✿ [EPUB] ✷ Ink By Amanda Sun ❥ – Agedanna.info
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review This did not alter my thoughts in any way.Disclaimer This can be very rant y And maybe a little spoiler y.Like a lot of people out there, I love Japanese culture I ve read a LOT of mangas, edited and translated a few, have my own scanlation group, watched a lot of JDramas, sang so many of their songs, watched animes ONE PIECE FTW FOLKS , etc etc I mean, I m far from being the ultimate otaku, but there was a point in my life that I listened, watched, and read Japanese material exclusively So, yes, aside from the delicious cover, Ink drew me in simply for its premise Sure, it s already riddled with clich s new girl moving to town, paranormal guy who doesn t want the heroine near him cause he s dangerous , but the execution is what s important And the characters The characters have to be likeable Or else I go grumpy Like a mean cat.Unfortunately, what this book garnered is having the most status updates from me Check out this review and scroll down and you ll see a WALL of text of ranting and just me being overly annoyed with the heroine s stupidity I tell you, she s the most obnoxious little thing EVER But first, let s get to the good stuff before I transform into the angry Hulk, yes THE POSITIVE Okay, first, Sun s writing is pretty refreshing She really knows how to write and I applaud her for that Her prose, although awkward at times, was a delight to read I think there needed build up in some certain areas, though, but generally, it s pretty good And I love how well written and researched this book is You can really feel you re in Japan, and needless to say, it felt like watching some animes and reading some mangas all over again She got the attitudes right, the honorifics right, the language rightSonna wake nai janreally got to me You hear that in every anime jdrama , etc It felt like it s a tribute to a particular audience, y know For those who love Japanese culture because it felt too familiar to me, so I kind of understand why other people can t really get into it The sprinkling of Japanese words did seem a little too much and weren t they already speaking Japanese So why put Japanese words in the dialogue My only concern was that the glossary was a bit underwhelming I definitely think a few solid explanations could ve been put for some words.THE NEGATIVE Whoo boy here comes the negativeOkay The only negative factor that I found here is the heroine, Bella swan Katie Greene She s a blonde American who traveled across the globe to live with her aunt after her mom died and her grandparents are still not in the condition yet to care for her so here s sulky Katie Greene, who wants nothing of Japan and only cares about going home to the land of the free THEN she meets elusive, dangerous, but cool Yuu Tomohiro, and here is where the shit goes down down down down downI hate Katie Greene Or Greene Katie Whatever I HATE HER.My wall of text of status updates is dedicated to this stupid, impulsive, silly girl who can t make herself to stay put for 2 seconds I initially liked this gaijin who felt lost in an all new world, but after meeting the love interest, she started becoming so obnoxious that I couldn t help but rage every fricking chapter So, why do I hate her One, she s very impulsive and obnoxious She was so curious about Tomohiro that she kept on stalking him and bothering him She made it a point to always find him in the crowd, and when they do find each other and he goes all cold on her, she would say,That guy has it for me What a meanie He should stay away from meTHE FUCK Isn t that what you should be telling yourself You eavesdropped on a private conversation, made a fool of yourself by climbing a fucking tree to make war , and you have the gall to say that he was the one bothering you After climbing that tree of her own will half of the school saw her skirt AND SHE EVEN BLAMED IT ON THE POOR BOY Like seriously If I were Tomohiro, I d be running away from you, too Why Cause you re a crazy dumbass, that s why She s so curious about him she stalks him day in and day out.So, there was this scene where she followed him to this garden, and another where she bought a bike because she saw him ride a bike and decided it was smart to follow him in the same manner, etc etc And then when they met again, she was told, Stay away from me and she thought to herself, That s my line NO IT S HIS LINE IT S HIS FUCKING LINE AND IT S FREAKING JUSTIFIED And then not to mention she would be so wishy washy after I want him to leave me alone didn t I I never wanted to see him again rightOMG Make up your own damn mind Just admit your eyes went Ka Ching Insta Loveand leave us out of your torturous monologues And then she went on to say that it was Tomohiro who wanted to mess with her head She was so fucking certain he s out there to get her when she was the one who s been trying her damn hardest to get his fucking attention See the inconsistency Nah, you re just a dumbass, Katie A big, big moron It was like this for the first 20% and needless to say, while I was reading that much, I was soooo tempted to just drop it then and there I can t stand the heroine I just can t.So cue in