Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal for Fantastic Flying Book Tour

Disclaimer: I received an arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Ink in the Blood

Author: Kim Smejkal

Book Series: Ink in the Blood Book 1

Diversity: LGBT friendly, two moms, and the use of they pronouns

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: February 11, 2020

Publisher: HMH books for young readers

Recommended Age: 16+ (TW child abuse, alcohol usage, some violence, slight sexual content)

Synopsis: A lush, dark YA fantasy debut that weaves together tattoo magic, faith, and eccentric theater in a world where lies are currency and ink is a weapon, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake.

Celia Sand and her best friend, Anya Burtoni, are inklings for the esteemed religion of Profeta. Using magic, they tattoo followers with beautiful images that represent the Divine’s will and guide the actions of the recipients. It’s considered a noble calling, but ten years into their servitude Celia and Anya know the truth: Profeta is built on lies, the tattooed orders strip away freedom, and the revered temple is actually a brutal, torturous prison.

Their opportunity to escape arrives with the Rabble Mob, a traveling theater troupe. Using their inkling abilities for performance instead of propaganda, Celia and Anya are content for the first time . . . until they realize who followed them. The Divine they never believed in is very real, very angry, and determined to use Celia, Anya, and the Rabble Mob’s now-infamous stage to spread her deceitful influence even further.

To protect their new family from the wrath of a malicious deity and the zealots who work in her name, Celia and Anya must unmask the biggest lie of all—Profeta itself.

Review: Holy cow this is the best urban fantasy I’ve read in a long time! I love the world building and how detailed the author was with the religion and the ink magic. I also love the ink magic the author created, very well done! The characters were very well developed as well!

However, I do think that the pacing is a bit slow for my speed preference and the writing, while wonderful, is kinda odd. It bounces back and forth between present and past and that made it difficult for me to follow along with sometimes.

Verdict: I want a tattoo now.

BOOK INFORMATION
Ink in the Blood (Ink in The Blood #1)
by Kim Smejkal
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 11th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT, Fantasy

Synopsis:

A lush, dark YA fantasy debut that weaves together tattoo magic, faith, and eccentric theater in a world where lies are currency and ink is a weapon, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake.

Celia Sand and her best friend, Anya Burtoni, are inklings for the esteemed religion of Profeta. Using magic, they tattoo followers with beautiful images that represent the Divine’s will and guide the actions of the recipients. It’s considered a noble calling, but ten years into their servitude Celia and Anya know the truth: Profeta is built on lies, the tattooed orders strip away freedom, and the revered temple is actually a brutal, torturous prison.

Their opportunity to escape arrives with the Rabble Mob, a traveling theater troupe. Using their inkling abilities for performance instead of propaganda, Celia and Anya are content for the first time . . . until they realize who followed them. The Divine they never believed in is very real, very angry, and determined to use Celia, Anya, and the Rabble Mob’s now-infamous stage to spread her deceitful influence even further.

To protect their new family from the wrath of a malicious deity and the zealots who work in her name, Celia and Anya must unmask the biggest lie of all—Profeta itself.

BOOK LINKS
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43261156-ink-in-the-blood
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2qMRYSc
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ink-in-the-blood-kim-smejkal/1130010706?ean=9781328557056
iTunes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/ink-in-the-blood/id1453250044
Bookdepository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Ink-Blood-Kim-Smejkal/9781328557056?ref=grid-view&qid=1573650612981&sr=1-1
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/ink-in-the-blood-4
Google Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kim_Smejkal_Ink_in_the_Blood?id=S1WHDwAAQBAJ

AUTHOR INFORMATION
Kim Smejkal lives with her family on muse-satiating Vancouver Island, which means she’s often lost in the woods or wandering a beach. She writes dark fantasy for young adults and not-so-young adults, always with a touch of magic. Her debut novel, INK IN THE BLOOD, will release from HMH in early 2020, with a sequel to follow in 2021. She is represented by Daniel Lazar of Writers House.
AUTHOR LINKS
Website: https://kimsmejkal.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18143421.Kim_Smejkal
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimsmejkal
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimsmejkal/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimsmejkal/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.es/KimSmejkal/

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