Book Review: Transparent by Natalie Whipple

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Author: Natalie Whipple

Published: May 16, 2013

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Pages: 352

Source: Copy provided by publisher

Synopsis: 

High school is hard when you’re invisible.

Fiona McClean hates her family, has had to move to a new school and seems to be completely invisible to the boy she likes. So far so normal, right? But Fiona really is invisible. She doesn’t even know what colour her own hair is.

Born into a world where Cold War anti-radiation pills have caused genetic mutations, Fiona is forced to work for her mind-controlling mobster father as the world’s most effective thief. When her father announces she must become a murdering assassin, Fiona and her telekinetic mother make a break for freedom. Running to a small Arizonian town, Fiona finds that playing at ‘normal life’ with a mother on the edge, a brother she can’t trust, and a boy who drives her crazy is as impossible as escaping her father.

*Image and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

Transparent is one of my anticipated books this year and I was so giddy to start reading the story when I got a review copy from its awesome UK publisher (Thank you, Hot Key Books!). I sincerely looked forward to exploring its intriguing world.

Enveloped in a unique fusion of contemporary and science fiction, Transparent is a glowing debut novel that opened my eyes to the wonders of the impossible.

I was immediately attracted to its clear, plausible and flawless writing style. Information was not dumped in one chapter, which I really liked because it gives readers time to grasp the concepts, terms and the intricate world itself. The flashbacks are very helpful in knowing the history of certain scientific elements such as mutations and superhuman powers. Not only that, readers will get to view and understand the main character’s past. The sequences of events are very organized, resulting in a smoothly-paced story flow.

Born invisible, Fiona struggles with accepting her identity as well as fitting in with society, particularly at her new school. Fiona’s thoughts are very sincere and insightful which will make readers feel what she goes through internally. Fiona lived in fear and was always running away from complicated situations. As the story progressed, Fiona transitioned into a brave individual. That transformation would not be possible without her friends who made Fiona realize that there are people who care for and believe in her. With that, Fiona saw her worth and learned to embrace her true self.

Fiona’s friends also showed their full support to her in times of trouble and made her feel “normal.” They treated her like an ordinary person regardless of her peculiarity, that of being invisible. It is through them that Fiona experienced the normal teenage life she has long been wishing for.

In addition, I appreciate how the story highlighted the importance of family. Fiona’s close relationship with her brother, Miles, was really admirable. How I wish I have an older brother like Miles! Fiona has a rocky relationship with her mother and oldest brother, Graham, in the beginning of the story. However, everything was straightened out and resolved in the end. I was really pleased, specifically with Graham, when it was revealed that his mean attitude towards Fiona was for a good cause. I will not elaborate on the good cause, for the reason that I don’t want future readers of Transparent to be spoiled of a very significant moment. But I’ll give you this: it was a great “moment of truth” that definitely changed my negative perception of Graham.

Natalie Whipple created characters with unbelievable powers living in believable situations. Having said that, I believe it is the author’s superpower. I am fully amazed by her effortless creativity. Of all the interesting characters in Transparent, I was drawn to Seth the most because of his swoon-worthy charm, not to mention his really cool superpower of seeing through things. He was mean to Fiona at first but then became caring and understanding when they started hanging out.

As time went by, Fiona developed feelings for Seth, who also has feelings for Fiona…since the day he first saw her. Sweet! 🙂 What I love about Seth’s character is that he sees the real Fiona and accepts her despite the bad things she did in the past. Fiona is part of her crime lord father’s syndicate but Seth disregarded that fact. To him she is the only one that matters. And because of Seth, Fiona opened herself to the possibility of love, no matter how scared she was. Isn’t that amazing? Love is truly stronger than fear. 🙂

While the story is considered as science fiction, the contemporary aspect embedded within makes it relatable to everyday life. Transparent is an enlightening, funny and delightful read. I’m certainly looking forward to Blindsided!

Rating:

4/5 stars

National Book Store at MIBF + Cut Price 2013!

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National Book Store at the 34th Manila International Book Fair

The National Book Store booth is bigger than ever as we celebrate the love for reading at the 34th Manila International Book Fair, the country’s biggest and longest-running book fair, from September 11 to 15 at the SMX Convention Center.

