Review: ‘Ink’ by Amanda Sun

Review: ‘Ink’ by Amanda SunInk by Amanda Sun
Series: Paper Gods #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on June 25th, 2013
Genres: Love & Romance, Mythology, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 369
Format: Paperback
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.

About Amanda Sun

I’m a YA author and proud Nerdfighter. I was born in Deep River, Canada, a very small town without traffic lights or buses, and where stranger safety is comprised of what to do if you see a bear—or skunk. I started reading fantasy novels at 4 and writing as soon as I could hold a pencil. Hopefully my work’s improved since then.

​In university I took English, Linguistics, and Asian History, before settling into Archaeology, because I loved learning about the cultures and stories of ancient people. Of course, I didn’t actually become an archaeologist—I have an intense fear of spiders. I prefer unearthing fascinating stories in the safety of my living room.

​The Paper Gods is inspired by my time living in Osaka and travelling throughout Japan. That and watching far too many J-Dramas. I currently live in Toronto with my husband and daughter. When I’m not writing, I’m devouring YA books, knitting nerdy things like Companion Cubes and Triforce mitts, and making elaborate cosplays for anime cons.

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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.


Don’t get carried away by beauty if it leaves you empty. (59)




1 Comment

  1. rohimba

    November 29, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    The cover was beautiful to me and just the concept of it was amazing, but for me the story fell flat so I would have to agree with your rating. The story needed a little more oomph to make it something special.

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