Author: Amanda Sun
Release date: June 25th 2013
Publisher: harlequin TEEN
Series: Paper Gods # 1
Age Group: Young Adult
I received an e-copy of this from Harlequin TEEN through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I can say that Ink has far by the most unique premise I've encountered this year for a fantasy novel. Drawings turning to real stuff? Seriously amazing and scary.
I've alway loved Japan and all stuff connected to it. Mangas, animes, jdorama, jpop, food, you name it. Maybe that's one reason why I enjoyed this all the more. Somehow, I was able to feel how it was to be an outsider in Japan. It wasn't a pleasant feeling. But Katie was such a strong female character. Though she was actually stubborn at first and maybe even in the end. And honestly, I wasn't able to have that connection with her. I don't know why. I felt as if she was really an outsider. Still, I liked her.
Thanks to Katie's relationship with Tomohiro and her connection to the Ink, I was able to enjoy this despite not feeling Katie that much. I definitely enjoyed how Katie and Tomohiro's relationshop grew. Maybe some will say that it's partly because of the Ink. But I doubt that. I saw how the two pretty much were like magnets at first. And how they just can't ignore that pull from each other. Seriously, I felt as if I was reading some manga here. Yes, I was practically swooning. What can I do? A cute Japanese guy is involved! He's also good in drawing! What's not to like? Katie's connection with the Ink was really powerful. It was amazing, really. Just the thought of the drawings coming to life is such a maginificent idea.
I somehow expected more action. I'm not a violent person but I thought there'd be more action in here. There was action. It just didn't feed my expectations. But I like it anyway. It was a little scary and terrifying at some point. Yet it was amazing in a way. Come on. They were fighting using drawings? Ha. Really unique!
As much as I like mysteries, I hope something, even a little bit, of a reason why Katie had connection with the Ink was given away. But noooooo. I really have to wait for the next book for that. I just hope it's better!
Ink is such a great fantasy novel about drawings coming to life and connections with the Gods. Unique, creative and utterly wonderful all in one!