Get big discounts on textbooks, educational supplements, general references, religious and inspirational titles, self-help books, management books, Filipiniana, coffee table books, popular novels, children’s books, art books, graphic novels, rare and hard-to-find titles, magazines, multimedia, teaching supplies and services, publishers’ technology, and travel materials.

Enjoy freebies and giveaways, pick-a-prize promos, workshops and seminars, demos and contests, mascot visits, and other activities by All About Scrapbooking, BIC, Disney Art Attack, Dong-A, Post-it Notes, Scotch, Sharpie, Titus, Faber Castell, Mongol, Stick-ee and Hallmark Cards.

Meet and greet, and have your books signed by local authors Jaime Licauco and Cory Quirino, Haveyouseenthisgirl for Diary ng Panget, Jomike Tejido for Foldabots, Elbert Or, Tin Belen, Liza Flores and Hubert Fucio for Lola Basyang, Alexander Lacson, Pol Medina for Pugad Baboy, Marcelo Santos for Para sa Hopeless Romantic, Aivan Reigh Vivero for Fan Girl Meets Superman, Ricky Lee, Nicole Hyala and Chris Tsuper for Tambalan Nicole Hyala at Chris Tsuper: The Philippines’ Most Popular DJs, Bianca Bernardino for She’s Dating the Gangster, RJ Ledesma, Mina Esguerra, Papa Jack for Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned from Papa Jack, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo for Trese, and Ian Sta. Maria and Mervin Ignacio for Skyworld.

Plus! Join New York Times bestselling authors Melissa de la Cruz, Alyson Noel and Margaret Stohl for a book signing event on September 15, 2 pm. Registration starts at 10 am. Only the first 200 registrants will be given signing slots.

Follow National Book Store on Facebook and Twitter for the complete schedule of promos and events at the National Book Store booth. Shop online at nationalbookstore.com.

 

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Cut Price 2013

National Book Store’s biggest book sale of the year is here! Get up to 70% off on your favorite books in National Book Store’s Cut Price Book Sale. Enjoy huge discounts on bestsellers, sequels and new releases from August 30 to September 8, 2013 in all National Book Store and Bestsellers branches. Read more and spend less in the Cut Price Book Sale. See posters for details. Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 8368 Series of 2013. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for updates on events, promos and contests.

 

 

Coming Soon: YA horror novel SICK by Tom Leveen

SickMechfinalTitle: Sick

Author: Tom Leveen

Publication Date: October 21, 2013

Synopsis: 

Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd. They’re the misfits, the troublemakers — the ones who jump their High School’s electrified fence to skip school regularly. So when the virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.

The virus turns Brian’s classmates and teachers into bloodthirsty attackers who don’t die easily. In other words: Zombies. The whole school goes on lockdown and the military surrounds the fence, and Brian and his best friend Chad are safe (and stuck) in the theatre department — far from Brian’s sister, Kenzie and his ex-girlfriend with a panic attack problem, Laura. Brian and Chad, along with some of the theatre kids who he’d never given the time of day before, decide to find the girls and bring them to the safety of the theatre. But it won’t be easy and it will test everything they thought they knew about themselves and their classmates. In a world turned upside down, who exactly are the real monsters?

*Photo from Goodreads and synopsis from Abrams and Chronicle Books

Q&A WITH AUTHOR TOM LEVEEN!

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First things first what gave you the inspiration for the novel?

Except for the whole monsters thing, the story is more or less true in terms of a typical day for me in high school. My friends and I got into a conversation a while back about what would happen if a zombie apocalypse happened while we were there, and we all agreed the drama department would be the easiest building to defend. That was really it – the rest wrote itself! The main difference is that I wrote from an outsider’s point of view instead of a drama student, because I also wanted to investigate that “Lord of the flies” aspect, the “us versus them” that happens in schools everywhere.

In fact, it’s really the chief thing I hope readers take away. SICK isn’t (supposed to be) a hack-n-slash gorefest, or the literary equivalent of a B-grade horror movie. It’s about real people with real prejudices and fears, and how those things change and alter under extreme circumstances to reveal who we all really are. The blood and guts are fun too, don’t get me wrong…but I hope everyone also enjoys the character arcs and growth that happens.

The characters began as loosely based on my friends, but there’s not much of them left by the time you get to a final, published book. Still – they’re in there. It’s always fun to listen to them debate which one of them is which character in my books!

