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Indelible (The Twixt #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  1,714 ratings  ·  373 reviews
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 mons
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Harlequin Teen (first published January 1st 2013)
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New YA July 2013
3rd out of 54 books — 82 voters
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Actual rating: 1.5
"I am Indelible Ink," he said. "My sister is Invisible Inq." He pronounced her name with a clipped "q" as he pushed off the doorframe.

How do you even pronounce Inq with a clipped q? Ink-wuh?

There was something about this book that felt really familiar to me, and it wasn't until the end that I realized what it was. Indelible is like a Hayao Mizayaki film without the quality, without the depth. For those lacking anime-fu, Hayao Mizayaki is an extremely well-known director of ani
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship

10 Things I Hate* About Indelible

*More of 'don't like' but 10 things I don't like about Indelible just doesn't have the same ring to it. This isn't really a review, more of things that made it impossible for me to like this book.

10. A time to tell, and a time to whine.
There should be some sort of rule that you simply cannot shower readers with your mommy troubles on the second page. Literally, on the second line of the second page. Because guess what? I won't fucking give two shits if yo
The two things that stood out most to me about Indelible was: the romance and the characters. Joy was a likable mc. Even after being nearly stabbed in the eye, and being exposed to the world of Twixt (not to mention dealing with family issues) she soldiers on. She was strong through and through, and I loved that she didn't abandon any of these traits when the romance between her and Ink bloomed. Joy's best friend Monica is the kind of best friend I want to see more of in YA. She was always there ...more
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Thank you Harlequin Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

Keep an eye out for a joint discussion-review of Indelible by Kate and myself on Finding Bliss in Books at a later date.

I don't remember the last time that I have struggled so much to finish a book and write a review for it. I honestly felt like I'm slowly dying while reviewing this so I shall get straight to the point.

What I Liked:
I found the
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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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,
I stopped at 17% and have no intention of picking this back up. There are two main characters named, Ink and Inq. That, and the fact that I'm not feeling the protagonist or s/l, means DNF for me. I don't make myself finish books I'm not liking since there are so many more waiting for me to check out.

Summer {is puntastic}
Oct 15, 2013 Summer {is puntastic} rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People with no prior experience in the fantasy genre
I received this book in exchange for an honest review

If you want a lesson on how not to write a decent fantasy book, refer to Indelible. This book has everything I don’t want in a book; it barely has the minimum basics. It will be near impossible to improve this series; if the foundation is not sturdy, the rest of the series will most likely suck.

Where is the plot? Where is the structure? I have no idea why most of the things occurred, because the author paid minimal heed to the essentials of he
This book was everything and then some. Seriously, I loved it. It's been a while since a book has left this type of impression on me but Indelible was amazing. It's dark, mysterious, spooky, and utterly spellbinding. I was totally hooked from the first page. The plot is very intricate and it does take quite a bit of concentration to keep track of everything. I loved the completely original concept of a girl almost getting her eye gouged out on the dance floor as the start of an amazing adventure ...more
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.

What a pretty cover this book has! I was allured to it ever since I first saw it. Then I read the blurb and wowzaa!! I knew we were meant to be. Turns out though, our story wasn’t exactly written in the stars. What originally felt like an original, intriguing world, turned out to be a frustrating teenage romance disguised as a unique paranormal story.

“Lehman?" Joy said. The word sounded familiar. "What does that mean?"
Inq shrugged as she consi
Brief review: For a newbie, Indelible will be amazing, different, unique and captivating. But I've read this book before if you know what I mean. It felt unnecessary complicated, boring and reminded me a little to Mortal Instruments of dear C. Clare (and that's bad news for me).

The characters were okay, at first Ink was lovely, innocent. But then insta-love got in the way and everything became cheesy and boring between them. I found the plot... well, actually I didn't find it. The story was dif
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I've heard mixed things about this, but I might still give it a shot. ... Also is it just me, or does anyone else keep reading the title as "Inedible"? :P
Maria Snyder
I actually finished this book a couple weeks ago, but October is always a super busy month for me. I really enjoyed this book - I really didn't have an expectations going in, just thought it sounded different and I'd met Dawn and done a book signing with her in New York City. She was super nice and fun and is really into the martial arts, so I knew the main character wouldn't be a timid damsel-in-distress type. She wasn't :).

Basic plot - Joy Malone can see the world of the Twixt, which is an alt
I enjoyed the strangeness of Dawn Metcalf’s debut novel (about a girl who takes off her skin) and so I was intrigued by her latest offering. The reviews were not promising but then again, the reviews of the first one didn’t promise much either. However, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Indelible. It provides a very different mythology and an intriguing type of love interest; the kind we haven’t seen before. In a genre flooded with bad boys, vampires and other alpha males, Ink’s innocence is ...more
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Indelible is one strange novel with an extremely original premise and out of the ordinary mythology. Metcalf definitely explores uncharted paranormal territory in Indelible; I definitely give Metcalf props for thinking out of the box with this book. The problem is that I really wanted to like Indelible, but it was one of those "It's not you--it's me" cases. Indelible is by no means a bad novel, it's just not my cuppa tea. I have a fe
Indelible is a unique and riveting standout in fantasy. Dawn Metcalf has masterfully woven together a beautiful, haunting, and electric read that completely consumed me and never let me go - I didn't want to leave The Twixt! An amazing read!

