E Wolfe was actually my favourite character Jess Brightwell and Morgan Hault are both English and so bloody cute Glain Wathen is Welsh yet also the bad arse muscle out of them all Thomas Schreiber is a German inventor and a giant teddy bear 3 Dario Santiago is a pompous Spaniard LOL And finally Khalila Seif is a Saudi Arabian Muslim genius And I absolutely love very single one of them yes The Garden of Happy Endings even Dario haha All of these characters meet at the Great Library of Alexandria in Egypt in order to fight for their places within the Library s workforce Some willnd up as Scholars archivists others will Campfire end up as part of the Garda soldiers and in rare instances others willnd up as Obscurists alchemistsIf you haven t tried this book yet I highly recommend it Amongst the plethora of YA dystopia this is definitely a hidden gem D Dear bookworms of the world You need this book in your life If you don t buy read and love this as much as I did well I ain t gonna be your friend no With much love Faye Okay I kid I ll still be your friend nevertheless but do you think I m kidding about the awesomeness of this book Let me tell you something I don t always give books 5 stars But when I do there are two categories 5 stars and 5 fucking fantastic starsWhen you have a story with a male hero who fricking loves books in an alternate history fantasy setting who travels with a group of amazing friends and a sarcastic strict likeable mentor and who My Little Blue Dress eventually goes against a LIBRARY CORPORATION that is keen on controlling how books are used and made well I m sorry but doesn t that just scream 5 fucking fantastic stars to youI really really really love this book I read it with an open mind a month ago not knowing of the premise or the author and was absolutely blown away by how amazing and original and refreshing it was1 It s about books A book about books That already sounds awesome doesn t it It s about a world torn by books by people who want to control how books are made and shelved and copied and stored and by people who d rather burn andat books than have their lives compromised by an oppressing system where having original copies of books can be the death of you It s about a group of friends or okay Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars enemies turned forced acuaintances turned friends who love books and seek to protect them in various ways going so far as to put their lives on the line in order to make sure they re safe from harm2 The library is the freaking villain Okay maybe not the library itself but the people behind it who are pulling the strings Yup They re so drunk with their power and how they control the books and the people with their system that they say OFF WITH THEIR HEADS uicker than the ueen of Hearts on crack And guys They re the ultimate book hoarders They re usxcept on steroids And by steroids I mean nasty nasty steroids You don t wanna mess with these guys unless you re Jess Brightwell of course3 Male hero who loves books as much as we do Jess comes from a book smuggling family They find original copies and then sell them to collectors and getting the books to these collectors is no Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life easy feat as they have tovade the authorities and these automated stone lions that come to life when they sniff some black market mischief And then one day upon delivering Phew What a journey this book was I ve read books about books before but nothing comparable to this one I presently have a great deal of motions inside me because of this story and really I had no idea that this author would be so ruthless You have no clue how many people die how many deceptions and manipulations occur It was a journey because when you look at The First And Last Chapters You Realize How Much Happened first and last chapters you realize how much happened much changed and how things will never be how they were beforeThe beginning was lent xtremely so I almost regretted buying the hardcover after reading the first chapters The writing felt so methodical and I s THERE IS A HIJABI IN THISA HIJABIIN YA FANTASYI M CRYING SO MUCHGIIIMMMMMEEEEE REREAD June 2017Because I remember NOTHING I decided to reread this before heading onwards with the series And omg I m so glad I did This book is precious and so book loving and the appreciation for novels is just giving me life I nearly up it to 5 stars but the romance still annoys me AlasAlso fyi the audiobook is incredible The narrator is British and Jess London accent is my favou I am on book tour currently and now appreciate very author who ver lived because this stuff is CRAY It s like doing a convention for 3 weeks straight but you re flying to different cities very day and since i m a REALLY picky sleeper I m starting to feel like someone s trying to murder me if the bed has a low thread count Anyway I loaded my Kindle up with reads in anticipation of traveling a lot and this book was 1 on my list to get to first And I loved itI m a big fan of Rachel Caine from her romance novels and I know her in real life because I fanned out when I met her over her books several years ago haha She wrote a few series we ve read in my
Fantasy book so imagine my surprise when I read this and it s not a girlie romance at all it s a YA novel with a boy protagonist And it s SO GOOD This series is a fantasy love letter to books When I was reading it all I could think about was how much I loved going into a library as a kid and flipping through the books and finding new worlds How it was forbidden to draw in a book and how terrible it was to mess one up in the slightest Books were special This series is set in an alt world where printing presses don t xist the Library in Alexandria never was burnt and knowledge is controlled by an all powerful Library capital letter Our hero is a member of a family who smuggles actual books so you re dropped immediately into a fantasy world that s rich with conflict Anyway I don t want to give away but there are amazing themes about freedom and the average person s right to knowledge as well as the permeating feeling of REVERENCE towards books I felt very guilty that I was reading it on a kindle lol and wanted to run out and buy a real live book immediately after reading Anyway if you love books this is a great read It s YA in tone but not too kiddie there s some dramatic stuff that happens but it sets up for some great twists in the next book which I ll be sure to pick up A uick fun rea. Ining to nter the Library’s service When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is valuable than any human life and soon both heretics and books