by Eric Smith

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Eric Smith takes you on a fast-paced fantasy adventure, perfect for anyone who has dreamed of being different . . . only to discover that destiny is more than skin deep.

Sometimes your only chance to survive, and what you most fear . . . is to be INKED.

Tattoos once were an act of rebellion.
Now they decide your destiny the moment the magical Ink settles under your skin.

And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can't escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice.

But when he upsets the very Scribe scheduled to give him his Ink on his eighteenth birthday, he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that sends the corrupt, magic-fearing government, The Citadel, after him and those he loves.

Now Caenum, Dreya, and their reluctant companion Kenzi must find their way to the Sanctuary, a secret town where those with the gift of magic are safe. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Ink, its dark origins, and why they are the only ones who can stop the Citadel.

Praise for Inked

"INKED is an action-packed read with a hero I could root for, magic I wanted to have, and a vivid fantasy world to back it all up. Smith's prose had me turning pages way past my bedtime." --Susan Dennard, New York Times bestselling author of Truthwitch

"A fast-paced page-turner from Eric Smith filled with magic, mystery and mayhem." --Kristi Helvig, author of Burn Out

"With a lively cast of characters and a captivating idea, INKED draws its readers into a world where magic lives on every page." --Kat Zhang, author of The Hybrid Chronicles series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619638594
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/20/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Eric Smith is the author of Inked and its sequel Branded, as well The Girl in the Grove and The Geek's Guide to Dating. He edited and contributed to the anthology Welcome Home. He holds a B.A. in English from Kean University and an M.A. in English from Arcadia University, two schools he adores. By day, he can be found working as a literary agent for P.S. Literary. A native of New Jersey (don't hate), he currently lives in Ann Arbor after ten years in Philadelphia and one year in Richmond.
Eric holds a BA in English from Kean University and an MA in English from Arcadia University, two schools he adores. He uses those fancy degrees to teach the occasional literature and composition course at Peirce College. His Mom keeps these degrees hanging in his childhood home, and won't give them back.

When he isn't busy blogging and writing, he can be found at Quirk Books, an indie publishing house in Philadelphia, working as the social media marketing guy. Here he's had the honor of working with a number of New York Times bestselling authors, scores of wonderful books, hundreds of amazing bloggers, and a band of awesome coworkers. He also blogs there sometimes. Best. Job. Ever.
A native of New Jersey (don't hate), he currently lives in Philadelphia. You can find him on Twitter at @ericsmithrocks and @geekadelphia. He's represented by Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary.

