Author: Dawn Metcalf
Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 384 pages
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
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