will bur. GIVEAWAY find out the title of the seuel to Ink and Bone and win in a copy of Ink and Bone Review posted on The Eater of Books blogInk and Bone by Rachel CaineBook One of The Great Library seriesPublisher NALPublication Date July 7 2015Rating 4 starsSource Review copy sent by the publisherSummary from GoodreadsIn an xhilarating new series New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of timeRuthless and supremely powerful the Great Library is now a presence in Black Heart, Red Ruby every major city governing the flow of knowledge to the masses Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly but the personal ownership of books isxpressly forbiddenJess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family who are involved in the thriving black market Jess has been sent to be his family s spy but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to nter the Library s serviceWhen he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is valuable than any human life and soon both heretics and books will burnWhat I LikedMy first Rachel Caine read Isn t it pretty Take a look at the spine if you have a print copy hardcover specially so gorgeous It reminds of how the spines of old books used to be Not flashy with the book s title printed across but very much like an old bound book s spine Excellent work there NAL with the book s spine and cover And New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood excellent work Caine for writing a very intriguing novel which InjoyedJess comes from a family of book smugglers in a time in which it is illegal to own printed novels Everything can be accessed from the Great Library in Alexandria but owning books is against the law Jess is sent by his father to the library to train with other students to get a position in the Great Librarian but also to be a spy for his family and get books his family to smuggle But soon Jess realizes that much is at stake than his family s business and that the Great Library isn t what it seems His loyalties will be tested in many ways and Jess will be forced to choose a sideThis book is so OMINOUS Right from the start I was slightly worried for Jess The Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey entire book has a suspenseful and dark tone I was always wondering when Jess would get caught or when the next person would dietc I was on the God's Pocket edge of my seat trying to figure out what would happen next This book moves a bit slow but the mood is very dark and ominous Someone was always being killed or worried about it Scary Not that the book is scary But dealing with print books and hiding who you are a print book smuggler would make anyone uneasy to say the leastThis book is written in third person limited to Jess Jess is a very intelligent boy who really appreciates print books His father is very hard on him and sends him on deliveries all the time instead of his time brother Brendan And then Jess s father pays to have him take thexams to receive ЯED education at the Great Library With about twenty other students Jess goes to Alexandria Jess is uiet yet clever nimble and street smart A jack of all trades I think I like him though I struggled a bit to connect with him initiallyThe supporting characters are one of the best and most well written part of this book Jess is the protagonist but there are several other students that play critical roles in this novel There were twenty at first but only six spots are open Dario Jess s roommate in Alexandria is a handful but I think I like him when he was first introduced but he s a handful Khalila is a poised and intelligent girl Thomas is a friendly giant with a very creativengineering mind Glain is a cold Welsh girl Morgan is a late arrival mysterious and odd #WOLFE IS THE SCHOLAR WHO IS #is the Scholar who is charge of the students and he is ruthless and a bit scary Captain Santi keeps guard of the students and Scholar Wolfe might be my favorite character He s an interesting one once you get to know him All of these characters are You might start out disliking one or two but will fall for all of them by the ndThere IS romance in this book And I love it because for about 80% of the book the romance is pretty much not important It doesn t really start arising until about 50% of the book but ven then it s just there It s not a plot mover it s not all The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs encompassing or consuming It s sweet and I love watching Jess fall for the girl It s a subtle romance though you know it s coming when the characters meet No love triangle And to make things better there are other pairs of characters involved in their own romances in the book as well One made me particularly happy one the train is when weJess makes the discovery you ll know which I mean when you read the book I KNEW ITSpeaking of I KNEW IT there was somethinglse in this book that I had my suspicions about from the beginning AND I WAS RIGHT I m very paranoid and suspicious and as soon as I read about this one thing in the book I was like hmmm but couldn t they be doing this with this and I was right Very vague I know but I m feeling triumphant Good instincts will catch itThe characterization is really good Jess grows a great deal in this book He has to choose sides and paths and decisions again and again over and over and he proves his intelligence and perceptiveness and maturity over and over I personally thought he developed uite a bit as a character and not just him He reminded me a bit of Darrow from Pierce Brown s Red RisingThe world building is amazing Caine is a painter with words the setting and imagery and descriptions are captivating and lovely There are many different scenerylandscapes in this book and Caine makes ach one uniue in its own way The world building is very well written Caine definitely did a good job of creating this world and story Though I can t wait to dig deeper in the next BooksThe Plot Is Slow plot is slow will say that as a negative below the story moves slowly It s an interesting story and I was anxious while reading I see this as a good thing but the plot is slow There is plenty of scheming and deaths and betrayals and twists and true natures revealed and all kinds of Ruthless and supremely powerful the Great Library is now a presence in very major city governing the flow of knowledge to the masses Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly but the personal ownership of books is xpressly forbidden. .vaginal fantasy book
