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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 mon
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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
Stuti Rai
Jun 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fans of TMI and Wicked Lovely

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 sh
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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,
May 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People with no prior experience in the fantasy genre
Shelves: fantasy, arc
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
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.

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
Liz* Fashionably Late
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
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29 June 2015: $3.99 on Kindle
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
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal, lgbt
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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 feelin
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Brad Sells
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Maria V. Snyder
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Nicole M. Hewitt
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Joy is out with her friend when she notices the mysterious black-eyed figures. Strangely, nobody else seems to notice them, and when they approach her, one of them cuts her eye. After visiting the hospital and repairing her injured eye, she experiences strange flashes and sees disturbing things....things that break windows, frighten her to her core, and leave messages for a mysterious "Ink".

Soon she meets Ink, along with h
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This. Book. Is. Insane.

I had no idea what to expect when I picked it up. The blurb doesn't really tell you what's going on with the plot or even the concept, but there was just something about it that really drew me in. Also, this was one of the few cases where the book trailer totally sold me on reading it.

I haven't read Dawn Metcalf's first book Luminous, but I can assure you that I'm going to now.

Because Indelible was AWESOME! And totally different than any other YA book I've read.

I don't wan
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,
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
Aug 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
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
Hafsah Faizal
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 -
Rachel Copeland
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my, Ink...I don't know if I've ever read about such a character in a book that has tugged on my heartstrings as much as this precious boy did. Indelible Ink. In love already. Reading the 2nd book right away. ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-or-galley
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 marked it as did-not-finish
I apologize. I simply just wasn't feeling it. :( ...more
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Four stars: An Original and smart paranormal story with unique characters.

Joy soaks in the flashing lights, pulsing music and gyrating bodies. A night at the dance club is just what she needed to help her leave her troubles behind. Little does she know that tonight's outing will open the door to a whole heap of new troubles. It starts when she notices a goth girl and boy with dark eyes standing in the shadows. Suddenly the dark boy approaches her and she feels a blinding pain in her eye. After
Okay guys I'm not usually one to write reviews and there is a reason behind that. The reason I usually don't write reviews is because I enjoy what I read most of the time and I've never been one that urgently needed to vent my anger or emotions on a review, I also haven't written a review because I struggle with me words and I want my review to come across as informative and all round helpful and entertaining as possible. So I have decided I am finally going to take the plunge and get into the r ...more
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok

I really wanted this book to be on my favorites Shelf. That cover looks amazing, and it has a good premise, but sadly it tried to hard to be one of the cool kids.

Indelible had both its good aspects and its bad. On one hand it was entertaining, moved at a brisk pace, and it was very action packed. Plus it had one character in particular who was very endearing. On the other hand the world was underdeveloped (or maybe it was so developed that it didn't make any sense as in we were just supposed to
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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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