Monday, 23 May 2016

Book Review: The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Title: The Girl of Ink and Stars
Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Genre: Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Chicken House Books
Publication Date: 5th May 2016
Rating: 3 stars

Tell Me About It
Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped.

When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart.

But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.
My Thoughts
When I first heard about The Girl of Ink and Stars it sounded like a book filled with adventure, but when I began reading I found it hard to join in with this adventure. The idea behind the story was great, and I liked hearing about the old stories and the descriptions of maps, but I found it hard to relate to the characters and really find anything interesting about them.

Isa's world is full of mystery and maps, so when her friend Lupe goes missing, she wants to join the group of people who go looking for her, even if it means disguising herself as her brother. This part I can relate to, willing to do anything to find a friend is the only kind of friendship, but that and her ability to make maps were the only things of Isa that interested me.

The journey to find Lupe isn't an easy one, and I liked how different legends were mixed into the pages to add a touch of uniqueness to this story, but at some points it did feel like it dragged on just a bit too long, and I did get distracted and it took me a lot longer to finish this book than it usually would.

Final Verdict
The Girl of Ink and Stars wasn't quite my cup of tea, but I think it would be a better read for younger children who would appreciate the story better.

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