Welcome to another mini review post were I review a front list book and a back list book which I enjoyed.
This is a graphic novel that follows a Mia, girl in space on a quest to find her lost love and the space crew she is part of. Told in flashbacks and present time, it tells you about her past and her time with her present space crew who also have their own secrets. I loved the art, it was gorgeous and the world in this book is so unique and seriously the space crew has the coolest job ever : restoring old buildings in space. I love how friendship between the girls is put in the forefront here, the girls are accepting of each other and willing to fight for each other no matter what.
Have you ever even considered that something that’s trivial to you could mean so much more to someone else?
It tugged at my heartstrings and made me want such friendships, where there is no judgement only love. It also features f/f relationships and also non binary rep. On a sunbeam takes you on an adventure through space with second chances, great friendships , action and finding a family you didn’t think you needed. I would have loved a little more world building though but it didn’t really take anything from the beauty of the plot and art. A solid 4 stars to this . I would love to read more books set in this world. On a sunbeam will be published on the 2nd of October 2018 by First Second Books. Tillie Walden is also the author of Spinning and The End of Summer.
An epic graphic novel about a girl who travels to the ends of the universe to find a long-lost love, from acclaimed author Tillie Walden.
Throughout the deepest reaches of space, a crew rebuilds beautiful and broken-down structures, painstakingly putting the past together. As Mia, the newest member, gets to know her team, the story flashes back to her pivotal year in boarding school, where she fell in love with a mysterious new student. When Mia grows close to her new friends, she reveals her true purpose for joining their ship—to track down her long-lost love.
An inventive world, a breathtaking love story, and stunning art come together in this new work by award-winning artist Tillie Walden. Source: Goodreads
I received an e-ARC of this book through Netgalley. This is no way affects my review which is my honest opinion of this book.
You know those books that you go into without any expectations and you find yourself really enjoying. That’s how Ink was for me. Set in a word where people mark the important events and achievements on their skin with tattoos , its their culture and faith and people who don’t do such are seen as radicals. Leora is a sixteen year old girl trying to get over the death of her dad and achieve her dream of being an inker. The story is told through flashbacks, fables, dreams and from Leora’s point of view as layers are peeled back and the truth is slowly revealed with all the puzzle pieces coming together.
We are not afraid of death. When your marks are safe in your book, you live on after you die. This life story etched onto your body is kept forever-if you’re worthy. When we preserve the words, pictures, and moments imprinted on our skin, our story survives for eternity. We are surrounded by the dead, and, for as long as their books are still read and their names are still spoken, they live. Everyone has the skin books in their homes: Our shelves are full of my ancestors. I can breathe them in, touch them, and read their lives
It took a while to get used to the writing style, it felt like there was more telling than showing if you get what I mean and there were infodumps here and there. It is a story of trying to choose between right and wrong and your loyalty to family and friends, dealing with grief, losing faith and secrets. Leora is a girl with typical teenage worries who suddenly is faced with the reality that the world isn’t how she thought it was. At the end you are left rooting for her. The world in the book is intriguing with so much importance places on the tattoos which sometimes seem to be alive and their origins. I’m so glad this book has a sequel as it ended with a sort of soft cliffhanger , you know not the jarring one but ones with the promise that there is more to come. The writing in this book was simple, easy to understand and told like someone was telling you a story in a way. It could have been better but I cant wait to read the sequel and continue Leora’s story . 3 stars to Ink by Alice Broadway.
“I think you’ve got a choice , Leora.” She leans forward. “Do you want to stick needles in the living or scalpels in the dead?
Also this is one of the few YA books ive read that talk about stretch marks. The MC has a lot but she hates it and thinks it makes her less beautiful which isn’t suprising as in the real world people hate it too. We are made to hold onto higher standards of beauty where the skin is blemish or stretch mark free. It shouldn’t be so. With or without stretchmarks you are beautiful. It’s a natural thing, a lot of women and even men have it. Beauty comes in all forms and shades so if you have ever felt this way know now that you are beautiful and don’t be afraid to rock that body. Okay mini rant done.
Ink (Skin Books #1)by Alice Broadway
Published on February 2nd 2017
Young Adult | Fantasy
Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.
Chat time! How are you all? Have you read any of these books? How do you feel about stretch marks? If you could get a tattoo, what would it be? For me I think it would be a waterlily .
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