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REVIEW TIME: The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave


Release Date: 5th May, 2016
Publisher: Chicken House
The Book Depository


Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped.

When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart.

But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.


Here was my initial review on Goodreads:

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I don’t know where to start with this review because I have so many good things to say!

Okay so lfirst off I like how you feel the connection of the characters and the area well. It isn’t thrown together and you feel as though you can visualise the place that they live and also the characters and their families and friends.

The cartography element of this book is beautiful, brilliant and unique. I’ve never heard of maps being made in another book except for The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig and they are two totally different books. Both brilliant but very different.

I loved the characters as a whole and Isabella’s determination. She is a fantastic character who inspires you!

I definitely think this book would be amazing for a primary school’s library. I would even recommend it to my students as a story that reminds them to never give up.

The action is non-stop and the end just has you devouring the book. I had to re-read a few pages to properly understand what was happening because I read them too fast!

I would highly recommend this quick and beautiful story.


This book is beautiful, brilliant and unique!



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