another hot guy who gasp told her she was beautiful and she felt like she betrayed Tomohiro somehow by liking that LOLOLOLOLOL Say whatYou felt that when just a few moments ago you were chastising him WHAT You guys weren t even a couple yet and she felt like she betrayed him Uh huhSecond, she s so forceful and selfish Obviously, our dear love interest had his own secrets up his sleeves, precious secrets he wasn t not ready to tell anyone yet But Katie Wait She ain t got time fo that So what did she do, you ask Why, she went on forcing him to spill his beans And every time she did this little stunt of hers I get so upset because she didn t seem to care about what those secrets could mean to him She just wanted to satiate her own curiosity Like, girl The dude has secrets, we get that Let him say them to you in his own time, okay Give it a rest He ll eventually tell you CHILLAX THE WORLD AIN T GONNA END, YO Third, she overreacts A LOT She overanalyzes the simplest of things like everything fucking revolves around her One scene that made me see red was this Kendo match Tomohiro and Ishikawa were sparring each other, and she saw how focused Tomohiro was, and then she went, Perhaps Yuki and Tanaka were right maybe I shouldn t get near him Maybe he really is dangerous. LIKE LOOOOOOOL DUDE DUUUUUUUUDE LOOK AROUND, WHAT DO YOU SEE THAT S RIGHT A KENDO MATCH Of fucking course he d be focused as hell and be all HAAAAH Do you want him to do jump ropes or something or do ballet HECK NO It s a fucking contact sport Good god.And when they did finally get together ugh , there would be moments where she d drop lines like she can t live without him , that the guy want her like he never wanted anything Like, whoa OK And when she suspected he was avoiding her, she felt like the balance of the world was tipping LOLOLOL Gosh, girlObnoxious much You need to slow the fuck down Seriously.And here s what sealed the deal of why she s my most hated heroine ever.So when everything was going apeshit, Tomohiro brought her to a love hotel and tried to rape her She was all hurt, and ran away THEN eventually, she got to the realization that it was all an act I was a moron An absolute, total moron.It wasn t like Tomohiro to take me to a love hotel, to say the things he d said He was messing with me to get me to hate him.To save me. Girl girrrrl Are you listening to yourself right now That IS not romantic at all, and that is not the right way to think Whether or not he pretended to rape you to protect you, it s still downright wrong, and I can t believe you re thinking you were the stupid one Hurting others to protect them is not cool, okay HUFF PUFF HUFF PUFF Okay This has gone a wee bit too far.Overall, the heroine ruined everything for me As in I couldn t help but seethe every time she does something that annoys me and it totally ruined the reading experience And as others have said, it s a clusterfuck of clich s, too, so that also influenced this rating I m unsure whether or not I ll read the next books, but I ll definitely read other books from Amanda Sun that s not in this series If I have to endure one page of Katie yapping, I ll go insane Seriously.Final verdict 2 stars I actually thought it was illegal for a novel with a cover this good to be so painful Illegal But when I checked with my lawyer, she said I should get out unless I was going to pay her and I am definitely not going to pay her Pfft So I m still not sure about that But what I am sure about is that Amanda Sun has a lot of potential as a writer, even if this book was a painful mess for me I know that doesn t seem to make sense Even I can t explain it.It s redeeming feature is that, once the relationship between Katie and Tomo was underway, the story did pick up considerably due to the not insignificant sexual chemistry between the two No points if you re able to guess the reason for that Okay, I lie I never really got Katie s Tomo obsession I can tell Amanda Sun has a talent and knack for manufacturing a sweet and tender relationship When Tomo and Katie were together, it was the only time I really liked them Individually, though, meeeeehhhhhh Tomo was like the paper drawings he made just a bunch of ink on the page.Katie fares only marginally better This girl must seriously be a 9 11 truther or false flagger Everything makes her suspicious Give her a look and she ll stalk you for months Teenage boy spends time alone Most normal people would rightly assume excessive masturbation on his part Not Katie Something s gotta be up with that, amirite I could make fun of her all day, but you have to give it to her Crazy stalker or not, the girl has agency She believes in her instincts, stands up for herself and makes her own decisions Especially when it comes to the decision to stalk Gotta give that girl some serious stalking props too, may I add.So the characters can be flat and irritating, but the story still has entertainment value and the setting itself is detailed and almost lovingly illustrated for the reader But, and here s the big BUT Narratives are a bit like pitches If you see them coming too often then it s gameover Ink has so many tells, I hope it doesn t play cards The characters are always about five steps behind the reader and