Ink (Paper Gods #1) - Amanda Sun
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.
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.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you Net Galley & Mira Ink*
The true rating of this book is 2.5* and I am very disappointed to have to give it that. I had very high hopes for this book. There was a lot of hype, the cover was beautiful, the synopsis sounded amazing, but me and this book just weren't meant to be! I found it frustrating, very slow at times and I didn't really feel much emotion for either of the protagonists.
The reason for the 3* is because it deserves higher than 2*. It was original, well thought out, included illustrations and I did enjoy the ending. However, it took me days to get through the first 50% of the book. I felt like a foreigner myself within the pages. It's set in Japan and it includes a fair amount of Japanese language and culture. The majority of the time I love delving into new places, but this one left me with discomfort.
I liked the premiss of the book. A young girl loses her mother and has to move to Japan, meets boy who is in a similar situation but with a dark secret. Very cliché but I generally enjoy books like that. However, no matter what happened and what we found out about Tomohiro I could not bring myself to sympathise with him or even like him. Katie was constantly having to do the work whilst he mood swung his way through the novel. He reminded me in certain ways of Edward Cullen with the whole I'm-dangerous-you-should-stay-away thing. Bleurgh.
The ending was predictable and again, cliché. This isn't a bad thing but I missed the whole heart racing, anticipation and excitement that comes in a book filled with action and dangerous possibilities. Unfortunately this book didn't hold this for me, and I'm really disappointed to have to write such a negative review.