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Buyer beware....

Looking for a tattoo - and maybe a little something extra: a burst of good luck, a dollop of true love, or even a hex on an ex? Head to the quiet and mysterious Gage, the best skin artist in town. Using unique potions - a blend of extraordinary ingredients and special inks - to etch the right symbol, he can fulfill any heart's desire. But in a place like Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires happily walk among humanity, everything has its price.

No one knows that better than Gage. Turning his back on his own kind, he left the magical Ivory Tower where cruel witches and warlocks rule, a decision that cost him the right to practice magic. And if he disobeys, his punishment - execution - will be swift.

Though he's tried to fly under the radar, Gage can't hide from powerful warlocks who want him dead - or the secrets of his own past. But with the help of his friends, Trixie, a gorgeous elf who hides her true identity, and a hulking troll named Bronx, Gage might just make it through this enchanted world alive.

©2012 Jocelynn Drake (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Kent
  • wausau, WI, United States
  • 11-19-12

If your into Sci-fy & tattoos get this book!

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I got a kick out of this book. I love tattoos, getting them & looking at them on others as well as sci-fy books so this was right up my ally. I am a big believer that the tattoo you get should have meaming to you and can grant you strength/power even if it is only psychological, this book follows that idea. If you have read the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne and liked them then you'll most likely enjoy this book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Loved the narration

Which character – as performed by Michael Urie – was your favorite?

Gage was my favorite character narrated by Michael Urie. I love the sarcasm.

Any additional comments?

What I loved most about this was the narration. The story was a pretty good one, but I felt it dragged on at times. But, I really liked the narration by Michael Urie. I thought the female voice of Trixie sounded like Adam Sandler in the movie Jack and Jill and it made me giggle. And the character Gideon sounded like Clint Eastwood, but I loved loved loved the sarcasm of Gage that was captured. I was pleasantly surprised when I googled Michael Urie and saw it was the guy from Ugly Betty. I loved that show and him on it, and I love his narration. I will buy any book he narrates.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Nicely surprised by this one

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I bought this because I like the narrator and I figured it would be a simple story to pass the time. It was so much more than that. Unpredictable , unique and refreshing . I was forced to reconsider this author as a seriously good storyteller. Nicely done

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining but somewhat problematic

I really liked the narrator, EXCEPT (and this is a huge except) for Trixie’s voice. Trixie’s voice was incredibly irritating. It was all light and wispy and had a lisp. She sounded like a five year old. She’s a pretty major character, so you had to hear that awful voice ALL THE TIME. She should’ve had a sultry voice, not a grating one. If he’d done a better voice for Trixie I would’ve given his performance five stars.
My problem with the story also has to do with the treatment of Trixie. I really liked the premise and the plot of the story, but towards the beginning at least, Trixie was really objectified. Like yes, she’s hot, I get it, but you don’t have to constantly talk about her breasts. Gage sounded like a 13 year old boy. Also his machismo throughout the story did get irritating at times.
Other than that, though, I do like the world she’s built with magic and fantasy races in a modern context. The idea of magical tattoos is really cool.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Awesome book!

What did you like best about this story?

I don't really have any one favourite thing about this story, I loved the whole thing and can't wait for the next instalment.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favourite scene would have to be when Gage goes to see Chang.

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Fantastic book, well narrated. Absolutely loved it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Worst Narrator for a sorry story

Would you try another book from Jocelynn Drake and/or Michael Urie?

The narrator made this less than stellar book worse that it had to be. If you like someone who sounds like he is always angry, just fed up with everyone he comes in contact with and has no talent for different voices....then you will like this one. OMG....he made what was supposed to be a sexy little imp speak with a lisp. I'll let you judge for yourself but I was very disappointed and it possibly could have been a good book, but it wasn't a good audible.

What could Jocelynn Drake have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

There was just one disaster after another. No respite. DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA and NO story!

How could the performance have been better?

Get someone with a range of voices and characters.

What character would you cut from Angel's Ink?

The narrator!!!!!

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great ideas..

Great job narrator, in ability to change voices to match the characters as needed But, and as you can see, it cost a whole star, the obnoxious voice chosen for the Trixie character..an interesting character with an as yet not fully explored backstory.. but for the love of all the gods the lispy, wispy voice was awful. Please change her voice and we’ll pretend she’d a terrible case of strep this whole time. Or bronchitis. Whatever. Otherwise it’s a good book, and it was interesting.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 02-02-18

No

I couldn't get into this. The lead character makes stupid decisions and the narrator doesn't do female voices well. I couldn't finish it.

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Paint by numbers and bad at it

The story was eye-rollingly predictable and wasn't even well enough polished to be interesting at it.

The Voice actor performance was fairly bad. His protagonist voice was good, but all of his accents and female voices were atrocious. The main female voice sounded like a 12 year old boy impersonating his sister.

The low point was a 20 minute long sex scene in the middle of the book. It was boring. It was predictable. It made me cringe so hard I skipped 30+ seconds at a time until I go through the scene.

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Engaging

I didn't care for the narrator, I found his attempt to make every single voice different annoying. I found the story engaging. Except for the sex scene, which I felt wasn't as well written as the rest of the book.