Thursday, 1 August 2013

Indelible (The Twixt #1) by Dawn Metcalf

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.
Indelible (The Twixt, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 by Dawn Metcalf

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Indelible (The Twixt, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Joy doesn’t know what’s happening to her when she sees a boy with all black eyes in a club, and he tries to take her eyes out with a knife. Even stranger, no-one but her saw the boy, and ever since nightmare creatures that no-one else can see keep appearing to her and asking her to relay messages to ‘Ink’.

When Joy eventually meets Ink, and his sister Inq, she finds out that they are scribes – created specifically to put marks on those humans who certain ‘folk’ want to mark as their own.
Ink had been trying to remove Joy’s eyes because she could see him, and therefore see other ‘folk’, which isn’t allowed. In missing though he marked her, and has now had to claim her as ‘his’ human.
Joy must now keep up appearances and pretend to be Ink’s human in front of the folk so that no-one realises his mistake, and it seems that Joy might be helpful in her own right when she notices something odd about the marks that Ink and Inq make.
Who is after Joy though? What is going on with the marks? And what does any of this mean?

This reminded me of a cross between ‘The Immortal Instruments’ series, and the ‘Wicked Lovely’ series, and unfortunately I found the storyline a bit complex and difficult to keep up with.

Joy was an okay character, but I didn’t love her or particularly warm to her, and her friend Monica was a bit irritating. Ink and Inq were both okay, and they were probably my favourite characters, but most of the characters were all just a bit blah for me.

The opening scene of this book reminded me so much of ‘City of Bones’ that it was ridiculous. A girl sees a boy that no-one else can see in a club with a weapon? Sound familiar to anyone else? And Ink too – he had a weapon that he used to put marks on people – marks like tattoos – very familiar also. And guess what, Joy can do something very special with Ink’s weapon too, and Ink’s sister is also a scribe who makes marks with a similar weapon, and Joy’s brother comes out as gay, and I’m sure there were other similarities too, I just can’t remember them all.
This book also reminded me a bit of ‘Wicked Lovely’ probably mostly because a lot of the characters in this book were Folk, but also because of the way that they would turn up and talk to Joy, and she wouldn’t be able to answer without looking like she was talking to thin air, that and some of the folk liked to attack her because she had the sight.
Anyway, moving on from the similarities between this book and others, I actually had a hard time knowing what was actually going on in this book. I kept re-reading bits, and still having no clue what was happening. I understood that Joy could see these marks left by Ink and Inq, and that she recognised that the same mark kept coming up among the marks that Ink and Inq were supposed to make, and that they needed to sort this out, but other bits of the storyline were as clear as mud. I just got so confused as to who had attacked who and why etc. and who was after Joy currently, and I got really annoyed and frustrated with the whole thing, to the point where it was really difficult to finish this.
The ending was okay, but again, I really don’t understand what happened, which obviously makes it a bit difficult to comment on. I just finished this book feeling really frustrated, and even more than that disappointed, as I was really expecting this book to be good!
Overall; reminded me too much of ‘The Immortal Instruments’ series, and confused the hell out of me.
4.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Hmm, that's too bad. I had high hopes for this one.