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…
Okay I admit, being the cover whore I am, Indelible first was added to my TBR for the gorgeous cover. I mean, look at it! *pets pretty cover* Imagine my shock and joy when I delved further and discover a book with a complex otherworld filled with magic and monsters!
We start out with our main character Joy in this awesome sounding Carousel club where she gets attacked by some strange looking guy and his sister, in the eye nonetheless, and is now experiencing strange occurrences. Creepy scratches at the window in the middle of the night and notes left in her locker that make no sense mentioning someone named Ink are just some of the odd things happening. Turns out Ink is the boy from the club, and he has somehow marked her as his when he discovered she had the Sight, meaning she is able to see creatures from his world. In order to keep them both safe, they must pretend they are together or risk death.
We then take a trip of learning about the Twixt and just what it is that Indelible Ink does as a Scribe, as well as his ‘sister’ Invisible Inq. This was all pretty interesting and cool, especially how they travel through space and time with a slice in the air with a certain tool. I must admit, I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything. It was terribly complex for my simple mind, but so descriptive and wonderfully written at the same time.
Joy also find herself constantly in trouble and getting attacked by these creatures and man, a few moments were chill inducing. The monsters are so vividly described, I felt like they could come out and jump at me! This is absolutely the movie-in-your-head type of book!
But what I loved most about the book was probably the scenes between Joy and Ink. Since Ink is not human, he’s unfamiliar with certain senses and feelings as well as some detailed physical features, like the exact curve of an ear, or the knuckles of your fingers, a belly button even. His own features are basic and perfect with no blemishes or definition, like he was sculpted out of clay. I know this sounds weird but honestly, it was so interesting and almost beautiful to read.
They were both fascinated: Ink touching her, Joy feeling him, his fingers exploring the slope of her face, guided by the slight dip at her temple. His fingertips tickled the edge of her hair, brushing the last tiny darts of her eyebrow, sliding against them as if smoothing each one into place. She tipped her chin back.
He was reading her like Braille.
I seriously fell in love with Ink. I wish we would have gotten more of him and more relationship building. I don’t know that I would call this a case of insta-love, but I would have liked a bit more time for the relationship to flourish because it was such a huge part of the plot and why they were in this together.
Other little pet peeves, Joy’s transition from fear of what was happening to her to acceptance with almost a longing and eagerness to be more involved was a tad speedy for my liking. Joy has family issues sprinkled into the storyline as well which is a factor in why she was so open to this new life, but for some reason it bugged me a little.
Indelible is the first book in the Twixt series and though it wrapped up quite nice for a first novel, I am anxious for more Ink in the next installment! If you are looking for something unique and fresh, I’d recommend this one!
And because I just have to share one more passage:
She felt his cheek and the edge of his jaw on her chin. The flush of her skin echoed on his. The sweep of his eyelash brushing her face. She strained to feel the tips of his hair, the nonexistent scratch of his never-shaven face. All the while, she watched their fingers stretch along one another’s wrists, afraid to look away and admit what was happening. What was touching. What they wanted.
It became too much. Joy squeezed his hand. Looked in his eyes.
It was as if he were surprised to see her.
“I can feel you,” he whispered.
She nodded. “I know.”
He tapped his chest. “Here.”
Joy nodded again and said, “I know.” Her lips were close. She could taste whispers of him and rain.
“We are here,” she whispered, feeling the kiss before it happened. “We are both very, very here.”