Indelible by Dawn Metcalf ARC Review: Weird and not in a good way

July 29, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 2 stars, Books, Reviews

Indelible by Dawn Metcalf ARC Review: Weird and not in a good wayIndelible by Dawn Metcalf
Series: The Twixt #1
Published by Bloomsbury Australia on August 1, 2013
Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Some things are permanent. Indelible. 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… 


Just finished Indelible and I have no idea what just happened. The book, the characters, and the world of Twixt is just completely strange and out there with no real explanation of what its all about.

It is so disappointing, because Indelible started off really well with lots of intrigue and mystery built in. Joy is a teenager who one day sees a mysterious stranger in a club. He makes a beeline for her and before she knows it, slashes her eye. Soon after, she is gifted with The Sight and starts to see all these weird things from the world of Twixt. Demons at her window, mysterious glowing girls at her door, strange messages appearing on her phone and in her locker.

It turns out the stranger who marked her, Indelible Ink, is a scribe who uses tools to draw strange symbols on his targets. Now there really wasn’t a clear explanation for why the scribes do this, except that they do this to lay claim or to protect humans for whatever reason.

When Ink and his sister appeared and introduced themselves, I immediately rolled my eyes. “She is Invisible Inq.” he said. “I am Indelible Ink.” What are we, the power rangers?

Ink and the rest of the strange folk (I’m just going to call them fae, because after reading several other reviews, apparently this is what they are) pretty much have their own agenda. They reside in the world of the Twixt, and make tears in the world to visit the human world. What made it really hard to follow, was that these two worlds never really fit together. Joy would be doing her own thing in the human world when Ink/Inq would appear, she’d be the only one who could see or interact with them. Sometimes, it would appear like Joy was in the different dimension when she was in the human world, and vice versa.

As Joy started to accompany Ink on his strange missions and starting meeting more and more of the fae, I got completely lost. Ink and the fae use weird words like signatura, lehman, segulah and locqui in their speech and not all of them are explained, which didn’t help things at all. The lack of plot was apparent during the book and I just found myself completely bored throughout the process.

As a love interest, I found Ink to be repulsive. Ink is pretty much constructed out of a strange matter and only made for a particular purpose. Therefore, his features only loosely resemble a humans’; he has no belly button, veins, fingernails, even normal looking ears. He acts really stiff and talks really formally too. With barely any chemistry between him and Joy whatsoever, it was surprising to find that they two fell in love.

I also have major concerns about the best friend, Monica. The relationship felt incredibly strained from my point of view. Joy and Monica are apparently best friends, but they don’t really tell each other whats going on in their own lives. The two spend the whole book just making mention to their partners, and never really introducing them to each other or really telling them whats going on. Not to mention, Monica is a big slut who seems to sleep with every boy, and she’s only 16.

Ultimately, I didn’t enjoy Indelible and think it requires a lot more polish. I received this book from Harlequin Australia in exchange for an honest review.

indelibleausFun fact – the Australian version of Indelible (pictured left) has a different cover to the US version. I prefer the pretty cover of the US one to demonstrate the tattoo that Joy gets, but the Aussie one does sort of represent Joy’s unique sight. Which cover do you prefer?

Series: The Twixt #1

Rating: 2 out of 5

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9 responses to “Indelible by Dawn Metcalf ARC Review: Weird and not in a good way

  1. God, I can't believe you went through this. I think I was able to read the first 10 or so percent before calling it quits. Everything was just so weird and nothing was thoroughly explained. Would you beleive this gave me a hideous migraine? LOL 🙁 Awesome review, though, and you made me glad I quit!
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    • Yeah, I felt obligated to cos I had to review it! It's nice to give a different perspective on books everyone ends up raving about. Although lately I've been getting into the habit of abandoning books that I know aren't for me. Lol thanks for visiting!

  2. I saw your comment on Goodreads and curiosity got the best of me! I'm sorry this one was such a disappointment…I'm actually just now sitting down to read it (because I procrastinated and now I'm rushing to make sure I stay on schedule). I kind of rolled my eyes too when they mentioned their names, because…really!? I mean I get the names, but couldn't it just have been Ink and Sparkle (or something) instead of being so literal?

    My morbid curiosity has me wanting to read it and see if it improves any. I'm really hoping it does.

  3. Such a shame, I was really looking forward to this but it does sound weird! Ink especially like…what? Eww, I'll give it a shot since I have it for review but O_O!! Great review hon!