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Ink

(Skin Books #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  6,719 ratings  ·  1,136 reviews
There are no secrets in Saintstone.

From the second you're born, every achievement, every failing, every significant moment are all immortalized on your skin. There are honorable marks that let people know you're trustworthy. And shameful tattoos that announce you as a traitor.

After her father dies, Leora finds solace in the fact that his skin tells a wonderful story. That
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Paperback, 366 pages
Published February 2nd 2017 by Scholastic
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Tristram Johnson She has not released any information on the release date of future books, but she has confirmed it is to be one of a trilogy.

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
First off I want to share the beauty of this book with you guys. And when the light hits it, it shines so beautifully, which you will see in the pictures.









Even the inside pages are beautiful!



We are not afraid of death. When your marks are safe in your book, you live on after you die. This life story etched onto your body is kept forever-if you're worthy. When we preserve the words, pictures, and moments imprinted on our skin, our story survives for eternity. We are surrounded by the dead, and,
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Morbid. Imaginative but damn morbid.

Imagine having home books made of skin of one's ancestors with their tattoos. And being able to stare at their flayed backside at your will.

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“Do you want to stick needles in the living or scalpels in the dead?” (c)
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“May your ancestors go before you, may they make your path straight and light your way. May your descendants follow you, praising your name as they walk in your footsteps. May your feet not grow weary, may your heart not fear. May your name be
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jv poore
In Saintstone, the destiny of the soul is determined not by a deity, but by the government. From birth until demise, the body is marked to illustrate the life being lived. At death, the skin is flayed, then bound into a book. If the soul is worthy, the book goes home with the family. If not, it is obliterated by fire and the person is forgotten forever--as if everyone’s collective memories merge with the smoke, dissipate, then disappear.

Leora easily understands this definitive divide and
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Cora Tea Party Princess
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
5 Words: Family, secrets, stories, identity, truth.

Why did I leave this so long?

I was being recommended it left, right, and centre, and yet I still didn't pick it up. Someone gave me their copy, and I still didn't pick it up.

I think I was a little bit intimidated by the beautiful cover for this book. It's absolutely stunning, and it gave me Expectations.

It was January's Northern Book Blogger book so I picked it up. And wow.

Thankfully, Ink lived up to the cover. It was fantastic.

I loved the
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Emer (A Little Haze)
In this world every significant moment in a person's life is tattooed on their skin for ever. And when a person dies their tattoos are removed and made into a Skin Book so that the soul lives on and they are gloriously remembered forever. However one misstep and that too is tattooed onto your skin and instead of glorious remembrance the Skin Book of your life is destined to be burned and your name forgotten forever. Leora's father has just died and this book tells the story of what happens to ...more
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally finished my first book for Booktubeathon! This book had such an intriguing premise and I really enjoyed it.
Georgina
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
2 stars
Have I just wasted my time reading this book? Absolutely. Do I regret it? Abso-freaking-lutely.
I remember being SO excited for this book when it came out, and I never got round to it but when I picked it up the other day I had high expectations. Like, WAY too high. The idea of this book is brilliant, the concept of the tattoos marking everyone’s lives is so intriguing, but the book fell so flat for me.

Firstly, I absolutely hated Leora. She had zero personality other than gullible and
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Kimi
DNFed around the halfway point.

(I read this book as part of our YALMC book club.)

I don't think this is a bad book; however, I had some major problems with it. The main issue I had was the voice. I could easily picture an adult trying to 'think' like a teenager. The author voice definitely overpowered character voice, which made almost all the characters sound the same. I found it really hard to get into the story because of that, and I kept putting the book down.

I also felt like the writing
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Rachel
Nov 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ink is a book that is made up of various concepts taken from other stories. No way to sugar coat that. From the endless and annoying versions of fairytales with the meanings and stories changed slightly (there's basically two versions of sleeping beauty in this book), the "main character is mentored for her job by person who's entire purpose is to keep the stories and memories of that society known" concept that seems to be taken directly from "The Giver", to the concept of the story itself ...more
Maria Hill AKA MH Books
Yes you can judge a book by its cover! This book’s cover actually tells you the whole story and if you were a skin reader like Leora and her Mother you wouldn’t have to look inside to the pages, all would be told by the beautiful markings.

In this Dystopian World, that Alice Broadway has so carefully created, your life story with all it’s achievements and failures is tattooed on your skin. Thus, you let people know who you are (so there is trust), your soul is unburdened onto your skin (so there
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Mo Shake
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Here’s me thinking stuff appears on your skin as you talk
The concept of this book is so awesome! But it dragged! The last bit of the book was SO underwhelming..
I won’t be reading a sequel..
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Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
Oct 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
A book with an interesting premise and a lot of potential, sadly it turned out to be pretty boring for me, and the characters, story, and world building were just really flat
Tiffany Miss.Fiction
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I won't finish the books since i feel like it's a huge waste of time from my point of view.

Brilliant idea, poorly developed.
The whole concept of people getting inked their whole life is interesting but it's full of flaws. How come people never challenge the system when they don't want to get tattoed because they made something wrong? No one asks questions, no one doubts, they just feel so brainless.

Plus, it's the kind of books that tells a lot but NEVER shows and i personally can't stand this
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Eilonwy
Leora Flint has just finished school. She and her best friend, Verity, are excited to be starting work in their first-choice fields, and to be considering their very first chosen marks -- the tattoos everyone in their society gets regularly to record life-events and reflect their personalities. Leora is mourning her father’s recent death, but finds comfort in how his skin, like everyone else’s, will be turned into a book that she and her mother will keep at home and “read” when they want to feel
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Georgie Terry
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
As a disclaimer; this is my first review! I've only been on goodreads a short while and have only started to read more religiously this past year and I don't really have a clue what I'm doing.

