Disclaimer: This will be no major spoilers in this book review!
Book Chosen: Ink
Author: Alice Broadway
Number of pages: 366
Published: February 2017 (this month.)
Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.
This is the blurb above, according to goodreads website. The book starts off with Lenora introducing herself and then a few pages later she describes her dad dying. The next few chapters is Lenora coping with her loss and visiting her Dad’s Skin Book with her mother Sophie. Basically every person in Saintstone (where Lenora and her mother live) have marks aka tattoos, once you are born you are given your first tattoo which is your name and then when you grow up, you add tattoos to resemble you. Some tattoos you have to have such as your family tree, your job etc or if you commit a crime such as theft or murder. Once you die, you are turned into a “Skin Book” and are judged on how you have lived your life through your tattoos. Lenora’s dream is to become an inker (a tattoist) and the book follows her as she is trying to achieve that dream whilst also dealing with hidden secrets that have emerged after her fathers death (not only in regards to his ink book but his life) and a society which is slowly crumbling.
I found this book, very slow to get into and even half way through it still hadn’t reached its main plot but I carried on reading and I am so glad I did! The ending was absolutely amazing and there was so many plot twists as I uncovered the secrets. It wasn’t until Chapter 3 (p.34) that I actually started to get into the storyline, when an event happens that triggers Lenora to remember a secret. I really like Lenora as a character, she is really easy to relate to and I also really love Oscar and am excited to learn more about his history in the next book. Though, the authors writing style put me off the book originally, I feel as though the author was writing for a young audience in her writing style but the storyline is for a more young adult. It is Alice Broadway’s debut novel so I can only assume its her trying to find out who he audience is. So if you want to read a book that is full of twists and will definitely get you surprised and wanting a character that you can relate to then this is the book for you, just push through the initial slow start!
4/5. Purely due to the writing style and even though the storyline is really good it had a very slow start which almost made me give up reading it.