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Ink (The Paper Gods)

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Ink (The Paper Gods)

Katie Greene is feeling utterly out of place. After her mother’s recent death, the American teen was sent across the globe to live with her Aunt Diane in Japan.  Left to deal with her loss in a place full of unfamiliar food and customs, as well as an entirely new language, Katie can’t wait to go back home, where she hopes to live with her grandparents. Slowly, Katie begins to put down roots at her new school, but her tricky transition is made even more complicated when she encounters the haughty Yuu Tomohiro. Katie accidentally gets caught in the middle of Tomohiro’s messy break-up with his girlfriend and catches sight of his sketch book. While the drawing she sees is undeniably a fine work of art, Katie’s attention is really captured when she sees the sketch move! Although Tomohiro refuses to admit that his drawings are anything but ordinary, Katie is convinced of what she saw and begins to follow Tomohiro in hope of learning his secret. When ink-related anomalies (such as an exploding pen and more drawings that move) occur whenever Katie and Tomohiro are together, Katie slowly realizes that Tomohiro is able to do extraordinary things with ink. His drawings are able to move off the page and form bizarre and often vicious creatures.

"The plot of the story was also really well-developed, including plenty of twists and surprises without being confusing. The elements of romance, action and suspense were perfectly proportioned, which made reading INK a delightful experience."

Unfortunately, Tomohiro’s control over his power is very shaky, and when he’s around Katie he has an even harder time reigning in his sketches that come to life. When united, the two teens are powerful, but their inexperience causes them to be extremely dangerous, as well. Together, Katie and Tomohiro are launched into an exciting and dangerous new world in which they are attacked by creatures made of ink, kidnapped by gang members who want to abuse Tomohiro’s power and even asked to help take over Japan! Can Katie adapt to this mysterious new life? Are her feelings for Tomohiro worth the danger she’s forced to put herself in? Will she even survive for long enough to return home? Try reading INK to discover the answers!

I was enticed by INK from the moment I started reading and tore through the book in a matter of days. The content was so refreshingly different from any book I’ve read in a long time that I basically devoured the story! The fact that the book was set in Japan, a place I know very little about, definitely added to its appeal. As I read, I learned a lot about Japanese phrases, foods and customs, which are so entirely unlike anything I’ve experienced in the United States. In some cases, a book set in another country can be slightly confusing, but since the main character was American and was often as baffled by Japanese culture as I was, I had no problem adapting to the unique setting. I quickly identified with Katie, the protagonist, who was definitely an intriguing character. Although she was a strong, motivated young woman, she still had faults and typical teenage problems, which made her less of a surreal superwoman and more of a relatable,
humorous peer.

The plot of the story was also really well-developed, including plenty of twists and surprises without being confusing. The elements of romance, action and suspense were perfectly proportioned, which made reading INK a delightful experience. I would recommend this book to any female or male teens I know, especially those who are fans of the Percy Jackson series; if you enjoyed reading about the Greek gods, you’ll love learning about the deities of Japanese legend even more. If you’re looking for a book that has all the best qualities of Young Adult literature rolled up into one 326-page masterpiece, then give INK a try!

Reviewed by Jennifer B. on August 27, 2013

Ink (The Paper Gods)
by Amanda Sun

  • Publication Date: June 25, 2013
  • Genres: Paranormal Romance
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen
  • ISBN-10: 037321071X
  • ISBN-13: 9780373210718