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Stolen Ink

(Ink Born #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  780 ratings  ·  167 reviews
I’m Dacian, a tattoo magician, and my life went from my biggest concern being finding a pretty guy to fall into bed with at the end of the week to everything falling apart around me.

There are two problems in my life.

Number one – I’m an ink magician, the thing of myths. A lot of very powerful people would love to get their hands on me, and I have no intention of letting th
Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published February 10th 2017 by Chaos Fox
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☆ Todd
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it

This story had such a cool and unique concept that I immediately knew that I had to read it.

The premise was that certain people had parts of their soul that manifested themselves as animals. The person would feel their animal clawing to get out, go to a tattoo magician, then the tattoo magician would 'feel' the identity of their animal and tattoo it onto their skin.

Once the tattoo was complete, its owner could then press on the tattoo to 'release' it into the living world. For example, the
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I so, so badly wanted to give this book a higher rating but it was just too frustrating. When it started I was absolutely delighted and felt like I was stepping into a new world with its own rules where magic simply existed as a natural thing.

The idea of tattoo magic was brilliant, I could see them coming to life on the skins of the people visiting the tattoo parlour but then the story narrative went off sideways on a danger that just never really felt earnt or properly explained.

Two many concep
Montzalee Wittmann
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I want a tattoo like those!

Stolen Ink by Holly Evans is a terrific fantasy with a magical tattoos, shifters, someone stealing tattoos ( magically that causes death), lots of mystery, great characters, fun fantasy, and gay romance. Enjoyed it completely!
RoAnna Sylver
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviews, nope
Super intriguing concepts, super disappointing execution... which makes this almost more frustrating and discouraging. I looked forward to this one greatly/actually used it as a reward book - get stuff done, read the cool ink-magic tattoo-thief serial killer book with tons of gay and one example of aroace rep. Sounded amazing. And that is why it has two stars instead of a flat one. The concepts can be interesting, and non-awful aro/ace rep is rare, and that is one part of the book that doesn't d ...more
Stjepan Cobets
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Stjepan by: Fan of YA fantasy
My rating 4.3

Book “Stolen Ink (Ink Born # 1)” by Holly Evans is a pure YA fantasy novel, a lot of beautiful people and love events. The world in which the story is placed I must admit I liked it, the story is solid and fun. The world of the Earth, in which magic is ruled, is very beautiful, in which all races can be seen, from people, elves, fairies, wolves and various magical creatures. The story follows Dacian who tattoo magician, he does magic tattoos that are strongly associated with those w
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3 Stars

Full Review:
*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

So… this book sounded cool because tattoo magic! But it ended up not quite working for me.

One of my issues was that I didn’t understand the world. I know everyone complains about info dumping, but I need a little bit of explanation. I finally got some answers in the second half of the book or so, but there’s still a lot I’m unclear on. It seemed as though the vast majority of the population wer
Aug 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Dear author, writing is not the same thing as vomiting; unless one is endowed with prodigious facility for style and truly great powers of imagination, publishing 600 pages in 6 months can only be conducive to gross literary failure. Your concept is pretty unique, but the execution of all three instalments (so far) of the story lacks so much in virtually every department, be it it pacing, narration, characters, world-building, dialogue or action scenes, that one can only suspect you to be sellin ...more
Len Evans Jr
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Oh shit... just finished this and I'm a F-ing mess. I thought my heart was gonna explode... talk about an incredible, intense and an amazing ending. Ms. Evans has a fan for life. This is the 3rd book of by her I have read and each one has been extraordinary. The people she created for this book are just breathtakingly real. She had me so invested in their lives and what would happen to them that it was almost impossible to turn the last 20 pages of the book. I love the world of magic that she ha ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tattoos and magic – two of my favourite things. It goes without saying that I would jump into this one. When you see a combination of your favourite things thrown together, you always jump at such books.

However, it also leaves you with very high standards. As the book contains your favourite things, you expect something wonderful.