The question we all want to know is how would you choose to survive a Zombie Apocalypse?

I’ve discussed this with friends too. We had a lengthy, in-depth discussion once about “zombie migration patterns,” and concluded the wilderness would be our best bet simply because of the numbers: there just won’t be as many zombies out in the desert or forest like there will be in a metropolitan area. So I think we’d head out to the desert or mountains.

My wife gives me a hard time about this sometimes, but I think it’s essential that everyone be prepared for the zombie apocalypse. A lot has been made of this since the novel “World War Z” (which is *awesome* by the way; I met Max Brooks at a ComiCon once, great guy). But for real: If you’re prepared for zombies, you’re prepared for every possible natural disaster. I’m not one of those people who *literally* thinks The Zombies Are Coming! But if they did, we’d have plan, that’s all I’m sayin’.

What would be your song choice to accompany a zombie beat down?

Ooo…that’s a great question. I think maybe “The Wait” by Metallica (I think that’s a cover). Or “Postmortem” by Slayer. And then to round things out, maybe some Mozart; like the overture to Le nozze de Figaro.

If a movie got green lit tomorrow and you had ultimate power who would be
your dream cast?

All brand-new, unknown actors! No previous experience with Nick or Disney, let’s get some new blood up there. (No pun intended.) Except maybe the cast of The Way Way Back. That would be a great cast to start with. Maybe Allison Janney could play Brian’s mom, Anna Sophia Robb could play Kenzie…

What’s next on your writing agenda?

That’s always a tricky question, because there’s what’s actually hitting shelves, and there’s what I’m working on. There’s usually a one to two year delay between the two! Next coming out is a contemporary (realistic) YA called RANDOM, about a girl who’s being charged in the suicide death of a former friend of hers, and the night before entering a plea, a random guy calls and says he’s going to kill himself unless she can talk him out of it. That comes out Summer 2014. Right now I’m working on a big handful of various novels – supernatural, realistic, middle grade…all across the board. One is about what might happen if the world literally went to hell. I’m still working out the mythology for that one.

What are some of your favorite books we should all be reading?

I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction lately…I highly recommend “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver on that front. For the supernatural fans out there, you have to read Lisa McMann’s “Cryer’s Cross.” Loved that. The old YA horror novels by John Bellairs are still among my favorite (like “The Mummy, The Will, and the Crypt”), as is the “Redwall” series by Brian Jacques. One of my all-time favorites is the audiobook version of Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.

CAN’T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK! 🙂

Melissa De La Cruz, Alyson Noel and Margaret Stohl Book Signing Events

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Book Signing Events at Ayala Center Cebu and The Podium

Frequently Asked Questions

 

When and whereare the book signings?

September 13, 6:00 pm, at the Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu

September 14, 4:00 pm, at The Podium Atrium

When will the registration be?

Registration opens at 10:00 am on September 13 at the Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu and at 10:00 am on September 14 at The Podium Atrium. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. Separate registrations for each event is required should you wish to attend both events. First come, first served.

 Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed?

We do not have any preset limit.  However, should there be an excessive number of people, we reserve the right to limit the number of people who can have their books signed.

 Is there a registration fee?

No. There is no registration fee.

 How many books can I have signed?

You may have up to 6 books total signed in any combination (i.e. 3 with Melissa, 2 with Alyson, 1 with Margaret OR 6 with Alyson, 0 with Melissa, 0 with Margaret). Only books purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers or Powerbooks will be accommodated.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books?

Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers orPowerbooks.

Do I need to buy on-site?

No. You can buy books before or during the events.

Can I have other items signed?

No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the authors.

Can we have our photo taken with the authors?

Yes, you can have your photo with each author when they sign your book. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person for each author.

How much are the books?

