Review: Ink – S. J. Davis
Still suffering from the effects of the car accident with her mother, Sparrow resigns herself to living with her Aunt. She feels her mother’s loss more and more as each day goes by, always wondering if she’ll ever come terms to with what’s occurred. Her confusion grows as she tries to understand what her mother meant when she said to listen to the voices and that she needed to get the ink.
While adjusting to a new town has been somewhat difficult, it’s been tolerable with the help of her new friends, Jenny, Max, and Layne. When her dreams start taking a darker turn, Sparrow starts to question just what is going on and her only means of dealing with it all are the cuts that she makes along the inside of her arms.
As the voices begin to gather inside her head, she starts seeing a girls who seems to dodge her every move. The sudden appearance of Mateo also adds to her confusion. As she does her best to overcome her survivor’s guilt, she places her trust in those around her in hopes of making sense of what’s going on.
With the voices getting stronger, she knows that there is little time left for her to do what’s right. Getting inked is her only protection, for it holds the power of her people, The Blackfoot. A power that will help her come to terms with her own demons, while holding close her mother’s memory.
I truly enjoyed this intriguing and well-written story. Based around the Native-American culture, it’s both riveting and quite captivating as you learn about Sparrow’s history and the troubles that have led her to where she is now. S. J. Davis is a brilliant storyteller and I look forward to more of her works in the future.
Synopsis: “It’s a good day to die.” My mother holds my arm fiercely. “But as you grieve for me, listen for the voices. Then, you must get the ink.”
Sparrow stumbles between two worlds – light and dark, love and hate, what is real and what is in her mind. When her mother dies on the Reservation, Sparrow’s world is shadowed with anger and narrowed by pain. The voices arrive, but are they real? And how can a tattoo make her stronger?
Mateo arrives to guard Sparrow, but from whom? Layne holds on to Sparrow, but why? As the voices grow stronger and her pain expands, Sparrow finds that the shadows in the corner and the voices we fear most are the ones inside ourselves.
About The Author:
SJ Davis is the daughter of an ex-patriate British mother and a Southern Baptist ex-CIA father. As a child, she spoke in silly accents and recounted outlandish tales of fantasy over afternoon tea and to this day it remains her favorite activity. Born in Long Island, NY, she was raised in the suburbs of Washington DC and went to school for a very long time (University of Virginia and George Mason University), married an all-around wonderful man, had two kids (smart, funny, full of opinions), moved from Virginia to New Jersey to Philadelphia to Chicago, and began her writing career. She is a believer in fate, an avid tea drinker, a stiletto aficionado, Doc Marten worshipper, punk rock listener, and lover of flip flops and cardigans. She has a terrible sense of direction, loves gummy bears, and is a Johnny Depp fangirl.
Connect With Her Online:
https://www.facebook.com/sarah.jane.davis (fan page)
http://www.vamptasypublishing.co.uk/#/sarah-davis-brandon/4552691454 (author page at Vamptasy)