Indelible by Dawn Metcalf
ARC received from author—Thank you!
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Reviewed by: Middle Sis Jenn
The Sisters Say: Delectable and Inventive—a romance worthy of the term “epic”
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…
“Just remember—you caught his eye before he cut yours,” she whispered through a smile, “And that was no mistake.” --ARC, page 367
Dawn Metcalf has invented a world that lies parallel to our own—a world with monsters, a world where names are everything, and a world where black eyed boys steal away your heart. Her world is full of things lurking in the shadows, things that go bump in the night—but they aren’t all terrible. Some are frighteningly beautiful and enchanting—like they stepped right out of magic and myth and dreams. If only her world of monsters and magic were real, I would find myself lurking about in the shadows hoping for a glimpse of something remarkable to whisk me through a door in space into a world of adventure.
I was first drawn to this book because the cover is absolutely gorgeous. Seriously beautiful! And then after reading the blurb, I was intrigued by Joy having to pretend to belong to this terrifying boy—both body and soul. It was enticing and scary at the same time, and Dawn did not let me down. As I said before, her world-building was exotic. I loved seeing how The Twixt worked and meeting all the creatures that inhabit the realm next to ours. There were times, though, where I did get a bit confused. Mainly, with the signaturaes (I probably spelled that wrong). I wanted a bit more information about what they do—what happens to a human who is claimed? I’m hoping this becomes more clear in the next book.
I really liked Joy—right away I felt like I could connect to her. She was struggling with her own life problems, and the all of a sudden she is thrust onto a dangerous path. I could see her viewing this strange new world as something to distract her from her own—something that made her own shadows a bit more bright. I liked that she used her pain from her own life to give her courage to explore her new boundaries. It was like she thought, “What the heck?” and then jumped head first down the rabbit hole. I liked this recklessness because (you can think me a nerd) I’ve often wondered what I would do if presented with something out of this world. Would I seize the opportunity or cower and back down?
I really loved the ruthlessness and innocence of Ink. You would think that those two adjectives couldn’t describe one person, but they do. Ink knows very little about the human world, choosing to do his job and only that. But then he makes a mistake that thrusts him into a relationship with no way out. I loved watching him stumble over himself as he tried to act normal. It was refreshing and sweet. At the same time, if anyone crossed him, they would pay for it in blood. I liked that he didn’t let his sweetness in some instances to make him into a coward in others. He was strong and emotionless at times, and that made him very alpha male-ish!
This was such a great read, and while it might have started out a bit slow; after a few chapters, I was completely hooked. Now, I am dying to find out what happens next in The Twixt! Dawn’s world was rich with myth and blood and love and tragedy—and I can’t wait to find out which of those are permanent, indelible in The Twixt.
“’And now you need to come with me,’ Ink said. ‘To show that I have not taken your heart.’ She stopped, her veins warming, her pulse thumping. ‘What if you have?’ Ink drew a fine line of fire in the air and spoke softly over his shoulder. ‘Well, then, fair is fair.’”