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Ink (Paper Gods) Paperback – 25 Jun 2013

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  • Paperback: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (25 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037321071X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210718
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,535,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ABOUT AMANDA SUN Amanda Sun was born in Deep River, a small town where she could escape into the surrounding forest to read. Ink is her first novel and The Paper Gods series is inspired by her time living in Osaka and travelling throughout Japan. Visit her at and on Twitter at @Amanda_Sun. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 July 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I haven't read a lot of YA fiction that is set in places other than America and Britain so it was really refreshing to read something set in a world so far away with a culture so different. Right from the very beginning of this novel, you are sucked into the authentic Japanese setting as the author frequently uses Japanese words in her writing, especially in dialogue. There is a handy glossary at the back of the book which lists all the common phrases that are repeated throughout the book which are very helpful, though, I didn't discover this until I'd finished reading the book so the glossary is more of an added bonus really. Being half Chinese, half English, myself, I completely understand how Katie feels about living in a country where you're singled out as the `foreigner' and her narrative feels so real and is so believable. I liked that this book didn't skip out on the fact that Katie obviously wasn't completely integrated into Japanese society and people did treat her differently and this added to the general `authentic' oriental feel that was running through the book.

The chemistry between the characters of Katie and Tomohiro is electric. There is no insta-love in this novel and you see a real relationship develop between the pair before anything really `romantic' actually happens. Plus, as always with oriental stories, even a hug is a big deal so progress is slow but yourself slowly falling in love with these characters as the book progresses just as they fall in love with each other. Although there is romance in this novel, it doesn't take over the story. The major plot line is about Tomohiro's drawing abilities and the romance weaves in and out with this, running parallel to this main story line throughout.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debby (Snuggly Oranges) on 21 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
It is with a heavy heart that I sit down to write this review. You see, Ink was my most highly anticipated debut. In fact, it was one of my most highly anticipated 2013 releases. A book, set in Japan, about a fantasy world where ink drawings come to life? That sounded like everything I could ever want and more. And yet, it turned out to be something totally not for me. And despite how high my expectations were, it would have been no different if I had absolutely no idea what this book was about beforehand.

Let me start by saying that this book is stunning, design-wise. Not only does it have that beautiful cover, but given that it's a story about ink drawings coming to life, there are illustrations within the book and flip-book animations as well. The chapter headings are also stunning. All in all, it's one of the most beautiful books I've ever read - the design is truly a work of art.

Two of the best things about this novel are the setting and Amanda Sun's writing. She showed a deep understanding of the Japanese culture, and descriptions of the setting truly painted a beautiful picture. I felt like I was there, even though I've never been to Japan before. Her writing is beautiful and easily digestible. After reading so many debuts this year, I can only say the same for about two other books. I wouldn't have expected this to be a debut. So I'm excited to read more of her work.

But... perhaps not in this series.

Let's start with the characters. Katie, the main character, is, to me, rather unlikable. She is impulsive and extremely love sick. But we'll get to that second one in a bit. Her impulsiveness just caused her to make all the wrong choices. Aside from those two personality traits, she fell flat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By StudentSpyglass on 16 Nov. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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Following the death of her mother, Katie is horrified to be sent off to Japan to live with her aunt - `the piece that never fit'. Thrust into a different culture, with only minimal Japanese and an aunt she barely knows, Katie's life only gets more complicated when she starts to see pictures moving. Unsure whether to believe her eyes, or whether these are hallucinations caused by stress and grief, Katie tries to ignore it, but she can't help feeling that the mysterious Tomohiro is somehow connected. Despite his cold reputation, Katie is drawn to Tomohiro, and as they grow closer the ink spirals further out of control.

Amanda Sun's writing is wonderfully descriptive and evocative without feeling overdone or excessively wordy. Beautiful, graphic imagery will have you easily able to visualise Shizouka, leaving you feeling completely immersed in Katie's world.

I loved Katie as a character; although reluctant to move to Japan, she threw herself into learning the language and customs, and didn't give up her feisty nature. My only criticisms are both YA cliches related to the love interest: I felt she became too attached too quickly, and that she ditched her friends for him. This seemed particularly cruel particularly considering how willing her friends were to go out of their way for her. Tomohiro was a bad boy with a tortured past, which felt a bit cliche, but I did enjoy finding out more about him and seeing their relationship grow. Diane, Katie's aunt was also a great character, though I'd have liked to see a little more of her.

Ink had a wonderfully unique premise, and I thoroughly enjoyed the occasional Japanese word, and the snippets of culture.
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