Thursday, July 4, 2013

Book Review: Ink, by Amanda Sun

After her mother’s death, teenage Katie moves temporarily to Japan to live with her aunt. Katie feels like an outsider, struggling to learn the language and customs while attending Japanese school. Then she meets a mysterious senior student, Tomohiro. When she’s around him, strange things begin to happen. His drawings come to life. Ink spills on the ground and down her arms. And she’s suddenly sought out -- but not by those seeking her friendship.

Ink, a YA paranormal book by Amanda Sun, is a welcome change from the usual stories about werewolves, vampires, witches, or fairies. Instead, the magic comes from the Kami, powerful gods who used to rule Japan. Sun immerses the reader in Japanese culture as seen through the eyes of a teenage Amerika-jin. The magic of Japan slowly seeps into Katie’s heart as she learns there are dark undercurrents running through their lives. She can’t resist the pull to Tomohiro. But is it really love -- or just some sort of ancient magic? And why does his power seem to grow stronger when Katie is around?

I couldn’t put down Ink and would have read it all in one day if I weren’t interrupted by work! It was haunting, fast-paced, even humorous at times, drawing me into the mystery of the Kami and their descendants. Nothing was black-and-white. I was constantly trying to guess who could be trusted. Who was Tomohiro’s friend -- and who just wanted to exploit his power? I wasn’t even certain about Tomohiro, as his moods and behavior were unpredictable and mysterious. Ink is the first book in “The Paper Gods” series by Amanda Sun. I’ll definitely be in line to read the second book as soon as it comes out.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

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