OVERALL: Plot-17/20 Characters-19/20 Creativity-16/20 Writing-18/20 Pace-7/10 Ending-9/10 =86/100 B ★★★★/5
REViEW: This book immediately caught my attention. Joy is stabbed in the eye while at a club by a mysterious man with the pitch black eyes that no one else can see. From then on Ms. Metcalf dives into the history of a whole new creature and world, the Twixt. It was an interesting premise from the start, but it was a little unbelievable to me. Ink, the mysterious guy, and his sister, Inq, mark people with their own signature. It's a unique kind of creature and the concept was very interesting at the beginning. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this book, but the farther into the story I got, the less I believed in the world and the repetitive the story became. Once Joy is marked, all these weird people start falling her around and some even attack her. Most of the book describes an event of this. One after the other. Same thing, but with a different person. It made me lose interest a bit. If this book was just a little shorter, I feel like this book would absolutely amazing.
The characters were intriguing. Joy was probably the most believable character to me. I liked being able to see her grow throughout the book. Ink was a good character too, but he lacked that heartthrob factor. Joy and Ink's relationship felt a little forced to me. It happened gradually but they were never really lovey dovey. No romantic banter between these two. Inq was pretty fun to read about, on the other hand. I loved some scenes involving her, but it was really freaky when she marked Joy. Honestly, I wish I was able to connect with the characters more. There is such potential and a unique concept to this book that I hope the next books are even better.
The ending was pretty good. The big battle scene I didn't really get much out of because of all the action leading up to it, but I did enjoy the last couple of chapters. I find it interesting about Joy's powers, so I hope Metcalf dives into that some more in the sequel. Despite the few things that slowed the pace for me, I did enjoy reading this book. There were a lot of good moments that had me relating to and rooting for Joy.
My Favorite Part: The epilogue.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, it's a unique concept to check out! Will I be reading the next book? I think so. (less)
OVERALL: Plot-15/20 Characters-17/20 Creativity-20/20 Writing-16/20 Pace-8/10 Ending-6/10 =82/100 B ★★★★/5
REViEW: I had really high expectations for this book when I started it. I absolutely love David Levithan but this book didn't really wow me in any way. At first it was really hard for me to get into the story because of the narrator being a group of people who died of AIDS. It's a new and intriguing concept, but it really made this book distracting. The book flipped a lot from the present time to the onlookers reminiscing about the olden age. The old-time references were interesting, but took away from the plot and pace of the novel. I really enjoyed how Harry and Craig were trying to break the world record for longest kiss. That would be so difficult to do and Levithan did an amazing job at describing all that record entails. I also really liked how all the other boys had their own story. Each of their stories were interwoven in such a way that made me fall in love with each of their distinct personalities.
I did end up really enjoying many of the characters. Harry and Craig, the two sharing the big kiss, had to deal with haters and family during the big event. I found this to be especially intriguing because of their determination to keep going no matter what. I can't believe they weren't even dating. Ryan and Avery just met at a gay prom. Their attraction was adorable! Ryan has blue hair while Avery has pink and that alone made me smile. I just really didn't get some of the attitude changes regarding Ryan and I wish I knew more about what was to come for their relationship. Neil and Peter are dating and I really liked how Neil took control of his situation with his family. I just wish I would've heard more about these two. Conner was also interesting to read about, having just come out to his parents, or rather found out. All of these boys were at different stages of finding themselves and that made for some very different stories. My only grievance is all the loose ends and unexplained features of some of the characters.
The ending was kind of anticlimactic to me. I was expecting to read more about the end of the kiss or what was going to happen next. I wish I could have known more about what was to come for Neil, Ryan, Avery, and Craig. We are left with some minor idea, but I wanted more because of all the loose ends. All in all, this book was not exactly what I was expecting when I picked it up. I liked the different approach with the group narrator just wished I was able to get more of all the other boys stories.
My Favorite Part: I thought Ryan and Avery were adorable and I also liked reading about the big kiss.
ALL iN ALL: Do I recommend this book? Yes, it's definitely unique.(less)