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On the heels of a family tragedy, Katie Greene moves halfway around the world to live with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan. 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.

When Katie meets aloof but gorgeous Tomohiro, the star of the school's kendo team, she is intrigued by him...and a little scared. His tough attitude seems meant to keep her at a distance, and when they're near each other, strange things happen. Pens explode. Ink drips from nowhere. And unless Katie is seeing things, drawings come to life.

Somehow Tomo is connected to the kami, powerful ancient beings who once ruled Japan--and as feelings develop between Katie and Tomo, things begin to spiral out of control. The wrong people are starting to ask questions, and if they discover the truth, no one will be safe.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 135 x 208 x 30mm | 340g
  • Don Mills, Ont., Canada
  • English
  • Original
  • Line drawings, black and white
  • 037321071X
  • 9780373210718
  • 106,808

Review quote

"Readers will come away more enlightened about contemporary Japanese high enjoyable peek at a world very different from America, yet inhabited by people whose hearts are utterly familiar." -Publishers Weekly

"The descriptions of life in Japan...create a strong sense of place, and set an exotic backdrop for this intriguing series opener by a debut author." -Booklist

"The unique setting and observing how Katie learns to live in...foreign surroundings...make this story special." -VOYA

"The work of a master storyteller." -Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Fey series

"A modern day fairytale." -Amber Benson of TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and author of the Calliope Reaper-Jones novels

"A captivating story of love, passion, and the choices people make to keep themselves safe." -Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate and Asunder

"Ink is a book that you sit down to read when you have a spare few minutes and then you look up and hours have passed a completely captivating story." -Book Passage Bookstore
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About Amanda Sun

Amanda Sun was born in Deep River, a small town where she could escape into the surrounding forest to read. An archaeologist by training, she speaks several languages and will write your name in Egyptian Hieroglyphics if you ask. Her debut novel, INK, is the first in the Paper Gods series and is inspired by her time in Japan, with a paranormal twist. She loves knitting, gaming, and cosplay, and lives in Toronto with her family. Find her on Twitter @Amanda_Sun or on Goodreads.
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Rating details

9,881 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 29% (2,875)
4 29% (2,886)
3 25% (2,472)
2 12% (1,144)
1 5% (504)