(Can't decide between 2 or 3 so I'll be that guy who goes for 2.5 but rounds down because that's a thing here apparently)

"Do you want to stick needles in the living or scalpels in the dead?"


I loved the concept of this book - the culture and the inclusion of fables was what really interested me and I adored
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Amy
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I could give 10 stars I would. I adored this book from the very first page until the very last. I can honestly say it's one of my favourite books. I just can't believe I have to wait for the second book!
Maddie
May 13, 2018 added it
A great series starter with fairy tales as a world building technique - felt like a dream!
Rissa
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-favorites
Ink 5

Star reasoning
really unique idea.
Everyone is inked when they are born and their ink grows and changes with them and their emotions.

Leora was a relatable protagonist and I liked seeing how she delt with her fathers death and the ink of others around her.

Obel and his shop deserve a star. He is wise and so smart. He is an inker and he believes that ink is to be of something important or necessary. Anything rushed will turn out to be something you dont love in the end... and the family has
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Manon the Malicious
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, physical
Maybe more like a 3.75 rating.
This book was pretty good.
The world it was set in was pretty fucked up but so very well painted.
The main character had many layers and I truly enjoyed being in her head even when I couldn't agree with her, or even when I didn't like her.
However, I felt like most relationships lacked depth, like the side characters and the MC's connection with them weren't as important as the world. I don't know how to explain it right...
Still a great story. I can't wait to read
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Nina The Fussy Reader
DNF'd at 248 pages.
I have to be particularly disconnected from a story to give up on it and I've learnt over time that the more books I read, the less is my desire to force myself to finish something I'm not enjoying. It's a shame because this looked and sounded really special.

I've got to stop cover-buying, but it's such a pretty cover. Unfortunately, I didn't feel anything for this book. I wouldn't say I disliked it, but I certainly didn't like it either. I found it rather bland and have very
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lucy🌻
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I had to wait until 200 pages in until you actually got some kind of context to the story.... don’t get me wrong this book kept me interested, I was just hoping for a bit more.
Franziska
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't know what to say about this book.
I wanted the story to be really awesome. The idea of the story is - really awesome. But for some reasons, it was not more than 3 stars for me.

1) Characters: At the beginning, I could feel with Leora and her mother. But after several emotional outbursts (that were - at least for me - not really understandable), I got more and more annoyed by both of them. The only characters I really liked were Obel (he is simply the best) and Verity.

2) The plot itself.
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Kate Ormand
Citizens are tattooed from birth. Each mark signifies a life event and they build to create a life story. When a person dies, their skin is removed and a life book is created. The book is weighed and judged and if it’s worthy is given to the family of the deceased for safe keeping, so the person is always with them and their story always accessible. However, Leora discovers her father’s book has skin missing, meaning his story incomplete or someone is hiding something… I really liked the vibe of ...more
Eva
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Sadly I was very disappointed whilst reading this book. The amazing cover and the interesting blurb had me very intrigued. But I was let down. My main problem with this is that it was super predictable. I saw everything coming from a mile away. The characters weren't very special. There was no one I really liked, they were all very meh. Obel was the only one I was a fan of. I did not ship the romance. It was unrealistic and even a bit creepy. I did like the addition of the fairy tales. They ...more
Georgia
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought the premise was good, characters were good but it lacked something for quite a while. I enjoyed reading it but I kept wondering when it would get started, then suddenly it got started and it was finished.
The ending was so good though, that really saved it but I wish the pace could have been picked up a little faster because I did think about putting the book down a few times and I'm glad I didn't because the ending was very well written and a great twist.
Littlebookterror
2.5 stars

I am sad to say that the content as not as good as the cover.
In general this is quite slow story (too slow for me) which focuses the coming-of age of Leora, who just lost her father and has to decide what she wants to do in the future. The writing wasn't for me either, it was very simple, at times full of explanations and info dumps, and a lot of filler

I'll do a pro and con list so you can see where we end up in the end:
+ The premise is intriguing. People marking themselves to tell
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Andrea
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating tale and I don't really know what to make of the ending!? I think I need to reread it to fully understand what the heck actually happened.

I really liked this story of inking your life onto your skin. It was such a unique concept to have your life tattooed on your body. Of course, there was a bit of a dystopian edge to it with the government standardizing and regulating what kinds of tattoos people got for certain things.

I liked how inquisitive Leora was and that she
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Sarah Churchill
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
An unusual 'dystopian' concept that was executed well. I just happened to listen to the audiobook when it popped up on my library app, and I was happily painting the fence and needed some background listening. Usually in those kinds of scenarios I kind of half listen to the details, but Ink was such an interesting yet real-feeling story that it made its way in. I really do hope I can track down the other books in audiobook format to continue the story.
Pugsie
Aug 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
This is one of those books I pushed to finish reading at the end - not because 'it was that good' but because 'it was that bad I can't stand to read it for another day'.

Ink had potential, had something new and the author completely blew it. It started interesting with a half disgusting, half intriguing concept of how to keep the dead "alive". It felt like the author had an idea of a community dedicated to tattoos and where that would lead them in the future. Sadly, the idea fell flat and felt
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Mike and Becca  (Books and Looks)
Full video review here: https://youtu.be/hu1fKB_raCo

I adored this story. Ink is a wonderful dystopian story that is set in a place where the ink on your skin and you ability to be remembered through them acts as this societies religion. I loved how Broadway weaved in the cultures fairy tales and how they have shaped the town. I did enjoy reading through Leora's eyes. The relationship with the markers and the marks was beautiful and enveloping.

What really gave this book such a high rating was
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