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Ink (Paper Gods #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  6,650 ratings  ·  1,132 reviews
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 Tomohir
Paperback, 369 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Harlequin Teen (first published June 21st 2013)
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sunset shimmer
This book broke my heart. Not in the way you might think, though.

I've become very familiar with a certain concept that much of YA has been using lately. The same concept that I discussed in my review of Reboot by Amy Tintera. It's when a book takes a gimmick—a brilliant concept, an intriguing setting, etc—and still follows the basic YA formula, riddled with cliches like:

- Outcast, ordinary heroine (who might actually not be ordinary at all and have something to do with the supernatural aspect, t
The Holy Terror
Completely LOVED this book. If you've ever watched a Japanese drama, you know exactly what to expect. Cute bad boys, a gutsy girl, silly friends, and DRAMA. Throw in a paranormal twist and you've got a blockbuster. It was so authentic too, this author obviously lived and breathed in Japan and it shows. Everything was meticulously researched down to the food, kendo, the customs, the language, how real Japanese teens talk ... everything. It made me miss my Japanese classes so much to read about ho ...more
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book!

*Sigh* I had high hopes for this book. I mean … just look at that cover. It's gorgeous. And the premise of the book was really promising, too––a story that takes place in Japan, people who make drawings that come to life, stuff about Japanese mythology … I had hoped that this would turn out to be super-duper amazing. After reading some fairly negative reviews, I started to lose hope. But a part of me still prayed that this would be gr
Roughly fifteen or ten years ago, an entire generation of youngsters discovered that cartoons and comics from Japan were the new thing to go crazy over, thanks to various TV networks running anime throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, and the Pokémon boom in 1997 certainly didn't hinder it any. I know. I was there.

That generation has now grown up, and with it, I suppose we can expect to see some of these super fans of anime and manga growing up into writers. We're already seeing P2P fan-fiction,
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
I've been really wondering if I read the right book or if I somehow got sent a different book on accident. It's seems like the most logical explanation for this failure I read. The real INK just can't be this bad, right?

... right?

The reason INK was so bad was because it was so average. There wasn't anything unique about it other than the premise of paper gods. It's a very standard YA paranormal romance that deviates very little from the set of "rules" that much of the genre follows. Y'know, thi
Anzu The Great Destroyer

This started out as a pretty good book. I liked the setting, I love Japanese culture and yes I watch J and K dramas so I was hoping this one will shape out as one of them. But cooler. Don’t judge me. The author did a very good job with the feel of the culture and people. At least at the beginning of the book. I wanted to have a better description of the city, though. I didn’t manage to form an image for it in my mind and it kind of frustrated me, among other things that I will mention as we go o
Kat Kennedy
I actually thought it was illegal for a novel with a cover this good to be so painful. Illegal! But when I checked with my lawyer, she said I should get out unless I was going to pay her – and I am definitely not going to pay her! Pfft. So I’m still not sure about that. But what I am sure about is that Amanda Sun has a lot of potential as a writer, even if this book was a painful mess for me. I know that doesn’t seem to make sense. Even I can’t explain it.


It’s redeeming feature is that, once the
Faye, la Patata

An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not alter my thoughts in any way.

Disclaimer: This can be very rant-y. And maybe a little spoiler-y.

Like a lot of people out there, I love Japanese culture. I've read a LOT of mangas, edited and translated a few, have my own scanlation group, watched a lot of JDramas, sang so many of their songs, watched animes (ONE PIECE FTW FOLKS), etc. etc. I mean, I'm far from being the ultimate otaku, but there was a point in my life that I list
Ta§chima Cullen

I am not going to lie, Ink may as well be the one of the best debut titles of 2013, if not the very best. It has everything, EVERYTHING I didn't know I was looking for so badly. Mixing the old with the new, Ink gives us the dangerous heart stopping tale we always crave in a completely new setting that involves paper gods, kendo clubs, and sizzling Japanese style romance.

Katie lost her mother, and soon after her homeland. With her grandfather battling cancer Katie has no choice but to move in wit
2 stars

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
Julianna Helms


Actual, full review: Review will be posted on my blog at 12 AM PST February 7th, 2013, here. Note: due to copy-and-paste, formatting and links have been lost.

I've heard people say that the best books are the ones that make you homesick for somewhere you've never been.

I don't think I've ever felt so much yearning to be in Japan than I have while reading Ink.

Amanda Sun is my new hero. So often--too often--you read books in foreign settings that are under-researched, not
This one was a HUGE DNF for me.
If I were to sum it up in one sentence... IT'S A BOOK WRITTEN FOR WEABOOS OKAY...

Every single sentence there's some random HAI or SOU DESU KA inserted THAT MAKES ME WANT TO RIP MY HAIR OUT!!! OH GOD. There were sOO many cringe-worthy moments where I actually slammed the book shut and was tempted to throw it into the garbage can.

Don't get me into the FIRST NAME - LAST NAME whole culture thing. The main character (can't remember her name anymore... Greene?) cal
My overwhelming thought process while reading this and upon finishing it was "THIS SHOULD BE AN ANIME!!"*

While walking around a book store with my friend Catriona, from LittleBookOwl (OHYEAHNAMEDROPPING), we found two copies of this book sitting on a shelf with stickers proclaiming 'Signed Copy'. We looked at each other for a moment and knew we couldn't leave the store without these books. The plot sounded interesting, it's a brand new release that lots of people talking about, AND IT WAS SIGNED
Ink with its stunning cover and intriguing synopsis was one of my most anticipated books of 2013. It had so much potential, but sadly it failed to impress.

