[Review] Blood, Ink & Fire

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Title: Blood, Ink & Fire

Author: Ashley Mansour

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Published: December 1, 2015

Source: Bought from Amazon

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

Imagine a world without books…

In the future, books are a distant memory. The written word has been replaced by an ever-present stream of images known as Verity. In the controlling dominion of the United Vales of Fell, reading is obsolete and forbidden, and readers themselves do not—cannot—exist.

But where others see images in the stream, teenager Noelle Hartley sees words. She’s obsessed with what they mean, where they came from, and why they found her.

Noelle’s been keeping her dangerous fixation with words a secret, but on the night before her seventeenth birthday, a rare interruption in the stream leads her to a mysterious volume linked to an underworld of rebel book lovers known as the Nine of the Rising. With the help of the Risers and the beguiling boy Ledger, Noelle discovers that the words within her are precious clues to the books of the earlier time—and as a child of their bookless age, she might be the world’s last hope of bringing them back.

Blood, Ink & Fire is a gripping, evocative tale that asks, who would we be without books?
Please note that this review is strictly my opinion considering the other reviews for it.

I don't even know where to begin except to point out the irony of reading a book about a world without books. It took me so long to finish reading this and don't get me wrong; the book was not bad at all. No -- it really wasn't. It wasn't the book, it was me. I'm visiting my family for two weeks and I just didn't want to read. It was a big mistake. Let me start off by talking about the characters.

Noelle was beautifully written; she was well-rounded and believable. A part of her was a part of me and because of that, she was relatable, and that's a big thing to have when it comes to writing a great story. The other characters were just as rounded out as she was, making the story flow and the characters jump off the pages.
Books were like people. The stories inside them were real. The characters lived and breathed. Books were life. They were breath. To feel these things in the stories as keenly as if they were not just words on a page, but memories from your own life, to make you imagine things you never even dreamed of, that was the power of a book.
I can't imagine a world without books… especially without books like this. It is rare that I come across such a book that makes me feel this way. The whole story was just so well thought out that while I read, the scenes played out in my mind like a movie. At points, I forgot I was even reading. I was Noelle.

The plot was very driven and clear. From what I saw, there were little to no plot holes which helped the story itself flow easily, making for an easy and enjoyable read.
He would wait out the eons all over again just to find her.
The love interest was so well done, taking forbidden love to a whole new level. The way that it was done made me yearn for the two to have their happy endings, no matter how impossible it seemed to accomplish it. It was a bit fast-paced, bordering on love-at-first-sight, but it becomes much more complicated than that.

As for the world itself, it was brilliantly made. Every bit of it was believable -- every bit was clearly detailed and written out, making it easy to picture what it would be like if I lived there (spoiler alert; I wouldn't like living there).

God, this book was such an emotional rollercoaster. It took everything out of me and in the end, I'm left empty and at a loss for words. Honestly, it's so hard to write this review because I can't even begin to explain how much I love it. The ending absolutely tore me apart, but knowing there is more to come gives me hope. I so very much look forward to reading more and I hope the next one comes out soon because I don't think I can wait very long.

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