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Skin Books #1

Alice Broadway

fiction fantasy young adult
adventurous slow-paced

366 pages | first published 2017

There are no secrets in Saintstone.

From the second you're born, every achievement, every failing, every significant moment are all immortalized on your skin. There are honorable marks that let people know you're trustworthy. And shameful tattoos that announce you as a traitor.

After her father dies, Leora finds solace in the fact that his skin tells a wonderful story. That is, until she glimpses a mark on the back of his neck...the symbol of the worst crime a person can commit in Saintstone. Leora knows it has to be a mistake, but before she can do anything about it, the horrifying secret gets out, jeopardizing her father's legacy...and Leora's life.

In her startlingly prescient debut, Alice Broadway shines a light on the dangerous lengths we go to make our world feel orderly--even when the truth refuses to stay within the lines. This rich, lyrical fantasy with echoes of Orwell is unlike anything you've ever read, a tale guaranteed to get under your skin...

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Moods

adventurous 83%
mysterious 66%
emotional 50%
dark 33%
inspiring 16%
lighthearted 16%
relaxing 16%

Pace

fast 66%
medium 33%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 25% | N/A: 25% | No: 25% | Yes: 25%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 50% | Yes: 50%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

Average rating

3.49