Friday, April 15, 2016

Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Title: Ink and Bone
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: Book One in the Great Library Series
Published By: NAL (July 7, 2015)
Source: Borrowed
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Stars!


Book Description:
In an exhilarating 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 time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in 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 is expressly forbidden.

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 training to enter 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 more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn… 







Rachel Caine never ceases to amaze with the vivid realistic and sometimes horrific worlds that she creates. 

Ink and Bone is one such world. Terrifying and imaginative, dangerous, and astonishing, the futuristic world that Caine came up with is not only beautiful descriptive but every bit as imaginative and believable as I have come to expect from her writing.

Even with a slightly slow start, it didn't take me long to become immersed in the story and into the very heart of the city and library itself. 

I love the very futuristic but yet archaic world that Caine created. Like I said, it was both so believable and fantastic that is was hard not to get swept up in the story and very diverse cast of characters.

I devoured this book, way more than I was expecting but right up with my hopes that it would be everything all the reviews I read said it would be. I was no in the least bit disappointed.

So many emotions while reading this, especially towards the end and while this didn't necessarily end on a cliffhanger, it did leave the reader wanting more and eager for the next book. I will be on edge waiting for it. I can't wait to jump back into this world.



57 comments:

  1. Ah yes I have this one because I kept hearing great things about it! I need to get into it

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    1. Definitely do, it was a lot of fun and so imaginative.

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  3. I need this book!!! It sounds fantastic, and yay for five stars.

    -Lauren

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  4. Its such a fantastic concept. I definitely want to read it.

    Great Review :)
    Aprajita @Le' Grande Codex

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  5. I've heard so many wonderful remarks about this book and the amazing world - I can't wait to read it, hopefully before book two comes out, lol! So glad you loved it, Ali. Have a terrific weekend :)

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    1. I think book two is on Netgalley now so get reading! :P You are going to love it I think though. ;)

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  6. Another book I have been meaning to purchase. Sounds amazing.

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    1. It really is, Caine is a great writer. ;)

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  7. Glad You enjoyed this!! I heard such great things about the series.
    Tori @InToriLex

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    1. It is so fun. I can't wait to start book two!

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  8. I am glad you reviewed this, because you reminded me that I still need to read it. Love seeing that five stars, and so glad to hear you loved it. When is the sequel releasing?

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    1. In July I think so just around the corner! It's on Netgalley now so grab it!

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  9. I'm very happy I got a copy of this one! Moving it up my TBR :D

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  10. What an interesting story Ali and wow a rare 5 from you I'm checking it out!

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  11. Oh man! I so need to dive into this one. I haven't read it yet but I think you just pushed it up the wishlist. I made sure our library has it but it has been lent out for a while now. Guess I need to get those books right away that I suggest to them. LOL

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    1. Definitely read it. It was so imaginative and fun and not like a typical YA read at all.

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  12. I love her Morganville Vampires series but for some reason I hadn't wanted to try this. But 5 stars makes think I should change my mind maybe? Great review!

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    1. Definitely try it! It doesn't really have romance but still so worth it.

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  13. OMG, I've been wanting to read this forever, and your loving it put me over the top. I'm reading this tomorrow!

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    1. Yay! Can't wait to see what you think!

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  14. Oh, wonderful! I really liked this too :D

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    1. I remember your review for it, part of the reason why I wanted to read it so much. ;)

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  15. I saw this one on NetGalley and almost requested it, but I am always wary when books are over hyped. Needless to say, I'm a sucker for worldbuilding and this one sounds promising. I'll definitely look into this one; lovely review!

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    1. I hope if you decide to try it you love it too! It really was good but I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone.

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  16. I'm so glad this book was a great read for you, Ali! I have it somewhere but have yet to crack it open. Sigh. Story of my life.

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    1. I feel that way sometimes as well. ;)

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  17. Yay for 5 stars! I have seen this one around but I will have to add it. Great review!

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  18. Yes! I loved this one too and I can't believe it hasn't got more attention. So glad to see your review!

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    1. I know! I mean, I've seen it around but not as much as I would think considering how good it is and that the author is pretty well known.

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  19. YES!!! So glad you loved this..now on to book two!!

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    1. Yes! I'm starting it this coming week I think. ;)

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  20. Ahhhh I need to read this one!!! Fabulous review. I am glad that it met your expectations even though it was a tiny bit slow at the start. :)

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    1. It definitely did and it totally picked up. ;)

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  21. This one looks really good! I've been seeing reviews for this one AND the cover, legit, EVERYWHERE! I'm glad that it kept you on your toes girl and gave you all of those feels! I also see that you're reading Nora Roberts right now? It looks good girl and I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it! <3

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    1. It is definitely worth the read and the Nora Roberts series is fabulous! I love all her PNRs though. :P

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  22. Absolutely everyone loved this book, and I feel really bad for not having made time for it yet. I will, though - I love Rachel Caine's style and actually own the Morganville series :) Lovely review, Ali, thanks.

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    1. If it makes you feel better I haven't finished her Morganville Vamp series yet. I keep meaning too and then I forget about it.

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  23. Glad to hear this book didn’t disappoint and you loved it, Ali. Lately I’m in the mood to read contemporary, but I’ll keep this book in mind for the time when I want to be in such imaginative world.

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    1. Do keep it in mind. It's funny how we go through genre phases isn't it?

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  24. I've never read Rachel Caine. Glad you enjoy it so much. I'm really picky about YA, but I might have to give this a try. I need to get through a few series first. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. If you do try it I hope you like it. It doesn't read like your typical YA so that is a good thing. ;)

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  25. Another 5 star, looks like fantasies are winning for you! I heard this book was pretty good. Yet, another book I need to check out!

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    1. They have been lately, it has been nice. ;)

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  26. This sounds so fun! Thanks for sharing.

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  27. The futuristic/archaic world sounds awesome!!

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    1. It really is and I just started the second book and love it!

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  28. I've been meaning to read this one. Do you know how many books are planned for the series? Lately I've felt like I need to try to read series books closer together. But if this one doesn't end on a cliffhanger, maybe I can handle it ... :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. It does have a cliffhanger of sorts but the second book is just around the corner and I think it is only going to be a trilogy.

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  29. Yay!! This one was so amazing. She really has such a talent. I can't wait for book two and time to read it :D

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    1. You are going to love book two, it's even better and SO much happens!

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