To start on a positive note, one the reasons I was drawn to this book was because of the setting. I haven’t read many YA books set in Japan, so I was eager to read Ink. I found the cultural descriptions about the people and traditions fascinating, and it was obvious right from the start that the author had done her research.

And now onto the ne
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I really did not expect to like Ink. Obviously, I did when I requested the book (Japan! Fantasy! That cover!), but reviews started pouring in and almost all were negative and listed the sorts of reasons I generally agree with, like relationship dynamics and instalove. Here I am, though, having really liked Ink, almost loved it, in spite of all of that. While I can see why a lot of my trusted friends haven't enjoyed it, I had a ton of fun reading it and, minus some hiccups on the romance side of ...more
Leah Petersen
I obtained an Advance Reader Copy of INK at World Fantasy Con in Nov, 2012.

The beauty of INK is subtle and seductive, from the cover to the conclusion.

It didn't take me long to get into this one. The cover is luscious and, really, how can you not be drawn (Snicker. See what I did there?) to a story set in Japan that promises you "Paper Gods."

Sun creates great characters here, each nuanced and realistic. Katie is a strong female character while still being a teenage girl who gets lost sometimes
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Thank you Harlequin Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

'The liquid dropped down the stairs, and after a moment of panic, I realised it was ink, not blood.'

Sometimes I wonder of Ink was inspired by Taylor Swift songs. We have our sad undertone which is the loss of Katie's mother, the overpowering love contrast which is our cheesy romance- equally as overpowering- and the occasional angst, jealously or
Steysha Kravits

The dragon snapped his paper jaws over and over, just out of reach, while the jagged gash vanished under a torrent of blood, overflowing onto the paper and the ground.

To be honest, I don`t understand why this book has such a low rating. Imho, it deserves better. Yes, it has flaws, but to compare it with Twilight? It`s too much. Amanda Sun plunges us into Japanise atmosphere, where the drawings literally come to life, and the offsprings of the ancient gods plan to conquer the world. Personally,
Aug 29, 2013 Cas marked it as to-read
Drawings come to life and the Japan?
I. Need. You.

Update: That cover. The blurb. Oh, you better be good when I get you.

Mini Review: Ink by Amanda Sun I've been looking forward to this book for over a year. Not looking forward like 'hey, that book sounds nice', add it and then forget about it. No, I mean looking forward in the 'pre-order a copy a year before its publication, stalk the book's pages for updates and reviews and checking for ways to get an arc almost daily' sense. So yeah, I was pretty damn excited for this book, so you can guess what my reaction was like when I got an arc. After reading it though, I ...more
◕ ◡ ◕  Arooj
Review after re-reading from Sept 17th-20th, 2013:
And Jun - I expect to see more of you in the next book. =P

Review after reading for the first time from July 9th-11th, 2013:
So. I finally read it. After all the waiting, I finally read it.


First and foremost I want to say that I absolutely LOVED the fact that this book was set in Japan. It was the main reason why I was so excited to read this book. It's just so different than most of the other YA novels. No
Pre-read:The cover on this is so beautiful, and I love the premise. I'm looking forward to reading it when it comes out.

Post-read: Review to come. This is one of those times when I think I deviate quite a bit from the majority of opinions on this book, and hopefully I can explain that in more detail in my full review. I thought it was decent and well-researched. The novel held my attention throughout, but there were parts of the story that grated on me. I'm definitely willing to see where this s
Howdy YAL
Really 2.5 stars.

To see full review click here.

Okay. This one. I was really excited about it. So much that I preordered that despite reading some dubious reviews from some trusted sources.

I should've relied on my friends.

I didn't hate this one. It had a nice idea that sort of succeeded and I think it captured Japanese culture pretty well. Grant it, most of my exposure to Japanese culture has been limited to sushi, Hello Kitty, and Nancy Drew, and all those Karate Kid movies; but the book made me
With a mixed bag of reviews for Ink, I did head into it with some hesitation, only to be pleasantly surprised.

After Katie's mom dies, she has to move to Japan to live with her aunt Diane. She's out of her depth. She doesn't know much about Japanese culture and she's struggling with the language. She would have much preferred to have been sent to Canada to stay with her grandparents.

When she accidentally eavesdrops on the break up of Tomohiro Yuu and his soon to be ex-girlfriend, and sees one of
Natalie Monroe
2.5 stars

Oh, Ink, where did we go wrong? You were one of the most hyped about books in 2013, garnering hundreds of to-reads before you'd even offered ARCs. Then, the reviews started trickling in and they were far from encouraging to say the least. But I stubbornly believed that I would love you, because duh, Japan.

Ah, Karou and Hikaru...the Japanese Weasley twins

Unfortunately, it let me down. Dreadfully.

Yes, I know. I was warned.

First off, Katie the heroine. At first glance, she's all right. Qui
2 stars. I thought I knew what disappointment was.

Boy, was I wrong.

Every other disappointment I've ever had probably pales in comparison to my feelings of Ink. I was looking forward to this book for a long, long time — the cover was brilliant, the art was brilliant, and the premise sounded enticing. Taking place in Japan? Kami gods? Something revolving around drawings coming to life and destroying the world?


Here's where I will give pointers toward: Awesome use
Mar 16, 2012 Aleeeeeza marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-release
'Sup with all these coolio-sounding Japanese-inspired YA books cropping up all of a sudden?

I, for one, am certainly not complaining :D
Steph Sinclair

That cover is simply beautiful and the synopsis... GIMME! I need this NOW.
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