every plot point is thoroughly predictable.Ultimately, it s not a horrible book It s just generic, which is the most disappointing of all Because for many people out there, Japan and everything related to it holds a special place in our hearts So when an author is setting their novel there, it really needs to be something amazing It needs to be near perfection to live up to all our hopes and dreams There s a lot of power in fulfilling hopes and dreams And you know what they say about great power Goddamn it, Ink Will you take this seriously This review, and others like it, also appear on my blog, Cuddlebuggery Book Blog.This ARC was provided to me by the publisher for reviewing purposes This did not entice me to be any less annoyingly opinionated than I would otherwise be. Ink Is In Their BloodOn 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 BuildingWhen Katie Meets Aloof But Gorgeous Tomohiro, The Star Of The School S Kendo Team, She Is Intrigued By Himand 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 LifeSomehow Tomo Is Connected To The Kami, Powerful Ancient Beings Who Once Ruled Japan And 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 I can t believe I have it in me to hate a fictional character s actions this much.I know a lot of people are super excited about this book.I m here to help you with that problem.Ok, so you re a white girl in Asia Your mom has died, you re living with your hip aunt who teaches English in a medium small Japanese city You re making a few friends, sloshing your way through homework when BAMB Your obligatory love interest suddenly enters the picture Will he be cool Will he be funny How do you think you two will meet How about you see him for the first time as he s in a scream fight, breaking up with his current girlfriend because she just found out he got a girl pregnant Romantic Let me make it better for you you also learn that he almost got taken to jail when he was 9 for repeatedly stabbing his best friend kid almost lost an eye and then had to transfer schools But wait He s also got mafia connections That s right kids Yakuza The same people responsible for smuggling blond girls into the country and forcing them into the sex trade But because he s the cool type he s also emotionally distant and constantly posing.While I was reading this I constantly had to keep from hitting my head against the wall Of course poor Tomo is just really misunderstood and there are PERFECTLY REASONABLE EXPLANATIONS behind all of the above, but even before Katie knows for certain that he s not responsible she still falls for him To make matters worse we never really get solid evidence until the last moment that he s not someone s baby s daddy with a violent past Most of their discussions around these things go like I heard blah blah blah about you I didn t do it LOOK MAGIC I believe you without question MAKE OUT WITH ME.How fucking stupid is this girl You can t just put pregnant girlfriend, violent guy on the table and then not deal with that And even if we learn he was innocent of not attacking his friend back in elementary school at one point Tomo confesses to Katie that he regularly goes along with his best friend in the mob to shake down guys for him We hear he s constantly getting into fights and has had to drop out of schools clubs because of this HIS VIOLENT BEHAVIOR IS NOT AN ISOLATED INCIDENT WE HAVE HEARD AGAIN AND AGAIN ABOUT OTHER FIGHTS WHY IS THIS GUY SUPPOSED TO BE SO SEXY I ve been really wondering if I read the right book or if I somehow got sent a different book on accident It s seems like the most logical explanation for this failure I read The real INK just can t be this bad, right right The reason INK was so bad was because it was so average There wasn t anything unique about it other than the premise of paper gods It s a very standard YA paranormal romance that deviates very little from the set of rules that much of the genre follows Y know, this stuff someone moves into new townThis step is a must because how else are you going to find an awesome, mysterious guy that the heroine doesn t know While the love interest can be the one to move to the town, it is much preferred to have the heroine move as to add to her outcasty, uniqueness durh girl has trouble at schoolThis is also a must The girl must have enemies so add a popular girl and get some stupid and silly reason for her to utterly despise the main character Sometimes there isn t even a reason really best friends These best friends usually have zero personality and are used as filler material There isn t any real reason for them other than nice and cheap plot and character development Often they are used to push the heroine into the love interest the heroine must bump into a hot paranormal dudeThe sad part about this is that when I say, bumps into , I mean quite literally as the heroine usually falls into the love interest I m quite certain that every one of these guys have the power to somehow make the force of gravity stronger on these heroines Well, they don t call them paranormal dudes for nothing view spoiler Ok, I m the only one who calls them this BUT STILL hide spoiler Beautiful.even beautifuli m crying now.amazing.Tomo Excuse me for a moment as I