Melissa De La Cruz titles:

BLUE BLOODS 1: BLUE BLOODS (Trade Paperback – P325)

BLUE BLOODS 2: MASQUERADE (Trade Paperback – 325)

BLUE BLOODS 3: REVELATIONS (Trade Paperback – P325)

BLUE BLOODS 4: VAN ALEN LEGACY (Trade Paperback – P325)

BLUE BLOODS 5: MISGUIDED ANGEL (Trade Paperback – P285)

BLUE BLOODS 6: LOST IN TIME (Trade Paperback – P315)

BLUE BLOODS 7: GATES OF PARADISE (Hardcover – P589)

BLUE BLOODS: KEYS TO THE REPOSITORY (Trade Paperback – P325)

BLUE BLOODS: BLOODY VALENTINE (Trade Paperback – P299)

WITCHES OF EAST END and SERPENT’S KISS BUNDLE (Trade Paperback – P565)

Alyson Noel titles:

EVERMORE (Trade Paperback – P395)

BLUE MOON (Trade Paperback – P395)

SHADOWLAND (Trade Paperback – P465; Hardcover – P649)

DARK FLAME (Trade Paperback – P465; Hardcover – P675)

NIGHT STAR (Trade Paperback – P465)

EVERLASTING (Trade Paperback – P465; Hardcover – P789)

RADIANCE (Trade Paperback – P345)

SHIMMER (Trade Paperback – P345)

DREAMLAND (Trade Paperback – P345)

WHISPER (Trade Paperback – P345)

FATED (Trade Paperback – P465; Hardcover – P879)

ECHO (Trade Paperback – P465)

MYSTIC (Trade Paperback – P465)

KISS & BLOG (Trade Paperback – P465)

KEEPING SECRETS (Trade Paperback – P465)

Margaret Stohl titles:

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (Trade Paperback – P399)

BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS (Trade Paperback – P399)

BEAUTIFUL CHAOS (Trade Paperback – P399)

BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION (Trade Paperback – P399)

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (Movie Tie-in, Mass Market Paperback – P325)

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES THREE BOOK BOXED SET (Trade Paperback – P1,159)

ICONS (Trade Paperback – P399)

Book Signing Event at the Manila International Book Fair

Frequently Asked Questions

 

When and where is the book signing at the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF)?

The MIBF signing will be on Sunday, September 15 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the National Book Store booth. For more information on the MIBF, you can go to http://www.manilabookfair.com.

Do I need a separate ticket to get into the MIBF?

Yes, you will still need a separate ticket to get into the MIBF.

When will the registration be?

Registration for the book signing at the Manila International Book Fair opens at 10:00 am. Only the first 200 registrants will be given a signing slot. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. First come, first served.

Is there a registration fee?

No. There is no registration fee.

How many books can I have signed?

You may have up to 6 books total signed in any combination (i.e. 3 with Melissa, 2 with Alyson, 1 with Margaret OR 6 with Alyson, 0 with Melissa, 0 with Margaret). Only books purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers or Powerbooks will be accommodated.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books?

Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers orPowerbooks.

Do I need to buy on-site?

No. You can buy books before or during the events.

Can I have other items signed?

No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the authors.

Can we have our photo taken with the author?

Yes, you can have your photo with each author when they sign your book. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person for each author.

How much are the books?

Melissa De La Cruz titles:

BLUE BLOODS 1: BLUE BLOODS (Trade Paperback – P325)

BLUE BLOODS 2: MASQUERADE (Trade Paperback – 325)

BLUE BLOODS 3: REVELATIONS (Trade Paperback – P325)

BLUE BLOODS 4: VAN ALEN LEGACY (Trade Paperback – P325)

BLUE BLOODS 5: MISGUIDED ANGEL (Trade Paperback – P285)

BLUE BLOODS 6: LOST IN TIME (Trade Paperback – P315)

BLUE BLOODS 7: GATES OF PARADISE (Hardcover – P589)

BLUE BLOODS: KEYS TO THE REPOSITORY (Trade Paperback – P325)

BLUE BLOODS: BLOODY VALENTINE (Trade Paperback – P299)

WITCHES OF EAST END and SERPENT’S KISS BUNDLE (Trade Paperback – P565)

Alyson Noel titles:

EVERMORE (Trade Paperback – P395)

BLUE MOON (Trade Paperback – P395)

SHADOWLAND (Trade Paperback – P465; Hardcover – P649)

DARK FLAME (Trade Paperback – P465; Hardcover – P675)

NIGHT STAR (Trade Paperback – P465)

EVERLASTING (Trade Paperback – P465; Hardcover – P789)

RADIANCE (Trade Paperback – P345)

SHIMMER (Trade Paperback – P345)

DREAMLAND (Trade Paperback – P345)

