Inked by Eric Smith | Book Review

worst book everInked
by Eric Smith

Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: 20 January 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Pages: 199

Summary (from Goodreads): Tattoos once were an act of rebellion.

Now they decide your destiny the moment the magical Ink settles under your skin.

And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can’t escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice.

But when he upsets the very Scribe scheduled to give him his Ink on his eighteenth birthday, he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that sends the corrupt, magic-fearing government, The Citadel, after him and those he loves.

Now Caenum, Dreya, and their reluctant companion Kenzi must find their way to the Sanctuary, a secret town where those with the gift of magic are safe. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Ink, its dark origins, and why they are the only ones who can stop the Citadel.

Eric Smith takes you on a high-octane fantasy adventure, perfect for anyone who has dreamed of being different… only to discover that fate is more than skin deep.


Inked by Eric Smith is by far the worst book that I’ve read this year, and in a very long time. I really, really did not enjoy this book at all. I went into this book really hoping to like it, but unfortunately so much about it was wrong that I just couldn’t. I liked the concept of the book. It was intriguing and unique. Unfortunately, the execution of the idea was poorly done. Overall, I found the book extremely stupid.

For one, the main character, Caenum, is extremely stupid and irritating. He makes the worst possible decisions, and it felt like the author tried too hard to make him seem noble and heroic. Unfortunately, it came off awkward and annoying and I hated Caenum.

In addition, the romance in this book felt extremely, pathetically juvenile. It reminded me of middle school romance in the worst way possible. There were times when I found myself liking the romance between Caenum and Dreya, but for the most part, I found it completely pathetic. I really didn’t like that Caenum would get mad in less that 2.2 seconds if he saw Dreya talking to another boy. Like honestly, get over yourself, please and thank you.

I think author wanted to throw in every single fantasy novel cliche that he could think of, possibly thinking that it would improve the novel perhaps? Unfortunately, it did exactly the opposite. I felt like Natalia Kills while reading this book, because it definitely felt as though Smith had no value or respect for originality.

I also felt as though this book would have benefited from just one more draft. For example, there’s one character whose name is spelled Dremah at first but then randomly the spelling becomes Drehmah? And I feel as though another draft would have improved the writing a bit, because it was very repetitive.

★ (1/5 Stars)


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