Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Blog Tour+Giveaway: Review: Ink is Thicker than Water by Amy Spalding

Hey, everyone! I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour of Amy Spalding's wonderful novel INK IS THICKER THAN WATER!

Ink is Thicker than Water by Amy Spalding 
Release Date: December 3, 2013 
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: For preview via Publisher for blog tour  
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For Kellie Brooks, family has always been a tough word to define. Combine her hippie mom and tattooist stepdad, her adopted overachieving sister, her younger half brother, and her tough-love dad, and average Kellie’s the one stuck in the middle, overlooked and impermanent. When Kellie’s sister finally meets her birth mother and her best friend starts hanging with a cooler crowd, the feeling only grows stronger.

But then she reconnects with Oliver, the sweet and sensitive college guy she had a near hookup with last year. Oliver is intense and attractive, and she’s sure he’s totally out of her league. But as she discovers that maybe intensity isn’t always a good thing, it’s yet another relationship she feels is spiraling out of her control.

It’ll take a new role on the school newspaper and a new job at her mom’s tattoo shop for Kellie to realize that defining herself both outside and within her family is what can finally allow her to feel permanent, just like a tattoo.
Since I like to be honest in all of my reviews, I'm not going to hide my thoughts on this book. I didn't think I'd love this book as much as I did. Nor did I expect Ink is Thicker than Water to be full of so much heart and realistic aspects of life. While I thought the summary gave everything away, I was pleasantly surprised at the twists and turns of this book. This is my first book by Amy Spalding and I know it won't be my last. 

We're going to stat this review with the characters, as I usually do. Kellie was such a fantastic narrator that I didn't want this book to end. She'd gone through so much and the events of this book didn't make it any better. As a high school junior, Kellie never felt like she fit into her family. She always seemed to disappoint her parents and could never find her place. While Kellie started out as a great character, as the plot unraveled, I expected her to become a dramatic, over the top character. Instead, Spalding wrote Kellie in a very realistic way. Kellie didn't make the best decisions and sometimes she said things she regretted; nothing was always resolved to perfection and I loved that. Kellie's mistakes and her growth throughout this book was not only astounding but not perfect. She has more room to grow and that aspect made me happy. After all, who's to say that a character has reached their growth potential by the end of a book. 

As for the other characters, I LOVED the family. While the summary makes it seem like Oliver is such a big part of Kellie's life, Ink is Thicker than Water is a story about family and friends. So much of the plot for this novel deals with Kellie and her family dynamics and all the changes. While Kellie's mom, dad, step dad, older sister and baby brother are not the main characters, each go through their own development. While some are more prominent, like Kellie's mom, dad, and sister, others (like Russell the step dad and her baby brother) are also present with different personalities. While I didn't always care for Kellie's sister, her situation was so different that I wasn't always sure how to take the situation. I'm going to admit that I didn't like Oliver at all. Not only was he too overbearing, his need for control over Kellie just scared me. I'm honestly glad Kellie was able to see the signs and break from something I feel could have been very harmful. 

But I will admit, the plot was a little overbearing at times. I felt that all of the different plot lines could have either been dealt with in a better fashion or some could have been taken out all together. In the end, while all of the plot lines did work out, the execution sometimes felt muddled. I think that maybe some of Kellie's issues with her friends could have been taken out. Sure, the result wouldn't be the same  but the focus of this book was mainly about family. 

Overall, I loved this book a lot. I read it in about two sitting because I fell in love with not only Kellie but the other characters as well. It may seem like there is too much going on at first, and sometimes during the book it does get overwhelming, the overall plot was handled well and with great care. Ink is Thicker than Water has a lot of heart and so much abut this book is amazing. Don't let the cover keep you from reading this book. Plus, Amy Spalding's writing is wonderful and she's an author to look our for! 
About Amy: 
Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and currently works as the Digital Media Planner for an independent film advertising agency. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and can be seen performing around L.A. 

 Photo by Jessie Weinberg.
For more about Amy be sure to read the F.A.Q.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/25/2013- The Bookmark Blog- Review

11/26/2013- Donnie Darko Girl- Review

11/27/2013- Reading the Best of the Best- Review

11/28/2013- She Dreams in Fiction- Review

11/29/2013- My Reading Room- Interview & Review

Week Two:

12/2/2013- YA Story Teller- Review

12/3/2013- LeAnn's Book Reviews- Review

12/4/2013- Bookish Things & More- Review

12/5/2013- Bookworm1858- Review

12/6/2013- The Irish Banana Review- Review