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.
Eric Smith takes you on a high-octane fantasy adventure, perfect for anyone who has dreamed of being different… only to discover that fate is more than skin deep.
Description taken from Goodreads.
INKED had a great concept. For people out there who really enjoy looking at tattoos, I’m sure this book had a lot of interesting ideas behind it, and even for people who aren’t that interested in tattoos. I loved the ideas and power in tattoos in Rick Riordan’s THE RED PYRAMID, and being able to see those kinds of things portrayed in a different light was a lot of fun for me.
Overall, the plot wasn’t bad. It was believable, and I really enjoyed a lot of events in the story. There was lots of fun dialogue and scenes. In fact, my problems with this book really didn’t lie in the plot at all. Or the pacing. Or the writing, characters or themes.
It was all of it put together.
INKED was great, and to someone who is new to young-adult fiction, maybe this book will be awesome for them. To someone who has a lot of experience reading children’s and young-adult fiction, or maybe even just watched a lot of movies, the cliches are undeniable. For example, a boy in love with the girl next door who doesn’t even see him. An occasion that will determine the future of a girl/boy *cough* DIVERGENT *cough* MATCHED *cough*. The government is evil. Whoa.
Quite honestly, I do believe that I could’ve gotten over the fact that INKED is so predictable. It is an enjoyable story once I cut out my sense of predictability. It was more the ending, which is so disappointing because I really wanted to love this book.
The thing is, this ending could have been so much. The most. It’s where Caenum (could not get used to this book. Never throughout the entire story) begins to realize that things aren’t what he thought they were (in a way that was surprisingly not cliched) and there’s a huge ‘ah-ha’ moment for him. Well, it didn’t turn into a ah-ha moment. It turned into deaths. And ruined moments. And could’ve-beens.
I had hoped that this story could be so much more, but it just couldn’t. The ending was too much for me to handle, because I had such high hopes for it, and it fell short of my expectations. 2 stars.
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