Saturday, June 29, 2013

Book Review: Indelible

Release Date: July 30, 2013
Author: Dawn Metcalf
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Length: 384 pages

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…



Protagonist: Joy feels like everyone has abandoned her, her mother left with a younger man, her father is just barely getting out of his deep depression, and her older brother won't return her calls. It isn't until she goes out dancing with her best friend Monica that her life changes forever. Joy's journey and development is a bit toned down by the world-building which took precedent, but it was there. While I would have preferred more development from her character, it didn't really hinder the book as Joy is not a two-dimensional character and never seemed too boring or dull.

Romance: While the romance wasn't an insta-love, when it did start, which was surprisingly later in the book than I thought, it escalated rather quickly. I did feel that it had enough development to escalate at the speed it did in the beginning, but it did go a bit farther in this installment than I thought it would. The romance between Joy and Ink is pretty weird because of how not human he is. I mean it's one thing when it's a romance between a human and a vampire, merperson, or a faery, but Ink isn't really any of those things, and while he may look and try to act human he isn't which I'm predicting may complicate things in the future.

World-Building: It took me a while to get through this book because it was hard to get a grasp on the world-building but after a bit I realized what this book was... it's a Fae lore novel. While it doesn't specifically claim to be Fae lore it's fairly obvious once I began reading. In this world, True Names pose more of a threat to "the Folk" and so they are done away with and replaced with signatarae (I hope I spelled that right...) which are unique marks that belong to each of the Folk and mark those who have earned their favor or those they claim.

Predictability: I will admit I was a bit surprised at the twists of this book and the various spoileriness that this book has. While the book does have it's predictable moments, I was always guessing at what would happen next and wondering if that character I don't really trust would betray Joy. I was pretty shocked with the various "shocking" moments and was very happy to learn that many of them did shock me which was something I didn't expect.

Ending: While the ending did have a very plateaued feeling, it did have that bit of a rise that makes the reader eager to read the next book soon. While I don't see readers wanting to sell their souls at a chance to read the next installment as soon as possible I do think that readers of this first installment will be eager to get their hands on the next installment the closer it gets to its the release date.


While this was a really strong first installment and I do recommend any fan of Fae lore, or even those who want to get into reading more Fae lore, check it out. While it's a bit hrad to grasp the world-building at first it does get better farther into the book.


1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this. It was very different and kind of spooky.