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By Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Japanese setting, mythology more intriguing than characters.

Book Amanda Sun Fantasy 2013
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Author Amanda Sun does a fairly good job creating an atmospheric novel set in a Japanese high school. The concept of Ink is interesting and unique, but it has a very Twilight feel. The mysterious guy who's untouchable and elusive and the girl who pines for him isn't anything new in YA literature. For the most part, Katie complains at every turn. She doesn't like living in Japan and she can hardly speak the language -- despite understanding what the other characters (who are speaking Japanese) say. Japanese words are scattered throughout, but it feels as if they're dropped in just to remind readers they're in Japan.

Katie instantly falls for Tomo. At first, he doesn't want anything to do with her, and who can blame him? She's a stalker. She follows him around everywhere, despite Tomo clearly expressing that he doesn't like it, and readers might not, either. What Ink does have going for it are Japanese culture, the feel of Japan, and the paranormal element of the Shinto gods.

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