Indelible by Dawn Metcalf creates an exciting world where the Fae and humans collide – and start a beautiful relationship. Wait, no that’s wrong. They collide and try to kill each other. Yeah…that’s more accurate.
Book Review: Indelible by Dawn Metcalf
Title & Author: Indelible (Harlequin Teen) by Dawn Metcalf
Genre: YA Fantasy – Paranormal
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Series: The Twixt #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
How I Got the Book: ARC via NetGalley
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…
Nothing says “I want you” like stabbing someone in the eye. Just when Joy Malone thought she was getting eyed (pun intended) by some dark cutie, he storms over not to talk with her, but to stab her in the eye….yeah, what the heck?!?
Thus starts Indelible. Needless to say, the story got my attention. From there, Joy is pulled down the mysterious world of Fae and dark beings she never imagined existing.
And that is where the story gets interesting and weird all at the same time. The “boy” who stabs Joy is a scribe, one who marks humans with “indelible ink” that can only be seen by the Fae. His name is Ink. …I know. AND, he’s got a cute, spunky sidekick/non-biological sister named Inq (Invisible Inq is her full name).
Can you see how this gets confusing? Sometimes pronouns were the only thing that saved me from getting really, REALLY jumbled. Names aside, I really liked both of these characters. They are hundreds of years old (in nice, young human forms of course) and have interacted with humans their whole existence…yet Ink particularly doesn’t really understand what it means to BE human.
And, wouldn’t you know that Joy is willing to help him out. Especially because she’s sort of his Fae lover…you’ll see.
Indelible is sort of a fairy remix. The Fae you thought you knew are more grotesque and horrifying than ever. That was one of the things that put me off of the story, yet seemed strangely realistic.
Out of ALL of the fairy stories I’ve read, Joy reacts the most realistically to the Fae, i.e. soiling herself. I KNOW that’s what I would do. At the same time, because these weird, half-animal creatures exist alongside regular high school students and suburban settings, they seem like caricatures, which goes down the path of cheesy and strange.
Another rarity in Indelible are teens issues with their parents being addressed!! The very existence of parents in the book is a major coup. Joy deals with some very rough personal stuff, and I thought it was all handled very sensitively and relatably.
The only two things that I didn’t like about Indelible was that Joy must say 50 times throughout the book that Ink smells like rain. 1. What does rain smell like? 2. WE GET IT!!!!
The other tiny disturbance were the nuances of how the marks worked. Joy must ask Ink a thousand times what’s happening and continues to fail to understand the limitations of marking humans. I personally didn’t understand it fully either, but everything else was so good that I just skimmed over those parts.
The characters, setting and take on the Fae were really refreshing. Although there were a few tiny quirks that took me out of the story, Indelible is a solid YA fantasy that actually mentions parental relationships and sets the stage for a great series.