Series: Paper Gods #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on June 25th, 2013
Genres: Love & Romance, Mythology, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: bought in-store
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.
An American teenager dropped into an entirely different country, culture and language is thrust in this entire new world where everything is new again. Then in comes Tomohiro and her life starts to change. She starts to see drawings literally come to life.
Ink has so much Japanese culture, you just know Amanda Sun visited Japan. Every walk down the street, every corner is described in intricate detail. I loved it. I felt like I was right there in Shizuoka, Japan myself. I loved the words that were used and the little glossary in the back. I love the phrases and the style of the Japanese culture. So well researched! But then I realized this felt more like a Japanese drama or more simply put a romance because we get to see very little mythology descriptions. It felt a little flat and there wasn’t a whole lot of story from the paranormal aspect. I felt a little let down only because everything else was so good. I just felt that the romance too importance of the story and that distracted me from ever really seeing or in this case understanding what was happening. Where did she get the powers? How does Tomo relate to this all? Why are they even after him in the first place? If only some of these questions would be answered. Because not everything in a teen book has to be about a boy.
Beautiful intricate writing with a promising mystery, Ink will transport you to Japan and make you want to stay there in all it’s wonderful glory.