July 22, 2013
Series: The Twixt, Book 1
Author: Dawn Metcalf ♥ @dawnmetcalf
Published: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Summary from Goodreads: 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…
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.78
- Christina and Celeste had vastly different opinions on this title. Check out their shelf placement and review after the jump.
**Special Note:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publishers via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, opinions, and quotes will be of this copy and not the published edition.
♥ Initial Thoughts and Ratings:
- Christina: Actual rating of 3.5 stars! Wow! Excellent characters and such a unique plot. To my recollection, I don’t believe I’ve read anything quite like this novel before.
- Celeste: 2 stars Oh man, this had so much potential and I wanted to love it, I did. But I didn’t like it at all. The reason it gets 2 stars and not 1 is because the storyline was original, it was just not executed well for me.
- Christina: I really enjoyed this heroine. Despite the many obstacles she faced, including those in personal family dramas, she met everything headfirst. However, she wasn’t your average badass female character, she was believable because we were clued in to her internal struggles and fears. Not only that, but her ability to soldier on even when grief could have swallowed her whole made me admire her strength all the more. I also really enjoyed that her character didn’t rely on the hero as her source of strength once they became a couple.
- Celeste: In my head she was 10 or 12. I couldn’t relate to her at all. Her home life was turned upside down, she had the gift of Sight, and now she was Ink’s lehman. A lot to take on, and she did that in a way that wasn’t real to me. She was scared, in love, happy….I read it, but I didn’t feel any of it.
- Christina: I also really enjoyed Ink. I’m not going to lie, I enjoy a brooding, stand-offish hero more than the next girl, but it was nice to have a real reason behind his first interactions with Joy. As a reader, you learn quickly that though Ink has been an observer of humankind for a period of time, he hasn’t associated with them a great deal because he was created by the Folk, not born unto our world. In fact, his given form isn’t even a human body, that’s just the shape he and his sister, Inq, decided to take. Yet, given time with Joy and because of his tie to her, he learns what it’s like to be human- to live, to feel. I really enjoyed his transformation as a character and how he blossomed through their relationship. He was downright swoony in some instances.
“And now you need to come with me,” Ink said. “To show that I haven’t taken your heart.”
She stopped, her veins warming, her pulse thumping. “What if you have?”
Ink drew a fine line of fire in the air and spoke softly over his shoulder. “Well, then, fair is fair.”
- Celeste: Heebie-jeebies. That is all. He had SO MUCH POTENTIAL. He was quiet and brooding, but ugh, he was made of wax it felt like. I didn’t get it and it was NOT HOT. His physical description was such a turn off and I couldn’t get past it. If the author made him at least have ears and knuckles and proper eyes I could have maybe liked him more.
♣ Other Secondary Characters:
- Christina: I really enjoyed the diversity between Ink and Inq. (Though, sidenote, I really disliked that these names were so similar, even if they were “twins.”) Where Ink had relatively no prior human interaction, Inq has made it her personal mission to life and as vibrantly as possible. I also really liked Joy’s best friend, Monica, and think there should be more best friend’s like her in the YA genre. She wasn’t there simply as a plot device or to fill scenes, but rather was a key supporter (or opponent in some instances) of Joy and her decisions throughout the novel.
- Celeste: Monica was Joy’s BFF and she played the typical role. As I have said before, I don’t get why they are in the stories as they have no added value. She didn’t take away from the story, but she certainly didn’t add to it. The other major secondary character was Ink’s sister, Inq. First of all, the fact that her name is essentially the same doesn’t work. I didn’t care for her. I wanted to like her, but I just didn’t get that “I want her to be real and be my best friend!” feeling. Now, I know I’m so negative, but guess what? I really liked *Graus Claude. He was the 4 armed toad guy that wore spats! He commanded respect and was creepy, yet feared. He was kind of awesome! (*Christina totally loved him, too!)
♥ Writing, Plot, and Pacing:
- Christina: Captivating, different, steady. I thought Metcalf’s imagery was good, her world-building even better. There were a ton of villainous creatures that haunted the night, and I felt them all breathing down my neck. It was only when the battle scene unfolded and the true antagonist emerged that I had a little trouble following along. I felt like I needed a guide to help me keep up with all the characters. That being said, I felt completely invested in the good prevailing over evil, and wanted to don some armor and join the fight.
- Celeste: The writing style here was tough. It was third person and many times I found myself rereading lines to figure out who was saying what. The plot was also complex enough, and the style didn’t make it easy to follow. I wasn’t sure who was marking whom, and why. The pacing however, was good…it never felt rushed or too slow.
♥ Rec it?
- Christina: I would, but only if you’re really into fantasy reads.This came with a solid ending, so I’m not sure where the author is going to take this series from here, but I’m curious to find out.
- Celeste: No rec from me. Unless you like reading middle grade books that are disjointed. If this had a massive edit to make it flow better, as well as a re-do on Ink i would still have potential.
♥ A very special thanks to Net Galley and Harlequin TEEN for allowing us to preview this title.