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“It’s a good day to die.”
My mother holds my arm fiercely.
“But as you grieve for me, listen for
the voices.
Then, you must get the ink.”

Sparrow stumbles between two worlds,
light and dark, love and hate, what is real
and what is in her mind.

When her mother dies on the Reservation,
Sparrow’s world is shadowed with anger
and narrowed by pain. The voices arrive,
but are they
...more
Kindle Edition, 71 pages
Published October 2011 by Karabeth Publishing / Vamptasy Publishing (first published February 1st 2011)
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 Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 12 and up

I find myself spent after reading this story. Not that it was overly emotional. It is the review that is getting to me. I enjoyed the fictitious tale of the “Blackfoot” people as my daughter through her father’s heritage has ties to the “Blackfoot” people.

I felt that the history and location was poorly researched. Not that I am an expert; far from it actually. However, I can recall with clarity the far away gleam in my exes’ eye when he often spoke of his people. What Davis describes seems an oc
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Vanya D.
Feb 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
I requested this book from the R2R event in one of the Goodreads groups where I'm a member.

What can I say? I saw lots of negative reviews for it, and thought that I'd give it a good review. But guess what - there was nothing even remotely good to base such a review on.

I'm really sorry to say this, since I know how much time and effort it takes to write a story, but this one was really not good. The whole time my eyebrows were raised at the absurdity of it all. There was absolutely no detail. W
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Sarah
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
Sparrow has been through a traumatic car accident in which her mother died. Now she cuts herself in order to release her grief and anger.

Before she died Sparrow’s mother told her watch for voices, and to find istowun-eh’pata (Mateo), and get ink. (Thanks Mom)

Now Sparrow is hearing strange threatening voices, and being followed by Mateo. He wants her to get this tattoo that her mother was referring to but worries if she will be able to de
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Carly Wallace
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hi y'all Anne yet again today. Well I was given this novella to review and I'm certainly glad I had this chance. Davis has a brilliant story here I can only hope and encourage her to continue this story full force. The story is captivating and exciting, and original because I must say I can't recall any books I have read so far that have Native American cultures and legends as the main focus of the story. This is a one of a kind novella for that reason. The characters are lovely and passionate o ...more
Diana Stormblessed
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Diana Stormblessed by: R2R
Shelves: fiction
This might actually be my shortest review yet. There’s not much to say. I don’t even know where to begin. This book is only 75 pages long. The build up was good. Sparrow’s mother dies in front of her in a car crash with the parting words of “It’s a good day to die”, so she’s left to live with her aunt. In her sadness and guilt she starts cutting herself, and becomes haunted with voices in her head.

To get to the “point” the book kind of jumps around. Its disorienting and hard to focus on the char
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Gin
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Gin by: R2R Program
This was an engaging and unique story that I did not want to put down, but was also very difficult for me to rate.

We follow Sparrow on her journey of self discovery as she learns about the strength of her people as well as herself. I think the author does a wonderful job of capturing the emotions of a teenager dealing with difficult issues such as PTSD and self-mutilation, all while creating a fantasy world to cope with them in. I also loved the idea behind the significance of the ink used for
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Kristina
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ink is a wonderfully written short story about a young girl that has lost everything and must discover who she really is. The story is short, but it captured me right away! The descriptions in this book are absolutely amazing, especially the begining.

I really like the fact that while there is a love-triangle of sorts, the guys fight for what is best for Sparrow instead of fighting each other.

If you're looking for a short story that is unique and will capture your attention right away, try this!
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Brooke Moss
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Um.....yah. Awesome Dark. Troubling. Native American characters. There is a love triangle, which is key for me. I am thinking about exploring a triangle in the future, they are so much fun. This book features a very fractured heroine that I really fell for. I love stories that succeed in proving that there is life after you've been damaged. I loved the folklore that Ms. Davis wove into INK. Beautifully. Seamlessly. Well done, my friend. My ONLY complaint...It ended too soon. I want more. But I t ...more
Bella
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have to say short read but LONG impression!! What a great book and the story was amazing. It was definitely something I have never read but I finished it fast and loved the connection with the characters as well as my self. There was sadness, love and action and just the unknowing making it that much more page turning! A great story and a must read!
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 10/1/11: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2011/...

