Today, I am bringing you a review of a whole trilogy which is the Skin Books trilogy by Alice Broadway. This comprises of Ink, Spark and Scar. I received all of these from the publisher for review but I am a terrible blogger who only picked the series up now when the final and latest book is about to release. Rather than just reviewing the final book on its own, I thought I would give you a full trilogy review to give you all of my thoughts since I read them all in the space of a week.
It’s been a long time since I read a dystopian trilogy. I can’t even remember what the last one was that I read but I’ve really missed the old 2013 YA days when all I read were dystopian trilogies and this series really bought that feeling back. It is an incredibly fun, fast paced series that is definitely a great read, especially for younger YA readers.
The characters really make this series. I feel like I say this about almost every book I read and review but its true. Character driven books are my favourite so I tend to read a lot of them. Not much actually happens plot wise for most of each of the books in this series as it mainly focuses on Leora and her development. I really liked her as a character as she dealt a lot with internal conflict. She never truly knew what to believe and she questioned everything she was told which I found to be extremely relatable. I liked that she didn’t immediately turn her back on everything she knew when she found out new things (I’m trying not to spoil anything). I also really liked how we saw a lot of familial relationships as I loved a lot of the side characters.
One thing that didn’t work for me was the romance. Whilst I liked the love interest and I thought he was an interesting character, I definitely feel like the relationship came out of nowhere and there wasn’t enough romantic development. I liked how we didn’t have a romantic plot line but it made the relationship just feel weird. I really wish we got to see more of them.
Another thing that I wish was slightly better was the ending to the trilogy. The final book is less than 300 pages and I feel like the ending was just slightly disappointing. It really did feel like it was rushed but it also felt like there was going to be another book in the series.
I really enjoyed this series overall. I think it was so much fun and I couldn’t put the books down. Overall, I would give it 4 out of 5 stars which each book also getting 4, except for the final book which would probably be like 3.75 stars. I do think a lot of people will enjoy this trilogy so I highly recommend picking it up.