By: Melanie | July 22, 2013 | (33) Comments

Review: Indelible by Dawn MetcalfIndelible by Dawn Metcalf
Series: The Twix, #1
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, YA
Pages: 384
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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 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…

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 idea of Indelible the most likeable aspect here. While the execution was horrifying, I believe the concept was rather crafty, and if with some tampering, could get far in enjoyment levels.

What was okay:
Our lead character, Joy was rather average. She was insanely whiny and really got to my nerves. Notwithstanding, I enjoyed her caution towards the mysterious situations being thrown at her at the beginning.

The relationships within the family were another so-so element for me. When they were introduced, I felt that they leaned towards shaky and half-assed. However in the second half, they became stronger, more defined and intriguing to read about. Sadly, this was only a small proportion.

What I didn’t like:
There were many aspects that I did not like. More will be talked about in the discussion-review but for now, I shall go over the major killers.

The best friend, or should I say bitch that has no love for her ‘best friend’. Here’s an example: Monica ditches Joy-who is injured for a guy that she has only know for a day. WHAT THE HELL.

The romance here is your typical, instant lovey and overpowering drama. Do I need to honestly elaborate? Oh wait, it’s underdeveloped.

Meet Indelible Ink. And meet… Invisible Inq!
What are we, preschool children learning opposites and similarly spelt names? EEH.

All in all, I don’t think I can recommend this due to the disappointment this turned out to be.

~Thank you Harlequin Australia for sending me this copy!~

2 Stars
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33 Responses to Review: Indelible by Dawn Metcalf

  1. Oh, yikes. This one sounds like it won’t make it onto my review queue, unfortunately. I just can’t spend time reading an underdeveloped book these days, and I’m sorry you had to. It’s a shame because that cover is to die for! Great review though, Melanie 🙂

  2. Mimi says:

    Aww, I had high hopes for this one. 😐 LOL! Ink and Inq are fails. Ugh.

    Awesome review!

  3. Benji says:

    Thanks for the honest review, I will be lowering my expectations when going into this one. While family relationships are pretty nice, I don’t like the sound of the best friend. Well written review. 🙂
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  4. Amelia says:

    Did I mention that I love your new WordPress! The cover looked gorgeous so I’m rather disappointed to hear that this turned out to be such a disappointed.

  5. I’m sorry this was such a disappointment for you, hon. It honestly doesn’t sound like something I’d like in the least, and I am SO tired of the ‘chosen one’ trope, and goodness, I don’t think I could deal with another angsty instalove thing.
    Thank you for explaining it so simply and beautifully.

  6. Jenni says:

    It’s really too bad that this one had such a good premise but the execution was just such a let down. I hadn’t heard of this one before and I don’t think I will be adding it to my TBR. Will be looking forward to the joint discussion!
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  7. Stephanie B says:

    It sounds like Indelible is just the usual YA novel. Too bad the execution was poor because I love the cover.
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  8. Aw, such a shame!! I was looking forward to this one D:
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  9. Johanna Richards says:

    It seems that all the pretty covers are actually crappy books. I hope your next read is better, Melanie!

  10. Giselle says:

    Ewwwww! Insta love, a whiny Joy, a bitchy best friend. Eh yeah I don’t see anything much appealing in this book aside from maybe a bit of creativity in the plot idea. Poo!
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  11. This honestly doesn’t stick out to me as something I’d enjoy, but I hate to hear it was disappointing for those that wanted to read it! The romance certainly sounds annoying- and I’m very tried of insta-love.
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  12. Yeah, I’m still laughing at Ink and Inq. LOL. I’m so glad I didn’t request this one in the end! I really don’t like the sound of it (instalove, mediocre characters, blah), and I’m glad I read your review as it saves me from wasting my time on this. Sorry that it was such a disappointment, but I hope your next read is much better!
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  13. Insta love and bitch BFF. No thanks! So far I haven’t heard much about this book, but it isn’t seeming like something I would enjoy.
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  14. Hazel Ureta says:

    How sad. I was really excited about this one. Well, too bad.
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  15. Renu says:

    Sorry this didn’t work you! It didn’t really like up the summary, but I still found to an ok read. Hope your next read is more enjoyable! <3

  16. Annie says:

    Crap! I have the paperback on my tbr pile, because I loved the synopsis, but this is not the first set of feedback for it I have seen that equates to the term ‘horrible mistake’. Erg!
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