Indelible starts off with a bang - and by bang, I mean Joy (our protagonist) almost has her eye cut out at a club. Interested yet? If your brain is acting funky today and you aren't, how about this? A lush, vibrant, and dark fantasy world where lies and monst
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Indelible is one HELL OF A READ! Man you want to talk about a different story this is one and lord I could not get enough. When I first started reading it I thought okay girl in a club chilling then she realizes someone is staring at her and she gets the willy nillys but when said freak tries to kill her all hell breaks lose because the meat of the story is what follows.

Joy is just minding her own business in the club having fun when she feels eyes on her. At first she does not think anything ab
Weird, strange, confusing are the words that come to mind when I think of Indelible. It held a lot of promise because I love to read about fairies and anything fairy-like, but, sadly, turned out to be a dud. The beginning was not so bad, but the story lost me somewhere in the middle. The more information was given on the world building, the more confused I got. Rereading the info-dump parts didn’t help either. I was starting to wonder that maybe it was just me who couldn’t understand all the sub ...more
From the wonderful cover to the interesting description and then to the original story-line, Indelible is a beautifully different book for fans of fantasy and not only.

What started for Joy as an usual night out (meant to make her forget a bit about her problems) ended in a journey beyond her imagination; a journey to a hidden world of Twixt – full of fantastic (at times) monstrous creatures; a journey that would link her destiny and Ink’s forever.

Ok, so I am being utterly mysterious, but so is t
Hafsah Laziaf
Brimming with mythical beings, family drama, and giant toads (you read that right) INDELIBLE is a book that left me all mixed-up.

The night Joy Malone gets stabbed in the eye by a boy with all black eyes, her already tumbling world breaks even more. Instead of blinding her, the cut accidently binds her to Indelible Ink, the boy who attacked her. And thus begins Joy's frightening encounters with otherworldly beings - notes in her locker and creatures that only she, being gifted with the Sight -
Joy is at a party when she spots a boy across the room. It was his piercing black eyes that drew Joy to him. The boy walks across the room to Joy. He reaches his hand out towards Joy. Suddenly, Joy feels a great deal of pain in her eye and the boy is gone.

Joy awakes the next morning to find that every time she looks out of her eye, her eye does a flash, flash. As if it is a camera. Other strange things start happening as well to Joy. She is receiving strange messages and people/monsters showing
Books normally either grab my attention by having a cover I deem acceptable or having a title that I deem acceptable; this one had both. Indelible really surprised me. I had thought that this would be just another supernatural teen romance (which it had been, in some ways). However, it was fresh, different from the normal hubbub of YA books floating around out there.
Joy Malone is a normal high school student--or so she thinks(and isn't that the way that it always is?). She goes out for a nigh
Emma Adams

The thing that stood out to me about this book was the writing. It’s beautiful and lyrical, and suits this original and engaging otherworldly tale. It reminded me of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, at least at first. Joy Malone sees two people who no one else can see, one of whom cuts her eye and then vanishes. This bizarre event changes her whole world, as she suddenly becomes the target of hideous monsters, intent on giving her messages she doesn’t understand. Then she meets Ink,
Jaime Lester
Now THAT was a crazy ride. Mrs. Metcalf, your imagination is utterly astounding. Big love to Joy, Ink, Inq, Kurt and Graus Claude. Loved this story and I cannot wait for book 2!
Very close to rating 2.5 but a couple things worked for me. Will decide when I write my review.
Faye, la Patata
Jul 05, 2013 Faye, la Patata marked it as did-not-finish
I apologize. I simply just wasn't feeling it. :(
So I bought this book when the reviews were higher, and then they dropped. I can understand why some people might not like this book. I found it really difficult to get into it at first. It's written in 3rd person, simple past tense. Because of this, the main character, Joy, sometimes feels a million miles away from the reader, and because she was always referred to in the third person, even when she was thinking, it would pull me out of the story.

After chapter 3 is when things started to get go
Krista (Nawanda Files)
One word to describe this book? Original. The paranormal world that Metcalf created -- known as The Twixt -- is crazy. In a good way! It's complicated when it needs to be and simple enough to understand when you think you're getting lost. I don't want to go into too much detail because uncovering this world and the facets too it are really the highlight of the book.

The main plot centers around Joy after she gets accidentally marked by Ink, a sort of scribe for this Twixt world. I honestly didn't
All Things Urban Fantasy
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 problemati
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Indelible was an interesting story. I'm still trying to figure out what I think of this book as I'm writing this review...

I appreciated the character of Joy Malone for being a strong female lead that dealt with insane circumstances and still held on to some of her sanity. Finding out you have the gift of the Sight by getting your eye sliced open by a complete stranger would be more than enough to freak me out!

Indelible Ink is the male half of the Scribes. Miss I
Nicole Hewitt
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Right after I started reading this book, I glanced at the reviews on Goodreads and was disappointed to see that the first several reviews I ran across were either negative or pretty neutral. (I know - I shouldn't look, but I just can't help it - sometimes when I'm reading a book I haven't really heard of, I just like to get an idea of what I'm in for). So, I started the book with relatively low expectations, ready t
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The role of Dawn Metcalf will be played by the tall brunette in the off-the-shoulder, floor-length leather straitjacket. Makeup by Clinique, buckles by Jada Pinkett-Smith, hair by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

I have no good excuse for the way I write. I lived in a normal, loving, suburban home, studied hard, went to college, went to graduate school, got married, had babies, and settled down in north
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“I was born with the Sight, Ink," she said, voice trembling. "So tell me, why were you the first person I'd ever seen from the Twixt?"

They stared at each other. His answer slipped through his lips.

"Because I saw you," he confessed. "And I couldn't look away.”
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