Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Ink by Amanda Sun

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.

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26 comments:

  1. And I was so close to requesting this book today! But really really close. Thank goodness but I haven't. I was also very curious because of the setting, but then again I don't think I could handle that little girl. I'm used to boys stalking girls btw, not that I approve that. Anyway thanks for the honest review :)

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  2. Saw this one on Goodreads and thought it looked interesting... now, I probably won't bother with it. Thanks for the review, Renu! :)

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  3. I hate hate hate all those romance cliches. Once you have seen them a million times, they're nothing but frustrating. And there's potential for a love triangle, too? Sigh. I have this one, so I'll be reading it soon, but I'm not looking forward to it now. Will definitely be lowering my expectations. Great review, Renu!

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  4. Noo, not cliches and Mary Sues! :( Gosh, the cover of this is so beautiful and the setting really seemed to promise something more original, so it's a shame that that never happened. Thanks for the honest review, though, Renu! :)

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  5. It's a shame that this book is so cliched, because I love the sound of the setting. It's always good when an author does her research, but a Mary Sue is bad :(

    Mel@thedailyprophecy

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  6. Oh this is too bad! Such a shame the outside beautiful cover didn't match the insides. I don't like the idea of a girl who basically stalks her love interest. Great honest review, Renu. :)

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  7. Goddamn it. Sigh. I never wanted to read this book to begind with, but now I don't want to at all :) Hih. <3 Thank you so much for your honest review. I could have dealt with that romance clichè, if it had been done well, meaning made sense with the story and all. But beginning of love triangle in book two? Hate hate hate. Still. Thank you for sharing :D

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  8. Well shoot Renu! I had really high hopes for this book! I haven't read anything set in Japan either, so that was a huge draw for me and am glad it was a highlight, but I'm disappointed the romance follows such a familiar and cliched route. Maybe now that I know that going in, I can lower my expectations and it won't bother me as much:)

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  9. I really can't stand a stupid protag, it really gets to me. I usually end up giving up on books when that happens. I have this one too, not looking forward to it quite so much now. Thanks for the honest review Renu :)

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  10. Oh no I'm sorry Ink didn't work out for you Renu, I've only read disappointing reviews for this so far, so I don't think you're the only one who had problems with this. The setting of Japan would lure me in too, it's a shame those darn cliches ruined it! Another great review! :)

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  11. WHHYYYYYYY!!!!! NO. URGH. This completely SUCKS. I got this over NetGalley too and getting a print ARC AND pre-ordering this book and all I have seen are 2/3 star reviews? Officially, sucks and makes me feel so dead right now. Look at the cover, just look at it's beauty... *sighs* Tsk tsk... shame on pretty covers and intriguing blurbs. Stuff them all. AND the animations on the pages...

    Awesome review anyways <3
    *stumbles grumpily away*

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  12. Oh no! I thought Ink was going to be a different and good read but now I'll definitely be thinking twice before picking it up. Thanks for your review Renu :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

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  13. Aw, so sad that it failed to impress. How can such a beautiful cover and great sounding synposis not deliver. Boo.
    Thanks for honesty though, toning down expectations.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  14. Ooops, I was hoping this could be something new and refreshing... I guess Katie really felt lost and alone living in Japan. Thanks for sharing your view, Renu!

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  15. Oh, what a shame this wasn't for you :(. I haven't read it yet and am looking forward to it too, for the same reasons - the Japanese setting. Thanks for your honest review, Renu.

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  16. I always worry about books with gorgeous covers as they don't often live up to my expectations. It's a shame this didn't end up to be as good as you hoped :)

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  17. Oh no! I'm really sorry that you didn't enjoy this. I received it to review this week and this is the second bad review I've seen. Lovely review, though!

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  18. I have been so tempted to get this one but now after reading your review I am glad I didn't. I can't stand cliched romances with the I am attracted to you and then I am not. Drives me nuts! Thanks for steering me clear!

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  19. Oh boy, sorry that this disappointed you! I haven't read it yet, but ever since I got it for review, I've been reading mixed things about it, and I'm scared to even start it. While the background intrigues me A LOT (why aren't there more books set in Asia?), I can't stand boring/weird main characters and I hate cliches even more. I'll definitely be reading this for the cultural aspect, but I'm less looking forward to it now :P Thanks for the honesty :)

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  20. ack, I was worried that would be the case with this book! I get wary when authors write about Asia but I'm glad that it sounds like the author did her research. however, yikes to the main character! sorry you didn't like this more and thanks for the honest review!

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  21. Oh, well that's too bad! I think this is the first review I've read for this one and I kind of got excited at the Japan setting. But I know the romance and characters would annoy me in a big way, too. Aw, I hope your next read goes better!

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  22. Oh no I was really looking forward to Ink. I love the cover and I love Japanese culture so I was very excited to read how the author portrayed that in the book. It's a shame the book was so disappointing and I'm sad to hear about that overdone romance with the misunderstood bad boy with the tragic past.

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  23. Ugh I am so over cliche stories, I want something NEW! I was definitely intrigued by this one because of the stunning cover but I think I will be staying away from it. The Japanese setting scared me because I had such a hard time with Stormdancer and I think that one has scared me away from the setting for good! LOL Great review!

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  24. Lol - stalker girl! I saw this on NetGalley but it didn't really seem that interesting to me. I do like the Japan setting, though. Sorry it didn't work out for you. :(

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  25. Aw, I was kind of excited about this one because I heard that it had drawings and due to the Japanese setting. It's good that the setting was well-researched but the cliched romance and stalker-y heroine don't sound too appealing :(

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  26. oh it sucks to hear that you didn't enjoy this as you wanted it to!! im REALLY excited that it's set in Japan b/c that's one of my favorite countries! I hope I don't mind Katie too much... Thanks for your honest review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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