by Dawn Metcalf
Series: The Twixt #1
Published by Harlequin Teen Release date : July 30th 2013
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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[stextbox id="stb_style_369793" color="000000" bgcolor="ffffff"]Some things are permanent.
And they cannot be changed back.
Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.
Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.
Somewhere between reality and myth lies…
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Indelible was one of my, “I can’t wait” books of 2013. Of course, it was the cover that initially snagged my attention. I can’t really say what kept me from reading this for so long. But in my search for something different to read, Indelible was the first book to pop into my head. Let me tell you, it was different. But good different. I love it when authors step out of what is popular and give us something.. out there. A book that will stick with you no matter what you thought, good or bad. Dawn does just that.
Indelible is so weird and creepy, the night I finished I had the weirdest dream about a creatures in this book. The descriptions were so vivid and chill factor was off the charts and I loved it. I also loved the mysterious, creepy things that were happening and trying to piece together what exactly the Twixt was and WHO/WHAT everything was. I will admit, there were long periods of time where I had no idea what was going on and who everyone/everything was. And there are still parts that I feel in the dark about. But you know what? It’s still awesome. Not everything is explained, sure. There are times where you will sit and think, “what the HELL!?” That’s half the intrigue! This is one of those books where a lot of my “rules” go out the window because you won’t close the book knowing everything. You won’t close the book feeling completely satisfied. But you will close the book entirely creeped out, with a smile on your face and anticipating the next book.
Ink and Inq are Scribes, tasked with marking humans with a signaturae, ordered by other creatures, the Folk, in the Twixt. When Joy see’s both at a carousel club, Ink’s attempts to blind Joy (yes, by stabbing her in the eye). Since he screws up, in fact, marking her instead, he must claim her has his own to keep his reputation and protect Joy. This title, a lehman, comes with a few.. expectations and complications. To keep up appearances, Joy tags along with Ink on “jobs”, where he marks other humans for the Folk. When Joy notices a common signatura appearing on every human marked, they soon discover there are more sinister Folk that have found a way to steal and mark other humans for themselves.
Complicated, yes? Image what I went through trying to explain that. ANYWAY. Moving on.
Joy, trying to start her year out fresh, soon finds herself in a heap of trouble and thrown into the world of the Twixt, soon after her first encounter with Ink and Inq. I really liked Joy, although there were times where I wanted to strangle her senseless. Especially in the beginning. She feels alone and isolated, which is understandable because her family HAS pretty much kept her in the dark about a lot of things. Then again, she came off really whiny. She eventually grew on me and I thought she was brave and funny. Add the fact that she questions everything makes her so much more real. I thought her initial.. acceptance of this craziness was for selfish reasons, but she really stepped up and grew as the plot started to thicken and I admired her courage. Since her sight is a “natural sight”, I wasn’t surprised at all that there would be more to her than we initially anticipated. I thought that twist was very interesting and I can’t wait to see if the Counsil or Graus Claude (He’s the “middle man” between both worlds) will utilize her.
I was really nervous how Dawn was going to handle the romance once things started to get going. I mean, c’mon, Ink tried to CUT JOY’S EYE OUT. Who in their right mind would fall for a fella like that? Ink was a very, very interesting character. He is more… thing than human; but watching him learn through Joy was very beautiful. I loved their encounters together. There were a few times I felt like a voyeur; like I was spying in on something I really, really shouldn’t be. It was just so… personal and beautiful.
“When I saw that you were hurt, I felt it–” he tapped his chest “–here.” Ink’s voice trembled like a plucked string. “I still do.”
“So tell me, why were you the first person I’d ever seen form the Twixt?” They stared at each other. His answer slipped through his lips. “Because I saw you,” he confessed, “And I couldn’t look away.”
Although their names are similar, Ink and Inq couldn’t BE more different. Inq has taken on to humans, claiming quite a few for herself and is WAY more human than Ink. Also, she marks the humans with her hands; Ink uses quite a few different utensils. Obviously, the two are very important to the Twixt. I really liked Inq. She is very spunky and funny but she can be scary too. Honestly, I thought she was a better friend than Monica. Monica, Joy’s supposed best friend, was a real piece of work, I didn’t like her at all.
My Peeve~ It wasn’t insta-love by any means (in my opinion, anyway) but I would have loved to see more of Joy and Ink together. The few scenes of them together are so sweet and beautiful, I wanted more. Their connection is solid, so it would have really done their relationship justice to see more depth to that.
Overall- I loved it! Indelible is so different, creepy and one of my favorites. If you love complex, dark and creepy characters in a world so imaginative it sticks, I highly recommend this. I can’t WAIT for book two.