Ink drew my attention because of the gorgeous cover and the mixture of paranormal and Native American mythology. There aren't a ton of books out there for Native American teens within the paranormal genre. As someone who teaches at a school with a significant Native American population I am always on the lookout for books that will appeal to my students. Who doesn't want to see characters like themselves reflected in
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Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto
Today's review is on Ink by S. J. Davis

Ink is the only book by Davis that I have read, and though I found it enjoyable I also found it to be a bit muddled and to short.

While driving her daughter to school one morning, Sparrow and her mother are the victim's of a terrible car accident. Knowing that she is about to die her mother leaves her with one last message. “It’s a good day to die." She tells Sparrow, "but as you grieve for me, listen for the voices. Then, you must get the ink.”

Guilt ridden,
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Lissette
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Still suffering from the effects of the car accident with her mother, Sparrow resigns herself to living with her Aunt. She feels her mother's loss more and more as each day goes by, always wondering if she'll ever come terms to with what's occurred. Her confusion grows as she tries to understand what her mother meant when she said to listen to the voices and that she needed to get the ink.

While adjusting to a new town has been somewhat difficult, it's been tolerable with the help of her new frie
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Emma
Mar 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-pnr, ya, ya-uf, angsty-m-f
Hum... where to start? First, I liked the concept of the "White Buffalo" and that itself was something fresh and new to the paranormal ya genre. Second, I loved the spirit guide. Mateo was a very good character and I really liked how he became more "alive" the more she needed him. Third, the ink. To carry all the pain and tears of your people. Just WOW! Forth, Winona I didn't see what was evolving with this character and it really took me by surprise.

Now the not so good parts for me. I didn't m
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Sapphyria
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sparrow is involved in a serious car accident that claims the life of her mother, leaving her alone in Texas. Right before dying, her mother’s last breath involves a cryptic message involving ink. After healing, Sparrow moves to Washington DC to live with her aunt. All the while, Sparrow hears voices and sees people in the shadows. These spirits, or spirit guides, are here to either harm her or help her and she’s unsure who is who through most of the story. I really liked the plot line and knew ...more
Beverly
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
This is a whole lot of book in not a lot of pages. The story is short, 80 pages, but is PACKED with powerful ideas, emotions, and images. It questions the meaning of life. I finished the story wishing it had been longer and hoping for the sequel.


The story tells of Sparrow's struggle, a struggle many people live every day. The struggle with your inner demon. That voice that tells you that you aren't quite as much as you could or should be. The expectations of life and the people in i
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W.H.
ARC for Review. What an awesome bookcover, when I first saw this mini-back, I thought, ‘How cute, it is so small.” What’s that old adage? “Dynamite comes in small packages.” In this case it does, WOW! And here we go…….

This is quite an interesting read, it looks at the aftermath of Sparrow’s mom’s death and how it has affected Sparrow’s life, the anger, the guilt and belief she was responsible for her mom’s death, and the fear of the unknown. I can relate with this this, my mom died when I was
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Delaney  Burton
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
I got this book through a read-2-review. I was very excited to read it, since it was about an Indian girl and that was a new twist for me. However, I was not expecting it to be so short and I think things were rushed and not explained well enough for the story to flow nicely. I was confused throughout the story as you went from one thing to the next with no explanation in between. Sparrow was great and I loved what she was actually fighting but I am not sure how the ink and the white buffalo was ...more
Katandra Nunnally
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone
INK has left quite the impressionable tattoo...

I am the proud barer of a lot of tattoos. 13 to be exact and although i've given deep thought to the selction of each and each does have a special meaning, i've never considered their design or location as a form of protection. The events that have unfolded in INK have me reconsidering what now seems to have been the choices of an orderlying subconcious. In short, why the phoenix, why my arm, and why during such a trying time. S.J Davis has me exami
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Tracey (Life and Literature)
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying how much I LOVED this novella!! As soon as I saw the cover I knew that I had to read it. I'm such a sucker for a pretty cover and this one is gorgeous!!

