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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  56 reviews
A powerful god, a magical tattoo and a rebellious teenager. What could possibly go wrong?

Christian, an unruly English teenager, stumbles onto a mysterious tattoo parlor. Possessed by the Rune God, Hagalaz, he becomes immortal, gifted with magical powers which allow him to harness the forces of nature.

Only problem? Hagalaz God of Disruption, is intent on making Christian's
Published October 31st 2018
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Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Decent story.... but you can tell by the length of time it took me to finish, I wasn’t enthralled. The basic plot was interesting and I enjoyed the main character Christian. I didn’t see the need for him to have a love interest, other than he was a 16 year old, and that did slow the progression of the storyline.

*Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Unfortunately, i find myself a bit disappointed with this book. The premise was great and it started off good, but then it was rushed? I feel like I'm going fast forward through this book and nothing is making a lick of sense to me. It is my hope that this book will get a re-fresh on the gritty details that were very much missing. If it was fully developed and not rushed I would have enjoyed this immensely.

i. am. so. done. with. netgalley. right. meow.

this could have been fierce! it could have b
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ink is the first book of the Tribe series, written in the first person by the perspective of the main character Christian, a normal teenager, at least on the beginning of the story, and as a bunch of other stories, he’s one of the chosen ones to save the world somehow.
But this book is far from being just one more story about a teenager hero, I really like the way it was written, not even a little predictable, as I thought I would be, and the story takes ways that I couldn’t even
Rosetta Overman
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This is an ambitious debut novel, and pretty well executed as well. I liked the premise of ancient deities choosing human vessels. Though I wasn’t enamored with the cast (which sometimes felt a bit too large to fit cohesively into the narrative), there were a couple of characters I really liked, namely Pax and Uncle Simon. There is a romance aspect in this story which felt unnecessary in a story that could’ve easily centered around friendship and family and possibly come out stronger fo
Anca Antoci
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ink, by Jobie Baldwin, is the first book in Tribe series of urban fantasy adventure superhero novels. I found this to be a uniquely enthralling fantasy read that had some interesting plot twists. A fun story with relatable characters and a quirky plot that keeps the reader entertained.

The action is set mostly in London, where a teenager named Christian is drawn into a mysterious tattoo parlor. The guy behind the counter, a native American named Raven tells Christian to stay in the center of the
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. It's nice to read a story, partly set in London, by someone who actually knows what they're talking about and isn't shy about using slang, idioms, and local dialect too. Might be a bit difficult for non-Londoners to get all of it, but not so much I think. Also doesn't shy away from the ridiculousness of instalove, and even reffers to it. The characters are fun and the story is fairly believable. I enjoyed it. I'll definitely be reading the next one. ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Superb first book in this series. Christian is a difficult teenager who wanders into a strange tattoo parlour. Keeps you intrigued.
Stephanie Jane
See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits

I first discovered Ink through taking part in an Xpresso Reads spotlight blog tour a couple of years ago. I loved the tattoo art cover design, but wasn't sure how much I would enjoy the book's fantasy genre so didn't read more than the excerpt above. When recently trawling my past Literary Flits posts for novels with which to stock my virtual Vegan Bookshop, I spotted that Jobie Baldwin is herself vegan and this prompted me to give Ink a try.
Kari Shuey
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ink had a great introduction, but it didn't draw me in like some fantasy novels did. The plot was an interesting concept I haven't read before. I loved how the author blended the fantastical world of God-like souls merging with mortals and the modern world as we see it today. In her story, when the world is on a downward spiral, Gods choose a host to help them save it. The threat to the world is hidden behind a group of people called settlers but the problems run deeper than the characters reali ...more
Megan Forrest
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jobie Baldwin has created a fascinating realm - an alternative version of our own world (unless we just don't know the truth yet!) Mainly aimed at the YA market, this is an enjoyable read for any adult as well. Christian is a well-constructed anti-hero, showing the difficulties of a teenager growing/grown up in a dysfunctional family. Christian's purpose is changed forever when he stops by a store he hadn't seen before, 'Innocent Ink', and he is chosen for a higher purpose. The combination of my ...more
Dustin Bilyk
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ink is a YA Urban Fantasy novel about a teenager, Christian Blake, who develops God-like powers. Except he doesn't know how to control said powers, and, as his mentor tries to get him under control, he wreaks havoc. This was perhaps my favorite part of the book - Christian's relationship with his "Guide" Hagalaz that lives inside of him. They don't really get along (understatement), and that's one of the major struggles he faces.

Soon he joins his "Tribe", and they are tasked with saving the worl
Da Jeffrock
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I simply can't say enough how much I loved this book! Every aspect of this book I found thrilling and exceptionally well written. Jobie introduces us to a Tribe of characters who through a mysterious tattoo, become the embodiment of Rune Gods. Christian, the embodiment of the Rune God Hagalaz, joins forces with Zack, Kia, Pax and Lexy to save humankind from the threat posed by the Settlers. Led by Raven, the Native American Hell's Angel, the Tribe must learn to use their powers, get along with t ...more
Ben Myall
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Absolute page turner.

It manages to combine superpowers and the mystic (which I love) with an enthralling plot that keeps you guessing from beginning to end.

