A review by annaem
The Girl of Ink and Stars, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

adventurous dark emotional mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


“Each of us carries the map of our lives on our skin, in the way we walk, even in the way we grow.” 
Isabella lives on a beautiful island, but she, and all those living there are only allowed on a specified section of the island. Isabella dreams of visiting the Forbidden Territories, as well as leaving the island to visit other countries. One day, Isabella’s best friend goes missing and a search is organised into the Forbidden Territories. Isabella disguises herself as a boy and offers her skills to be a part of the search party. The journey is full of danger and encounters with mythical creatures. A sad story full of friendship and sacrifice. I really enjoyed the determination of Isabella and her fierce friendship, as well as her firm belief in stories and how we can find ourselves in them. 

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