8/14/13

Indelible

Author: Dawn Metcalf 
Pages: 384 
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Format: Paperback 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (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. 




My Summary: Joy's been having a tough time ever since her mom left. Alone with her heartbroken father in a place that no longer feels like home, Joy has no wish but to get through high school alive and dull the sting of her mother's abandonment. If there is one thing her life doesn't need, it's excitement.

Then, in the midst of a night out with her best friend, Joy sees two people who couldn't possibly be real. And they see her too. Before she knows what's going on, Joy is attacked by the two strangers. She sustains no serious injuries, but she could swear they've done something to her eye - something that makes her see things that aren't there. Soon Joy is receiving messages from mysterious stalkers that may or may not have claws, and things begin to spiral out of control. 

Enter Ink - one of the strangers who attacked Joy. It turns out he didn't just scratch her cornea - he marked her as his. And now the only way to keep the monsters away is to pretend to love him. 

But is she really pretending?

My Thoughts: This was one of my favourite paranormal YA novels of the year so far. I loved the dynamic between the characters, and the realistic way in which the relationship developed between Ink and Joy. Inq (not a typo!) was a great character as well, and reminded me a bit of Alice from Twilight. I also really liked that the people in the main character's life were not just place-holders and plot devices -- we need more YA books with well-developed supporting characters, and Indelible is leading the way.

The author did a great job of building the world of the Twixt and describing the different kinds of creatures that inhabited it. The Scribes are a fascinating new addition to the usual cast of paranormal players like werewolves and vampires.   

Final Thoughts: Check out Indelible if you're a fan of paranormal romance and YA, and if you're looking for a bit of an edgier story to go along with your paranormal creatures. 

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