Ink (Paper Gods #1)
Pub Date: Jul 5 2013
I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.
Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.
A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.
And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.
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.
This book was absolutely amazing; I was just blown away by it. I was sucked into the story almost immediately, mostly because I was just so interested in the Japanese culture. I never knew I was so interested in it, but once I started reading about it, I found out that I definitely was. This book didn’t take very long for me to finish because I was so into the story. And can I just mention that I really love this cover! It’s completely gorgeous and ties in great with the story.
Katie was a great character to have as a narrator, this way we could see the Japanese culture through the eyes of a foreigner or “Gaijin”. This was great seeing as I myself, and I imagine lots of other readers too, are foreign to this culture. I love her friends as well but I think I like Tomohiro the best of all the characters. He had such a complex personality which made it a lot of fun to read about him. And the dialogue between him and Katie was always very entertaining. Jun was also a great character but I’m not sure I liked him as much by the ending as I did in the beginning. He seemed a bit too radical perhaps.
The pace in this book was pretty high, but not too high that you couldn’t stop to smell the proverbial roses once in a while. It just moved along quite nicely and never felt too slow. There was always one thing or another to keep you entertained, be it a funny conversation, a horrible culture clash or a bit of romantic feelings. The writing was very good and I especially appreciated the Japanese that was thrown in, this really made the book feel a lot more realistic. It also did a great job of making you never forget where this story was taking place. From the writing it’s pretty obvious that the author has been in Japan herself and that she did a lot of research on top of that. I really admire this because even though I myself know nothing about Japan, others might, and then the book still holds its own. The storyline itself was a lot of fun, there was always a lot going on and I liked how the Kami concept was introduced and how it built up. It never gave away everything at once, but gave you just enough to want to know more. The ending wasn’t extremely unexpected, but still very exciting. It was also a clear set-up for a sequel and I could not want to read it more!
This book is great for anyone who likes reading book set in a completely different culture. But it’s also great for people who love a good YA paranormal book with a romantic touch.
Synopsis and image taken from Goodreads.