Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I have INK in my heart


In my last post, I mentioned that I had started reading INK by Amanda Sun. Well, life got in the way a bit and I didn’t have time to go back to it until this weekend. But let me tell you, it was AMAZING! (I may be a bit partial though, since it’s about art coming to life, which is kind of my thing.) And over the past few days I was transported to another country where cherry blossom petals fill the sky like snow and ink has a mind of its own…

(From Goodreads) 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.
 
Sounds awesome, right?

Right?

There were a couple things I absolutely loved about this story, aside from the romantic aspect, but truthfully, that was one of the big reasons I kept reading. You know me. I’m a sucker for a good love story. But I also loved how Sun showed the mixture of old world Japanese tradition with new world technologies. How, as the reader, you grew more comfortable in a different world right along with Katie. And how right when you thought she couldn’t possibly throw any more at these two young people, she did, and it still worked well and was believable.

I highly recommend putting this on your ‘to be read’ list, and since I know you’ll want it right when it comes out on June 25th, here’s a link so you can go and pre-order.

I’ll leave you with two of my new favorite Japanese sayings…

 Hana yori dango: “Dumplings over flowers,” meaning substance over appearance

And, Itterasshai: “Go (and come back) safely,” said to someone leaving home

1 comment:

  1. Ink in your heart? For a second I thought you were getting a CT scan.

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