Title: The Girl of Ink and Stars
Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Publisher: Chicken House
Publication Date: 5 May 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
REVIEW BY CERYS – YEAR 8
The Girl of Ink and Stars is a beautiful story of Isabella, the cartographer’s daughter, and her journey when her best friend, Lupe goes missing outside the city’s walls, which residents of the city are never allowed to leave, but on her journey through the depths of Joya, (the island) will she discover that her destiny is at hand. Mysteries and legends intertwine in this breath-taking, beautiful read, of friendship, myths and magic.
My favourite character is Isabella, for her determination to save her best friend, and her unsuspected strength, and my favourite part is definitely very close to the ending, which is so beautiful. I loved the 1st person narrative from Isabella, as it shows just how wonderful she is. The plot kept me hooked right the way through the book, which I particularly enjoyed as sometimes the middle sections can be boring. I also adored the way maps are used throughout the book, and the way the pages are set out is simply stunning!
Kiran Millwood Hargrave is brilliant at keeping her readers hooked, and getting them really attached to the characters. Her writing throughout The Girl of Ink and Stars was gorgeous, and shows that sometimes all you need are a few words to keep the readers thinking about the book long after the turn of the last page.
I would recommend this book to any lovers of the book Apple and Rain (Sarah Crossan) or The Girl at Midnight (Melissa Grey).