WHISPER (Trade Paperback – P345)

FATED (Trade Paperback – P465; Hardcover – P879)

ECHO (Trade Paperback – P465)

MYSTIC (Trade Paperback – P465)

KISS & BLOG (Trade Paperback – P465)

KEEPING SECRETS (Trade Paperback – P465)

Margaret Stohl titles:

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (Trade Paperback – P399)

BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS (Trade Paperback – P399)

BEAUTIFUL CHAOS (Trade Paperback – P399)

BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION (Trade Paperback – P399)

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (Movie Tie-in, Mass Market Paperback – P325)

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES THREE BOOK BOXED SET (Trade Paperback – P1,159)

ICONS (Trade Paperback – P399)

Latest Haul!

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Bought: 

Send Me A Sign by Tiffany Schmidt (Fully Booked)

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar (Fully Booked)

For review: 

Antigoddess

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Antigoddess by Kendare Blake (NetGalley)

Thank you, Tor Teen!

Won: 

Time After Time

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E-ARC of Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone (from Alice Marvels‘ giveaway)

I didn’t expect to win Alice Marvels’ giveaway! I was so happy when I received Lauren’s e-mail on August 8th telling me that I won an access of the Time After Time ARC. Two days later, Tamara’s e-mail came with the code of the Time After Time ARC from Disney Hyperion! *flails* Time Between Us is one of my favorite 2012 releases and I’m dying to read its sequel. More Bennett and Anna! Many thanks to Lauren of Alice Marvels, Tamara Ireland Stone, and Disney Hyperion! You guys definitely know how to put a smile on a bookworm’s face . 🙂

Best Saturday Ever: Kiera Cass in Manila

Last August 3, 2013, I attended my very first author event as a blogger, the Bloggers’ Forum with New York Times Bestselling Author Kiera Cass. The forum was held a few hours before Kiera’s book signing in the afternoon. My stomach fluttered in excitement and nervousness on my way to the venue. Aside from meeting Kiera Cass, it was also my first time to meet my fellow book bloggers. I’ve only communicated with them via Twitter so it was so awesome to have interacted with them in person. It felt so good to know that there are people who share the same passion for reading as I do.

Kiera lit up the room with her friendly smile and cheerful disposition. My heart did the shimmy, pirouette and the splits (Sounds familiar? Hint: It’s the BEST SONG I’ve EVER added to my writing playlist.) as Kiera walked down the aisle toward the platform! The Selection trilogy is one of my favorite series and meeting its author is an unbelievable moment. We bloggers were given the opportunity to ask questions which Kiera gladly answered.

After the forum, we went to National Bookstore Glorietta 1 for the book signing at 4:00 p.m. The place was packed with fans who patiently waited in line to have their books signed by Kiera. We also met  bloggers, Algel and Kayla, as we waited for the signing to start.

The screams of 600+ fans signaled that Kiera has finally arrived. I was so surprised that there were also fanboys of The Selection trilogy who shared  thoughts about the books while in line. Despite the long hours of waiting, everyone still wore huge smiles on their faces. EVERYTHING WAS WORTH THE WAIT.

Book events such as this truly bring bookworms together. Hooray for new friends!  I look forward to seeing fellow book bloggers again soon! Thank you to JB and Chad of National Bookstore for the invite. 🙂

Pictures from the forum and the signing: 

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(Photo from Sab The Book Eater)

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(Photo from The Soul Sisters)

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L-R: Chyna of Lite-Rate-Ture!, Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again, Sab of Sab The Book Eater, me, Leslie of Bibliophilekid, Dani of Book Whales, and Kai of Amaterasu Reads

(Photo from Kate Garidan M)

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L-R: Me, Dianne, Maricar of Blackplume, Kai, Lyra of Defiantly Deviant, and Leslie

(Photo from Sab The Book Eater)

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Kiera and her husband, Callaway

Cute as a button, both of you! (Sounds familiar again?)

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Kiera signing my book!

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It was great meeting you, Kiera!

