GoodReads Summary: 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.
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Expected publication date: 05/07/13 (UK)
Ink with its stunning cover and intriguing synopsis was one of my most anticipated books of 2013. It had so much potential, but sadly it failed to impress.
To start on a positive note, one the reasons I was drawn to this book was because of the setting. I haven’t read many YA books set in Japan, so I was eager to read Ink. I found the cultural descriptions about the people and traditions fascinating, and it was obvious right from the start that the author had done her research.
And now onto the negative: Katie, the protagonist was a Mary Sue, whose actions were ridiculously unbelievable. She pretty much stalked Tomohiro, the love interest. I mean I get that she was curious about him after seeing one of his drawings move, but she just crossed a line. Seriously, for a girl who claimed to think he was dangerous and was warned to stay away she sure was fixated with him.
The romance was riddled with clichés. There was the usual girl thinks guy is a d bag, but then learns about his past and is inexplicably attracted to him, girl/guy denies feelings, and then of course they are helplessly drawn to each other and can no longer deny their feelings. *sigh* Of course it doesn't stop there, there is also potential for a love triangle in the sequel.
Honestly, I think this would have been better of as a manga.