Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: June 25th 2013
Series: Paper Gods #1
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
INK IS IN THEIR BLOOD.
On the heels of a family tragedy, Katie Greene must 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.
When Katie meets aloof but gorgeous Tomohiro, the star of the school’s kendo team, she is intrigued by him…and a little scared. His tough attitude seems meant to keep her at a distance, and when they’re near each other, strange things happen. Pens explode. Ink drips from nowhere. And unless Katie is seeing things, drawings come to life.
Somehow Tomo is connected to the Kami, powerful ancient beings who once ruled Japan-and as feelings develop between Katie and Tomo, things begin to spiral out of control. The wrong people are starting to ask questions, and if they discover the truth, no one will be safe.
See our other Dual ARC Chat on Dare You To Here.
Well, you guys asked for another one so here it is! We talk about INK, how nothing bad ever happens in Australia, freedom, and what we really want in a book.
[3:58:17 PM] Rebecca: i am ready[3:59:36 PM] Alise: let us begin.
[3:59:43 PM] Rebecca: yes[4:00:13 PM] Alise: It was an entertaining novel, it just was unfortunately full of tropes and cliches.
[4:00:56 PM] Rebecca: YEP. There were a lot of enjoyable moments, but also a lot of times where I wanted to bang my head on a wall.
[4:01:02 PM] Rebecca: repeatedly
[4:01:08 PM] Rebecca: to forget
[4:02:23 PM] Rebecca: Well, sort of. The powers and settings were definitely unique. But I feel the plot was sort of generic.
[4:02:37 PM] Rebecca: Generic for YA paranormal romance
[4:02:49 PM] Alise: Generic even for contemporary
[4:02:57 PM] Rebecca: true[4:03:47 PM] Alise: I am really starting to tire of the bad boy is actually a good guy and him and the MC seem to hate each other blah blah
[4:05:06 PM]Rebecca: Same. When it’s portrayed like it is in INK anyway. There’s some that I like, when it’s done properly and the dude has good reasons. But INK it was like meh. And I also tire of the “this good guy sounds so nice oh wait no he has ulterior motives”[4:05:26 PM] Alise: Ugh YES
[4:05:40 PM] Alise: Oh and I thought the breakup between the love interest and his girlfriend was unnecessary.
[4:05:46 PM] Rebecca: Completely[4:06:03 PM] Alise: Although it was a somewhat interesting beginning, it really got my attention
[4:06:36 PM] Rebecca: Yeah. I think it annoyed me. Generic high school break up scene
[4:07:07 PM] Rebecca: Wait there’s another trope. Outcast new girl gets with the popular/mysterious senior boy
[4:07:36 PM] Alise: Is that a spoiler?
[4:07:41 PM] Alise: Whoops.
[4:07:58 PM] Rebecca: I predicted that. But we don’t know what exactly they are
[4:08:05 PM] Rebecca: so I think we can let it slide…
[4:08:19 PM] Rebecca: That was another thing that annoyed me
[4:08:32 PM] Alise: I actually liked the story more when I thought she was just a normal, powerless human
[4:08:37 PM] Rebecca: YES
[4:09:00 PM] Rebecca: I want a normal powerless human trapped in this world who has to defend themselves by normal means
[4:09:35 PM] Rebecca: which reminds me that I like how she was LEARNING kendo and had to work with the others to be good. I just don’t like her reasons for joining[4:10:01 PM] Alise: I agree. I like she didn’t automatically “master” the sport.
[4:10:13 PM] Rebecca: That would have been too much.[4:10:23 PM] Alise: But not entirely unexpected.
[4:10:30 PM] Rebecca: *sigh* I know
[4:11:18 PM] Rebecca: I wish we had explored the kendo and mythoogy more. And I wanted to see her relationship with Diane develop more slowly (and see more of it)
[4:11:44 PM] Rebecca: It would be a great way to observe Katie trying and learning to deal with grief
[4:12:02 PM] Alise: How bout that artwork?
[4:12:06 PM] Rebecca: YES
[4:12:10 PM] Rebecca: SO AWESOME
[4:12:23 PM] Rebecca: I think I might buy this purely for the pictures
[4:12:29 PM] Rebecca: definitely
[4:12:51 PM] Rebecca: And I can’t believe they’re thinking about/making the ebook version animated
[4:12:53 PM] Rebecca: jhfjlhjqhgjrtwg
[4:13:46 PM] Rebecca: I think this might be the pure highlight of the book. Pictures and mythology
[4:13:52 PM] Rebecca: That’s kind of sad
[4:13:58 PM] Alise: But yeah, that is sad.
[4:14:10 PM] Alise: Did you like how it took place in Japan?
