The Girl Of Ink & Stars - Kiran Millwood Hargrave | Book Review

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Rating: 4/5


I recently saw this book on a Waterstone's email and the first thing I thought was "WOW, THAT COVER LOOKS BEAUTIFUL!". Then, a few days later when I ventured into my local Waterstones,  saw the book, or rather about 50 of them, lying on a table. I thought to myself that it must be a sign and so I purchased it. The first thing I noticed about the book was indeed how beautiful it was! The cover is so detailed and I felt from just on appearance that this was going to be a great book. When I flipped the pages opened, I was greeted with two maps, one at the front of the book and one at the back, which secrets will be revealed at the end of the book! They are both beautifully illustrated and really embodies that sense of wonder and adventure that I love in a book! 


The book starts straight away, which is something I really liked about this book; no faffing around, just gets straight to the point. But having said that, I really enjoyed how Hargrave described the world of Joya and the town of Gromera in the first few pages of the book. It reminded me of a quaint Spanish town far in the past, but somehow in the future - think Starwars but with children, no lightsabers and a Spanish vibe.

The island of Joya was once a floating island, floating meaning that it drifted in the sea, not the sky, which was what I first thought the author meant. In this world, magic kind of exists and our little protagonist, Isabella, is thrown into an unknown territory where myths come to life.

What I loved most about this book is that it doesn't really have an antagonist. At first I was confused by this notion. How could a book not really have an antagonist? Its what makes the book tick, surely? But then when I finished the book I realized; it's not about the antagonist, it's about the journey Isabella goes on and the courage and bravery she gains to do so to save her best friend. This story never needed to have an antagonist to be great, the true story is of a young girl finding the courage to do what is right, and that's a great enough story in my eyes, and one I believe everyone should read!

Isabella uses the skills her father taught her and her own intuition to save her best friend and to ultimately save the island she calls home from an ancient fire demon.

This book would be great for younger readers, probably from about 8 years old and upwards, but I can say as a 19 year old that I loved this book! It's a charming little story that I think will resonate with people of all ages and genders. It's got everything a great story needs; adventure, magic and MAPS!

Let me know what you thought of this book if you have read it and leave a message in the comments!

Love, K :) 

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