“I loved this book. There was just enough action, fantasy, and romance to have me racing through the chapters. I can't wait for the second one.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“More of a 2.5 stars. I didn't NOT like it, but it definitely wasn't my fave.”see full review » see other reviews »
“More of a 2.5 stars. I didn't NOT like it, but it definitely wasn't my fave.”Angela S wrote this review Wednesday, August 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5 stars. A good first book. This UF is from the male main character's point of view, which is different from most of the UF series I have read. I liked the change though. There was a lot going on, as with most first books, but I enjoyed the world building. I am not sure I am that invested in the characters yet, but I think I will continue the series. ”Tracyseb wrote this review Wednesday, July 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I felt like this book started off really well, but got heavily weighed down by the end. Too little time was spent on character development, and too much time was spent creating additional conflict & story lines. It definitely seems like the author planned for a series right away, but didn't realize that you don't have to lay out the foundation for each plot in the first book.”Angela L wrote this review Monday, June 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book. There was just enough action, fantasy, and romance to have me racing through the chapters. I can't wait for the second one. ”Pebbles wrote this review Tuesday, June 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was entertaining. It reminded me a lot of the Dresden series. My only issue with the story was that there was just too many things going on at once. The author just kept piling it on and on and on. Other than that it was a good solid urban fantasy.”Stacy M wrote this review Tuesday, May 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sort of like a low-rent Harry Dresden but in a tattoo parlor. Fun read, but expect a lot of things sort of "borrowed" from the Dresden Files. A solid 3 1/2 star read.”patticake wrote this review Thursday, May 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I got this book on free Nook Book Friday. I'm glad it was free. The book was ok. It was hard to get into at first but I was eventually able to at least get invested in the characters towards the end.”Dawn P wrote this review Wednesday, April 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Obtained for free in Kindle format.
The story was oddly compelling that I couldn't put it down even when the subpar writing (and dialogue) style got to me. I forget if this was meant for YA but even so...
Helps a lot that I love stories that mix it up with fae & fantasy & supernatural. And it features tattooing!
Despite my trepidation about the writing quality of the prequels and the sequel, I'm sorely tempted to buy and read them. We'll see :)”
“I'm a perverse reader! JR Ward told me to read her friend Jocelynn Drake's Angel's Ink which was free, so I did. I shouldn't have liked it - Gage Powell is the Warlock owner of a tattoo parlor named Asylum where he employs Trixie the Pixie & Bronx the Troll. The other Warlocks want to kill him because he walked away from their Ivory Towers. Gage just wants to put potions in tattoos and chase Trixie. Nothing goes as planned and now I can't wait for the next book at the beginning of May. This book was a little spicy, a little funny and Gage was a lot endearing. Check it out if you like urban fantasy or are perverse like me.”buckycatt wrote this review Thursday, April 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Originally Published on Romancing the Dark Side:
I've found a new urban fantasy hero in Gage!
In a world where humans and the supernatural co-exist, rogue warlock Gage prefers to practice his magic in the art of tattooing. His sanctuary is his tattoo parlor, Asylum, where he infuses his ink work with special ingredients and a touch of magic to deliver luck, wealth, or whatever desire his client wishes. Working alongside Gage are his friends Trixie and Bronx, an elf and moody troll who have secrets of their own and never ask questions.
When a young girl walks into Asylum looking for an angel wing tattoo as her dying last wish, Gage gives in and adds a little extra to her ink. His intention was to give her a little bit of happiness during her last days and it all backfires when he accidentally turns her immortal.
Soon after Gage receives an unexpected visit from the Grim Reaper who demands he reverse what was done or take the place of the soul he was sent to collect. If that weren't enough, Gage is being hunted by the warlocks he deserted long ago who's motto is "join us or die." All the magic in the world isn't enough to get Gage out of his latest predicament, but lucky for him he has friends that are willing to join in him in the fight to stay alive and keep his freedom.
This might be my first urban fantasy told by the male POV and I absolutely loved it! Gage is not your typical alpha hero but his down to earth attitude and knack for running into trouble at every turn make him intriguing. He's a powerful mage that stood up to his own kind and prefers to live by his own rules and not apologize for it, who doesn't love a rebel? Gage is an imperfect hero with a troubled past but while he may seem to have a rough exterior, he has a heart of gold and will stop at nothing to protect those he cares about. I love that the author lets us explore more than one facet of his character and his relationships with others throughout the story.
I wasn't expecting a budding romance in Angel's Ink but am thankful to Ms. Drake for including one. After everything Gage goes through you want the guy to at least get a little action! I enjoyed the flirty banter between Gage and Trixie so I had no problem when these two finally put all that tension to good use. The author adds just enough of a romantic element without taking away from the story at hand.
Angel's Ink has a supporting cast of characters just as engaging as its protagonist. From Bronx, the mysterious troll to the charming Gideon, a fellow warlock following Gage to a witch turned talking cat named Sophie, every character brings something to the table. The world building is beautifully laid out without confusion or too much detail. This fast paced novel gives us a few different story lines that keep the suspense at a high level from beginning to end so there's never a dull moment! Angel's Ink is sure to appeal to urban fantasy fans who prefer their heroes flawed and their supernatural worlds dark and gritty.”