Review: Ink by Alice Broadway


Author: Alice Broadway

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date: February 2nd 2017

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 366

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.

Ink by Alice Broadway was a book that surprised me. From seeing it on Twitter and it bookshops, I always knew I wanted to check it out so I was delighted to get my hands on a copy recently.

I’ll have to admit that this book did have a slow start and it didn’t immediately grab my attention, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it. Because I sure as hell did.

I really enjoyed the concept of this book and I thought it was quite clever. It follows the story of Leora in Saintstone, a place where everyone’s lives are recorded on their own skin, and once they pass away, their marks and ink is usually made into a book to give to their loved ones to remember them by.

I really regret waiting so long to write this review because I’ve forgotten half the things I’ve wanted to talk about. I can distinctly remember falling in love with Broadway’s prose, however. She’s so good at describing emotions and worldbuilding and having such unique characters.

“The past doesn’t have to define you Leora. Your mistakes don’t have to be for ever. There’s redemption. There’s always redemption.”

I also love love love how she incorporated her own fairytales into the novel. They were probably my favourite part about it. It’s so mysterious and the tension build is slow, but it’s still certainly there. The ending exploded quite quickly so I’m really excited to read the next book when it comes out!