Inkblot

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inkBLOT :: Young Adult Suspense. An award winning junior crime writer meets the teen-entrepeneur who owns inkBLOT, a popular quiz website. What transpires is a tangled web of crime and deception.

Who's to blame?

The attention hungry reporter or the website owner whose business has links to all of the victims.

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Overview

inkBLOT :: Young Adult Suspense. An award winning junior crime writer meets the teen-entrepeneur who owns inkBLOT, a popular quiz website. What transpires is a tangled web of crime and deception.

Who's to blame?

The attention hungry reporter or the website owner whose business has links to all of the victims.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615509020
  • Publisher: Crossroads
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    inkBLOT

    inkBLOT was truly a suspense novel. From the very first page, it has your thoughts racing, your eyes scanning the words, trying to figure out just what is going on. On the first page of inkBLOT, you meet Ronnie Wright-an 18 year old entrepreneur who, with the help of his best friend Tiffany, owns the online website, inkBLOT.
    I will be honest: at first, I did not like any of the characters in this book. Namely, Chelsea Pressman, who had to be one of the pettiest characters I have ever read about; I kept waiting for the moment when Chelsea would redeem herself, and recognize her self-centered and single-minded ways. No luck there. For the first few chapters, Chelsea was a likeable enough character and you couldn't help but feel for her-having a father who never so much as congratulates her on her hard work as a journalist. But as the story when on, and Chelsea and Ronnie met-I disliked her strongly. She was very manipulative and controlling, and her only thoughts regarding any one person were: "How can I use this person for my own personal gain?" and in turn, that made me dislike Ronnie, since he followed her around and did everything she said, though it was clear she was using him.
    But as the story went on, I came to find why I felt that way toward the characters, and why they acted the way that they did, which made me like them a little more since I could finally see things from their perspective. Whether or not this was the author's intention, they did a very good job of it, and I wouldn't have liked it any other way.

    inkBLOT starts off fast, getting right to the punch-and then it slows down, allowing you to get lost in the story-to try to solve crimes right along side Chelsea.
    My only complain is that we never got to see as much of Tiffany as I would have liked. I know she wasn't the main focus of this book, but it would have been nice to learn more about her. She was, along with Cat, my favorite character. But she really got her moment and came through for Ronnie toward the end of this book, and I loved that. Also, some of the dialogue was outdated, and the internal dialogue could have been better-but this is a YA debut, so for that, Johnson Naigle did a wonderful job.

    While slow at some parts, inkBLOT will take right off again and you won't know what hit you. This novel will constantly provoke curiosity from its readers-you will love the characters in one scene, and then dislike them in the next-you will question if these characters are who you have thought them to be-if they even know who they really are. And most of all: You will never see that ending coming.
    So if you would like to read a smart, suspense mystery, with just a bit of romance-this is the novel for you. I do feel that this book would be better liked amongst an older audience-having not only older characters; Ronnie, (18) Chelsea, (21)-this novel just feels like it would be better appreciated of readers 18 and up, since I feel they would be able to relate to the characters better. So for readers age 13 to 18, I say this will probably be best given a Four Star rating. For readers 19 and older-it could quite easily be given Five Stars. Regardless of age, inkBLOT is a wonderful story of friendship, intelligence, and just how far someone will go to get the story of a lifetime.
    "Scars are like tattoos only with better stories." -inkBLOT.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

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    DEF BUY THIS!!! :)

    Well, I love mystery and suspense books so this is def one of my favorite books! I have never read a mystery book quite like this one.....it's very unique and I love it! I mean this book is so devious and sneaky ;). So to start off I want to say that I love the sprinkle of romance between Ronnie and Chelsea, it really did a good job of diverting the reader away from having any sort of suspicions. I also loved the hinted the underlying relationship with Ronnie and his BFF :). That turned out to be really cute. But, back to the mystery, I had no clue who to suspect while reading this book until of course the end. This is a very well written suspense/mystery novel with tons of twists of turns. I also loved how they made detail matter. You'll come towards the end of the book when everything is wrapping up and you'll be like, "Oh yeahhhh, it all makes sense now :)". This is def one of my mystery books so far! :)

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Enjoyed the book, fell in love with the characters, hoping for a sequel!

    A mix of unexpected twists and laugh-out-loud humor make this psychological thriller a must for your nightstand. Also, it's a great reminder that you are giving off more personal information about yourself than you likely realize while on the net, and those who have their hands on that data aren't always watched, or to be trusted...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Not just for young adults

    This book was listed as young adult, but I think it's just an all around great suspense. Inkblot has a believable plot with twisty turns that took me by surprise and kept me interested. That dog was just as clever as his master, too.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

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    Book book!

    As I started this book I was intrigued with the concept of Inkblot. I always tried to read them and I always see something different than most. Or most of the time I don't see what others see. IDK. I like the way the author entwined the Inkblot with crimes. I took quite a few psychology classes and learned loads about criminals and their characters traits. This book is great in creating high tension and a great mystery to solve.

    What I liked most about this book is the great mystery that the reader get to follow along. We have a the main character Ronnie who has dedicated his life in Inkblot. He has a great online survey to find out your personality traits,character, etc. I liked that the main character Ronnie is very mature. Her has been through a lot and knows where he is going. He has very few friends which sets up for him being naive. I liked that as well. The author did a great job in setting the plot up simple and not too confusing for the reader.

    The main thing I like is the whole mystery of the murders being committed. As I read the book, I like that Ronnie fell in the rabbit hole. It gave the reader a nice chase in seeing the main character struggle. What I also liked is seeing Ronnie's best friend come to his rescue.

    The love interest in this book played out the way I expected it and enjoyed it. I liked seeing Ronnie realize that his true love was right before his eyes. And I'm glad that even with all of this trouble, Ronnie finally made some good choices.

    Overall this is a great book with lots of mystery, adventure and a psycho on the loose.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

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    A decent beginning to the suspense genre

    The cover may not be much to talk about, but I cannot imagine how they could dress up the inkblot to make it more eye-catching. Which is ironic since Ronnie makes the interpretation of inkblots as a form of marketable social media. inkBLOT may not look like much, but holy cow, turning pages as quickly as possible has never been this addictive!

    THE GOOD BITS
    {Just the right amount of suspense to die for!} A good suspense is worth its weight in gold - and I love it when I stumble across one! inkBLOT may seem simple and straightforward, but I never quite knew what would happen next. Each character had their own quirks that raised suspicions, but their alibis seemed airtight and indestructible. The genius about inkBLOT is that the writing is so easy-going that it sucks you into the suspense before you can even think about stopping.

    THE BAD BITS
    {Not enough inkblots!} I was a little disappointed that inkblots did not play as big of a role in inkBLOT as expected. It might have been cool to have seen sample inkblots - even as an bonus feature. Ronnie seemed to have created such an awesome app that I want to check it out, although it is a little scary that how telling inkblots are!

    {The predictable villain.} The suspense was great up until the ending started drawing near - and it seemed inevitable as to whose twisted mind was behind the murders. Predicability ruins the fun - and I like to be kept in the dark until the final AHA! moment. However, the fact that I got a personal backseat with each character involved without knowing at first who may be the bad guy still gives me a shiver when I got the end.

    THE OVERALL
    There were times when inkBLOT tries too hard to be modern-day cool and tech-savvy and comes across as a little over-the-top, but overall I think the story had enough suspense to carry the day. I can see inkBLOT as a nice introductory for those want a little suspense in their reading pile - and it may appeal to younger readers of the Facebook generation and give caution as to what we reveal about ourselves online.

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