Title: The Girl of Ink & Stars
Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Genre: Young adult, fiction, fantasy
Yay or Nay: Yay!
Movie adaptation: No, but it would make for a magical film. Any directors hear that?
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5. Magical and touching but had more potential to be a stunning read.
Synopsis: Isabella, a cartographer's daughter, is fascinated with the world of maps and has an ever-present urge to explore her small island of Joya and the world's faraway lands. With a tragic and dispiriting past, she lives her life quietly on a dictator-ruled island with her crippled father. When yet another misfortune strikes and her best friend disappears, Isabella must turn to the few skills of cartography she has in her arsenal. With only the stars and a flimsy map to help her, she must find a way to live life blithe and spirited, no matter the obstacles and limitations.
Review: The Girl of Ink & Stars (TGOIS) was a magical read. Not outright fairies and unicorns kind of magical, but a subtle sense of allure that ensnares a reader and binds them under a captivating spell. It was a novel almost as gorgeous as its cover. (I had to comment on its cover at least once). TGOIS is a fairytale-esque book with a compelling plot and a picturesque setting.
Peppered with plot twists, small details and folklore and mythical references, TGOIS makes for a lovely read. But despite its strengths, the novel has drawbacks that prevent it from being outstanding. To sum it up:
All in all, The Girl of Ink & Stars was an enjoyable read and had many elements that made it so.
A charming read.