• Page Count: 336
  • Release Date: February 20, 2018
  • My Rating: 2 stars

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, where her mother―a noted scriptologist―constantly alters and expands their reality.

But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is forced to cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative Victorian Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of young scientists with a gift for mechanics, alchemy, or scriptology―and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.

In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created―and only she can stop it.

Ok let me start with leaving the book description here because HOW AMAZING DOES THIS SOUND:

“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.”

I started the book like

but that quickly turned into

I went into this with a lot of anticipation, which might have been a mistake because it reallllly wasn’t what I was expecting. The overall execution definitely could have been more exciting and I felt like the writing style was blocking me from getting into the story. So my enthusiasm vanished pretty quickly, BUT I still liked some parts. The diverse characters, wonderful quotes at the top of each chapter, and the clever way to make an alternate history were great.

This book reminded me a bit of The Reader by Traci Chee at times, so if you liked that then maybe you’ll have fun with this one too! It’s definitely a slow start, though, so maybe knowing that could help you get into the story more.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

 

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4 comments on “Review: Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare”

  1. Ah, this sounds like a steampunk approach with some fantasy/science fiction in there too. I really was hoping you’d like it because it sounds so promising. Booo. I don’t think I could handle a slow start to such a seemingly-action packed story. What did you think of the dude with the tragic past? Was he any good? Did they have a complicated relationship (him and Elsa)? I like complicated relationships best.
    Also: the cover is really neat.

    • YES I loved the cover so so so much. I still do! But I think it was just the execution that kind of killed… everything, honestly. I couldn’t get into hardly anything. But I do know some friends who enjoyed it so maybe it’s just me!

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