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The Girl of Ink and Stars
The Girl of Ink and Stars | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
52 posts | 50 read | 87 to read
Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland - and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a 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.
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sarahgreatlove
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Pickpick

I had heard a great interview with the author about this book so had it on my TBR. I listened to it on audio and it was pretty exciting, the narration was good and I was certainly interested enough to keep going and finish it pretty quickly. a story of 2 brave young girls on an adventure to save their island. Lots of magic and fantasy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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arlenefinnigan
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#UnderneathTheStars #AyUpAugust
Found on Goodreads. What a pretty cover.
@squirrelbrain @Cinfhen

suvata It is a beautiful cover. I hope it‘s a good book. 4w
TrishB I brought this one for the cover 😁 it‘s very YA but still a nice story. 4w
squirrelbrain It is a gorgeous cover, isn‘t it?! ❤️ 4w
Cinfhen I get & agree with the #CoverCrush 😍 4w
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Nafiza
The Cartographer's Daughter | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Pickpick

This wasn‘t as life changing as the hype led me to believe it would be. I thought it was rather ambitious and did not quite manage to do everything it sought to. However, it is a solid read and I enjoyed it.

#middlegrade

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JSW
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Mehso-so

What an interesting little book. It seems written for younger readers, but honestly I‘m not sure if they would be into it. Not enough world-building for me, and just glimpses of the history that plays out again. I wanted more.

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sophierayton
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Mehso-so

The book itself didn't really capture me like the title and cover did.

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Bookworm54
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Pickpick

Elements of mythology mixed with a fairytale style of writing.

The prose is beautiful and the story moves at a fast pace. I liked the characters and the pages are gorgeous. 💕

Most of the story feels very similar to the plot of Moana so I might be predisposed to having a soft spot for it!

Nikki15 Ah I love Moana too 💕 1y
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Bookworm54
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This book is sooooo pretty 😍

#BookMaps #Watermarks

ValPenny It is pretty - it is good? 1y
Bookworm54 @ValPenny if you like YA. I really enjoyed it :) finished in one day ☺️ 1y
ValPenny Wow - that's a great endorsement! 1y
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Rainbowcakes
The Girl of Ink and Stars | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Mehso-so

Good story but the ending felt really rushed which was a disappointment.

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juliannebenford
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Pickpick

First #readathon book done! I found it tough to get into because the audiobook narrator's voice was hard to concentrate on. I think I would have read the print version more quickly! It's an adventure story - Isabella, a courageous cartographer's daughter, goes on a quest to save her best friend, the evil governor's only child, after one of their schoolmates is found dead. It's both cute and dark, an odd combo but it works. #MG #middlegrade #UKMG

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juliannebenford
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I've been so busy reading this #readathon I forgot to update Litsy! I began by listening to this while doing some mending, I'm now 3 hrs 31 mins in and I expect I'll finish it while hanging out laundry and getting ready for bed! I started this weeks ago so it'll be good to get it finished. #MG #middlegrade #UKMG

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CyaneFillion
The Girl of Ink & Stars | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Mehso-so

Nice, cute book.

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RachelO
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Mehso-so

👍
It kept me reading to the end!
I enjoyed the theme, the maps, the setting.
The cover and artwork in the print book are just lovely!
But...
👎
I kept losing the trail of the plot or missing key things. Not sure if it was the audio or the writing (or just me!)
😐

TrishB I just felt too old for it! 2y
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Nikki15
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Mehso-so

Beautifully written with intricate myths and stories throughout. Good for YA audiences.

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Nikki15
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"Each of us carries the map of our lives on our skin, in the way we walk, even in the way we grow." #beautifulbooks

minkyb ❣️❣️❣️ 2y
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charmorrisx
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Mehso-so

I took this book on holiday with me, and it was a fairly good holiday read. However, from the beginning, I found the plot quite complex to follow due to the strange names and strange customs of where the book is set. It was a lovely concept and idea - and I adored the cartography theme but if I'm honey it was slightly hard to work out what was going on at all times, but overall, a decent first novel :)

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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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I was nominated by @LectricSheep to make an #orange pile for #bookcolortag. As I am at work and away from my shelves, I am reusing a pic from a year ago. Give me warning next time for something fresh!
I love color challenges 🌈
I nominate @Jess_Read_This @Kalalalatja @Soubhiville @aeeklund and @ScorpioBookDreams for something RED. 💋👹💃🏻⛑👠🍄