squeal my lungs out This book was awe inspiring, awesome, funny, you name it Ink stars a foreign girl named Katie who moves to Japan There, she tries to fit in with her surroundings, whether it s actions, language or people And that s where we bring in Tomohiro Katie finds him fighting with someone and decides to follow him once school has let out But, instead of discovering why he s so mysterious, she gives him a full view of whats underneath her skirt Now that s something you don t see everyday But kids, don t be a pervert She s obviously wearing underwear Gosh.After humiliating herself in front of a cute guy, and also discovering he s not on drugs , Katie learns her lesson.And for main characters like her, we all know that her lesson is to keep following him like a stalker.That s right, persevere.But what does this lead to Hehe, you ll never know unless you read the book. This started out as a pretty good book I liked the setting, I love Japanese culture and yes I watch J and K dramas so I was hoping this one will shape out as one of them But cooler Don t judge me The author did a very good job with the feel of the culture and people At least at the beginning of the book I wanted to have a better description of the city, though I didn t manage to form an image for it in my mind and it kind of frustrated me, among other things that I will mention as we go on.As I mentioned before, the book was pretty good for about 2 3 chapters Then Katie, our lovely MC, meets Tomohiro, the hot Japanese dude, and she becomes obsessed with him Literally obsessed.I can t believe the amount of stupid shit this girl did Climbing a tall wall and screaming after a stranger like a lunatic only to remember that you re wearing a skirt and half the school can see your underwear Buying a bike just to stalk your current obsession BECAUSE you re sure he s up to something What the hell What he was hiding, why he was pushing me awayHe s just a stranger who wants nothing to do with you And you are a stalker who keeps on bothering him It s that simple Maybe he was onto me Maybe he was messing with me againAnother thing that pissed me off about this book is the love triangle Of course we had to have a love triangle And it s forced as fuck What would a Young Adult book be without a love triangle Our lovely Katie Greene gets not one, but two guys with overly sweet smelling hair gels It s Japan after all they all have hair gels and ear rings It s a thing there So yeah, you get the too sweet, too kind, always there to help third wheel You need to teach young girls to friendzone the good guys and go for the dicks That s how life goes.Another thing that bothered me, small as it is, is how easy the Mc managed to have complex conversations in Japanese only after a few months of studying the language As far as I know Japanese is a difficult language and requires a lot of time to master Is she a genius for managing to achieve this so fast She didn t act like a genius throughout the part that I barely managed to read Just sayin.What else didn t I pick on The story is silly and boring, the characters are cheesy and boring There were some drawings in the book they looked cool Not really impressed for some reason And Katie and Tomohiro s relationship evolved way too fastWarui, he whispered in apology, and I knew then that I couldn t live without him, even when he was infuriating Which was pretty much all the timeAnd the drop that filled the cupSuki, he breathed, I love you, and then the softness of his lips pressed against mine and the world caught fire, everything light and f lame and burningOk, so first of all, from what I know, Japanese people take their time with dropping the I love you bomb than Westerners They go for something like I like you first and I love you when it s really serious I m 50% in and he s already declaring his love This is complete bull.After this point I couldn t make myself go on with the book and I had to drop it I have no idea if things get better later on, and to tell you the truth I don t give a monkey s ass if they do, and I really don t care about any of the characters If it were to me they should all die and save ourselves the trouble of reading these silly books Cancel a series, save a tree You know, important stuff.Review also posted on I am not going to lie, Ink may as well be the one of the best debut titles of 2013, if not the very best It has everything, EVERYTHING I didn t know I was looking for so badly Mixing the old with the new, Ink gives us the dangerous heart stopping tale we always crave in a completely new setting that involves paper gods, kendo clubs, and sizzling Japanese style romance.Katie lost her mother, and soon after her homeland With her grandfather battling cancer Katie has no choice but to move in with her aunt, Diane, who is an English teacher living in Japan Now Katie not only has to deal with the crippling pain of losing her mother, but she also has to learn three different alphabets and try not to embarrass herself on a daily basis From this point forward her life shall never be the same Then she meets Tomohiro, a kendo star and a secret artist, and her life gets double complicated Soon after she starts seeing drawings start to move and all hell breaks