Did this book deliver me the amazing story I had been hoping to receive? Unfortunately, it didn’t quite make it. I know I have given the book a four star rating, but in
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it

I have too many questions. You're kind of dumped into this world and it's immersive which is great. It's visceral, raw, kind of dark, and a little terrifying. Everything has weight, but there's almost too much story with too little explanation.

The book gods know I hate an info-dump, but I also want to know why things are significant if it's not obvious. In this case there's all this inferred doom and gloom with no explicative reasoning for it. Ugh. Without the reasons and motivatio
Sadie Forsythe

I was seriously disappointed in this book. There is such a cool idea here. The connection between characters and their tattoo/companion animals is really interesting. Unfortunately the author did not pull it all together in a complete, engaging story.

The biggest problem is the writing. Sure, it's readable and the dialogue isn't such that it feels amateurish, it's even pretty, but it all feels very shallow, like the reader is only given access to the surface of a much deeper story. I felt che
Apr 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF and a yawn at 38%

This sounded promising but doesn't work. There's all kinds of supernals (unexplained, term just thrown in there) and I think some humans too, pretty sure there's cars, know there's magic and wild magic. Which gives a chaotic insubstantial image of the world. So many things introduced but thrown at the reader without any development, it somehow manages to be lots and lots of wordy often repetitive info dump without actually sharing any information!

It's about tattoos - how can
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This book had so much potential but it was quite flat. The emotions the MC was feeling were all superficial because the author didn't get too deep on explaining how and why Dan felt the way.
For starters, as other said this isn't a romance but fantasy/paranormal with romantic elements. Which is fine, I'm all for that!
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Can't help it, I'm all for urban fantasy where it's completely normal to have supernaturals mixed among the human citizens, getting an idea how that might work out, how the different magic is handled as well as the tensions the different view on life is causing and I always appreciate when I'm not buried under chapter-long explanation and detailed world building. I like it when an author trusts herself and her art and let me explore more or less on my own.

Here I get that aplenty, so much so t
Kind of all over the place. Feels like it starts in the middle of the story and then you never get filled in on what you missed. The bad guy is decent but he's off the page entirely too much and then he's handled pretty easily. Was the random stalker ever explained? The romance aspect was lackluster. It's not really even there, but what is it more told than shown. I'm not sure why they had in common. I don't think they ever even truly spoke. There was just a lot of "let's go to bed." which does ...more
Michelle Willms
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Original story

This tale is filled with a great cast of characters, a gripping plot, and a series premise interesting enough to ensure future books will be devoured. This does have some romance, so it's really not true urban fantasy, for those who are sticklers about the traditional definition. It's s worthy read, in any case.
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt, 2017, fantasy-urban
The summary had me at Ink magicians! What a cool and interesting premise! Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to the idea of it in my head. The execution was a little shaky but still, so much potential to improve in later stories.

Just a little more rounding out on some of the ideas and characters would have helped me a lot. I would have loved more explanations on the differences between tattoo magics, why it was so bad to be an Ink Magician etc.. It was almost like the author was scared of
DNF at 59%

I really wanted to like this one but I was so bored/confused. Those two don't mix. So many characters whose name just would not stick with me. Every time if I wanted to continu reading I had to scroll back to see who was what. I tried 3, separate, times to remember what 'the breaker' name actually was and why he was in the story. For something I started just a few days ago... not good.

But the story concept is still very cool in my opinion and maybe somebody else would enjoy it.

p.s. Oh
Blaine Hall
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Not only were the characters extremely interesting, but the world they inhabited was completely incredible. What a fascinating concept! Who ever heard of an Ink Magician? WOW!!! Holly Evans created a book that I didn't want to put down, and when it was completed, all I wanted to do was get the next book in the series and see what was going to happen. Incredible!! Holly is now on my one click. ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Davian is a tattoo magician – a man who can sense the magical tattoos under people’s skin and bring them to life. He’s spent most of his life hiding the true extent of his powers, hoping to avoid the attention of the Council and live a quiet life with his friend and business partner Keir and, hopefully, find a cute guy to have some fun with.

