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Author: Eric Smith

Series: Standalone

Rating: 2.5 stars

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: Tattoos once were an act of rebellion.

Now they decide your destiny the moment the magical Ink settles under your skin.

And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can’t escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice.

But when he upsets the very Scribe scheduled to give him his Ink on his eighteenth birthday, he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that sends the corrupt, magic-fearing government, The Citadel, after him and those he loves.

Now Caenum, Dreya, and their reluctant companion Kenzi must find their way to the Sanctuary, a secret town where those with the gift of magic are safe. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Ink, its dark origins, and why they are the only ones who can stop the Citadel.

How I got this book: Netgalley

Release Date: February 3, 2015

The Short Version:

First things first: everyone ignore the synopsis. It doesn’t mean anything.

Second, I did not like this book. This book made me angry. Of all 191 pages, I think I enjoyed 15 of them all up.

WARNING: THE LONG VERSION MAY CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS

The Long Version:

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I’ve decided that the majority of this review shall be composed of tweets I made while reading…there is a proper review at the bottom.

So, I started off a little annoyed…

Then the character’s started to annoy me…

I mean, I know there wasn’t much time, but come on, if you had time to draw a map…

Then, things started to irritate me some more…

And more…

And more.

Then, I took a break from being annoyed at the characters, and commented on the writing…

Then I gave up and went to bed.

But wait…

And I started getting annoyed again.

And the main character continued to be a idiot.

And then things escalated rather quickly…

But then things improved:

But not for long…

And that’s where I stopped tweeting.

I mean, it could have been so awesome. But I think the majority of my problems with this book stem from the basic lack of an obvious plot. I mean, I was at page 100, and the story still felt like it was just starting.

We also missed a lot of stuff. I mean, at the beginning, they were walking for days, and it just got skipped over like it was nothing.

I tell you, it made connecting with the characters very difficult.

It also didn’t help that everything just felt so…random. I mean, I’ve read books where the characters don’t know what they’re doing before, but there was something about this that felt ridiculous.

And I’m just going to stop there.

In Conclusion:

Basically, I did not like this book. And that’s all there really is to say.


I must say, though. I am actually curious: did anyone like this book? I’ve seen some 5 star ratings on goodreads, and if you liked it I would legitimately like to know why.

Not in a mean way, or anything. I’m just curious…seeing as different people often have different opinions.

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