Thursday, August 8, 2013

Ink: Fine Lines by Bella Roccaforte (review) Release Day

INK: Fine Lines 

INK-Fine Lines (1)
By Bella Roccaforte


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Summary:  "Shay Baynes is a wanted woman: by the police for a double murder, by two rival suitors, and by the evil specter that haunts her dreams.

It’s her twenty-first birthday and she finally feels like she’s in charge, out on her own and about to hit it big with a new comic series. The ink's not even dry on her breakout first issue but even Shay's twisted imagination can't predict what will happen when the fine line between reality and nightmare is crossed...

She walked away once from the men who want to control her and now they’re back. But can she break away from them and the specter who walks right off the pages of her comic committing gruesome murders.

INK: Fine Lines is a New Adult Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
**This book contains adult language and situations**"

Review:What an adventure! This book wastes no time getting right into the thick of things with two gruesome murders!

Shay is a 22 year old comic artist and the star of this novel. She has been having dreams and nightmares involved her imaginative hero and dream hunk Gabriel and the evil Specter he is trying to stop. When she wakes she used these dream images fro her comic book. Yet something goes wrong and soon the specter is aware of her presence. The next day, the murders she depicts in her drawings are found to be a reality of her neighbors!

The story grabs you and doesn't let go. Even at the end, it hold you tight, waiting for more. A very consistent pace, with no lasting lulls in the plot. My favorite aspect of this book is the witty dialogue. Both spoken between characters and internal thought. Some examples that are used that amused me: “He’s the one that shit in this bed and has left me to lay in it every time. Now he can cuddle up with the big steaming pile.” and “His birth certificate is an apology from the condom factory.” There are many, many more throughout the book. Shay's perspective never lets up. And we are in luck! We also get some of the story from others perspectives as well.

One such character is Aiden. Now he is a piece of work. He and Shay were apparently in some on/off again relationships together then he would take off for months at a time suddenly. Now he is back and even when she asks him to leave he refuses. He lies to her and others I just plain don't trust him.
Truth be told I do not trust any of the characters! The mystery of who the murderer may be never ends! Not to mention what the motives are of the various characters in general. We have Aiden who shows up the night of the murders and has more lies about him than I care to know about, Eli who is the DA pulling some fast moves. He isn't too bad but he has a drinking problem that may cause trouble. Her father, who knows more about some past incident that may be in relation to what is happening, McNab, the paranormalist who is very interested in what is going on. Plus other characters... I love that I got to keep wondering and seconding guessing everyone's intentions and wondering how it all ties together.

One thing I didn't care for was the triangle drama between Shay, Eli and Aiden. She really jumps around between them on an emotional whim. Plus there is 'Gabriel.' I wish she would pick one and deal with and own up to her own choices! But no... While I love Shay overall, her dashing between men frustrated me. Also I wanted more info as to what happened between Aiden, Shay and Eli. We are lacking a lot of back-story.

More backround story is also missing about Shay's sister who seems to play some hidden part in things. What exactly happened to her? I am hoping and guessing that these questions will be answered in the next book. I have high expectations and demands for these questions o be answered.
Also, if Shay is 22, why has she already accumulated several engagement rings? Did she start accepting proposals at age 15? And her friend Trish is 21 yet been through 4 divorces?! These things take time and the timing verses their age does not feel very real.
 Regardless of these questions, as they are small and do not take away from the plot as of yet, I deeply enjoyed this read. The style is a great combination of being friendly and witty, with a dark and sinister twist. While there is the romantic interests it does not detract from the story and I loved that fact. I also like how we would get the various perspectives, even Aiden's regardless of how much he annoyed me screwing with Shay and Eli at every turn. I want to see more Eli in the next one! Overall, well done Bella Roccaforte on your debut novel! I look forward to the next installment!

*Please Note, I have received confirmation that these is a second book coming out soon that has been promised to answer many of these questions! :) 

*I got this in exchange for a fair/honest review.


  1. Thank you so much for your review and featering INK: Fine Lines! I hope you enjoyed and that you'll get your answers in book 2:)

    1. I greatly look forward to the second book. Thank you for the opportunity for this first book!

  2. I have seen this book somewhere...can't remember where now, but I thought it looked interesting. I too am getting a little tired of love triangles. However, the alluring murder mystery in this novel may overcome my trepidation of the love story. I may pick this up to read someday :)

    1. It just came out this month but has been fairly popular on facebook lately it seems. :) It's pretty good.

  3. Wrote this sounds like a great read! I love grisly and crazy so this sounds perfect for me! Definitely picking it up!!!


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