[4:14:12 PM] Rebecca: YES
[4:14:16 PM] Rebecca: OF COURSE
[4:14:33 PM] Rebecca: It wouldn’t have been so enjoyable
[4:14:39 PM] Rebecca: the setting made a difference
[4:14:56 PM] Rebecca: If it was in a western culture it would be even more generic[4:15:02 PM] Alise: Yes, the setting was a positive
[4:15:11 PM] Rebecca: although, WHERE ARE THE PARANORMAL YA’S SET IN AUSTRALIA?[4:15:23 PM] Alise: True that
[4:15:28 PM] Alise: Guess you should be happy
[4:15:34 PM] Alise: Nothing bad ever happens there xD
[4:15:50 PM] Alise: In literary worlds, anyway
[4:15:54 PM] Rebecca: Because Australia is awesome[4:16:08 PM] Alise: *shakes head* FREEDOM
[4:16:09 PM] Rebecca: Not too much bad stuff happens here compared to America :P[4:16:19 PM] Alise: Shhh
[4:16:27 PM] Rebecca: Anyway, BACK ON TOPIC[4:16:32 PM] Alise: YES
[4:16:40 PM] Rebecca: I found the Japan really accurate to my knowledge
[4:16:47 PM] Rebecca: and I like the use of the language as well
[4:16:56 PM] Rebecca: I just wish was had a separate glossary
[4:17:10 PM] Alise: Yeah I didn’t even know there was a glossary.
[4:17:31 PM] Rebecca: Did you not go through to the end? We even got a chapter of the next book that I didn’t read[4:17:44 PM] Alise: I mean I didn’t know until the end
[4:17:49 PM] Alise: BAHAHA I didn’t read it either xD
[4:17:51 PM] Rebecca: aaaah
[4:17:57 PM] Rebecca: I couldn’t be bothered
[4:18:16 PM] Rebecca: ahaha, yeah. Dat annoying romance
[4:18:23 PM] Rebecca: getting in the way of the plot
[4:18:31 PM] Alise: So frustrating.
[4:18:33 PM] Rebecca: That ending was annoying[4:18:38 PM] Alise: Yeeep
[4:18:42 PM] Rebecca: Least favourite part easy
[4:18:55 PM] Rebecca: And my favourite part was, ah, dragon
[4:19:11 PM] Alise: No surprise there about the dragon haha
[4:19:24 PM] Rebecca: Ending was worse
[4:19:35 PM] Rebecca: I rolled my eyes at a lot of things
[4:19:47 PM] Rebecca: I wish I could show you my snarky comments from the start[4:19:52 PM] Alise: She shouldn’t let a guy rule her life.
[4:20:03 PM] Alise: Did you take notes?
[4:20:07 PM] Rebecca: And apparently she doesn’t HAHAA
[4:20:19 PM] Rebecca: Notes for the first part. Then I couldn’t be bothered
[4:20:34 PM] Rebecca: Mostly it was about the ridiculousness of Katie’s actions
[4:20:45 PM] Rebecca: When she was stalking
[4:20:50 PM] Rebecca: ??!?!??!?!? WHY
[4:21:04 PM] Alise: They didn’t make sense sometimes
[4:21:10 PM] Rebecca: WHY FOLLOW A GUY WHO IS DANGEROUS YOU BARELY KNOW
[4:21:27 PM] Rebecca: (I knew what you meant I was continuing my sentence)
[4:22:07 PM] Alise: (the skirt thing)
[4:22:11 PM] Rebecca: Jump a wall because he did. To show him you’re not a coward[4:22:48 PM] Alise: Okay my rating is going down to a two haha
[4:22:53 PM] Rebecca: ahaa
[4:23:06 PM] Rebecca: I’m still floating between 2 and 3.
[4:23:17 PM] Rebecca: Culture and powers and mytology and setting get 3
[4:23:24 PM] Rebecca: romance, characters, and plot get 2
[4:24:03 PM] Rebecca: Maybe
[4:24:06 PM] Rebecca: I don’t know
[4:24:11 PM] Rebecca: Probably
[4:24:16 PM] Rebecca: I need answers
[4:24:26 PM] Rebecca: But the romance may kill me
[4:24:29 PM] Rebecca: Not in a good way
[4:24:38 PM] Rebecca: ahaha[4:24:53 PM] Alise: Yeah because I have a feeling the next book is going to focus more on that love triangle
[4:25:02 PM] Alise: The one that just seemed shoved in there for no reason.
[4:25:12 PM] Rebecca: WHAT LOVE TRIANGLE??!!?! I see no reason for one[4:25:33 PM] Alise: Jun?
[4:25:33 PM] Rebecca: Especially after the “twist” at the end
[4:25:56 PM] Rebecca: I predicted that as soon as the kendo comp happened
[4:26:07 PM] Rebecca: Oh great[4:26:12 PM] Alise: I actually didn’t predict the kendo competition twist
[4:26:51 PM] Rebecca: I must be psychic then. I often correctly predict breakfast options at uni
[4:26:57 PM] Rebecca: My powers extend to YA plots
[4:29:00 PM] Rebecca: But seriously, I need to read a book that will completely surprise me with every twist[4:29:34 PM] Alise: I think I’ve read a few…the names escape me. I would also really like to read a book where the MC DOESN’T have any powers and is 100% normal and powerless.
[4:29:50 PM] Alise: But that’s not INK, so I guess we’re done here :P
[4:29:54 PM] Rebecca: We should write one
[4:29:56 PM] Rebecca: I guess
[4:30:08 PM] Rebecca: I can’t think of anything else to add
[4:30:17 PM] Alise: CURTAIN FALLS. xD