Ink by Amanda Sun

Summary: 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. Goodreads

My Rating: 3.5/5

My Thoughts: I promised this review awhile ago, but I really had no idea what to write. Half the time I was like this:

                                                      

I had no idea what to say about this book. And not in the way where I start fangirling and stop speaking English. The other half of my time was packing for Disney.  

        Ink was a book i was really looking forward to. It sounded different from half the books out there. What I love is the fact that Amanda Sun chose for Katie to move to Japan. There are so many books where the girl either moves to a different state, or England. It is always those two. I also loved the fact that this wasn’t about a witch, werwolf, angel, or any other mythical creature. Amanda Sun chose outside of the box and even made the readers learn something new about Japan. Another part of the book that I loved was the art. There are some drawing thrown in there and it really makes the book that more interesting. 

        That’s about where the love for this book ends. I didn’t hate Ink, and I didn’t love it. Katie really just got on my nerves. Throughout half the book she’s thinking, or wondering, about something. Also stalking Tomohiro (who actually called her out on that one). Katie also didn’t listen. I’m sorry but I wouldn’t just tell some random kid I barely know that I’m following this other kid because I see his pictures move. Really? Japan may be difficult to live in because of the language barrier but it’s a lot better than some psych ward. A thousand times better. 

       What to say about Tomohiro… I know, he’s the epitome of the guy who hurts people to save them. One minute he’s confessing his love to Katie, the next he’s being a huge jerk and insulting her.

I don’t get the need to do this. Why can’t the guy just be nice. It’s like a rule with girls in books or something, we never choose the nice guy. If you’re nice, we won’t pay attention. I know if Tomo was nice to Katie she probably would have just left him alone. Okay, that’s a lie. She’s the only character who would do still stalk the guy. And she is on stalker level. 

       The part of this book that really got me annoyed was that fact that the romance was not there one minute and all of a sudden you have Katie and Tomo making out. It didn’t feel genuine to me at all. I think it should have just grown and not just happen. I couldn’t even tell if Katie and Tomo were dating. It was towards the end of the book that I got they were dating. 

       As it goes with all YA books: there is a love triangle. It wasn’t in the first book, but it is really easy to see a love triangle will happen. How was it so easy to tell? Given the fact that Katie kept asking herself why every time Jun (the other guy) looked at her her heart would flutter or she’d get butterflies when he would touch her. He’s touching her arm? She’s basically turned on. “No,” Katie would say,”you like Tomo. You like Tomo.” Jun, to me, is much better than Tomo. I already know I’m on the wrong side of this whole thing. 

       I really think Katie was my problem with this whole book. She wasn’t bad, but she wasn’t interesting. Ink was still a good book and the plot and art really is what saved it. I know I will most likely read the sequel hoping that maybe it’s better. This was Amanda Sun’s first book. For all I know I’ll end up loving the sequel. I think Ink is an interesting book to read, but I was let down because I expected so much more. Still, go buy this book because the setting is amazing, as was the idea behind this book. 

~Lauren