Except someone in the city is killing people with tattoos and stealing them – an agonising and terrible way to die. With his power, Dacian is perfectly place
caroline wilson
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-f
A pot full of magical beings, loved it.
I received a copy of this book by the author for an honest opinion.

When I read the blurb for this book I was like fantastic, magical, romance and a bit of mystery and yes we got all of the above.
This book is about Dacian whose an ink magician which is rare and who can more easily work the ink network that helps create tattoos that can become alive and realistic in the mortal realm. The ink network is a sentient magic which is imploring Dacian to find the
J C Steel
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dacian’s a tattoo magician. He’s got a business that pays well enough to let him put his feet up and keep the door closed every so often if he wants to, and a good business partner. Going unnoticed is exactly what he likes best. Unfortunately, it looks as if the gods aren’t content any more with merely raining on him; his tattoos are collecting strays, and someone else is apparently collecting other peoples’ tattoos. The words ‘ink magician’ are flying around a lot more than Dacian’s happy with, ...more
Not rated for now. Stolen Ink was a quickly read urban fantasy with a modicum of suspense, mainly because I was unclear whether it was heading towards the fantasy-romance construct or urban fantasy with a romantic subplot. (The difference for me being whether or not an established love interest can be killed off/replaced as the series progresses. I've appreciated both kinds of series.) Evans has incorporated some intriguing ingredients, one's I've enjoyed in other series: animated tattoos (The M ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This one is really difficult for me to rate for the following reasons:

I definitely liked the story - the world building is interesting and so complex, I am sure there will be more information on it in the next books. and there are a lot of things which need more explaining
I liked the secondary characters - they are interesting and complex and something to look forward to

now my problem with the book: for most of the book I did not like DAcian. for me he was very self-absorbed and only looking out
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really love the premise of this book, the idea of sentient tattoos and that a tattoo magician such as the MC can bring them to life. I enjoyed the characters and their interactions, though I would have liked to get to know them all a bit better. My favorite character is by far Keirn, Dacien's tattoo partner and ex-lover and I love their relationship which to me seems pretty intimate but in a non-sexual kind of way. Also, Kyra is a total floof and a stinkbug which is the most accurate depiction ...more
Jenn (not Lily)
Dec 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ku
3.25 stars
I don't know if this is part of a larger world, since I got that 0 to 60 mph feeling without any explanation from the start, but I had at least a bit of a feel for it by the time I finished. Very interesting characters with fascinating gifts and abilities, but I'm not sure when I'll makes my way back to more of this series. Possibly next year, but definitely not right now.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, on-kindle
Pleasantly surprised by the colourful and imaginative world.
This story's forte is definitely the many supporting characters, each unique and authentic to the world.
The plot, coupled with slice of life episodes of the cast, was compelling enough to keep me engaged and turning pages.
There are perhaps some minor misgivings in the writing, but overall, I've enjoyed this one more than expected.
Bran Zesti
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book..... Omg this book, it grabs you, holds you. It makes your mind wonder, can be, will he, does he. Take the time read the book!!! I can't wait for the next one!!! I WANT IT!! ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sally_wheelsiii
3.5 stars
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
Title: Stolen Ink
Author: Holly Evans
Genre: Adult Paranormal, MM Romance
Format: Ebook - NetGalley
Pages: 283
Rating: 5
Heat: 3

Thoughts: Oooh, give me more!! So many things to love about this book I’m not sure where to start. The characters where amazing! And the story, wow, it’s different and I love it. To get a tattoo isn’t like how it is in our world. In this world the tattoo magician can sense what the animal is that wants to be tattooed on your body, and if you’re lucky, you can shift into
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Holly Evans is an urban fantasy author with an unhealthy fascination with blades, a deep love of hellhounds, and would love one day to wake up as a fae. When she isn't wrangling rogue characters and trying to tame her muse, she's researching shiny new ninja moves. During her spare time she fights crime and rights wrongs on the streets of County Kerry. ...more

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