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.
Author: Alice Broadway
Publication Date: 2nd February 2017
Series: Yes, it’s the beginning of a new trilogy.
OK. So the book is basically told from the point of view of the main character, Leora. She’s a young girl that’s about to go into training and basically set her life up.
EXCEPT SUDDENLY BOOM. Her life is in chaos and she’s confused, scared and finds out daaaaaark secrets about her family just after her dad has died. (Bad timing.)
Leora is amaaaaazing at drawing, and really wants to be a tattooist (they call it an “inker”) but when she goes into her training, *gasp* her instructor is some scary, serious guy that never makes mistakes – oh he is also veeeeery mysterious…
Until secrets are revealed and suddenly he isn’t scary at all, and he isn’t very careful and eh what happened? I really liked you. Now myeh. *sighs*
Some guy named Oscar with glasses that make Leora swoon (I ain’t buying it sorry) comes in and basically acts as a catalyst to speed things up. He tells Leora things which then ruins Leora’s life and freaks her out. Leora’s mum also helps speeds up this process though so I can’t blame Oscar completeeeeely… But anyway, things between Oscar and Leora were really weird, and even though it was obvious he was going to be the oh-so-necessary-YA-love-interest, there was like, ZERO chemistry between them.
Also, friends? Leora only has one called Verity, and even then, is pretty myeh and seems more intent on rambling to Leora about her own life instead seeing that Leora is freaking out and wants to talk to her. But then FINALLY VERITY DOES SOMETHING AND THE REST YOU’LL SEE.
This book seriously gave me Divergent/Hunger Games vibes.
- Secretive parents
- Family secrets revealed
- Special snowflake main character
- Controlling government ruled by a tyrant
- Main character is a symbol of hope
- And so on….
As for the plot, basically Leora goes into training, and finds out that her teacher is ultra fishy. Meanwhile, she finds out her dad was also some shady guy that the government doesn’t like, BUT OH NO, THE MAIN CHARACTER IS A GOOD GOODY TWO SHOES THAT FOLLOWS ALL RULES SO WHAT DOES SHE DO?
She freaks out. AND I’M HERE, WANTING TO SHOUT AT LEORA TO HURRY UP AND SORT THINGS OUT BECASE YOU’RE THE MAIN CHARACTER, BUT YOU’RE ALSO THIS LITTLE GIRL THAT HAD NO IDEA ABOUT ANYTHING AND SUDDENLY, IT’S ALL SHOVED IN YOUR FACE.
The concept of the world is pretty cool. At each important moment of your life, you get a tattoo to commemorate it, and in the end, when you die, your skin gets turned into a book which then goes to be judged to see whether you were good enough to be kept, or whether you should be burnt. TATTOOS~ (Oh man, reading this book makes me want one more than ever.) But yes, that’s about it. If you did something bad, by law, you are forced to have it marked upon you. The entire world revolves around the idea of being remembered by your skin and its book, and everyone is terrified their skin will be burnt when they die.
The plot itself moves at a fairly decent pace, but I can’t say it was the most exciting thing ever. It all felt fairly comfortable and snoozy (a. k. a. predictable), and there were practically 0 twists or stabby-stabby-in-your-heart moments so myeh.
I LIKE HAVING MY HEART STABBED.*
*(That is purely metaphorical. Please don’t actually come and stab me. I will NOT enjoy that.)
Alice Broadway’s writing is very easy to read, and I think it would be suitable for all ages. It was an easy read, but I wouldn’t say there were any parts that were mind-blowing or gorgeously written in a way that makes me want it framed on 10,000 walls.
To conclude, although the plot was fairly smooth, and at times, even predictable, I enjoyed the book. The main character was interesting, and so was her teacher but I didn’t really buy the thing Leora and Oscar had. Like waaaat. I don’t see the attraction between you two.
I really enjoyed the concept of the world, and can’t wait for Alice Broadway to continue adding to it! (I’ve always wanted a tattoo of a crow, and when I found out it was my PATRONUS, I was even more determined. AND NOW THAT HAVE READ THIS BOOK, YES I WILL.)
- Cool world concept
- Easy to read for all ages
- I didn’t really see much between the Leora and Oscar
- Not many (if any) exciting twists
Book in a GIF:
Rating: 3 Stars
Owned: YES! Thank you so much Scholastic for the surprise parcel!
Recommended for: Those that enjoyed Divergent, The Hunger Games, and those wanting an easy read for the night. Suitable for all ages.
I’m still thinking about tattoos. Do you want one? And what/where? I would love one one day and CAN’T WAIT to turn 18. I want a crow somewhere on my body, and also a something dark but floral climbing over my shoulder. Oh man. I can’t wait~~~ *^*