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Book Review: Ink by Amanda Sun

Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Before I even begin to explain this book let me tell you about this cover. IT’S BEAUTIFUL! Also it’s a paperback book not the cheap packbacks but nice and thick. I loved touching the book (stop judging).

So anyways . . .

Japanese-American Katie Greene moves to Japan after her mother’s death. She hates it. She can barely speak Japanese; she misses her friends, and would rather be in Canada with her Grandparents. But due to the fact her Grandfather has cancer; she is unable to be there.

Ink by Amanda Sun (goodreads)
Ink by Amanda Sun (goodreads)

But every dark cloud has a silver lining and Katie meets Tomohiro; the handsome, mysterious star player of the school’s Kendo team. Instantly there is something there between them and as much as Tomohiro tries to fight it, Katie stalks him. Yes, she stalks him and he finds that there is a connection deeper than just an attractive girl.

What I loved about this book was it was straight to the point. Katie knew there was something going on with Tomohiro and instead of waiting for it to blow up; she took matters in her own hands and did her thing.

Tomohiro was being a butt but I ended up liking his charm. He was a funny and a sensitive guy. I wasn’t expecting their relationship minus the whole ancient God thing, to be so easy. They really were into each other purely.

What I also liked was the lack of a love triangle. The author, Sun, had me worried for a moment because there is another guy who really likes Katie and although she found him cute she wasn’t pushing up on him, even when Tomohiro was being a butt.

What I didn’t like in the book was how Katie was always unsure of herself. From the beginning of the book til the last page she just couldn’t figure herself out. I understand you’re in a new country, you have to learn the language and friends but she was just a nervous wreck and her whining was killing me UGH!

The author did a great job of wheeling me in; mainly because she jumped into the story pretty fast and there was no looking for it. I loved it.  I most importantly loved the fact that the main character was not a white female. There are not many young adult supernatural, fantasy books that involve someone that isn’t white or someone in which it isn’t clearly defined what ethnicity that are. I thought it was great.

This book gets a 9 out of 10; Can’t wait for the second book.

Book Review: Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler

goodreads.com
goodreads.com

KJ lives in a small town outside Yellowstone National Park. She is the only daughter to a wildlife/fishing guide and there doesn’t seem much to her other than that. However, she meets Virgil and all of a sudden she is interested in boys and wolves.

The small town she lives in has an issue with the wolves in the area, although they were placed back in the wild to balance out nature. KJ joins her school’s newspaper and with Virgil creates a column about wolves; the good and the bad.

Let’s just say I was disappointed in the book. The title is what instantly caught me; for some reason I love long titles. Secondly, I love the idea the author, Kristen Chandler, was trying to portray. You don’t have to become a wolf to like them or become obsessed. I liked the fact that she didn’t have supernatural beings in this book. However, with that being said there was no wow factor.

KJ herself was nothing special. She had a father, who always seems to be disappointed in her; she was always turning read about the littlest things and she seemed to not have much of a backbone; even when the climax of the story hit, there wasn’t much there.

I understand the books point to be realistic and relatable (the book really had nothing to do with wolves but KJ growing up) but I think that it was misleading. There is a scene in which KJ is stared down by a wolf and she goes on to say that feels different and all of a sudden she starts doing well in math class and becomes editor of the newspaper. This scene is not important at all because nothing is followed up on and it makes the reader believes okay maybe she will stop whining over nothing.

Doesn’t happen.

Although the book wasn’t supernatural I was expecting spark, action and something thrilling but it wasn’t. KJ falls for a boy who happens to take pictures of wolves; she becomes interested and its her against the wolf hating town.  There is no real growth, not even in her father.

This book gets 4 out of 10.