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Ink (Paper Gods Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

4.5 Stars I really enjoyed this book. I like the setting and fee

4.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this book. I like the setting and feel that the author did a good job of immersing me into the book and bringing out the setting. I liked the plot and how the author brought everything together. I did like how Japanese culture and traditions p...
4.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this book. I like the setting and feel that the author did a good job of immersing me into the book and bringing out the setting. I liked the plot and how the author brought everything together. I did like how Japanese culture and traditions played a part of the book. I liked the idea of an American girl slowly immerses herself in Japanese culture. I liked how the author included the romance and then finally the supernatural. Not everything was explained in this book, but I was okay with that because it left me with anticipation for the next book. The supernatural wasn’t over done and flowed nicely with the book. Everything about the book was amazing and brought together smoothly.

Katie was a pretty good character. Her transition from sad and confused to strong and happy was fun to read about. She resisted moving to japan at first but then she settles in and accepted her new life. I didn’t like how caught up she got in Tomohiro and how he took over her thoughts. She was willing to give up a lot for this guy. But she balanced this out by being strong and self reliant. I liked how the book was from her point of view and the thoughts and feelings that made up this character.

Tomohiro was a contradicting character that I really like. He had these two sides to him and Katie never knew which one he was going to use at any given moment. He had a bad boy outer shell and a good boy center. He constantly used that outer shell as a weapon and as a defense mechanism.

I really loved the ending of this book. I got all prepared for one ending and then I was left with this surprise of a cliff hanger. The author was very masterful with the ending and left me wanting more. I will be looking for more books by this author and publisher.

posted by Book_Crazy02 on July 13, 2013

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Great premise, great potential, but failure in delivery - this i

Great premise, great potential, but failure in delivery - this is what sums up everything I think about Ink.

I had huge hopes for this book because it is set in Japan - the land of the rising sun, anime, manga, cosplay, J-dorama, Kendo, samurai and everything weird to ...
Great premise, great potential, but failure in delivery - this is what sums up everything I think about Ink.

I had huge hopes for this book because it is set in Japan - the land of the rising sun, anime, manga, cosplay, J-dorama, Kendo, samurai and everything weird to normal folks. I confess that I'm an otaku, and I don't consider that as a negative thing. So when I received an ARC of Ink, I just couldn't contain my joy! I just had to read it! Then imagine that joy being sucked out little by little when I started reading the book.

The biggest thing which became a huge turn off for me in this book is the heroine. Let me be blunt and just say that Katie Greene is one annoying little prick of a stalker. I do not like her. I know I sound mean, but in all seriousness, never has a heroine ticked me off this way.

While I was reading the book, I groaned multiple times because of how annoying Katie was. Sure, she was this gaijin (outsider) and she's supposed to be broody and all unfamiliar. That's normal. Being thrown in a completely foreign environment makes a person vulnerable. I understand that perfectly. What I don't understand is why she just goes out of her way stalk Tomo. This is not something I could imagine a foreigner, who's all broody being in Japan, would do.

The irony is this: At the beginning, Katie laments being different, being a foreigner living and studying in Japan. She even wants to leave and looks forward to nothing but leaving Japan, but then, she goes out of her way to stalk a guy who looks and acts dangerous. Curiosity? I don't think so. Try annoying stalker-tendencies.

Second annoying thing about Katie: she's like a love-struck unicorn in heat (Yes, I can be colorful even when I'm saying something negative). They barely know each other and she suddenly says she can't live without him. Wow. Just wow. I didn't even know Insta-Love could be as instant as this. And let me just say that the forbidden-love plot device between Katie and Tomo was also another turn off.

Next, Tomo - broody, violent and mysterious hot guy. Basically, imagine a hot anime guy and you get him. Nothing fascinating about him really, except his cool powers. I also don't relate to him that much as a character at all because he's two-dimensional.

All in all, you know that feeling when there's great premise and a promising blurb in a well-packaged book, but then those things are all overshadowed by cliche and two-dimensional characters? This is exactly how I feel. I know that the premise is great. It has potential to be something really awesome! But then the characters are all very annoying and the premise is wasted. What a tragedy really.

posted by Dia_Pelaez on June 26, 2013

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    Great premise, great potential, but failure in delivery - this i

    Great premise, great potential, but failure in delivery - this is what sums up everything I think about Ink.

    I had huge hopes for this book because it is set in Japan - the land of the rising sun, anime, manga, cosplay, J-dorama, Kendo, samurai and everything weird to normal folks. I confess that I'm an otaku, and I don't consider that as a negative thing. So when I received an ARC of Ink, I just couldn't contain my joy! I just had to read it! Then imagine that joy being sucked out little by little when I started reading the book.

    The biggest thing which became a huge turn off for me in this book is the heroine. Let me be blunt and just say that Katie Greene is one annoying little prick of a stalker. I do not like her. I know I sound mean, but in all seriousness, never has a heroine ticked me off this way.

    While I was reading the book, I groaned multiple times because of how annoying Katie was. Sure, she was this gaijin (outsider) and she's supposed to be broody and all unfamiliar. That's normal. Being thrown in a completely foreign environment makes a person vulnerable. I understand that perfectly. What I don't understand is why she just goes out of her way stalk Tomo. This is not something I could imagine a foreigner, who's all broody being in Japan, would do.

    The irony is this: At the beginning, Katie laments being different, being a foreigner living and studying in Japan. She even wants to leave and looks forward to nothing but leaving Japan, but then, she goes out of her way to stalk a guy who looks and acts dangerous. Curiosity? I don't think so. Try annoying stalker-tendencies.

    Second annoying thing about Katie: she's like a love-struck unicorn in heat (Yes, I can be colorful even when I'm saying something negative). They barely know each other and she suddenly says she can't live without him. Wow. Just wow. I didn't even know Insta-Love could be as instant as this. And let me just say that the forbidden-love plot device between Katie and Tomo was also another turn off.

    Next, Tomo - broody, violent and mysterious hot guy. Basically, imagine a hot anime guy and you get him. Nothing fascinating about him really, except his cool powers. I also don't relate to him that much as a character at all because he's two-dimensional.

    All in all, you know that feeling when there's great premise and a promising blurb in a well-packaged book, but then those things are all overshadowed by cliche and two-dimensional characters? This is exactly how I feel. I know that the premise is great. It has potential to be something really awesome! But then the characters are all very annoying and the premise is wasted. What a tragedy really.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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