Ink (Paper Gods #1)
Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohir...more
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,...more
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,...more
*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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
And...I FREAKING LOVED 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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Ink drew me in with its beautiful cover, the mysterious ink story and Japanese setting. I love everything to do with Japan, and in a sea of YA paranormal books, Ink definitely stood out as one of the most anticipated reads for me.
Ink is about an American girl called Katie, who has moved to Japan following her mother’s death. She finds herself having to start over, making new friends, learning the language and i...more
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?
But mostly, TAKING PLACE IN JAPAN??
Here's where I will give pointers toward: Awesome use...more
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...more
Lo leí sin expectativas y aunque el hecho de que posea tantos tópicos decepciona (mucho o poco, depende de que esperes, la verdad) me la pasé muy bien leyendo esto. Excelente libro para fangirlear y pasar el rato :) De hecho, mi reacción al terminar de leerlo fue mucho más exagerada, pero ya saben lo que dicen sobre las primeras impresiones.
Reseña completa en el blog: http://vieparoleslibros.blogspot.com/...
Y augora God bless netgalley. I'll try to make a decent review with my lame english...more
And you all know how I feel about insta-love. Or, at least I hope some of you do. But just in case you don't:
This is a shame. I mean if it weren't for that I'd read it. I love Japan and all that it entails, but I can't handle insta-love 9...more
That's exactly how I felt when I finished Ink. I mean, my expectations were knocked down a few notches after reading some reviews but it was just as disappointing because it didn't turn out to be the awesome sauce I had hoped for it to be.
So we have our girl Katie Greene who gets moved from the U.S. to Japan after her mother died to go li...more
Waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting...
That cover is amazing. (hide spoiler)]
I have mixed feeling about this book.
Okay, so on one hand, I'm a huge manga lover--not as much as I did when I was in middle school, but it still holds a special place in my heart. Fruits Basket? Sailor Moon and Tokyo Mew Mew? SIGN ME UP FOR THE NOSTALGIA! I also love mythologies of all kinds and when I...more
Post-read: I enjoyed the concept of the Kami (japanese gods) and the basic outline of the story, with an interest in what is to come in the next instalments of The Paper Gods, but the romantic aspect was generic and the emotionality was lacking. More to write when exams are "終えた" (finished).
Pre-read: I love all things Japanese and everything that Japan encompasses – except manga and, to some degree, anime. After all, I did study nihongo for six years and go to Japan too. All these title...more
I'm sorry, this just wasn't my cup of tea. But look, still two stars.
This isn't so much a review, just me explaining why I couldn't read on. Who knows, it might help you decide to actually read this.
The cover is gorgeous and despite knowing better, I'm always drawn to pretty covers. LOOK AT THE PRETTY! The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous too, I particularly liked the wagtail. I would have liked to have seen those evil snails though.
From the start I didn't like the main character...more
This is a story of a young teenage girl who goes to live with her aunt in Japan after her Mom dies. Her whole world has changed...more
Know what? Take Twilight, replace Vampires with Ink Gods, Forks with Japan and Dad with Aunt. The only better fact is that Kate's inability to communicate stems from her language barriers than limited vocab that Bella had. Thazzit.
Oh and there probably is a love triangle in...more
The writing is excellent, as the author fully builds Katie's world and envelops us in her quest to learn and...more
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