LectricSheep Of course you have a beautiful photo of a gigantic stack of orange books at the ready. I'll have to come up with a trickier color next time! 🌈 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @LectricSheep Challenge accepted! Just give me warning and a sunny day at home 😘 Orange is actually tough - that is why I remember making this stack! (edited) 2y
Kalalalatja Oh fun! I will try to make a big, red stack tomorrow when I have some daylight to help me 🌞 2y
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Moray_Reads Amazing! 2y
Wife Beautiful! My favorite color!🍊 2y
Jess_Read_This Can we do tag backs?! 🤔😂 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Only if I can do it on Saturday! 2y
aeeklund Trying to decide if I'm going to raid the work shelves or wait until I get home... 😏 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @aeeklund All of the above! Well, not if work will get annoyed at you... 2y
Avanders Nicely done! 2y
LeahBergen Your orange stack is much nicer than mine! 😆 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @LeahBergen Nope. I like yours. 🦊🍊 2y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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It's so easy to mix a stack of various spine fonts from the vast TBR shelves 📚📚
#forfontssake #anditsaugust

Jess_Read_This I'm #stacking Worlds of Ink and Shadows based on that spine alone! ❤️ 2y
LeahBergen Someone very wonderful bought The Lightkeepers for me. 😉 I'm so looking forward to it. (edited) 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @LeahBergen 😊 Have you seen the book @Jess_Read_This tagged above? It's the Brontes... 2y
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Jess_Read_This @elkeo @LeahBergen It was a double win when I loved the spine/cover and read it was about the Brontes! 2y
LeahBergen @Jess_Read_This @elkeo Oh! I read about this one a while ago but forgot the title. I'm stacking. 👍🏻 2y
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GuiltyFeat
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Mehso-so

The first 70 pages had me feeling silently smug about occasionally reading books aimed at kids. The world building was as strong as any adult-oriented novel, but then when the plot kicked in, it all fell apart.

In short, after a strong start, the book became kind of inept. Plenty of good ideas about maps and storytelling, but too many silly tropes lifted from other stories and Disney movies to be a real standalone success.

TrishB Yeah, I found it too young. 2y
Joanne1 The junior fiction/YA gamble. 2y
Lindy Sorry to hear it was a disappointment. I enjoy a well-written children's novel now and then. Last one was 2y
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Lizabella28
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Mehso-so

I'm soooooo close to ditching this book. It's not really my style but I'm going to keep going a bit longer as the audiobook narrative is alright 🙁📖📚📖🙁

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Lizabella28
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Couldn't sleep last night so this was my insomnia buddy. The audiobook narrative is amazing too 📖📚📖📚📖

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Elvenlibrary
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tcbookreview
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Pickpick

A beautiful adventure with lots of blood and violence! Read more in my review at The Casual Book Review! https://tcbookreview.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/nimona/

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a_life_full_of_magic
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We are all products of our surroundings. Each of us carries the map of our lives on our skin, in the way we walk, even in the way we grow.

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Bookworm54
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I haven't read anything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave before, but I have heard amazing things about this book, both on Litsy and from the cashier at the book shop ☺️

I look forward to reading this #NewAuthor 💛

#SpashIntoSummerReads

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chl0B1
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Pickpick

Wow what a journey! This book was full of maps, myths and adventure! A quick read which told a tale so beautifully detailed for its length and I really enjoyed it. Will definitely pick up more of Hargrave's writing in the future!

#thegirlofinkandstars #childrens #fiction #stories #mythical #bookstagram #bookworm #shortstory #cartographer #mapmaker #read #love #loss #books #happiness #otherworldy #kiranmillwoodhargrave

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GuiltyFeat
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Once again I finished my book on the flight to London. Once again I had thought ahead and ordered one or two things to my mum's apartment for when I arrived. #bookdrunk

LeahBergen 😮😮 2y
AJBowers Lol, just one or two things... 2y
LauraBrook It's only 26 books, it could've been worse. Plus, you need options! 🤘🏼 2y
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GuiltyFeat @LauraBrook Thank you. Truth is I was holding back because I'm going to the book festival in Hay-on-Wye on Monday and I figured I may want to pick up a few things there. #options 2y
Beckys_Books You are with it!! 2y
Lwiesman 😳 2y
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TrishB
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Pickpick

It's a pick as I think it's a good book for a certain age group - a lovely, well told fairy tale really. It's not YA though I would say target age 9-12 probably, don't think there's enough in here for my 15 y/o.
Still love the cover.

