyfriend and girlfriend. Not to mention the fact that Tomohiro had recently broken up with his ex-girlfriend – and not for Katie. Then, to make matters even worse, Katie later stated thinking that she couldn’t live without Tomohiro in her life. This is astonishing, especially when Katie doesn’t even know Tomohiro very well. When Tomohiro confessed his love to Katie about thirty pages later, I seriously leaped up from my seat and gave a loud squeak in disbelief. (It wasn’t pretty.) The insta-love between Katie and Tomohiro was so unbelievable and so laughingly cheesy.
He was fireworks and radiance, glare and tingling frostbite. (ARC 192)
Because Katie and Tomohiro’s relationship was mainly based on insta-love, I also didn’t feel the chemistry between them. Everything they both said and did for each other was ultra cheesy and totally eye-roll worthy. From their first kiss to their official confession, I didn’t feel any of Katie and Tomohiro’s chemistry nor their genuine love for each other. I ended up cheering for none of them and when Katie and Tomohiro ran into problems, I could have cared less about them. Katie was so obsessed with Tomohiro while Tomohiro ran so hot and cold that they were both very hard to like.
Was he avoiding me because he was embarrassed about his wrist? Or maybe the kissing in his living room? Now that I thought about it, it was kind of awkward. (ARC 233)
So was reading about Katie’s obsession with Tomohiro that it turned into stalking. Awkward much?
On the other hand, I did like the colorful descriptions of Japan. I could tell Amanda Sun did plenty of research on Japan and its culture as I read Ink. From describing Japan’s lifestyle to its unique culture and ways, Amanda Sun managed to paint a beautiful and accurate depiction of modern day Japan. However, the only complaint I have with this is that Amanda Sun sometimes introduces some Japanese words without explaining them, leaving us readers to guess what the words she used meant.
Once it was time, cherry petals would fall gently into the cloudy water, swirling on its surface and painting the park pink and white for spring. Dancing across the sluggish waterways, dripping slowly down their channels, almost oozing like ink… (ARC 51)
However, to my surprise, there was a glossary at the back of the ARC that gave us several definitions of Japanese words used in the book. It would have been a lot better the first place if I knew that there was a glossary provided in the back of the book to help readers with some Japanese terms used in the book.
I also liked the way Amanda Sun described the pictures and creations that Tomohiro had drew to life. Amanda Sun included how the creations looked and felt like – the creatures Tomohiro drew looked papery and they crinkled in the breeze. Tomohiro’s creations also felt like crinkled paper, but is also warm and alive, disappearing into swirls of oily ink when touched.
Overall, Ink could have been a lot better if the book didn’t mainly focus on the insta-love romance. Will I be checking out the sequel? Honestly, probably not. Do I recommend Ink to anyone? Sure, if you don’t mind reading books that has a massive dose of insta-love.