Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley: Book Review

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Goodreads Synopsis: Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.

Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës’ juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families.

Commentary: I received this book on NetGalley to review!! This is my honest opinion on this book!

Overall, this book was very fun to read. I liked how the siblings created their worlds that they could alter by being in the story. Seriously, they would jump inside their stories! How cool is that! From the beginning, Charlotte and Branwell are very competitive when it comes to writing. Charlotte pays careful attention to the plot of her story and alters any mistakes immediately while Branwell goes with the flow and has very little control on the story’s plot. In Verdopolis, Charlotte often disguises herself as Zamorna’s younger brother while Branwell has an alter ego and lives out his life as freely as he wants too. Anne and Emily are allowed to read the stories, but are not permitted to enter Verdopolis. Emily resents her older siblings, but she does not understand the price her siblings paid for their abilities.

Now, what I really like about the book is that each sibling has a unique personality trait. Charlotte is the perfectionist, Branwell is arrogant, Emily is romantic, and Anne is the quiet genius. If I had to choose my favorite sibling, it would be Emily because she is the most unpredictable and emotional. Emily is the hopeless romantic with a wild imagination, and I really enjoyed her chapters. I also liked how close she was with Anne. Anne is my second favorite character! Anne is really clever and loves her siblings dearly. Even though Charlotte is the oldest sibling, Anne is the wisest and the most responsible. Leave it to Anne to save the day! ٩(๑❛ワ❛๑)و

I did find the book to be a bit creepy at times especially when the siblings were being haunted by some of the characters they created. Charlotte and Branwell experienced the worst of it. They couldn’t abandon their writings otherwise Old Tom would torment them. Charlotte was being haunted by a twisted version of her older sister Maria while Branwell was haunted by his least favorite sibling Elizabeth. I did find it sad how Branwell only wanted to see Maria instead of Elizabeth. ( ˃̶͈ ̯ ̜ ˂̶͈ˊ ) ︠³

There is romance in this book and no love triangles! There is only one couple though there is supposed to be two couples. Emily and Rogue get together while the other couple does not. I liked how their relationship was built up. At first, I thought Emily was attracted to the Duke, as I kept reading, it was revealed that she has always been in love with the bad boy. Emily was a bit foolish with her actions, but she saw something in Rogue that the others did not see. I love how Rogue started slowly falling for her as well! At first, Rogue felt indifference towards her and almost killed her and by the end of the book, he wanted to protect her.

As for the villain, I was not surprised when the big revelation came. There were tiny hints that the villain was not created like the rest of the characters in Verdopolis. From the moment he was introduced, I knew he was going to play a major role in story and I was right. The villain was more of trickster than someone malevolent and evil. Now, the book could have been better if there were epic fighting scenes against the villain, but that was not the case. The ending was really bittersweet. ᵟຶᴖ ᵟຶ

What I did dislike was the writing style, but I did enjoy the story! I wished it could have been a bit longer. Also, I wished there was more action scenes because this book hardly had none. Lastly, I wish Charlotte and Zamorna had more scenes together since Emily and Rogue’s relationship did overshadow theirs. Other than that, this was a very fast read and I enjoyed it! o(*≧□≦)o

Available January 5th, 2016

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆


2 thoughts on “Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley: Book Review

  1. This sounds like a wonderful book! I love the idea of blending imagination with reality, which would make very beautiful and exciting prose! Even though I consider myself a bookworm, I haven’t read any books by the Bronte sisters! I feel a little intimidated by them, because they’re such big reads and one of those literary giants. Maybe I should read this though – it might motivate me to tackle those books. :’) Thanks for the great review, Mishi! Your reviews are so nice to read – I love it. 😀

    • Thank you! It’s okay if you haven’t read the Bronte sisters yet! I’ve only read Jane Eyre and The Professor. It’s a fun retelling of the Bronte siblings!/

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