Can’t wait to read the next one... or maybe watch the movie because you can totally imagine that as you’re reading it.
Tamara Edmunds
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So awesone

It was so cool to find a book that I enjoyed immensely. This book is so far from the usual books I normally find and I loved every page of it. I can't wait to read the next book in the series to see what happens next.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A rebel, a tattoo & a group effort to save the world-not the usual run of super hero stories. This was a very entertaining read, well worth the time invested reading it & further attempts to get around Amazons new review policies to further recommend this book to more readers.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'd say readers age 15 and up would like this. No sexual content, but it does contain violence. I loved the story, but the ending was terrible. This ends on a cliffhanger, book two is coming soon, so be ready for that.
Christian has a genius level IQ, but does not want to excel. His parents are separated and often argue about what a disappointment he is and he make every effort to prove them right. Christian has only one friend, Ben, until he sees a ratio parlor called Mystic Ink and his curiosit
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
DFN @ 40%

Let's say it: the cover is gorgeous, and it was what captured me in the first place.
But, you know, never judge a book from its cover.

Ink might not be a bad book. But it was definitely a bad book for me. I mean, a younger, less exigent fantasy reader could probably be charmed by the story. However, the sketched worldbuilding, the flat characters and a ton of events squeezed in so few pages were too much for me to bear.

~ARC Kindly provided by Netgalley & the Publisher in exchange for my h
Feb 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving up on this... Events happen at a pace that is unbelievable even within the context of the story. No background is given on the aliens that seem to have arrived out of left field, and the main character went from rebelious teen to a dutiful foot-soldier in 2 days. All in all, there is no world-building and no character development, which makes me sad, as a story about a kid who gets a magical tattoo and fights for humanity should be something I enjoy. ...more
Sheri  Konschak
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome science fiction fantasy read for young adults. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I always try to read the books I've won or else I would not have picked this book to read. I enjoyed the story line and the cast of characters in the book. A secret tattoo shop is set in the area where a special boy or girl that has been chosen to be a super hero who can do all kinds of fantastical things as their powers. The training sessions come next. Ink are the tattoos that appear a ...more
A pretty solid 4 out of 5 stars.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It has an original storyline - which I really liked! - with interesting characters and a (somewhat) believable dystopian sub-plot. There is a smattering of romance, however it's more of a semi-background thing, and doesn't even appear til - approximately - half way through the book. It kept my attention to the end, and enough so that I am looking forward to the next book in the series ("Flak", which the author gives a small prev
Southern Today Gone Tomorrow
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ink is a novel perfect for those looking for their next YA urban fantasy novel with a unique take on control of others.

The writting was decent, a bit repetitive for my taste, and while the overall plot was interesting - moving tattoos that end up being a method for someone to be controlled by something else is not quite unique, but a really interesting thing to explore - but the writing kept taking me out of the story. Written in first person, it was just really repetitive.

A really good suspens
Zaneta Warren
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was okay just not interesting at all. It did not keep my interest and I tried so hard to finish this book, but I just couldn't. ...more
Rosie Amber
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Ink is a young adult urban fantasy story and the first book in the Tribe series.

It is narrated by Christian, an English teenager, who discovers a strange tattoo parlour. Here he finds that he’s been chosen, along with four others, to save the world. The premise is a popular one, so how will this author make it his own? The action-packed plot takes Christian and the Tribe across the world as they help fight aliens who are intent on disrupting the already unstable effects of global warmin
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jobie-baldwin
This book just blew me away. I have no idea how to express myself about this book. I was dying to read this book the moment I saw it. So I did. I did not stop reading it until I was done. IT WAS AMAZING!
The whole concept is as original as it is weird and unexpected. I did not see any of it coming. So, it is Humans versus Aliens, and Rune Gods picking their champions among humans to fulfill a particular purpose in order to protect the Earth. And the plot is so much more complicated than that, and
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christian is your typical teenager, he's a bit of a wild card and he just likes to have a good time. After being drawn into a tattoo parlor, he's marked and possessed by a Rune god. Hagalaz now inhabits him and like Christian, Hagalaz is very unpredictable. The man who runs the shop, Raven, has told John of the ancients, and how they are sending the Gods into mortals because the Settlers are planning something and it's up to the kids to stop them.

At the training facility, Christian meets Zack a
I'm afraid I DNF'ed this one. There's just a little too much happening too fast to take it all in.

The alt-universe setting is very much like our own... Only with aliens who may or may not be able to exert some kind of mind control. Then there's Christian, a highly intelligent but lacking in wisdom British kid from a broken home (but the better-off, two-big-houses and benign neglect sort) who discovers a magical tattoo parlour. He's picked by a God to be marked, and all of a sudden he's off on a
Stuart Baldwin
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a fast paced fantasy adventure with great characters this is the book for you. Couldn’t put it down and now can’t wait for the next in the series. 👍
Christian stumbles across a tattoo parlour and is thrust headlong into a world deities and an end of the world conspiracy by an alien race called the Settlers. This is the very basic premise of the story and there is plenty of layers.
Christian and his deity are endowed with chaotic weather powers. Chaotic, as it is difficult to control and the deity resides within Christian's tattoo. He joins up with a group of similarly gifted people in a training camp to learn to control his powers. They are
Lora Milton
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
One of the rare YA novels with a teenage protagonist that managed to hold my attention from the very first chapter.

Christian is an unruly teenager with an alcoholic mother and a divorced father who just doesn't get him. One day while avoiding members of an alien race who have settled on Earth and become part of the accepted scenery, he wanders into a tattoo parlour he hasn't seen before and is launched into a fantastic adventure he didn't expect.

The fantasy magic in this one is definitely level
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Born on the mean streets of London, raised by witches, Jobie walked into a tattoo parlour on her eighteenth birthday and was claimed by Alectrona, goddess of the morning. Known for her ability to wake others from slumber, Alectrona turned her powers to bringing long-forgotten gods and goddesses to life through Jobie's books.

For many years, Jobie restlessly wandered the dangerous road between the D

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