Blood, Ink & Fire by Ashley Mansour (e-Arc Review)




Blood, Ink & Fire

Author: Ashley Mansour

Genre; Young Adult, Science Fiction

Publication Date: December 1, 2015

Date Read: April 27, 2015

Publisher: Upturn Publishing

Format: e-arc

Pages: 464

Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars


Imagine a world without books…
In the future, books are a distant memory. The written word has been replaced by an ever-present stream of images known as Verity. In the controlling dominion of the United Vales of Fell, reading is obsolete and forbidden, and readers themselves do not—cannot—exist.
But where others see images in the stream, teenager Noelle Hartley sees words. She’s obsessed with what they mean, where they came from, and why they found her.

Noelle’s been keeping her dangerous fixation with words a secret, but on the night before her seventeenth birthday, a rare interruption in the stream leads her to a mysterious volume linked to an underworld of rebel book lovers known as the Nine of the Rising. With the help of the Risers and the beguiling boy Ledger, Noelle discovers that the words within her are precious clues to the books of the earlier time—and as a child of their bookless age, she might be the world’s last hope of bringing them back.

Blood, Ink & Fire is a gripping, evocative tale that asks, who would we be without books?



I received an e-arc copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I was lucky enough to be one of “The Hundred”, the first one hundred readers to be able to read and had an e-arc of Blood,Ink & Fire  by Ashley Mansour.          

A world without books. Blood, Ink & Fire is set in the futuristic world where books and reading are forbidden – a nightmare for all the bibliophiles out there. The story itself was great, it had a very interesting premise. It was fast-paced and intriguing. It will make you curious about what to happen next and you cannot stop reading it.

The characters was good especially Noelle and John/Ledger but the story needs more John though. I love the character development of Noelle Hartley, she became stronger in her journey to the other sovereigns and did I mention she’s a bad-ass?? This was a very emotional yet an inspirational read. It’ll break your heart into pieces but in a good way. It was very inspirational because this book made me realized how lucky we are as a reader today, that we still have books to read and books to learn from. It made me realized that books are very powerful and the people who read them.

This book has now gained a very special place in my heart. I would like to thank Ashley for writing such an amazing story. Her debut novel, Blood, Ink & Fire was a success! There’s so many great quotes (bookish and non bookish) that you can find while reading this, and it’s mesmerizing.

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Book Swags from the author herself, Ashley Mansour.
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A very cool Tote bag that was sent to me by Ashley that says “Keep books alive”. (Looking for Alaska not included)
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A picture of the e-arc that was taken by me when I was reading Blood, Ink & Fire…..


My Favorite Quotes from Blood, Ink & Fire:


“Love? How can you love someone and deny what they are? What is love if you take away everything they love? What does it even mean to live a good life?”

“Miriam, why did they take this from us?” Why did they stop us reading the books?” She leans in close and sends a whisper to my ear. “Because readers and books hold a dangerous power.” Her eyes light up as she says it. “The power to imagine.”

“Just remember, they can never erase what you are. They cannot take what you refuse to give”

“Sometimes the impossible is possible.”

“Once a reader, always a reader. I simply could not deny what I was. The impulse to read was always there, even if the words and the books were not.”

“To the book lovers, books were like people. The stories inside them were real. The characters lived and breathed. Books were life. They were breath. To feel these things in the stories as keenly as if they were not just words on a page, but memories from your own life, to make you imagine things you never even dreamed of, that was the power of a book. A power we must regain.”

“There’s always a choice.”

“They think just loving books is enough. But what good is feeling love if you don’t show it?”

“Perhaps she hoped that even in times of war, you’d still have something to hold on to.”

“We are uncontrollable because we create. With words. With stories. We imagine an alternative, and we are fully capable of bringing that alternative to life and living it as a new reality. We are the ones who see through their illusions and, at the same time, see the truth of what they really are: meaningless. We are dreamers who dream outside of sleep. And we do it impossibly, dangerously well. We are readers”

“Without the reader, none of this matters, my dear. Because what good are the volumes without someone to guide us through their pages? What good are the words if no one can read them? The books need the reader as much as the reader needs the books. One just isn’t complete without the other.”

“That’s just being human. We know what we want and why we cannot have it, yet it does not stop the wanting. We yearn for the impossible. The illogical. The paradox. And we do it with a kind of complex, tragic beauty unique to only us. This beauty, I realize, is what we are protecting. This is the thing that can only be told in the stories we make. The words we write. The books that are made of our flesh and our blood and ourselves. These tomes of our twisted, paradoxical human fantasies are worth fighting for, worth dying for.”

“Humans and books are destined to burn and die side by side. People, the stories they love, the pages that contain them, we are companions throughout all of time.”

“I believe we can choose our own destiny and that is great sphere is just one earthly stage for us to carve out our roles and play them.”

“Home isn’t a place. It isn’t somewhere you can go or be found. Home is people. Home is that feeling you get when it doesn’t matter where you are, as long as someone you love is with you. That’s home.”

About The Author

Ashley Mansour is a writer and creator of stories for children and young adults. Before embarking on solo authorship, Ashley spent eight years working in brand management, music, advertising, and entertainment. In that time she traveled the world, working in three different countries with big teams, emerging artists, major brands, and interesting start-ups.

In mid-2014, Ashley began a yearlong experiment. She overcame her fear of social media, set up an Instagram profile—@ashleymwrites—and began sharing her own personal writing journey (pitfalls and all) with readers and writers online. She discovered a community of amazing people who cared deeply about reading and books—and about the curious story she was writing that featured a world without both of them. One year later, Ashley’s dystopian sci-fi novel for young adults, Blood, Ink & Fire, was complete.

Blood, Ink & Fire is a compelling story for anyone who is passionate about literacy and believes in the power of books. A bibliophile at heart, Ashley loves crafting thrilling narratives for young audiences and imagining future worlds where anything is possible. She currently spends her days in Southern California, where she is enjoying being back on home soil and working on her next novel.


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