Friday, January 16, 2015

Inked {by Eric Smith}
Title: Inked
Author: Eric Smith
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Received via NetGalley
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.
This was definitely an interesting book. When I first heard about this book, I was drawn in because it sounded unique and different. Then I saw the cover, which sealed the deal. I don't read much fantasy, but I fully enjoyed this one.
I liked the world-building, as it wasn't so complex and confusing. My biggest issue with fantasy novels is that the world is so confusing, not explained well, or things don't add up. But this one was explained well, telling us what we needed to know without info-dumping.
This was an interesting concept as well. Tattoos that control your fate. Caenum doesn't know what he wants to do with this life, and sure doesn't want some ink telling him what to do with his life. But before he can run away, trouble comes to his small town. He flees to the secret town with his childhood friend Dreya, and Kenzi, a scribe, with the corrupt government at their heels.  
The plot was fast paced without being overwhelming. There weren't times when I was confused as to what was going on because it was too much. Smith achieved the perfect balance of neither underwhelming nor overwhelming us either.
This was definitely a great read, and I hope there ends up being a sequel because I will definitely read it.
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