Review: The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargave


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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.

This book surprised me for one reason, and one reason alone. It’s preteen! Ever since I started reading YA, I’ve never gone back to preteen. But I saw this book on sale as a card cover with beautiful maps inside and my heart just melted. I am a sucker for a good bookish map!

“Each of us carries the map of our lives on our skin,

Simply put, this book was beautiful. It wasn’t out of this world or extraordinary, I’ll admit, but I did really enjoy it! The plot followed a journey across an island, which made the story flow.

in the way we walk,

I liked the characters too, and I found Hargrave very clever in the way she presented them! The balance of good and evil, myths, legends and real life worked really well.

even in the way we grow.”

Overall, I would recommend this book to YA readers as well as preteen. It’s definitely still suited for preteen, but it also shared some lovely values about love, friendship and the importance of family.

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3.5 out of 5 moons


May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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