Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: Angel's Ink (The Asylum Tales, Book 1) by Jocelynn Drake

From the Back Cover:


Looking for a tattoo -- and maybe a little something extra:  a burst of good luck, a dollop of true love, or even a hex on an ex?  Head to the quiet and mysterious Gage, the best skin artist in town.  Using unique potions -- a blend of extraordinary ingredients and special inks -- to etch the right symbol, he can fulfill any heart's desire.  But in a place like Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires happily walk among humanity, everything has its price.

No one knows that better than Gage.  Turning his back on his own kind, he left the magical ivory tower where cruel witches and warlocks rule, a decision that cost him the right to practice magic.  And if he disobeys, his punishment -- execution -- will be swift.

Though he's tried to fly under the radar, Gage can't hide from powerful warlocks who want him dead -- or the secrets of his own past.  But with the help of his friends, Trixie, a gorgeous elf who hides her true identity, and a hulking toll name Bronx, Gage might just make it through this enchanted world alive.

Book Details:

Paperback: 338 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Edition edition (October 16, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062117858
ISBN-13: 978-0062117854
Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches

Amazon Purchase Link:  Angel's Ink: The Asylum Tales

Sapphyria's Review:

Gage is rogue warlock that runs the local tattoo shop, The Asylum Tattoo. Only allowed to use magic in self-defense, the longer he's away from the Ivory Tower, the looser his definition of self-defense becomes. This causes his watcher, Gideon, multiple trips to threaten Gage back into shape.

Gage's tattoos are special and sometimes contain magical ingredients. After tattooing a cancer patient and turning her immortal, all hell breaks loose. Now Gage not only has to watch his back from witches, warlocks, and Gideon, he has the Grim Reaper on his back. Then his old mentor, Simon Thorn, comes calling with a prophecy of destruction - Simon plans to kill Gage, sooner rather than later.

In a rush to find Atticus Sparks, his tattoo mentor, Gage discovers that he's not the only one in trouble. Now he has to figure out what is going on with his elf friend/employee, Trixie, and why she has Eleven Guards of the Summer Court after her and he catches the eye of the Dark Elves.  He vows to help her after he figures out how to fix his colossal tattooing mistake.

Gage cannot catch a break....

I enjoyed Angel's Ink, book 1 in the Asylum Tales series.  I found that the book flowed along really well and was full of action.  Just about every single time Gage turned around he was either being hunted, stalked, threatened, or double-crossed.  The story line is very unique in that Gage is a warlock that can tattoo spells into the person being inked.  The fact that he makes a mistake and turns a dying cancer patient immortal did a great job informing the reader that Gage IS NOT PERFECT.  He makes mistakes he can't just wave his magic want to fix.

There is a lot that goes on in Angel's Ink that if you aren't focused, you could easily get lost.  Many threads that take Gage all over the place and having to deal with every paranormal group that Ms. Drake has written into the book in some way, shape, or form.  Some dealings are okay but most are not.  He's an outcast and his watcher makes sure to remind him of that plus reiterate exactly what Gage is allowed and not allowed to do while among the humans.  His former mentor is hellbent on annihilation of the tattoo artist and Gage gets wind that there is a bit of unrest in the Ivory Tower.

Really, the only thing I didn't particularly care for was his interactions with Trixie.  For dealing with the public like he does, Gage isn't really a people person.  There is an attraction between Gage and Trixie but there isn't a whole lot of spark and then the next thing you know they are horizontal.  Gage is a bottler, as well, which made communication between Gage & Trixie and Gage & Bronx more like pulling teeth.

Overall, I do like book 1 in the series and I have already started book 2.

Review copy courtesy of my local library.

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