(Review-YA) Ink by Amanda Sun

Ink by Amanda Sun

Sun, Amanda. Ink. Don Mills, Ontario: Harlequin Teen, 2013. Print. ISBN-13: 978-0373210718. Formats available: paperback, ebook, audiobook. Paperback $7.72. Kindle #3.99

Info 684 Genre: Genre Pick #8 – Sci-Fi/Fantasy

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After her mother’s death, Katie finds herself living with her Aunt in Japan. Katie doesn’t know the language or customs surrounding her, and she’s always making mistakes. One of those mistakes leads her into the path of Tomoshiro who is gorgeous, snarky, and obviously hiding a secret. He’s always disappearing, and whenever he’s near Katie, strange… things, keep happening. The more Tomoshiro tries to push Katie away, the more determined she is to find out what he’s hiding. And when she finds out…. everything changes. Ink is book 1 of the Paper Gods series.


Themes include: Identity, adapting to life in a new culture, romance, supernatural, death of a parent, gangs.

My Thoughts: Ink is similar to Twilight in the way Katie and Tomoshiro meet, react to each other, and how their relationship progresses.The setting and mood are quite different however, with Ink taking place in beautiful Japan. I loved how the author paints such a vivid picture of Japan and the people and culture that you feel you are there experiencing it yourself. It’d be impossible not to fall in love with Japan (and Tomoshiro) when reading. Ink includes a unique type of supernatural that I haven’t seen before, and I appreciated the change from the more common vampire/werewolf types. I think anyone 13(isn) and up can easily enjoy this series.

Liked it? Loved it? Gotta have more of it?
The next book in the series is Rain (Paper Gods 2)


About the Author: Amanda Sun is an archaeologist by trade, but her intense fear of spiders keeps her from actually going on digs. She spends her time learning about different cultures of the world, and writing her YA series The Paper Gods, which she describes as “edgy paranormals set in Japan that involve kendo, knife fights, and hot boys with spiky hair. Also tasty Japanese food.”

What are other teen saying about their reading & social media habits?

“I mainly read YA fantasy-often dystopian- but I also like to read historical fiction, classics and mysteries. Goodreads is typically where I get book recommendations, but I will sometimes get books out from the library if they’re too expensive or I’m not sure if I’ll like the book. Physical books are definitely my favourite, but sometimes I will listen to audiobooks on my phone!”  – Rebecca, 17

Citation & Credits
Book cover image: Courtesy of Amazon.com
Book Talk: Kelsey Bogan. 2015. All rights reserved.
Harlequin Books. “Ink debut novel from Amanda Sun (Book Trailer).” Online Video clip. YouTube.com. 14 June 2014. Web. 15 July 2015.
“Amanda Sun.” Amanda Sun. Web 15 July 2015.


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