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Angel's Ink (The Asylum Tales #1)

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Looking for a tattoo—and maybe a little something extra: a burst of good luck, a dollop of true love, or even a hex on an ex? Head to the quiet and mysterious Gage, the best skin artist in town. Using unique potions—a blend of extraordinary ingredients and special inks—to etch the right symbol, he can fulfill any heart's desire. But in a place like Low To...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Harper Voyager
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I’m always excited about new urban fantasy series, hoping I’ll discover a new Kate Daniels, new Mercy Thompson or Kara Gillian (or in this case, a new Atticus O’Sullivan). I never do, of course, but a girl can dream, right? In many ways, Angel’s Ink was better than I expected, but parts of it were disappointing as well. I’ll try not to focus only on them.

Gage is a loner, owner of the Asylum Tattoo Parlor and the only person ever to escape the infamous Ivory Towers, home of warlocks and witches....more
Erica Ravenclaw
Update 9/27:

I had given this 2 stars on the singular premise of a good idea.

This was a gross misuse of stars. I am retracting that previous rating and instating the appropriate ZERO.
I climbed in bed and realized I had forgotten to update my kindle and all that was on there unread was this piece of garbage. I decided as I had not gotten to the sex scene I would read on, perhaps it had some unforeseen redeeming qualities, I plowed on. As I suspected it was not long off from the point in which I...more
Yodamom
2.5 stars for the audio, 4 stars for the story- I liked it, it was very similar to Harry Dresden's story and character-like but not as well done. It had some really good moments and a lot of everything else, perhaps too much. It's a busy little book. It was a terrible audiobook, in my humble opinion, bad narration. I think I would have enjoyed it more reading it. I am not sure if I'll continue with the series.
There is a rouge warlock , he just is trying to live his life outside the control of th...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Dark, urban fantasy set is a masterfully built world with lots of action but with so much going on it can be distracting.

Opening Sentence: The hammer of a gun clicked as it was cocked.

The Review:

Angel’s Ink starts off a fascinating new series where humans live alongside the supernatural. This world has seen its fair share of blood spilled, most of it by witches and warlocks. Gage is currently a tattoo artist but was once a warlock in trainin...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
3.5 stars-
You may read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2012/10/...

After a tattoo gone wrong, Gage Powell finds himself at the receiving end of a gun barrel. Seems a good luck tattoo’s ingredients weren’t up to snuff, but it didn’t help that the customer wasn’t willing to shell out more than $50. A misfiring tattoo is bad enough, and after taking care of the disgruntled customer (with his fist), Gage is visited by his warden, Gideon, who is determined to catch Gage practicing unsanct...more
Andrea
In a world where supernatural beings and humans have an uneasy coexistence, the power of magic is everywhere. Even in the Ink.

Angel's Ink represents everything that I love about Adult Urban Fantasy. You have characters who are complicated, tough, and have that extra special supernatural edge, a plot that is full of tension and action, and brilliant, gritty world-building. I didn't realize how much I had missed these elements in my reading, but this book was quick to remind me, basically, by the...more
Karen
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
I like this new Urban Fantasy world from Jocelynn Drake. It's different. Supernaturals live openly among humans, but the magic-wielding witches and warlocks are set apart from everyone else. They are powerful, ruthless, and consider themselves gods. No one can stop them. No one even dares to question them.

Gage changed that. Primed to be a warlock from childhood, he turned his back on it all. He refused to look at humans as chattel and left the Ivory Towers behind to become a tattoo artist. Of co...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Original Romancing the Dark Side Review:

I've found a new urban fantasy hero in Gage!

In a world where humans and the supernatural co-exist, rogue warlock Gage prefers to practice his magic in the art of tattooing. His sanctuary is his tattoo parlor, Asylum, where he infuses his ink work with special ingredients and a touch of magic to deliver luck, wealth, or whatever desire his client wishes. Working alongside Gage are his friends Trixie and Bronx, an elf and moody troll who have secrets of the...more
Julie
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Angel’s Ink is the first book in Jocelynn Drake’s new The Asylum Tales series. I have heard wonderful things about this author’s work so when I noticed that she was starting a new series I jumped at the chance to read her. I’m glad I did.