loose Is she crazy Or the frightening option, what if she is not Katie is a likable main character Right off the bat I liked this girl, she is lost, so totally lost in her new home, but she really tries Although some times I was a little frustrated with some of her reactions when it came to Tomohiro girl is slightly obsessed, with a sort of good reason but not even I would have gone after Tomo like that I like how she embraced the Japanese culture, made friends, and even managed to fall in love, all while never losing sight of her inner pain Amanda Sun handled the situation beautifully, not making it seem like Katie completely forgot about her mother but still letting her fall hard Which leads us toTomo, and the sexy ass romance I have watched this show called Playful Kiss South Korean romantic comedy series so when Tomo at the beginning was all hot and cold and seemed not to make sense I instantly connected him with the main male character from the show Baek Seung Jo Which is why I wasn t too mad at him I guess But in all seriousness this guy avoided telling the truth even than Edward Cullen It was frustrating, but then again it adds to the intrigue Tomo is at the end of the day just a sweet sexy guy with an incredible connection to the dark side I loved him He is just so complicated, and kind of a jerk at times true but overall he is a good guy at heart They can t all be perfect, then again who wants perfect I know he is not Japanese, but he is just the person that came to mind while reading Ink.And oh gosh the romance When even referring to someone by their first name is proof of intimacy you know you have another thing coming A mere touch is enough to make you swoon It s so romantic, and everyone is blushing and andAHHH There is also some very steam worthy scenes so be prepared and brace yourself see picture above for confirmation.But, I would have to say one of my favorite parts of the whole book was Japan The way that Amanda Sun describes day to day Japan just makes you want to be there and experience it After reading the book I went online to look for a way to learn Japanese, because it is just so intriguing The food the food , the sights, the devious men would it make me a horrible person if I said specially this Oh Tomo I too want to spend a day watching the Sakura with friends while eating a picnic I also liked how we get to experience Japan through Katie s eyes an Amerika jin which helps us not only to connect with her in this completely new experience difficult time but also to be able to dive into the culture little by little thus helping us not get overwhelmed with information.At the end I had a lot of unanswered questions of course I wanted some background story on Katie and her parents where is her dad who is her dad I also had questions about the Paper Gods and how is Katie exactly connected to them, why But I am guessing these silly things shall all be answered in the next books so I am not letting myself obsessed about it and just go with the flow Amanda Sun will take care of it, I know she will.You guys HAVE to read Ink It was just too good, and refreshing to pass up You will stay up hours into the night reading this book, I guarantee it. Completely LOVED this book If you ve ever watched a Japanese drama, you know exactly what to expect Cute bad boys, a gutsy girl, silly friends, and DRAMA Throw in a paranormal twist and you ve got a blockbuster It was so authentic too, this author obviously lived and breathed in Japan and it shows Everything was meticulously researched down to the food, kendo, the customs, the language, how real Japanese teens talk everything It made me miss my Japanese classes so much to read about how these things looked through a gaijin s eyes, just like I had for so long And I ve been to Tokyo and it s one of the most welcoming, bizarre, lovely, crazy busy, and wonderful places I ve ever been I m sure Shizuoka is just as beautiful The absolute worst thing about this whole book though Giving me one chapter of the next book at the end.ARGH.Forgot to add, the arc was given to me by NetGalley Reading the negative reviews, I understand now why they re so up and down Japanese and Korean dramas are definitely an acquired taste They re formulaic They re basically soap operas, but I ate them up for years while I was studying Japanese and fell in unabashed love.And this book pulled up those memories and made me long to visit Japan all over again Here s a link to Toro Iseki, so you can see where Tomo and Katie spent so much time together And jeez, view spoiler no wonder people saw the dragon hide spoiler A little while ago, forsaking my credit card bill, and the fact that I work 25 hours a week at minimum waaaahhhhhhhggUgh, I should just stop In the last six months or so I began throwing handfuls of copper coins at things like potato scones and cigarettes and 40 Ryanair flights to mystery destinations The absolute best thing about Ryanair is that it is SO janky and SO cheap and you never know quite where you re going, you just know you re getting on whatever flight is cheapest, landing near whatever hostel is cheapest, so that you can spent five days waffling around drinking local beer and talking to Australians or Americans who have