September 23, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare
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*Published February 20, 2018*
I was at an ODL training earlier this year and everyone that was there was able to take three books home with them. This is one of them, yay! I thought the premise was super interesting, so I was glad to grab it and take it home with me.
Can she write a world gone wrong?
A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother—a noted scriptologist.
But when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative 19th-century Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of pazzerellones—young people with a gift for mechanics, alchemy or scriptology—and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and a tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.
The premise was exciting, people who have a affinity to writing and with a particular book and pen, they are able to create entire worlds within those books that they can then go and visit. I love this and I love the steampunk technology that is also scattered around in this book. It takes place in Italy for the most part, and it focuses on Elsa and her trying to rescue her mother and prevent a weapon falling into the hands of those who had abducted her.
The only thing I will say is that while the premise is amazing, for my tastes, it read a bit juvenile. And granted, the book was written for the young adult genre, but it doesn’t read as young adult to me. It’s not a bad thing, necessarily, as I’m still curious and have requested the second book from another library is my system, but I don’t think it’s a book that will stay long with me or one that I’ll read again.
Overall, the book is good, but I feel it could have been a bit better. What do you think of the writing in books? Does it distract you or enhance your reading experience? Comment below and let me know!