Our customer reviews

An American teenager dropped into an entirely different country, culture and language is thrust in this entire new world where everything is new again. Then in comes Tomohiro and her life starts to change. She starts to see drawings literally come to life. Ink has so much Japanese culture, you just know Amanda Sun visited Japan. Every walk down the street, every corner is described in intricate detail. I loved it. I felt like I was right there in Shizuoka, Japan myself. I loved the words that were used and the little glossary in the back. I love the phrases and the style of the Japanese culture. So well researched! But then I realized this felt more like a Japanese drama or more simply put a romance because we get to see very little mythology descriptions. It felt a little flat and there wasn't a whole lot of story from the paranormal aspect. I felt a little let down only because everything else was so good. I just felt that the romance too importance of the story and that distracted me from ever really seeing or in this case understanding what was happening. Where did she get the powers? How does Tomo relate to this all? Why are they even after him in the first place? If only some of these questions would be answered. Because not everything in a teen book has to be about a boy. Beautiful intricate writing with a promising mystery, Ink will have you transported to Japan and make you want to stay there in all it's wonderful more
by Giselle SM
Japan is the last place on Earth that Katie Green wants to be. But after he mother dies and her grandfather is too sick to look after her, Katie is shipped off to go live with her aunt in Shizuoko. Struggling to cope with the language and culture change, Katie muddles along in the hope that her grandfather will get better and she can flee Japan and live in Canada. And then she sees the ink. Yuu Tomohiro, the school's badboy and kendo legend, the guy who cruelly breaks up with his girlfriend and pretends to be someone he isn't fascinates Katie. And there's his drawings. The calligraphy that's so lifelike, Katie would almost swear that it moves... I've never read a book which incorporates Japanese Mythology like Amanda Sun did in Ink. The concept of the power of the pen - or the ink - is something new on the paranormal scene. The Kami are dangerous with their medium being writing - something people take for granted - and yet the spirit in the ink is powerful and non-discriminating. I did think that this book had a very strong start but sort of faded as things developed. I was immediately drawn in at the start but towards the end I wasn't as captivated. I loved the way Japanese culture was portrayed in Ink, The way the language and the customs were interspersed throughout the novel was great to read. I wasn't surprised to learn that Amanda Sun had spent quite a lot of time in Japan. As someone who has never been to that part of the world, it felt authentic and real. As for the characters - I found Katie to be slightly frustrating. Her behaviour was inconsistent and I thought she was slightly illogical. Her selfish nature took me out of the story at times and I much preferred the easy-going nature of her friends Tamaka and Yuki. Yuu Tomohiro was one of those characters that's mysterious and gorgeous and as a result one I wanted to read more of. I liked his arrogant exterior but the more we got to know him, the more we got to see he had layers and interesting complexities. This is a great novel with a unique type of paranormal element. The characters are interesting however I liked the supporting cast more than I did the main character. I'm excited to see where Amanda Sun takes her characters in the next book of the Paper Gods more
by Kate @ Fictional Thoughts
Ok there are so many things about this book that I loved, but the first thing that caught my attention was the location, Japan! I love Japan and everything about it, but there aren't that many YA books set in this place and the books that are tend to be based mainly in the past. The author gives us a glimpse into the contemporary Japan and using imagery and humor shows us many of the places and things that I would love to see for myself one day. I also loved how she was able to interweave a lot of the culture and mythology of Japan without making it seem like a history lesson. Then there was the paranormal aspect to the story. I really liked the unusual powers the characters had with Ink and trying to figure out exactly what it was and how it worked. There was a lot we learned about it, but just as many questions arose from it as well and I can't wait to find out more in the next book. Katie is a really strong willed character and I really admired her spirit. I liked that although she made mistakes she still kept trying. Just like when she was trying to learn the language. At first she wasn't that great at it and even though her friends didn't mind speaking to her in English she chose to keep on trying and perfect her Japanese instead of just giving up. She is a fun character to get to know and a bit quirky at times too. Tomohiro was an interesting character and although I was a bit leery of him at first I really came to like him right along with Katie. He keeps to himself and for good reason, but once you get past that hard outer shell he really is a sweety and really funny. I love how he interacts with Katie and the way he sometimes teases her. It is so much fun to see them together. It was also great that he could also be so lighthearted and have a sense of humor about things given the situation he is in. I think he and Katie make a great team and I can't wait to see more of them. I also loved Katie's two friends Yuki and Tanaka. Yuki is one of her first friends and she is one of my favorites. She is always cheerful and a lot of fun to be around kind of likes Tanaka who is a bit of a goofball. I liked how supportive they were of Katie even when things got really weird. They are definitely the kind of people I would love to be friends with. Overall this is an exciting read with an imaginative new world that I am dying to read more of!show more
by katie
We are The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club, to know more about this book, go to the post in our website: If you are interested, you can visit our website: The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club's Review: About The Book: After her mother died, the last thing Katie wants to do is move to another country, with another different language and culture. But, there is no other choice to make; she has to go to Shizuoka, Japan, with her aunt, who she barely knows. If that wasn't bad enough, being the new foreign in school and not be able to communicate as a normal person with a fluent Japanese, she overhears someone breaking up with the kendo star of her school, Tomohiro. Tomohiro has a big secret, and he won't tell anyone, but when Katie sees how the things he draws start moving, there is no way he could hide his secret anymore, or, at least, not from Katie. But then again, things are more complicated. When Tomohiro is with Katie, he loses all the control he has over his ability. What would happen if the wrong people find out about Tomohiro's connection with ink? Will they survive the danger that entail having the gift to control ink? Will love conquer all? "They tell you you'll forget how it used to be. You'll get used to it, that it's better to move on. They don't realize you can't. You're not the same person anymore." Review: Wow! That is the only word that came to our mind while we were reading Ink. We had Ink in our shelves for a while, for one months more or so. We requested this book on Netgalley because we were so attracted by its cover (isn't it amazing, the cover?). But once we had Ink, we read the description and we were a little bit doubtful... We have to admit that, by that time, we were not so much into Asian culture, and we say WERE, because after reading Ink something inside of us awake (Rosa: it remembered my old times reading manga *blushing*). We found each other looking forward to know more about Japan. We even tried to speak Japanese from the glossary. It did not go as we expected (Epic fail! Seems like we have Katie's problem as well. No worries, we'll keep trying, though). But we don't regret having read Ink. We are glad we did. It is an astonishing, full of mystery and forbidden love story that would hooked you from the first page. What we loved most was the plot. The fact that Tomohiro, a Kami or paper God, isn't the I-can-beat-anyone-if-I-want type of hero, the kind we are totally familiarized with, if one of the things that made us got crazy in love with this book. Well, he can-beat-anyone-if-he-wants type of guy, if he wants to! Tomohiro is just a teenager boy who is struggling with something he didn't not ask for, his so precious gift (as maybe someone may put), and the one that hunts him on his dreams. We loved so much that for once, the hero on the story is vulnerable and the thing that makes him so special, is the one that could destroy him. We loved how it was a unique weft, not something you read all days. We should say that, if you haven't guessed by now, we are madly and deeply in love with Tomohiro. He is such a badass and he acts like a jerk when he is around Katie. But deep down, he is a sweet boy with a big heart. We know he cares about Katie, although he is pushing her away with all efforts. The way he acts around people he care is because he wants to protect them from him. He is so afraid to hurt the people he loves that he prefers to be alone. So lonely and honorable. He's definitely one of our favorite hero's-non hero's! And, of course, he's already in our Unofficial Teams list (*wink, wink*) We also love Katie's character. She is always determined to get what she wants that she pursues her plans until the end. She did not give up because something was on her way. She is such a brave, and stubborn, girl. We like that attitude in our heroines; courageous, spirited, smart... (because God knows how difficult is to learn Japanese! We have tried a few words, you know that) and of course... Not to speak for the fact that she's living in a different country, with a person she barely knows and speaking a language she's not familiar with, but she keeps trying. She tries to get to know her aunt and to be part of her life and she even tries to speak Japanese, though it's not her language. Even when people offer her to speak her language, she keeps speaking Japanese in order to learn. That's not an easy task. That's what we like about her. Besides that, she is falling in love with our beloved Tomohiro, which helped her to make us fall in love with her as well. As for the bad guys of Ink, well... there is Ishikawa, Tomo's best friend. He is and he is not the antagonist character of the story. At first, we thought that he was an ******* because of everything he's done (and will do *look of disapproval*). However, we think that he is just an misunderstood boy. We know for sure, or we want to think, that he is a good guy, deep down, and that he only made the wrong decisions. And that, maybe, he likes, again deep down, our beloved Katie. Geez, we would be thrilled to keep writing about Ink, but we are afraid that we may not be able to stop. We have so much to say about Amanda's work, that it would take ages to finish. Despite this, we think that if you want to find out more about Ink, the best way to do it is to read the book. You will see what we are talking about. To end with our humble review, we would like to strongly recommend you Ink, and its prequel (which is FREE on amazon) as magical as the first Paper Gods series. This is a magnificent book that would make you want to be in Japan just to be part of the story. We can assure you that you are gonna love it and that you are not going to be able to stop reading until you know everything! For all the reasons exposed before, we are honored to give Amanda's book, Ink, 5 gorjuss more
With a mixed bag of reviews for Ink, I did head into it with some hesitation, only to be pleasantly surprised. After Katie's mom dies, she has to move to Japan to live with her aunt Diane. She's out of her depth. She doesn't know much about Japanese culture and she's struggling with the language. She would have much preferred to have been sent to Canada to stay with her grandparents. When she accidentally eavesdrops on the break up of Tomohiro Yuu and his soon to be ex-girlfriend, and sees one of his sketches move, her life is about to take a very unexpected turn. Tomohiro is rude, mean and dangerous, with a bad reputation and secrets in his past. But after what Katie has seen, she just can't forget it. And does become a little obsessed about it. She wants to know where he sneaks off to everyday and did he really cheat on Myu and get another girl pregnant? I admit that Katies obsession and actions around this point was a bit over the top. I really enjoyed Ink though. With the mysterious Tomohiro, a twist of Japanese mythology, involvement with the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia, and also the Kami, who plan to take over and rule Japan, there was a lot going on, and after getting over a few glitches in the beginning, I was thoroughly entertained throughout. I also found that the romance was really sweet and I enjoyed it a lot, with some nice little moments. Katie, while a likeable character, I felt had the potential to be an awesome character. But some of the things that she says/thinks are just really stupid and I felt should have been edited, as they didn't seem to fit with the character that the author was trying to create. These were mostly at the beginning of the book so it wasn't as annoying as the story continued. Katie was mostly a tough, strong character who was snarky at times but maybe just a bit too inquisitive. I really liked Tomohiro. He was a really enjoyable character who lives under a facade, to prevent people from becoming close to him and being harmed by the monster that he feels is within him. Katie makes some friends in Japan, Yuki and Tanaka, but they play very little part. They seem to be only brought into the story to serve another purpose. They're not well fleshed out and I didnt' build an opinion of them either way. But Katie makes another friend, with a guy she meets at the station, Jun. He is a mysterious character who I wondered about but liked, and who played an interesting part. Obviously, this book is not for everyone. In most reviews I've read, people didn't like that it had a lot of the usual cliches. Maybe it's that I haven't read enough of them yet, but they don't bother me or hinder my enjoyment. I really enjoyed this book and found that I didn't want to put it down. But if the cliches would prevent you from enjoying a book, then this one probably isn't for more
by Suzanne Finnegan
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