By Amanda Sun
(Harlequin Teen, Paperback, 9780373210718, 384pp.)
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
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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 Japanand 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.
Amanda Sun was born in Deep River, a small town where she could escape into the surrounding forest to read. An archaeologist by training, she speaks several languages and will write your name in Egyptian Hieroglyphics if you ask. Her debut novel, INK, is the first in the Paper Gods series and is inspired by her time in Japan, with a paranormal twist. She loves knitting, gaming, and cosplay, and lives in Toronto with her family. Find her on Twitter @Amanda_Sun or on Goodreads.
"Readers will come away more enlightened about contemporary Japanese high schools...an enjoyable peek at a world very different from America, yet inhabited by people whose hearts are utterly familiar." -Publishers Weekly
"The descriptions of life in Japan...create a strong sense of place, and set an exotic backdrop for this intriguing series opener by a debut author." -Booklist
"The unique setting and observing how Katie learns to live in...foreign surroundings...make this story special." -VOYA
"The work of a master storyteller." -Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Fey series
"A modern day fairytale." -Amber Benson of TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and author of the Calliope Reaper-Jones novels
"A captivating story of love, passion, and the choices people make to keep themselves safe." -Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate and Asunder
"Ink is a book that you sit down to read when you have a spare few minutes and then you look up and hours have passed a completely captivating story." -Book Passage Bookstore