I hadn't read anything quite like this before. It was really well written and drew me in right from the start.

I don't want to give too much away because you all need to go and read this, but I really loved how the relationships between 'Sparrow', her boyfriend Layne and her guide Mateo developed as Sparrow faced and dealt w
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Shari
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to join the INK blog tour. INK is such a captivating short story with an original idea and intense, fascinating characters. I was quickly drawn into Sparrow's life, her pain, her visions, and the idea of a mystical tattoo. My only complaint with INK is that it was short. I know, I know it's a short story so it's very nature is that it's short. Usually I'm okay with that, but this time I really wanted so much more of these wonderful characters and the story ...more
Paranormal Reads
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ink is a short story but it grabbed me from the start. With a story line that is unique and beautifully written SJ pulls you into Native American culture and legends.

Sparrow has lost everything and has to try and figure her self out and what her destiny is. Although she is broken and scarred inside she has to find the courage to fight the forces that are trying to keep from taking her rightful place among her people.

There is a love triangle but it’s not your typical kind. The two guys are fighti
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Lara
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: z-2012-in-2012, r2r
This is an interesting novella that deals with one's self-recrimination made physical. Sparrow is a Blackfoot teen who loses her mother in a car crash. She moves to live with her aunt and is left to deal with hearing threatening voices and the magical appearance of a young man on her own.

While she seemed likable I never got much of a feel for her or the other characters, including her best friend and boyfriend. Situations that she had been dealing with for a while would take me by surprise as t
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Monique James
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First let me start out by saying you can't even appreciate the cover unless you see it in person, it's perfect for the story and beautiful. Sparrow the main character is unique in her heritage and in the obstacles she must over come to become who she was meant to be, but at the same time, she is every girl who is coming of age. S.J. did a wonderful job pulling me into a world that I know nothing about and making me ache for the pains suffered by her heroine.

I literally read the book in about tw
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Bonnie Colvert
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I jumped right into this read to review novella head first and didn't look back. What an interesting take on the Native American spirit and how they guide this young girl Sparrow through her guilt of surviving a terrible tragedy. A special magical tattoo and great a great storyline. I wish there was more. . . .
Rachel Tsoumbakos
I found this book to be a fabulous walk through the angst and pain and suffering of both loss and the confusion of the teenage years. The words danced across the page in such a beautiful way that I found myself devouring this book very quickly.

Make sure you check out this book, the only fault I could find was the size, it was short and I was left wanting for more of the characters at the end.
Melanie
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Rebekah Peroutka
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Sparrow stumbles between two worlds,
light and dark, love and hate, what is real
and what is in her mind.

When her mother dies on the Reservation,
Sparrow’s world is shadowed with anger
and narrowed by pain. The voices arrive,
but are they real? And how can a tattoo
make her stronger?


Ink by S.J. Davis was actually a good read but there were some issues I had with it. Davis uses the idea of the native american religion for the basis of her book. Spirit guides and native prophecies passed down
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Lauren
Sparrow's mother is killed in a car crash on a Blackfoot reservation. Sparrow is cut loose with only the knowledge that there's apparently something important about her mother's tattoos and she'll need her own someday. She moves off the reservation to Washington D.C. to be with her aunt and trouble follows her there in the form of a threatening voice and an icy dead girl only she can hear.

This book feels incomplete to me. It's written in the present tense, which is a difficult tense for even ski
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⚝  Ŧáẅņá ⚝
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am giving this book four stars, but I am also not happy with it as well.

The Story
This is about a native american girl whose mother died in a car accident and now she's seeing things and hearing voices. The ink is something her mother told her to get when she was dying, but she didn't really understand what that meant. There's a boy Layne and a boy Mateo and they are both trying to help her.

Likes
The story. I thought it was a concept that I had not read before and it was very interesting.

The wr
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