Saturday, 21 September 2013

[DNF] Review: Ink

Title: Ink (Paper Gods #1)
Author: Amanda Sun
My Rating: DNF (29%)
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD

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.

“It’s not how much time you’re out there. It’s what you’re spending time on and who you’re spending that time with.” 

This will not be a legit review since I DNF-ed the book. I will just explain the reasons that made me give up on this one.

With all the hype about this book, I was really excited to experience the things other readers experienced when reading Ink. I was excited to travel Japan based on the things included in the book, especially the cherry blossom. Unfortunately, all the excitement was clouded by the romance. 

It’s one of those books that were “it’s not you, it’s me.” The whole insta love, in my opinion, was the reason why I didn’t enjoy the book. The emphasis with Katie’s unhealthy (and unexplainable, in her opinion) attraction towards Tomo overcrowded the beauty of the story. Other people who have already read this book told me that the action happened on the later part of the book and unfortunately, I can’t wait for it anymore. The amount craziness Katie has felt/done for or because of him comes to borderline pathetic and although I tried so hard to not mind it, I still can’t get ignore it. 

Almost the entire time I was reading it was spent on being pissed with Katie and her pathetic moves to be seen (though she swears that she wants to keep him away) by Tomo. Her hot and cold attitude towards the guy was so annoying that I can’t connect the two personalities—one that seems to be attracted to Tomo and the other that seems to hate his guts. 

Tomo is not so different either. His good guy attitude and jerk attitude doesn’t mix up well and I’m actually spending my time getting pissed with whatever he’s doing instead of understanding him because of the ‘big’ secret he’s hiding. 

I would really love to know more about the gods surrounding this story but unfortunately, this story had too much romance for my linking. I could have sacrificed my impression with the characters to finish the whole book but I don’t want to ruin their characters in my mind by being exposed to more romance. 

This could have been a very good book and it really did raise my curiosity. I wish I finished this one..

This copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.