Angel’s Ink is about a warlock ‘sort-of-in-hiding’ who runs a tattoo parlor called Asylum. People and beings can come into the shop to either get a ‘regular’ tattoo or to get Gage and his crew to mix in a bit of potion t...more
Jordan Lombard
As this book doesn't come out until October, I read the ARC. Halfway through the book I knew I was going to have one big problem with this series. I knew I would finish book one before it even officially came out for sale, which would mean I'd have to wait even longer for book two. I can't recommend this book enough. I LOVED it. The characters were beautifully written, well rounded, and I loved all of them. The world building was awesome and the plot just kept spinning, leaving me in awe and won...more
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Anne Odom
For me, this book had great parts and not so great parts. Your mileage may vary, and there are plenty of reasons someone else might enjoy the book more than me. Here's the breakdown of my experience.

Liked:
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* The idea that tattoo ink can be mixed with potions to make magical tattoos. This aspect of the book was immensely cool.

* Characters are consistent, never acting contrary to what you would expect, but still able to surprise you.

* Told from male point of view, a neat depart...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under the Covers

This author came highly recommended so I was very excited that she was starting a new series, since her other one is already a few books in and I have to catch up. Add to that when I saw her at a panel at NY Comic Con earlier this year she was one of my favorite authors when I heard her speak. Of course, you add tattoos to that and it just seemed like a winner. When I picked up the actual book and saw that there were quotes by two of my favorite authors...more
Brandi
I made it 32% through this before I realized that no matter how much I wanted to like, it just wasn't going to happen. I really liked Drake's Nightwalker series, and love the premise of this one, but instead of reading a seasoned author (that I enjoyed) I felt like I was reading something I could have put out; which is to say it wasn't any good. Not a single moment had me living in the story, and I ended up just forwarding to the end to see if the guy lived or not. I still didn't care when I saw...more
Meigan
First of all, I recommend reading the two prequels prior to reading the first book of the series. It really helps to get a feel of the relationships between Gage, Trixie, and Bronx. The first book starts about two years after the prequels end, so having a bit of backstory is helpful in getting to know the characters.

Gage is in a giant pickle. Several giant pickles. He manages to really screw up a tattoo, causing the grim reaper to pay him a visit. He is also still being watched over by Gideon,...more
Rebecca
Very interesting premise. I loved the idea of a warlock in hiding working as a tattoo artist and mixing up magical potions in his basement. His elf and troll coworkers were an added plus.

What I didn't like -- if you're going to describe your main character as near death you cannot then have your main character change his shirt and run out to do a bunch of errands. Gage is nearly murdered and has part of his soul ripped out by his nemesis, Simon. He magically escapes, returns to his shop, fixes h...more
William Bentrim
Angels Ink by Jocelynn Drake
This book fills in all the background information that I wanted when I read Asylum Interviews:Bronx. Another title could be warlock on the run as the protagonist is rougue warlock operating as a tattoo artist whose ink conveys more than just symbols.

I mentioned in my review of Bronx that I really liked Ms. Drake’s characterizations. I like them even better in a book where she has the space to bring them to full fruition. Stories of camaraderie are among my favorite....more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

After reading the two standalone ‘prequels’ for Jocelynn Drake’s The Asylum Tales series, I was more than ready for a full length novel set in this fascinatingly gritty world with these intriguingly flawed characters. ANGEL’S INK introduces a budding romance between outcast mage turned tattoo artist Gage and on the lam elf Trixie which I would have liked to evolve over a few books to get used to the idea instead of being hit with it so suddenly.

Apart fr...more
Valerie ~ Val Hall ~
I particularly liked Jocelynn Drake’s “Dark Days” series, I was experiencing withdrawal so I was pleasantly surprised to see that she had another new series. I was not completely sold on the Asylum Tales published before “Angel’s Ink” while friends did encourage me to continue.

New York City, set 100 years after the Great War between humans and Warlocks/Witches, is populated by all sorts of supernatural beings now living among the humans freely. The world-building is eerily similar to our modern...more
Amy
Apr 06, 2013 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Overall, I really liked this tale of a magic-wielding tattoo artist and his elf and troll coworkers. Gage seemed very Dresdenesque to me. I wish the author would have included more background information on how the world came to know about all the mythological creatures and what exactly happened with the Great War. It also seemed that there were too many plot elements going on all at once (The angel wing tattoo, the Summer Court thing with Trixie, Bronx & Gage having to deal with the mob bos...more
Fred
First off, this was a free book as part of the Free Friday Giveaways on the Nook. Otherwise, I never would have read it. I have read urban fantasy, and I have really liked some of it but this was not it.