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The bloggers and some members of The Selection PH with Kiera Cass

(Photo from Kate Garidan M)

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Waiting for the signing to start at National Bookstore Glorietta 1

(Photo from The Soul Sisters)

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With Sab

(Photo from Sab The Book Eater)

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With Louisse of The Soul Sisters

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With Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs

(Photo from Sab The Book Eater)

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With Dianne

(Photo from Sab The Book Eater)

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With Algel of Books and Cozy Afternoons and Kayla of The Bookish Owl

(Photo from Sab The Book Eater)

My signed copies of The Selection and The Elite:

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ARC Review: Ink by Amanda Sun (Paper Gods #1)

InkTitle: Ink

Author: Amanda Sun

Published: July 5, 2013

Publisher: MIRA Ink

Pages: 384

Source: e-ARC from the publisher

Synopsis:

A MAGIC MIGHTIER THAN ANY SWORD

A DESTINY THAT CAN’T BE DENIED

Katie Greene is lost in the wake of her mum’s death. Sent to Japan, she meets gorgeous but aloof artist Tomohiro, whose tough attitude intrigues and scares her. Then things get really strange. When they’re near each other, Tomohiro’s drawings start to come to life…

Soon the wrong people begin to ask questions, and Katie and Tomohiro must risk everything to protect the truth

*Image and synopsis from Goodreads

My review: 

For a long time, I’ve been wishing to read a paranormal/fantasy YA novel set in Asia and has a unique and compelling plot. I browsed every shelf at bookstores looking for something that suits my interest, but did not find any. I wanted a story that will blow my mind with its awesomeness and will make me beg for more after reading the last page. I discovered Ink from a book blog late last year and I considered that moment an answered prayer. I was instantly dazzled by the gorgeous cover and the equally undeniable synopsis. Set in Japan? Drawings come to life? Oh my gosh, I WANT this book! I put Ink in my 2013 TBR list right away.

Amanda Sun did a great job in telling the story. Her thorough and comprehensible descriptions combined with the well-paced story sequence made this debut novel a vibrant read. Ink immediately whisked me away from reality and shoved me into a glittering fictional world that radiates color, magic and mystery. I’ve never been to Japan but when I read Ink, I felt like I went on a field trip to that country. Amanda Sun captured the soul and magnificence of Japan’s reality and outstandingly integrated it into fiction. Her first hand experience of living in Japan is a huge factor in presenting its rich culture. Authenticity bleeds on every page and that’s one of the reasons why I find this book so good. I’ve always had a thing for effortless and organic writing and Ink embodied those qualities.

I found the Japanese words planted within the story—places, food, expressions—really interesting and informative. I was not only reading for enjoyment but also learning at the same time. Ink made me appreciate the Japanese culture and language. In fact, I remembered my Japanese foster sister, Yuri, who stayed with my family for a few days last December 2012. She and her classmates had an educational tour in the Philippines. Yuri taught us a few Japanese words and one of those was Ohayo.

The paranormal aspect of Ink is fantastic. It certainly gave the story a heartbeat that resonates in its entirety. The Kami enraptured me with their power and mystique. I was just a few chapters into Ink when I felt the mythology’s mystery embracing me with its allure. Because of that, it became impossible for me to stop reading so I let myself fall into its trap. I devoured Ink in three days and it was a phenomenal experience.

Katie and Tomohiro are both wonderful characters. Katie is a brave, independent and motivated girl. She doesn’t give up easily and would really fight for what she wants. On the other hand, Tomohiro is a tough guy. Yet beneath his tough exterior is a caring and loving person. He’s a gifted artist and a good cook! Isn’t that awesome? Katie is lucky to have a boyfriend like him. If Katie wouldn’t mind, I’d like to borrow Tomohiro for a day and ask him to cook for me. Haha! Readers will undoubtedly swoon over their relationship. At first, Tomohiro was a jerk towards Katie and of course, the girl hated it. Tomohiro was an enigma, a puzzle that Katie wanted to solve. So she followed him everywhere he went until she got answers to questions swimming inside her head. As Katie and Tomohiro learned more about one another and uncovered their secrets, they fell in love. Their falling in love was kind of fast but it was so sweet and adorable. 🙂

The last five sentences of Ink gave me chills and left me hanging. I could not stop thinking about the story even after I finished reading it. I’m so eager to find out what happens next but of course, I have to wait until next year for that.

Ink is a spectacular, one-of-a-kind debut novel that displays beauty and truth in the heart of a mystical world. Truly, a beautiful masterpiece.

Rating:

5/5 stars