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Inked by Eric Smith

Monday, January 18, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments

I'm excited to be reviewing a book for a blog tour hosted by YA Book Bound - Inked, by Eric Smith! Thoroughly enjoyed this quick little read, and would recommend to anyone interested in fantasy. 

The Breakdown

- The entire concept - the world is easy to understand and very interesting
- Good for light reading


- Plot may be a bit predictable

Rating: 4 stars

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The Review

I picked up this book because the premise sounded interesting. Nowadays we have tattoos, but what if these tattoos moved? That really hooked me in. Have a look below at the synopsis

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 book really intrigued me with the description, and it really delivered. Instead of being overly flowery and making a complicated world, Smith pushes out the basics and made it easy for me to comprehend the book and what was going on. Every tiny detail mentioned in the book becomes relevant later on, and I really liked that - it's something that J.K. Rowling and other great writers do, and it kept me hooked onto the novel, enjoying every word. 

The main fault that I have with this book is its predictability. It does follow some tropes of fantasy, like the long journey, finding unexpected friends/allies, as well as the unexpected enemy/opponent. However, despite it being somewhat predictable, I appreciated Smith's attempts at foreshadowing, because I felt it really enriched the book, and made it more engaging for me personally, as I wondered what might happen next. 

Inked is a nice short read, perfect for anyone who wants to get out of a reading slump. It jumps right into the action, and keeps the reader hooked. I really enjoyed Inked, and would rate it 4 out of 5 stars. 

Eric Smith
About the Author
Eric Smith is the author of THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO DATING, out now via Quirk Books, and INKED, a YA novel out with Bloomsbury Spark.

His writing has appeared locally in the Philly Weekly, The Inquirer, and on He's written for the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Boing Boing, and is a regular contributor to BookRiot and Geekosystem.

His essays have appeared in the Bygone Bureau and The Apiary, and his first published piece will appear in THE ASTEROID BELT ALMANAC with the Hand & the Hand Press in April 2014.

He's the co-founder of Geekadelphia, a popular hyperlocal geek blog in Philly, and the Philly Geek Awards, a ceremony honoring local geeks in his city.

Eric holds a BA in English from Kean University and an MA in English from Arcadia University. He currently lives in Philly. You can find him on Twitter at @ericsmithrocks and @geekadelphia.

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