Welcome to The Selective Collective. Together with our friends at The Book Addict’s Guide, Gone Pecan, The Grown Up YA and Teen Lit Rocks, we’ll be exploring a new release in its entirety, from review to author spotlight, to a roundtable chat, among other fun things.
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. (Goodreads)
This book takes you all the way to Japan. And Amanda Sun immerses you in that world–the language, the customs, the adjustments of an American girl just trying to fit in. For me, having lived in beautiful Southern California all of my life, I realized that this book–and many like it–have me itching to experience life in other countries. Now, I’m not saying I’d live anywhere else (ok, I’d probably live in England), but I’d love to become engrossed in another culture, another way of life, even if only for a day or two. And since money is limited (surprisingly, being a stay at home mom does not pay well), books are the best way for me to travel.
So, take a tour with me around the world!
Australia seems like an amazing place with so much scenery I wouldn’t know where to start. For now I’ll trust one of the greatest YA authors around, Melina Marchetta, to give me a taste of life there.
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Special thanks to Harlequin Teen for providing review copies of Ink.