Broke_Girl_Reads I just picked this one up! I'm enjoying it so far and the artwork on the pages is beautiful 2y
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TrishB
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#currentlyreading.
Just starting this one. Holiday weekend family socialising means I am desperate for a quiet read!

Andrew65 Hope you manage to get some good reading time too. 2y
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DeborahSmall
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JoeStalksBeck I love that cover!! 3y
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Moray_Reads
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Mehso-so

Had I read this when I was much younger I probably would have enjoyed it, there's adventure, fantasy and a two brave girls at its heart. Unfortunately, at 30, there isn't enough original material for me; the worldbuilding and mythology is faintly sketched, the story is nothing new and the characters thin. A nice story for young readers but not substantial enough for adults. #LRC2

saresmoore Have you selected something for same age author (#LRC16)? I'm attempting to get through a book by Sarah J. Maas, but I would love to be able to bail on it... Or even better—have you published anything? 3y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I'm tempted to read something by Claire North. I read some of hers years ago and quite enjoyed them. She definitely 30. She also writes as Catherine Webb and Kate Griffin 3y
saresmoore I will look her up. Thank you! 3y
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Celly84
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"Girls can go on adventures too.." ?
#fairytalesforever #lovemeaprettycover

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HelloImJez
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Panpan

This book was SO beautiful but generally the plot was a let down.

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wildfireheart
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#mapsinbooks for #day28 of #somethingforsept I love books with maps in, my favourite are the maps in Eragon but I don't have that book with me atm.

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wildfireheart
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All of the pages have these lovely little illustrations, it makes me happy.
#bookart #prettybooks

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wildfireheart
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"Each of us carries the map of our lives on our skin, in the way we walk, even in the way we grow"
This quote reminds me of the poem The Map Woman by Carol Ann Duffy.
This book is at the top of my tbr pile, I'm really looking forward to reading it, mainly because of the beautiful pages and maps!
#bookart #poetry #maps #prettybooks

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Helen-d
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This book has it all: pretty cover, pretty pages, maps, texture and a good heft.

MrBook Looks wonderful! 3y
Helen-d It is. The story is good but the actual book had me gushing 😊 3y
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gemgemjackson
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Pickpick

Amazing book. From the pages and front cover to the characters and plot it's amazing. Definitely recommend, for all ages.

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gemgemjackson
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Loving this book. It has a unique plot and I can't wait to see what happens next. The author's writing style is 👌🏽. Love it, love it, love it.

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gemgemjackson
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Mimi_is_magic That's so cool! 3y
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magic_kitten
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Pickpick

A beautifully realised tale of a once-floating island corrupted by an unknown force and the bravery of two young girls as they try to help the island and each other. Gorgeous mythology with Caribbean and Ancient Greek influences creates a transporting adventure story.

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Aliking1986
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Pickpick

An unexpected joy, the story is utterly worthy of the captivating illustrations and striking cover. The book itself is a work of art, and the story it holds is a tale to cherish. History meets fantasy in this dark but hopeful tale of enduring love.

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sprinkledwithwords
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Pickpick

The second half of this book definitely made up for the sometimes lacklustre and slow first half. I think this book is a rather acquired taste but I'd definitely try it! I did love the whole magical-realism thing and when THAT THING happens I can guarantee I cried...

MissKatie Pretty cover! 3y
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sprinkledwithwords
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I crossed the finishing line of my Goodreads reading challenge today! Whoop! 😄 61 books read so far this year...
Ps search sprinkledwithwords to find me on Goodreads!

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ShelfofUnreadBooks
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Pickpick

Get past the slightly slow start and this is a magical fairy tale filled with myth and wonder. A fabulous coming-of-age novel filled with magic and adventure and with two fantastic heroines at its centre. All this, plus it's one of the most beautiful looking books I've read this year!

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ShelfofUnreadBooks
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"We are all of us products of our surroundings. Each of us carries the map of our lives on our skin, in the way we walk, even in the way we grow."

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ShelfofUnreadBooks
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This book is so beautifully produced - it's just gorgeous. Plus it's a cracking story too!

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bookstash
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Mehso-so

This has all the makings of a great story but I wanted more! More character development, more world building, more adventure and story. I feel like it skipped over a lot and Joya deserves more than that!