Series: The Twixt #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on July 30, 2013
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Reviewed by: Julia
Sexual Content: References to sex, kissing.
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 starts off with a vivid flourish, claiming old fairy anew. I was quickly enthralled with the story, both for Joy and Ink and their fragile association, and the way Metcalf fearlessly began remaking all of magic and myth and folk into something modern, without losing any of their original wildness and danger.
In addition to a fantastic mythology of fairy, Metcalf has written an enjoyable romance. Trying to establish a love affair between a teenager and an immortal being can be problematic, to say the least. INDELIBLE does a wonderful job not glossing over the growing pains. Panic, intrigue, and Ink's undeniably alien nature all get as much page time as any nascent romance. But underneath that fey nature is an undeniable spark, and as Joy and Ink get to know each other better their attraction takes on a greater emotional weight. The scenes where Ink traces Joy's ear, learns her hands, are both romantic and magical.
But as much as I adored Ink's fragile humanity, by the last third of the story INDELIBLE's initial momentum began to falter under politics and faction, power structures and committees that I never quite grasped. While I loved Ink and Inq, and the riveting characters that shared their world, the plot itself never made enough sense to create high stakes. There was a villain, there was a threat, there were battles... but all the build up and plotting never quite clicked.
INDELIBLE is a vivid, trippy glimpse behind the veil into fairy, and fans of Holly Black and Melissa Marr will enjoy this world. Though the plot got away from me, the main characters were riveting to the end.Series Titles: