|Ink by Amanda Sun
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound
|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 is the first time that I’ve reviewed a book that I didn’t finish on the blog and that’s mostly because I feel like I can’t give an accurate review without having read the whole book. I’m breaking the mold for this book because [according to my Kindle] I made it 65% of the way through the book and it was absolute torture the entire time. The plot of the book is actually very interesting and is most of the reason that I read for as long as I did. The story follows Katie, an American, as she struggles to make her way in Japan after her mother’s death. After getting involved with the wrong guy, she learns about these Japanese gods that once existed but actually still exist and he’s one!
Most of what I read was just a bunch of gibberish where Katie and Tomo fight about whether or not they can be friends, and then whether or not they can be involved. There’s some Japanese mobsters thrown in, a couple of friends that Katie doesn’t make until living in Japan for 6 months (what’s up with that?) and then — the only part I really liked — the kendo team that Katie joins. She really only joins to be around Tomo but anything to help a girl kick ass is alright in my book. Most of the drama was contrived and unnecessary and, honestly, didn’t make a whole lot of sense. I don’t know if it was the writing or simply just how the Japanese culture is and it didn’t translate well or I didn’t get it — I’m not sure, but I was rolling my eyes quite a bit.
Now the sticking point that made me up and quit the book for good was a scene in which Tomo attacks Katie in a hotel room. She thinks they’re finally going to be a real couple, they’ve only kissed once at this point, so she naively thinks that they’re just going to make out or something. But Tomo takes things to far and he keeps going at her even after she says no and it takes Katie hitting him and running out of the hotel to get away from his advances. Sexual assault. Okay, so maybe the author is going to actually go somewhere with this. WRONG WRONG WRONG. It turns out that Tomo attacked her so that she would stay away from him. It was for her own good. As soon as she realizes this, SHE HAS TO TALK TO TOMO AND TELL HIM THAT THEY CAN BE TOGETHER. How about no? The writing was already sub par but justifying date rape just sealed the deal for me. I don’t recommend this for anyone with half a brain.