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Book Review: Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine

NAL Published July 7, 2015 352 Pages
Published July 7, 2015
352 Pages

Jess Brightwell is a thief and by his father’s command he obtains illegal books to be sold on the black market. But according to his father, Jess can be used in better places, so he is sent to be a spy at the Great Library of Alexandria.

Jess’s loyality is tested between his family and the people he is beginning to care about. When his friend is charged with heresy, Jess quickly learns that the ones in control of the library will do anything to protect the books, even if it cost a human life.

Short Review**

This was a hard read and not because the gut of the story wasn’t good. The book was slow . . . to be blunt boring. But what really put the nail in the coffin was Jess. He didn’t have much personality nor life; not even the part of him being a thief made him more exciting.

The book was dry, which was surprising because books being illegal and people dying over it isn’t a bad theme to go with.  I expected some fight, passion, some intensity and even when things began to pick up, I didn’t believe it.

There wasn’t enough suspense nor mistrust in this novel and considering that Jess is lying to everyone around him, I would think he would always be on his guard. He fits in extremely easy and doesn’t feel too uncomfortable with himself even when he begins completing his family’s wishes.

What I liked about the book was the history; it was rich and there was care to be informative and believable. I have such a huge crush on the Library of Alexandria and at the same time I feel anger for the people that destroyed all of that knowledge. It hurts . . . it really does. I believe that Caine really did a great job infusing the history into the story but the characters, story-line didn’t match.

Caine isn’t a bad author; The Morganville Vampires series for the first few books wasn’t bad, which is exactly why I requested this book from Netgalley. Despite my issues with this book, I would like to read the second one because I am hoping Jess will become a better character.

Overall, I give this book a low rating but not without potential.

1 Pickle.

Book Review: Shards & Ashes Edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong

Shards and Ashes is a collection of short stories featuring writers Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong,


Veronica Roth, Rachel Caine, Beth Revis and plenty more. These stories vary from the supernatural, human survival and sick twisted love. The theme that all these stories share is the end of the world.

I love short stories, the stories in the book stalled and the interest in reading the stories, although they weren’t tied together, was fading fast. HOWEVER, not all the stories served any purpose. For instance, the story called Hearken written by Veronica Roth was a really good story that ended in a way that cried out to be continued. It was the best story in the book.

The second best story was Branded by Kelley Armstrong and what she did with this story was make me sit at the edge of my seat and want more. I wanted to know the past of the lead character; I wanted to know the outcome of her decision. I WANTED MORE! I was terribly upset that it ended.

The other stories were okay; I wouldn’t suggest passing them or skipping ahead because all these authors have different styles and not all of them jump right into the adrenalin; some take some time.


Over all this collections gets a 8 out of 10. It was a great read for the most part and it opens your eyes to author that you may not have read before. I plan on checking out Veronica Roth’s books as well as Kelley Armstrong as soon as I can.