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Inked 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
Judging from the summary and the cover, I had really high hopes for the tale of magical tattoos and the main character, Caenum.  Unfortunately, “Inked” is a prime example of not being able to judge a book by its cover. The story started in a promising way, introducing the familiar themes of becoming an adult and being afraid of what the world may hold for you.  The descriptions of how the magic tattoos looked and moved were intriguing and very well-done.  The world building, while not the best I have read, was sufficient to give the reader a decent idea of what Caenum is encountering. The beginning of the plot resembles a fairy tale, but by the halfway mark it begins to go off of the rails.  The plot tries to fit too much in, and given the short length of the book, it detracts from the simple, linear plot that would have been much more readable and enjoyable.  By the end, you have more questions than answers, and there are characters who never became fleshed out enough to make the story reach a satisfactory conclusion.  In fact, it seems as though it is meant to be a series, yet ends as though the story has reached its conclusion. The reason I have given “Inked” three stars, as opposed to two, is that in spite of all of its problems I believe it will hold the attention of children in the age range of 10-12.  It’s relatively clean and does, at least, hold a quick pace.  Unless you fall in that age group, I do not recommend this book. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 28 days ago
It’s nice for newcomers into the fantasy genre. It’s good by keeping you wanting more with every turn and opening up an interesting world. Sadly, it rushes the world building and character development. The main characters are fun and well done, but we don’t get to really see much about them after the first half. It all seems rushed nearing the end. Things just pass by and we don’t get a chance to find out how much time really has past as it’s very generalised. The MCs just start to know things and it didn’t give the audience enough time to register and hold in the information before the characters kept pushing forward... Overall good story, likeable main cast, and nice world. Could use some more depth and length to let us breathe in new information or get to know the characters and world better.
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
Original review @ I enjoyed Inked. A fantasy YA novel (not dystopian as I have seen mentioned in some reviews) where a tattoo decides your future. In your eighteenth year you receive a tattoo from the government Scribe that sets your station in life. The ink decides if you will be a farmer, merchant, cook or even assassin. This is a future Caenum does not want. He desires to make his own choice and is planning to run. Then his world upends and he and his best friend Dreya are forced to run. Trying to hide from the government trackers, dangerous rogues and magic wielders, they find allies in unlikely places and danger where they least expected it. I enjoyed the world created by Eric Smith. Vivid and dynamic, it really made the book. The pacing was great, the action popped and the narrative flowed. The writing was solid. There were a few times in the beginning where I was slightly confused, but the story naturally filled in the gaps. The characters were well thought out and had depth. Caenum as the confused lead was a great narrator and the sidekicks each had their own solid place in the story. I also enjoyed the emotional quotient. Some books with male leads neglect the feelings aspect of the story, and this was not true in Inked. Caenum was open with his emotions and it enhanced the story. Inked is a fresh fantasy read and I hope the start of a series. Eric Smith created a world I enjoyed and I would gladly step back into it. I normally prefer dystopian to fantasy, but this world was so vivid I was quickly engrossed. One of the things I enjoy best about having a book site is finding new to me authors and worlds. I am especially happy when I chance across one that I probably would not have found that is great. Inked and Eric Smith are one of these finds and I hope to be able to read another in this world soon. Favorite lines - “Lose control once in a while, and your emotions will make your strong. Keep your heart open, and they’ll make you invincible.” I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
CJ8 More than 1 year ago
I admit, it was the cover of Inked that first caught my eye. Those colors – awesome! But then I read the blurb and knew this was a story I wanted to read. I absolutely loved the world set up. People are tattooed on their 18th birthday (these tattoos aren’t static, they magically shift around), and the tattoos choose not only their form, but they shape the future career of that person. Cool idea, huh? Would save a lot of time and college money…but Caedmon isn’t sold on the idea. He’s afraid of what shape his tattoo will take, and since it’s super-close to his 18th birthday, he’s deciding to run away, leaving everyone he loves and the only home he’s ever known behind. Which is risky because people who aren’t tattooed (Unprinted) are outcasts. But, once he pops the scribe (aka magical tattoo artist) in the face, things get out of control. Big secrets come out, an assassin shows up, forbidden magic appears, and Caedmon finds himself on the run with the scribe and his BFF/wannabe GF, Dreya, headed for a place where magic is accepted. Along the way, they meet some interesting characters, face some unexpected challenges, and just when they think they’ve found their happy place, war is on it’s way. Besides the coolness of the tattoos, what I loved best about the story is the relationship between Caedmon and Dreya. They were fun together, and I enjoyed watching their childhood friendship blossom (sometimes awkwardly) into something more. There’s tons of adventure, magic to unravel, enemies to overcome, and tough, life-changing decisions made. Definitely a fun YA worth the read.
Matilda-was-taken More than 1 year ago
Personally I always want great characters and a good story which I got. I found the entire story about the tattoos and what I perceived as social commentary to be really interesting and well done. I liked the characters, the fast pace once the action began and how quickly the story moved keeping me glued. I'd say the characters were more like Rainbow Rowell's in the sense that they're good people while still having flaws.
Gabmore More than 1 year ago
I went into this book thinking, "Oh, tattoos! I have tattoos! Awesome." I was naive. Inked had several twists that I did not see coming and I loved the way things unraveled. Having ink sounded so beautiful, the way it moved unlike the types of tattoos that we have. I was so intrigued, but then I found out where the ink comes from and it was so dark. I loved it! Inked is a story of big decisions, battle, deceit, and growth. I hope there is a second book because I'd love to see more of this world. Well done, Eric Smith.