Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Source: Net Galley
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…
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 refreshing. But more on that later.
The mythology as I have already said is new. The world building is well done though it could have been done better. Joy is a relatable character and though there are the expected parental issues, this time around, the drama is credible as I wouldn’t be able to forgive a mother who dumped me either. Joy and her best friend have an authentic friendship and there’s none of the best friend crapping that pisses me off so much. The characterizations are solid and I pretty much loved the head toad dude (yep, he’s one of those colourful characters that steals the show). The pace is brisk and things happen with alacrity. No moaning and groaning even though life sometimes sucks for Joy and I would have understood if she had indulged in some wailing.
The romance is one of my favourite parts of the novel. The writing is sensuous so even when they are doing something as tame as looking at each other’s hands, there is an undercurrent of forbidden pleasure. As I said, Ink is a new breed of love interests. He is not human; he was created and constructs himself, his looks, his shapes, his hands, ears, etc, in the vein of the people he observes. There is an emptiness in him that Joy seems to fill and it’s intriguing to see them come together. Reading about his first kiss as opposed to hers is pretty darned refreshing.
All in all, I enjoyed this novel and I’m sure if you give it a chance, you will too. I look forward to seeing what happens next.