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Indelible (The Twixt, book 1) by Dawn Metcalf
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…
Indelible was such an odd and yet familiar read. My feelings are so mixed about it. On one hand I didn't care for the lead and I felt like the romance was off. However, that “off” feeling that I felt about the romance is what made it so unique. Young Adult Fairy reads tend to have a very dream like quality to them. Which is something Indelible used to its advantage. Even masking it's lack of plot.
Almost. Indelible kind of wanders around and then sometime after the half way mark kind of goes “oh, bookworms I've got to tell a compelling story!” So enter the trying, and tiring, girl-saves-the-entire-world because she's special. Even though her having the sight only felt like a small catalyst, one in which leads to her getting a boyfriend. Let alone the real special talent she uses to save the world . . . isn't touched on. She's just extra special. Apparently that needs no explaining.
Indelible Ink and his sister where very unique characters. Clearly not human and him falling for Joy was interesting. However, that's where the dream like quality of the book kind of backfired. I felt like the whole story from the romance and the actual plot felt clouded. Like I was watching everything from afar. It was nice, but I couldn't fully get involved in the story.
Indelible was a growing up story about Joy not wanting to grow up and think of others. That people change and you can't throw your life away and pout just because things are changing. At one point I found her inner dialogue rough to handle. Boo-hoo the world isn't going how I want it to, so I'm gonna show everyone by being miserable and failing. My bad attitude isn't enough to prove how distraught I am.
Sure Joy grows, but I never really got over my initial dislike of her. Points to the author for letting the girl save herself and her man.
Indelible kind of borrows from other YA fairy stories and then tries to make its own way. The whole time I felt like the fairy mists where keeping me at hands length from the story. The first half of the book was so ponderous and then suddenly we're “saving all mind kind!” in a blink. The build up and execution actually ended up being dull. The parts that were unique such as Joy and Ink falling in love and learning about the Twixt (they're not called fairies here) felt like after thoughts. Honestly I can't even imagine where a series could be born from this.
In all I feel mixed about Indelible. The parts that annoyed me really annoyed me, including the lead. The parts I liked I REALLY liked, however they were not explored nor developed enough. Too much of Indelible was borrowed and the original parts not explored enough. Okay, I'm rambling on and repeating myself. In the end I won't deny that I did enjoy Indelible. To be quite honest I'm curious about the other books.
Content Warning: The lead is transported into the after math of an orgy. I felt like this was supposed to be humorous, but much like the lead all I felt was awkward. (And I like my orgies in books. ^_-)
Plenty of sexual humor and some frank discussions between two teens talking about sex and their views.
2/5- Average/disappointing, library check-out.
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