Review: Ink – Amanda Sun

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Title: Ink
Author: Amanda Sun
Series: Paper Gods #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: June 21, 2013
Source/Format: Library / Paperback, 369 pages
Opening Sentence: “I made it halfway across the courtyard before I realized I was still wearing my school slippers.”
Author Website | Goodreads | Amazon

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.


To be completely honest, I’m not too sure how I really feel about Ink by Amanda Sun. I was initially drawn to it because the concept is super cool—drawings that come to life? How cool is that?!—and it takes place in Japan. While I was reading, though, I found myself rolling my eyes a lot and generally just having trouble getting through the book. It wasn’t the story, but the execution. I can’t even figure out how to explain it. I’m afraid I was swayed by what other people were saying, though. If I hadn’t known what some people I follow think about it would I have liked/disliked it more? I can’t be sure. The thing is: after I finished reading it I found myself wanting more of the world. I think I started liking it more after I stopped reading it. It grew on me as time passed. I really do like the idea so I’ll definitely be waiting for the sequel to come out, just maybe not as excitedly as possible. I don’t know if I was expecting a lot from Ink and felt disappointed or if it was something else, but I’ll use this as a lesson in keeping my mind open while reading.

UPDATE: I don’t know what was going on with me when I wrote that review, but I don’t feel quite the same way anymore. Those feelings are still there, of course, but I remember liking Ink more than I think I realized. The story is fantastic and I’m super excited for the next book. Woo!

Rating: 2.5/3 of 5 stars

Review: We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

We Were Liars, E. Lockhart

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Source/Format: Library / Hardcover, 227 pages
Opening Sentence: “Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family.”
Author Website | Goodreads | Amazon

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

There has been so much hype around We Were Liars since even before the book came out. I had read the synopsis before the hype started and decided I totally had to read the book, but then all these people came around saying how good and awesome it was and then I was just like “OHMAHGAWD, I HAVE TO READ IT!”

I feel like it took me forever to read this book. I mean, for as awesome as people said it was I was having some problems getting through it. It wasn’t bad, per se, but it was definitely slow. In my mind there are two types of awesome book. 1: the awesome book that’s awesome from beginning to end. 2: the awesome book that you have to make an investment in, but eventually it proves how awesome it is.

I don’t really feel like We Were Liars was either of those. It was definitely an investment book, but it fell sort of short in the “awesome” category. It was a good book, but I don’t know… I was expecting more. Maybe the hype got to me.

Don’t get me wrong! The story was good and I definitely don’t regret reading the book. I would probably recommend it to people, but I don’t know that I would read it again. It’s one of THOSE books. Good once, but that’s it.

I’ll give it this, though: The story was absolutely original and interesting. I loved the story, but I like it more looking back on it then I did while I was reading it. I don’t know what it was, but something was keeping me from loving the story (and the book as a whole) as much as I could have.

If you like books that keep you wondering and have poetic writing you’ll probably want to give this one a try. I suggest jumping into it with as little knowledge about the story as possible. It’s fun not knowing what to expect. Why are they liars? No idea. That’s part of the fun.

Rating: 3 of 5 stars


Depression. I’ve never been to a doctor for mental health, but I’m willing to bet big money that if I could get myself to go I’d be diagnosed with depression. That’s a pretty bummer way to start a blog post, but I just want to get it out there and out of the way. It’s not the point of this.

The point is I’m going on hiatus again. Indefinitely.

I just don’t want to do anything. Reading hasn’t been fun for me lately and blogging has its moments, but it hasn’t been as fun as it can be. I miss feeling the urge to read and talk about books and everything, but I’ve tried and failed so many times to rekindle my love and it just hasn’t worked.

This isn’t me quitting my blog, but I have no idea when I’ll be back. I do have a few review books that I feel obligated to follow through with, but other then that I have nothing planned for the blog. If I get the urge then cool, but, you know… don’t count on it.

I’ll most likely be around Twitter still because who else am I going to talk to about random things at all hours of the day and night? Aside from myself, that is. Haha.

I hope you guys understand.

Stacking the Shelves (37)

Stacking the Shelves (hosted by Tynga’s Reviews) is a weekly meme in which bloggers share the books they buy, borrow, and receive.




