'Waiting on Wednesday' is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
As soon as I stumbled upon this book on Goodreads a couple of months back, I knew it had to go straight to the top of my TBR list. This Wednesday, I am waiting on Ink by Amanda Sun.
I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.
Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.
A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.
And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.
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.
Not many people know this, but I'm actually a big fan of Japan - I've wanted to visit it ever since I can remember, and I'm intrigued by their different cultures and beliefs. Although more young adult novels are starting to have characters who are ethnic minorities, I find that they are still in short supply - come on, can you think of one male book character who is black, or Asian, or Chinese? No, I can't either. I think that's one of the main things that drew me to this novel - not only is it based somewhere foreign, but the resident hottie has the possibility to be quite exotic? Yes please!
Linking in with my love for the different cultures, I'm excited to learn more about these ancient gods of Japan - I love novels surrounding Greek mythology, so it'll be great to learn about other ancient beliefs. I also think the cover is so enticing - it is quite simple, really, but there's something eye-catching about it; something beautiful.
So what are you waiting on this Wednesday? Leave a comment below, and don't forget to join in with the New Year, New Books! giveaway - you only have six more days left to enter!