Tuesday, June 25, 2013

INK and IN THE AFTER Swap Characters!

Two exciting YA books release today, IN THE AFTER by Demitria Lunetta and INK by Amanda Sun. Here’s what these two Luckies have to say about each others books…and see what happens when their MCs swap worlds!

Yay! Happy Book Birthday to Amanda Sun with her much anticipated debut novel, INK. This book has it all, an amazing MC, an exciting Japanese backdrop, and a dreamy, gorgeous, bad-boy love interest!

Ink (Paper Gods, #1)Here’s the Goodreads Summary:

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.

Here’s what I have to say about INK:

This book made me want to visit Japan! The main character, Katie, is immersed in Japanese culture, and it feels like you are too. It’s great for readers unfamiliar with Japan, because you learn along with Katie. She’s such a great, relatable MC, I felt like I was in her shoes (or lack of shoes)! 

This is such a fantastic spin on the standard paranormal genre…I mean, Japanese Gods…talk about a fresh and exciting idea. Oh, and what an amazing cover!

What would Amy and Baby do if they had the power to make their drawings come to life, with the risk of them being dangerous or out of control?

First of all, if Amy ever went to Japan, she’d be set…she doesn’t wear shoes!

I think Amy would be intrigued at the idea of making her drawings come to life…who wouldn’t? That is, until the dangerous and out of control bit happens. Amy’s smart though, and would want to get to the bottom of why her drawings are coming to life, and how to stop them from hurting others, especially Baby. Don’t worry, though, Baby is highly adaptive…and fantastic at hiding, so she wouldn’t be in any danger from the wayward drawings.

Amy would probably stop drawing, unless she or Baby were in danger and she could draw something to come to their aid. Unfortunately Amy isn’t know for her art skills, so hopefully a stick-figure dragon can protect them from danger! J I think Amy might actually do better in the After with Them!

INK is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! And follow her on twitter @Amanda_Sun

 - Demitria Lunetta, Author of IN THE AFTER
Demitria Lunetta 

Happy Book Birthday to my launch sibling Demitria Lunetta! IN THE AFTER is available now, and you all need to go read it because it's FANTASTIC!

In the After (In the After #1)Here's the summary from Goodreads:

They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you've ever seen.
And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more.

Rebellious, courageous, and tender, this unforgettable duo will have you on the edge of your seat as you tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta.

And here's what I had to say about IN THE AFTER:

What an intense story! I absolutely loved the relationship between Amy and Baby and watching how they struggled to survive in the After. It was a very special and unique relationship--I haven't read anything like it before.

IN THE AFTER is such a great post-apocalyptic book with very real characters and many interesting twists. With beautiful writing and authentic characters, it's everything you'd want in a good read!

How would Tomo and Katie survive an alien invasion?

Eep. Well, if they're like the aliens in IN THE AFTER, survival would be tough. Everything Tomohiro draws comes to life, so Tomo would sketch a wall around them to keep the aliens out. The problem is that his drawings are always sinister, which means the ink would probably leave a crack in the wall where the stone was crumbling. Katie and Tomo would use all the muscle they've built up from kendo practices to patch up the wall with stones to keep the aliens out.

After that, they'd have to stay alive. Good thing Tomo is a fantastic cook! He'd keep them going on miso soup and daikon he could grow in the garden. Too bad his drawings would be too dangerous to eat. They'd probably result in indigestion ^_^

Whenever Katie's around the ink, Tomo loses control of his dark ability, so together, they could unleash a dragon to fight against the aliens. I bet it could gobble up quite a few in that giant maw of his!
So, I think together they might stand a fighting chance--what do you think? ^_^
IN THE AFTER is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. And follow her on twitter @demitrialunetta
- Amanda Sun, Author of INK
Amanda Sun

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