Friday, September 13, 2013

Book Review: Indelible by Dawn Metcalf

Indelible (The Twixt #1)
Author:  Dawn Metcalf
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen, 384 pages
Publication Date:  July 30, 2013

From Goodreads:
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…


This book was just okay for me.  It might be because I found the summary so interesting and I had such  high hopes for this book that it was bound to disappoint.  For some reason, I had trouble figuring out this world.  I didn't totally get what Ink's job was (what marking humans actually meant) and how the interaction between the Folk and the humans worked.

The romance between Joy and Ink was cute, but bizarre. She falls in love with him rather quickly, especially given that he tried to stab her in the eye the first time they meet.  And other than being hot and different, not sure I understand the appeal.  And Ink supposedly goes from feeling nothing ("no motives, no desires, no wants or interests outside of his work") to being "stubborn and distracted, moody, insistent, alternately ruthless, passionate and pathetically idealistic...."  But I just didn't see that happening.  At least not to that extreme.  We get to see some of this evolution, but I wouldn't describe it that way at all.

In the end, interesting and unique but a bit confusing.  I appreciate the fact that it didn't end in a cliffhanger.

Posted by:  Pam


  1. Insta-love, then? I usually can not stand that kind of romance but who knows, this one sounds very interesting although I like the sound of a unique plot line.

    1. It is interesting and unique. It's not exactly insta-love, but super fast-love, I would say. ~Pam

  2. I hate when books are confusing and hard to get into. It also sucks when you have such high hopes and it's then a let down. The cover is so pretty though! Hmm I need to be convinced by the romance so I don't think this is my thing. Thanks for the great review.

    1. There's an explanation, but for some reason, I was still confused. It may be that future books make it clear. There are some sweet things about the romance, but I just needed more. ~Pam

  3. I had heard lots of good things about this book but j was always unsure about it... I mean how could anything live up to that blurb or even the cover.
    And then I started to hear some not so good things about it so I never picked it up!
    From what you said this definitely seems to be a book that I need to go in with lower expectations.
    That romance does sound bizarre though!!
    Great review!!!

    1. Sometimes I think it's better if you just read a book having absolute zero knowledge or expectations. Definitely a different romance, and Ink is a completely unique character. ~Pam

  4. I've been so excited to read this book for such a long time! The blurb makes the story sound fantastic, and I have read heaps of reviews that are singing this book's praises.
    I'm a bit disappointed to read that it didn't live up to your expectations.
    I laughed about your stabbing eye comment, haha. I don't think I would be falling in love with someone who tried to stab me in the eye ... at least not straight away!
    I'm still pretty interested in reading this book, because I think the story sounds unique, but I will approach with some more caution.
    Chiara @ Books For A Delicate Eternity

    1. I would definitely still read it. It just didn't blow me away, but I did enjoy it. ~Pam

  5. I had trouble figuring out parts of the world, but I still loved this book. I liked that it was different from what's out there in YA right now. I'm looking forward to the second book. Sorry you didn't enjoy it as much as you wanted!

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    Thanks for stopping by the blog!

    1. It is different, which I appreciated, but I was just disappointed given the summary and other reviews I read. I was still rate this as a good book, though. ~Pam

  6. Just reading this summary I can see how this book could be a bit confusing. It sounds like there is a lot going on. This book wasn't too high on my TBR before reading your review, so it's unlikely I'm going to be reading this one anytime soon. Sorry it was a little disappointing for you :(