I would like to start of by saying this is my 11th book of the year. This means that I have now officially read more books than I did last year! I managed to read 10 books in total over the whole 12 months but now I have read 11 in 4 months. I don’t know what has happened to me but I am not complaining! Also it is the shiniest book I have finished possibly ever!
Anyway, on with the review. Ink is a fantastic story. It is about a girl named Leora who once believed in all she had been told by her parents and was happy to believe in and follow them. However, when her Father dies her world is changed and she realises that all is not what it seems. There is also a lot of talk of removing ones skin and turning it into a book, because in Leora’s world that is just the norm and what you do to your relatives when they die… I know right.
The only reason that I have given this 4.5 stars and not 5 is just because it took me a while to get into the world and I think this was because it is a little further from our own than most dystopia. Not that that is a bad thing at all! Once I was finally in the world, I was in. The whole flaying and skin book making did not phase me after that. I was completely engulfed by the story and Leora’s life. Did I mention that I finished this in less than 2 days? Because I did that. And I never finish books that quickly. I found myself unable to put it down once I began to understand the world and really understand Leora.
I thought Leora was a wonderful character to follow. She isn’t your average YA character that is brave and bold in the generic way. Leora is quite shy and reserved and she doesn’t really believe in herself, however this does not mean that she is not brave and bold. Leora really struggled with her self confidence and self worth and I felt I could really connect with her on those levels, she felt real. Especially for YA, I think it is important that we have young female character who feel real and can be connected with. Leora is so strong. Throughout one of her parents dying and finding out lies she been told her whole life and her whole world almost falling apart she does not once give up. Being a strong female character doesn’t mean you have to be amazing at physically fighting. Leora is strong because she fought for what she really believed in, and she does it all without picking up a sword.
Once I became immersed in the world I began to really enjoy it and its culture. One of my favourite things was the fables and fairy tales that run throughout the whole book. They were similar to our worlds fairy tales but with a slight twist which I loved. The main story includes the White Witch who I am just so into. I need to know more about the White Witches story and I need to know now. I really hope there is more of these fairy tales in Spark. Which is the sequel by the way and I own it and I am so excited to read it!
I honestly just loved reading this book. I was reading it on the train before I met Alice Broadway and I had to get off my train and sit in the station to finish the last 10 pages. Because those last 10 pages… I was stunned. I always felt like I didn’t want to put it down and just loved seeing this new world through Leora’s eyes. I would 100% recommend this book to everybody. Also, Alice Broadway is so lovely and nice and it was amazing to hear her thoughts on when writing Ink and Spark. If you can make it to her tour I would go she is an amazing woman.
Thank you for reading! If you have also read Ink let me know what you thought in the comments below. And if you haven’t read it yet I hope I have convinced you!