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Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani

Ink and Ashes (edition 2015)

by Valynne E. Maetani (Author)

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"When Japanese American Claire Takata finds out that her deceased father was once a member of the yakuza, a Japanese crime syndicate, danger enters her life that could end up killing someone"--
Title:Ink and Ashes
Authors:Valynne E. Maetani (Author)
Info:Tu Books (2015), Edition: 1, 368 pages
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Considering my lack of excitement about realistic reads (even sort-of-realistic-mystery-esque-reads like this one), I wasn't sure what to expect going into this story. I ended up LOVING the family/friend dynamics and most of the characters. Claire felt so teenagery, even to the point where I would get exasperated at something she said or did and would have to remind myself that, probably, a real teen would make a similar choice. This is a great book to pick up if you'd like a solid mystery with thriller elements and plenty of funny throw away lines. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
So, I accidentally read this book...I know...sounds dumb, but I mistakenly thought it was on a list of books that I am required to read for a committee I am on, but I am so glad I read it! I loved this book! I loved Claire and how determined she was in everything she did. I love that she's not a simpering, whiny MC depending on everyone else to save/help her. With that being said, however, she does have a crew of boys/family that are with her all the way, and that is AWESOME. I have always envied people that have life-long friends that remain friends through thick and thin, and this is how Claire's crew is.

I loved the protectiveness of the guys, but I also love that Claire is still very independent.

I loved the mystery, I loved the suspense, and I loved the outcome. All-in-all, this is a MUST READ! ( )
  KWadyko | Mar 5, 2018 |
You know, it's really refreshing to read a book where all the situations are completely plausible and are handled like they would be in real life (aka talking to your parents! contacting the police!). This was good, really good. ( )
  eaduncan | Sep 14, 2017 |
A little suspense, a little family drama, a little romance, all add up to a page turning read. ( )
  kimpiddington | Feb 15, 2017 |
Claire suddenly finds that her dad and her step-father might have a history together that she and her siblings knew nothing about. A curious and tenacious person, Claire enlists the help of her brothers and best friends to get to the bottom of the mystery. Unfortunately, it takes them places they don't want to go and gets them in a lot of life-threatening situations.
There's a romance.
There's action and suspense.
I read this book in an afternoon. It hooked me in, and I wanted to know what was going on. The group is pretty ingenious.
Might be a little mature for 4-5, but I think middle schoolers would really like it! ( )
  ewyatt | Aug 17, 2016 |
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