Sunday, June 23
Book Review: Ink
Author: Amanda Sun
Summary: 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.
My Rating: 7.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: The book did start off a little slow for me, but near the end I began to be very interested in the story. I still had my issues with the book, which are what I find in the majority of young adult books I read. It's a combination voice of the narrator - which I can never fully connect to and grow impatient with, the young adult "drama" and their personal troubles and all the usually stuff that I can never seem to push past in any young adult book. These issues occur for me in almost every young adult book I've read, and this was no exception. All of those issue were there and I found it difficult to connect to Katie. With that being said, I think any fan of young adult fiction, would enjoy the book and Katie as a character, along with the other characters as the author did a good job at highlighting the young adult life and trouble and the author did capture Katie's voice and personality fairly well.
The author did a fantastic job at showing Katie adjusting to her life in Japan and the progress of her getting use to the cultural differences and I think the author did a great job at showing the cultural differences and life in Japan. I also enjoyed the speculative side of things in the book, and the almost mythical aspect of the book and the idea behind Ink and the powers that come with it. It's different then some of the other speculative young adult fiction I've read - but in a good way. It's unique, and I look forward to seeing where it goes in the other books in the series.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, especially to YA fiction fans who enjoy speculative fiction and those who want to try something slightly different than the usual YA that's out there. It's not the usual paranormal fantasy, which I think a lot of reader would enjoy.
What to read next: The next book in the series (when it comes out that is)
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, Canadian Book Challenge VI, New Author Challenge
Note: I received an ARC copy of this book at a convention I went to earlier this year.