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Henanigans The nding had me sad and angry and scared and wanting much much In a positive way if that makes senseOverall I very much A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author enjoyed this book I m looking forward to the next volume in this series I need it So many things to be fixedWhat I Did Not LikeLike I said above this book s pacing is slow It took me longer than usual to read this one and obviously it s not due to the book s length this book is short or genre it s a futuristic fantasy type which I do love The story is very interesting and I was never bored but it s a slow moving book in my opinion Would I Recommend ItYes I would Fantasy fans contemporary fans basically anyone who likes books try the book about books This book was pretty impressive and definitely got me thinking about books in general I could not live without my print books Anyway this is a Young Adult book but it is highly suitable for adults It almost reads like an adult book Younger teens could read this one the content isn t too bad the violence is the heaviest stuff and it s not badRating4 stars My first Rachel Caine book a successful I m not sure I llver read her vampire series but I know I ll be continuing with this one DNF page 37Dry Dry DRYI gave this book 37 pages but I didn t feel anything for it Despite having an interesting premise that would appeal to most bibliophiles I felt like there was nothing there to hook me immediately There were animatronic lions and statues and then steam powered carriages for some reason this book is set in the near future so it was really odd It felt like a smattering of other successful stories right now in the market had bits picked from them and this was what was trying to be cobbled out of it Let s not What If even mention the we have to keep books readducation from commoners thingThere s just no warmth or heart here to keep me interested You have ink in your blood boy and no help for it Books will never be just a business to you Few people if any have The Exhaustion Breakthrough ever setyes on a book in Jess Brightwell s London And yet no one is illiterate and writing is considered sacred across the worldInstead of books The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good everyone has blanks thinkreader but run by alchemy and We re nothing but secrets Books alchemy secret tunnels books friendships rivalries books and villains who become heroes Oh and did I mentio So I d just like to point out that I was a weird child growing up I adored mythology than any other type of bedtime story and I began reading both The Iliad and The Odyssey at age 10 I know weird Having said that I was heartbroken when I later discovered that these were the only two Ancient Greek Supplemental Book epics surviving out of theight that were written now known as the Epic Cycle The thought of destroyed books makes me despair in agony Now I m certain that I m not the only person who still gets Hark! The Herald Angels Scream emotional over the destruction of the Library of Alexandria ALL OF THOSE BOOKSGONE GONE FOREVER NEVER TO BE SEEN OR READ EVER AGAIN Luckily Ink Bone brings into uestionwhat if the Library of Alexandria had never been destroyedWell according to Rachel Caine had the Library of Alexandria survived the world would be Fahrenheit 451 on steroids Finally I ve come across a dystopian novel that I ve genuinelynjoyed This was sooo original and I loved very second of it Thus I am awarding this novel 45 stars They ve all got stories Jess thought I need to know them Best of all he could know them He could learn anything here It felt like limitless possibilities I m not going to lie I considered putting this on hold for a second time whilst I struggled to get through the Prologue and Chapter One But once Chapter Two began the plot was so well paced for the remainder of the novel that it completely made
for it this being a very short book only 350 ish pages it feels much being a very short book only 350 ish pages it feels much but it s completely worth itFirst of all I d like to address veryone who compared this novel to Harry PotterEvery book that reuires training at a school does not need to be compared to Harry Potter Don t get me wrong I love Harry Potter as much as the next person In fact it s ven 2 on my Favourite Books of All Time list but 1 JK Rowling did not patent books about schools 2 Books about schools xisted long before Harry Potter cough Enid Blyton cough and 3 Books about schools will Bidadari yang Mengembara exist long after Harry Potter Comparisons to Harry Potter as marketing ploys really get on my nerves If there were magic being taught at this school I d understandbut they re being taught to be scholars and how the Library functions There is absolutely no magic in this book Well there is alchemy which isn t being taught but no spells or potions UghPSA As this is a dystopian novel it might interest you to know that there is also uite a bit of death in this novel which I found to be uite unexpected There are also a number of surprising twists and turnsInk Bone is centred around Jess who comes from a family of smugglers They smuggle books because the ownership of physical books is now illegal and punishable by death because when you steal a book you steal from the world in the year 2025 Everyone is given blanks which very much resemblesBooks on a tablet or a codex which is a Red River Girl expensive version of blanks and the books that are loaded onto there are strictly controlled The world is run in a dictatorship type manner by the Great Library who control the world s knowledge because asveryone knows knowledge is power The Library s motto is actually tota La strada delle croci est scientia or knowledge is all The Library would rather the world go up in flames around them than let any harm come to the books People who work for the library wouldven die to protect the books from harm They also use automaton lions sphinxes and soldiers which are awfully scary There are many who protest the Library s control including the smugglers who profit from selling valuable books to those who can afford it and the Burners who set fires to the books and ven themselves in protest with Greek Fire We also have the perverted ink lickers who at the books in order to completely possess its knowledge One of the best aspects of this novel however is its diversity All of the characters are from around world practice various religions and have different sexual orientations Scholar Christopher Wolfe and High Garda Captain Niccolo Santi are not only the children s mentors but also a wonderful gay coupl. Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family who are involved in the thriving black market Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his tra.up for it