Miles from Nowhere by Nami Mun
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg
The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa

For Review:

Nick and Tesla’s Secret Agent Gadget Battle by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith


Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas (thanks to Fiction Freak!) – This one is actually a super cool annotated ARC. :D
Unremembered by Jessica Brody (thanks to Alice Marvels)
Unforgotten by Jessica Brody (thanks to Alice Marvels)

I think I’ve hit the “pit of despair” part of Camp NaNoWriMo. I have no idea what’s happening in my story. There’s no plot! Etc etc. Wah! :(

The weather is getting hotter in California. My sister and I walked to the library the other day and we were totally sweating by the time we got there. Keep these two things in mind: 1. I live just a couple blocks from the library. 2. IT WAS 9:30 IN THE MORNING AND WE WERE SWEATING. Agh!

I want to learn another language. What do you guys think? Are there any languages you particularly like or what? I wanted to learn Japanese but I think I need to do that with a buddy because learning Kana is sooo boring and I always quit. I should learn Spanish because I live in California and it’d be very useful, but meh. Been there, tried that, not interested right now. I kind of want to learn Korean. I don’t know! What do you think? Are you guys learning any languages?

Waiting on Wednesday (30): Born of Deception

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Born of Deception Teri Brown

Born of Deception (Born of Illusion #2)
by Teri Brown
Publication Date: June 10, 2014

Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.

I really super liked Born of Illusion, so I can’t wait until this book is published. I know it’s on Edelweiss right now, but I want to read a finished copy. Oh, the wait sucks! But there’s going to be a novella in May! Yay!

March 2014 Wrap-Up

So this post is kinda late because I was super busy over the weekend. Like, gone all day and crashing right after I get home busy. Anyway, this month was actually kind of active for me as far as blogging goes. clapclapclap But I hardly read at all. :cry:
(P.S. All the photos are clickable.)

Reviews Posted:

waking up married mira lyn kelly Nick and Tesla's High Voltage Danger Lab Science Bob Pflugfelder Steve Hockensmith Don't Even Think About It Sarah Mylnowski Under the Never Sky Veronica Rossi nick and tesla's robot army rampage science bob pflugfelder steve hockensmith

Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly
Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith
Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith

Other Things Worth Noting:
Life of a Blogger – Camping
2014 Reading Slump Blues
Spring 2014 Bloggiesta
Writing in Books

Books Read:

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
Boys Over Flowers Vol. 13 by Yoko Kamio
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

Books That Went Back:

(Sent back to the library unread, mostly because I didn’t have the time.)

The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski
Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Cress by Marissa Meyer

Personal Things:

Wow! I kind of don’t know what to write about. Or maybe I’m just too lazy. That could be it. It’s almost 2AM when I’m writing this. Camp NaNoWriMo started a few days ago and I find I write better at night, hence my being up so late. Hopefully this month goes well! *crosses fingers*

In other news, my brother is getting married this month. It’s weird. Earlier in the month my brother and his fiancee went on a mini-vacation with some friends and I stayed at their place to babysit/housesit/petsit. While I was there I ended up watching A LOT of Disney Channel. FUN FACT: When I was a kid I used to looove Disney Channel. I mean, I was obsessed. I don’t have cable now, but if I did I would definitely still watch DC. This is proven true by the fact that I could have had anything on on the TV and I chose DC. Some things never change.

I was going to whine about the new cat in our house, but if you follow me on Twitter you probably already know. She peed on my bed. Let’s just be frank. And my sister’s bed… twice. And the floor. And my clothes. And everything else in the house. We’re all pretty much frustrated with the situation. My cousin is the one who gave us the cat saying she was “feral”. I mean, she had Luna for almost a year, so I don’t know. I have thoughts… but it’s best not to say anything if it’s not nice. grumble grumble

April TBR Book:

I’ve decided I’m going to use a Goodreads TBR and to choose one book to read every month.

March’s book was:
#236: The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney — …you know what I’m going to say. Oops.

April’s book will be:
#128: When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

Life of a Blogger (2): Handwriting

Life of a Blogger is a weekly meme hosted at Novel Heartbeat. It lets me be conceited without seeming conceited. (Kidding! Kinda.)

This week’s topic: Handwriting

I’ve been pretty excited to do this topic. I love it when I can write things with a pen and paper. This writing sample is a little misleading. My writing varies so much. It depends on what pen I’m using, what paper, how I’m feeling, how much space I have… everything. One day it might look completely different from the day before. Also, I was trying to be as normal with my writing as I could, but I was still aware that it was for the internet to read, so… yeah.

loab handwriting

Oh, I forgot. So apparently I write weird. I have a hard time NOT dragging my hand while I write, so my words are usually a bit smeared/copied across the page because the side of my hand is always touching. I can’t help it. Also, a friend of mine once told me I kind of hover and circle my pen over the page right before I write. It’s not something I usually notice, but I definitely have caught myself doing it before. I don’t know! Haha.