- File Size: 1804 KB
- Print Length: 351 pages
- Publisher: InterMix (April 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 15, 2014
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CLFCP14
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nightmare Ink (A Living Ink Novel) Kindle Edition
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It is erotic and rough and tumble, and the magic system is really cool. The only criticisms I can give are that I spotted a couple places where the exposition felt really forced.
Still, the diversity is executed pretty well, with a great deal of attention to Najavo traditions and awareness of the main character's prejudices. There are some cool LGBTQ/QUILTBAG characters, and the Japanese and Latino factions felt a little stereotyped, but honestly everything makes sense and there is still diversity even within the factions.
I cannot wait to read the next one. I had a good feeling about the series when the first book came out, and now I hope the third one follows the second as soon as possible!
Burnard set up a world which was compelling and new: sentient tattoos which bestow new power on the inked. Even better, there are real consequences to getting this ink. Most of the characters are likable and understandable (with the exception of a cop who is hostile to the point of caricature with literally no motivation). The main villain is evil enough to make him a chilling yet magnetic bad guy.
Despite this positive start, Burnard wrapped up the actually interesting subplots well before the climax of the book. All of the interesting elements of the story drained out in the first two thirds of the book, and they were replaced by expository scenes which slowed the pace. Perhaps if a few chapters had been shuffled, the ideas in this book could've coexisted successfully. Unfortunately, all the explosive material is in the first part of the book, leaving the plodding main plot as an unsatisfactory conclusion.
Isa has magic, and can create Living Ink, although chooses not to do it, because it's dangerous. Live ink is exactly what it sounds like. Whatever is tattooed on your body, is alive, and shares living space with you.
What she does do is bind ink on those who have live ink when it goes rogue and attempts to leave the body. How creepy is that? Especially for someone who has tattoos?
Someone is summoning all of the live ink off their host's bodies, and it's killing them and the host in the process. Isa may be one of them after a psycho kidnaps her and tattoos live ink on her, unless she can stop them.
Isa is an interesting character with an interesting back story, that slowly starts to come out throughout the book. She's tough, and likable, and you can't wait to see her kick some ass after what's been done to her.
I couldn't put this book down. It was action packed from the moment I turned the first page. There is a small love interest although it doesn't really turn into much of anything until late in the book, I assume it will be full blown in the next book coming out November 18th and I've already purchased my copy.
What worked for me is that I like the leading lady magical tattoo artist Isa(Ice), she's got issues that make her afraid to use her powers and cause her to try to keep her emotional distance from the others around her - but still she's gathered a new 'family' because she is basically a caring person who will do what's right despite the danger to herself. That 'family' has real potential but they don't come to clearly in focus here, but then again much of the book is about a new relationship for Ice and inner dialog that comes with that dominates the last half of the book and probably accounts for some pacing issues in the part of the book.
I really liked idea of magical living ink that is key to the world in this story, I thought it was interesting(I've liked other stories with magic tattoos too), interesting enough to pick up the next book and see what happens next for Ice.
I will definitely be buying the next book in the series, if I can last that long.
I have never read a book in this genre before and I would like to read more like it. I gave the book four stars as I believe it deserved it. Not the best book I ever read, but a solid four stars. I look forward to seeing more in this series from the same author.
I especially like the twist on demonic possession and living tattoos--
Heroine learns from her early ignorant behavior, the antagonist tattoo goes from angry and deadly
to cooperation and desire...
Isa has a lot on her plate to deal with, yet the strong magical compassion of her youth and teachings
Murmur, the tattoo, has problems of his own and a story that is still unfinished...
Can't wait for the next one!