Leora loved her dad. He was an attentive husband, a caring father, and…a criminal?
In Ink by Alice Broadway, a person’s skin tells a story that will always reveal the truth.
Imagine a world where your skin tells virtually everything about your life with just a glance. Every success, every failure, every momentous occasion is displayed by a tattoo. After death, your skin is “weighed” and the results show whether you deserve to be remembered or forgotten. Be branded as “forgotten,” and your own family will likely let their memories of you slip away.
Leora is dealing with the death of her father and the dreaded crow tattoo she finds out tainted his skin. Astonished her dad could bear such a mark, Leora wants answers and the justice she knows her dad deserves. Such a mission comes at a difficult time, as Leora is just starting a new job. Having finished (and aced) school and her final exams, she’s now in training as an inker (that is, one who puts the defining tattoos on people). As Leora struggles to find herself, she also struggles to find out the truth about her dad.
I was very interested in the idea of telltale tattoos donning characters’ skin. Though I enjoyed the details and background of the concept that was given, I wished for more. Ink is written in first-person from Leora’s point of view, but I would have preferred to have read it in through multiple narrators. Having several different characters’ stories sectioned off by chapter could have taken this book so much further. For a protagonist (and the one and only narrator), Leora fell a little flat. I wanted to learn more about her. Not her dad, not her goddess-like best friend– her. She seemed to stand in the shadows, telling the stories of other characters.
Ink impressed me by not relying on romance. I am quite over the “boy meets girl” schtick that is in far too many young adult novels. Kudos to Broadway for finding different ways to carry a plot.
For me, Ink’s best moments came in the latter part of the story. I won’t give away spoilers (‘boo’ me if you must!), but I wish the first 200 pages would’ve had a similar pace as the last 100. I promise you, there are some good plot twists and thrilling moments coming down the road if you read this one!
RATING: 3.25 OUT OF 5 STARS
Ink hits shelves in the U.S. on January 2nd, 2018. Pre-order your copy now on Amazon.
Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin forever. 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.