This is the story of Gage, a ex-warlock that had a parting of ways with his evil peers and struck out to live on his own among the puny mortals. As far as urban fantasy goes there were some new things in here that I liked, but for the most part it was a let down of a book.

I have to give this two...more
Hali Sowle
A new start to a dark urban fantasy series filled with your usual mash of characters - a brooding mage, poorly understood by his fellows, in unrequited love with the lovely woman or in this case elf that works for him, the hulking friend who is wise and loyal beyond his looks and those who oppose him and want to see him taken down. I wanted to really like this book but I just couldn't, unlike some books I've read it didn't hook me and I didn't try to find extra time to get a few pages in here an...more
OpenBookSociety.com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

Gage has had magical abilities as long as he can remember, but just how good he was became clear when the warlocks came and took him from his family at the age of seven. He was swept away to the Ivory Towers where he was trained to be a warlock; the most feared beings on Earth. Gage was more powerful than his mentor, Simon, had ever expected him to be. Gage escaped as a teen; something that has never been done before. This could have cost him his life. But whe...more
Sarah
Gage was trained from a young age to become a warlock but in a world where the warlocks and witches rule the other races with an iron fist he didn't feel comfortable with the way his mentor and the other inhabitants of the Ivory Towers lived their lives. Gage doesn't believe that the ability to harness magic makes the warlocks any better than anyone else and he hates the way they treat humans and other supernatural beings with contempt and as little better than insects to be crushed at will. He...more
Amber
I really enjoyed this book - it was the kind that I picked up and couldn't put down due to the continuous action. I read it in basically two sittings.

The world that Drake has created is really cool. She draws on known mythologies/creatures, but dumps them all into the same world where they need to co-exist. It is rather fascinating concept, that I really want/ed to see fleshed out. I could see future books from the Gage's viewpoint, but also from other from other creatures revealing the thoughts...more
Lorelle
3.5 stars. Im going to cheat and copy my comments from the BOM activity...Well Im all done, and I think I lost a bit of interest after the first 100 pages. Maybe I did get too caught up in the fact that it was very Dresdonish. After the whole angel wing tattoo I was waiting for a really gritty and powerful stroyline to evolve around this. I was a little disappointed with the ending (view spoiler). I didnt mind the pace and I liked the side characters, but when they werent there I missed them. An...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 2.5-3
*Genre* Urban Fantasy

*Review*

I really hate to be a hater, you know what I mean? I have NEVER abandoned a book in my life because I thought it was totally awful. Somehow, someway, I always find a way to get to the ending to find out what happened. Yes, that may include several page flips past the boring stuff.

I loved Drake's Dark Days series with Mira and Danaus and was sad to see it end. The world that she has created for Angel's Ink (Asylum Tales) is a bit bizarre and off the bea...more
Nicole
Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/10/16/...

I’m always on the lookout for new UF books, and while I read one or two of Jocelyn’s previous series – Dark Days – it wasn’t a series that immediately hooked me like so many others. When I read the blurb for Angel’s Ink, I knew I’d have to take the chance on this one, and so glad I did!

Gage likes his quiet life of mixing potions and doing tattoos. He’s got a great shop, with two great employees, and mostly keeps below the rad...more
Traci (Mad Hatter Reads)
Gage Powell is a tattoo artist and potion stirrer keeping the secret that he's a warlock escaped from the Ivory Towers from not only from his staff and friends, but all of Low Town. If he's discovered or uses any magic other than in self-defense he will be quickly brought before the council and executed.

When Tera, a young girl dying of cancer comes into his shop, Gage gives her incredible angel wing tattoo but with unexpected consequences. Gage encounters one difficulty after another in his ques...more
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The oldest of three kids, Jocelynn grew up and continues to reside in the Cincinnati, Ohio region. She started writing when she was 12, spending all of one summer re-writing the story of Robin Hood in the battered remains of a notebooks. While life has brought many changes and surprises, the love of writing and a good story has been constant. When not writing, she can been found with her nose buri...more
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