their lives together.Americans and Australians who travel almost always have their lives together They weren t the ones who threw the contents of their swear jar at an unplanned trip to an unplanned destination and only got the time off by calling in sick to work from Malta I have swine flu, I can t come in, ignore the sounds of softly cawing gulls and Maltese people laughing at the sun drenched bus stop behind me Americans and Australians who travel are brave souls who have saved up for extortionate flights and they ve spent on planning and guidebooks and making sure that they make the most of travelling to the other side of the world I salute them so hard They are so organised and I am a human disaster.I live in the UK, so my privileged ass only needs to be verbally abused by elderly people to whom I serve coffee and fried food for a while, get a shite pay check, chip away very slightly at a growing stack of bills, then buy a ticket for 9.99 on a flying tin can and within four hours I m staggering someplace new.This was how I ended up in Berlin, inappropriately dressed, with five days worth of living supplies stuffed into a backpack I bought on Etsy That backpack has been there for me It was there when I cried in Halifax airport and when I nearly got the cops called on me on the Berlin subway and when I had to use very, very alternate methods of wipage in the bathrooms at the cyber park in Marrakech I DO NOT HAVE 10 DIRHAM FOR TOILET PAPER I AM NOT THAT PREPARED.So when I was in Berlin, at a bad time of year to be there, when it snowed every day and the hostel scene was sparse because who the fuck goes to Berlin in winter, I met this older woman, and it was her sixty fifth birthday so she gave me some birthday cake and a huge shot of cognac She told me about how she had been moving from hostel to hostel for the past few weeks, because her upstairs neighbours in her apartment block were cooking meth She was from Berlin, an absolutely lovely woman, and she said something that captures the city so perfectly So sweetly I could not have said it better myself Berlin I love it and I hate it This book.I love it and I hate it.It s this sort of Frankenstinian thing, this lumbering creature that you can t grab a hold of, so when it wanders off the straight and narrow and down a plot line that makes absolutely no sense, all you can really do is shrug and say, Oh, okay On one hand, it so beautifully captures how bloody exhausting it is not only to enter a country whose culture is different to yours, but to live there I remember feeling the way Katie does, staggering home after attending foreign high school where I am the foreigner, and feeling so emotionally and physically drained and anxious that I d collapse into bed and sleep the rest of the afternoon away like an elderly woman Or like a hamster.Katie is spunky, she s sharp She does dumb shit because said dumb shit moves the plot along, but her core characterisation is so enjoyable She s not afraid to climb trees and confront the guys who look up her skirt when she does She s so dry but sensitive and she really cares about shit like, she cares about people s feelings.But the problem lies with Tomohiro, and how great his characterisation was at the beginning, before it got creepy and problematic, then irritatingly saccharine I get that he s loyal, and I also get that he s afraid of himself so he feels like he has to push people away to protect them, but couldn t he just have told Katie that she breeds with the mouth of a goat Did he have to make her think he was a rapist What the ever loving fuck is that all about How weird How problematic How Did I already say weird And not in a good way In a let s back away slowly because this is getting wildly out of hand kind of way The mythology was this book s saving grace honest to god, it s the only thing saving it from being a total shit show If this had been about vampires, I d have flushed it down the toilet But Kami are new to me, and this particular magical element was something I d never come across before It was fresh and exciting to me, and beautifully rendered in action The way Tomohiro draws, almost shamefully, with an air of fear about him, was painful and beautiful But did the bloody Yakuza really need to come into this Did they really Are you serious with this Why But this is my tussle with this book it s so lovable and yet so fucking hateable too The artwork is gorgeous, but the villains are ridiculous, to the point of being comical I really liked Katie, but Tomohiro was such a clusterfuck The setting was gorgeously written, with so much heart, but then there were car chases and mobsters and other such silly gimmicky crap I loved Katie s relationship with her aunt, but she treated Yuki like shit And that girl was only ever nice to her At the end of the day, this is your average YA formula with a few really cool, interesting embellishments It s a big tangle of wasted potential, which is such a shame It s like going somewhere new and exciting, but knowing that in order to get you there, Ryanair will starve you and freeze you half to death before slamming you down with such force on the runway at the other end that your ass actually leaves the seat.Outhie I bih my thung.