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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  9,682 ratings  ·  1,527 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, 326 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Harlequin Teen (first published June 8th 2013)
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shady boots
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: covergasm
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
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of J- or Kdramas
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
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
A little while ago, forsaking my credit card bill, and the fact that I work 25 hours a week at minimum waaaahhhhhhhgg...

Ugh, I should just stop. In the last six months or so I began throwing handfuls of copper coins at things like potato scones and cigarettes and £40 Ryanair flights to mystery destinations. The absolute best thing about Ryanair is that it is SO janky and SO cheap and you never know quite where you're going, you just know you're getting on whatever flight is cheapest, landing nea
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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
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
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful.......even more beautiful............i'm crying now..........amazing..........Tomo!!!!!!!
** Excuse me for a moment as I squeal my lungs out***

This book was awe-inspiring, awesome, funny, you name it! Ink stars a foreign girl named Katie who moves to Japan. There, she tries to fit in with her surroundings, whether it's actions, language or people. And that's where we bring in Tomohiro!
Katie finds him fighting with someone and decides to follow him once school has let out. But, instead o
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
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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 wi
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 l
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
bibz reads
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
C.G. Drews
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
So that. was. awesome. I KNOW I SOUND SURPRISED!! But I had noooo idea what to expect from this apart from Japaneseness. And I read it purely for that reason because I'm researching Japan because I am a nerd (also a writer). But I fell totally in love with the story and the detail and the CREEPY INK MONSTERS. Because every book needs creepy ink monsters, okay?

So, if, like me, you're allergic to reading blurbs, here is a VERY quick overview on what this book is actually about:

• An American, Katie
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Steysha Kravits
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it

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. Personall
Julianna Helms
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like well-researched books with amazing characters


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
DNF AT 29%

I can't read this anymore. and its so sad because the concept was so cool and i thought i'd like this a lot. But the main reason i can't do this anymore is because of Katie Fucking Green, the main character in this book. UGH. she's so stupid i can't stand her. The plot was really interesting and the other characters too. but Katie ruins e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. I hate you, Katie.

So let's see. Katie is a 16-year-old girl that has to move to Japan because her mother died and the only pe
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
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
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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
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
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Anyone who is a fan of Jpop/Jdrama/Manga will find the setup of Ink really familiar. Except, in this case, the main character is a foreigner. A “gaijin,” as authors seem fond of saying. I am not saying I understand the context the word is used in in Japan but in Fiji, when we said the word equivalent to “gaijin,” it really wasn’t in a complimentary tone. Anyway. Katie Greene finds herself in Japan after the death of her mother. She’s a stranger among people who do not look like her, speak her la ...more
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
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
I really wanted to like this book.

I loved the setting- the descriptions of the background of Japan were very pleasant to read. Some of the Japanese characters were a bit too "anime-like". Katie picking up Japanese a little too quickly and easily to be realistic. I could deal with those things.

I was irked by Katie stalking Tomohiro-- it's just as creepy when girls stalk guys.

I don't know, something just seems to be missing, and I'm not sure what.

Maybe two stars is a little too harsh.

Rating: 2.5
Steph Sinclair

That cover is simply beautiful and the synopsis... GIMME! I need this NOW.
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
Nasty Lady MJ
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Twihards/Japan fans
Recommended to Nasty Lady MJ by: News Feed
Really 2.5 stars.

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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

I purchased this book off of bookdepository a couple months ago after I had seen it being hauled by booktubers. I didn't even think twice as soon as I heard that this book takes place in Japan. I may be a bit bias on this book because my undying love for Japan. If you don't know me then you wouldn't know that the whole reason I am attending university is so that I can teach in Japan.

So first of all can we just take a minute and look at the beautifu
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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