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Indelible (2013)

by Dawn Metcalf(Favorite Author)
3.44 of 5 Votes: 6
0373210736 (ISBN13: 9780373210732)
Harlequin Teen
The Twixt
review 1: This is an awesome book-one of the best I've ever read. The ending is sweet and yet sort of sad, and even though there isn't much of a cliffhanger, I still can't wait until Invisible. I love Ink and how he learns humanity and love from joy. He is unaccustomed to the ache of missing her and the feeling of love and he describes it as hurting in his heart and I think this is so sweet. Being one of those people that re-reads books obsessively, this is a read-again. DEFINITELY.
review 2: I did not expect much from this book. The review on Goodreads were generally talking about this book in a negative light and well, it's a teen supernatural romance. I think that suggests enough about its quality. But I couldn't resist, the cover was gorgeous. BUT I actually was extr
... moreemely surprised to find myself liking the book - I couldn't put it down. It had a quality that kind of reminded me of a Hayao Miyazaki film - a female protagonist thrust into a world of fantastical, nonsensical creatures and falling in love along the way (huh, sounds a lot like his 2001 film Spirited Away) - yet, it lacked the rich quality a Miyazaki film possesses. However, I cannot deny the anime feel the book seemed to waft - Joy even goes as far at one point comparing herself to a manga character. Personally, though I was aware that the world that was built was confusing, if not dumb, I liked it anyway because it reminded me of a mediocre anime (one I can watch mindlessly) - and solely for that reason. Metcalf even got down to the point of anime-accuracy by making Ink have no nipples. But I do have complaints about this book, surprise surprise. I went into this book scoffing through the text, wanting to scream at its ridiculousness. This book should serve as a manual for why you shouldn't go to a party your friend absolutely begs you to go to: you will meet creepy strangers who will ruin your life. And girls, please don't find the aforementioned creepers who stare at you and reek of danger to be attractive. Please. Good God. Can we just take a step back and appreciate how the two met? Did he lecherously treated her to a drink (oh wait, it was at a under 18 club) and cop a feel? No, he tried to stab her freaking eyes out. But, since Joy (oh, I found her far from being a joy) was a ditsy, not to mention shallow, bitch (sorry not sorry), she obviously did not have to adhere to such a mindset. Though the text did get a lot more tolerable as the book progressed, Joy did not. I think I hated her from the very beginning - she whined (and whined and whined and whined and whined) and only seems to notice things that lied on the very surface. Her parents are genuinely caring people and she's not appreciative at all. She disregards school and family and friends for an invisible boy who she "loves". But then again she's a sixteen year old girl, what can you expect... I was pretty much annoyed with her prose the whole time, allow me to share some of my favourite lines: "Monica only liked pizza that didn't smudge her lip liner", "Score one for team penis", "too old for a cougar like her" (referring to her own mother), "his lips touched her forehead: soft and precious and fragile as snow" ... do I need to go on? And God, the random flash! flash! and all the exclamation points. Stop. Oh, and boy was she stupid: Oh, I got a random text giving me an address, let's just go there by myself because it's going to be perfectly safe. Wait, the house looks like it was destroyed by monsters, I have a bad feeling, let's go to the backyard to see more! Oh, a stranger tried to stab my eye out? Let's fall in love with him. However, I actually liked Ink and Inq a lot (but the difference in pronunciation over their names? I see none. "He pronounced her name with a clipped "q" as he pushed off the door frame." What, In-quh?) Anyway, their quest to be more human, more than their purpose was noble and they were far more likable than ugh, Joy. Oh God, and Monica, her supposed best friend - Monica all but abandons Joy for a boy (and has sex with him, mind you) at a time of crisis, not even taking note to any of Joy's strangeness - she seemed more like an acquaintance (at most) than a best friend since fourth grade. Ugh ok. Only question is, I'm not exactly sure how they will be together forever (as they declared a mere few weeks later after their first kiss) - he's not human, he's a glorified doll at best with ceramic-like skin ... and not to mention, invisible to everyone but Joy and those "with the Sight" - I wouldn't be surprised if she was shipped off to an asylum soon. (Originally, I thought this book was about the black-eyed children, which would have been super exciting, but no, it was a half-assed fantasy tattoo thing - I can't even call it plot - and though love is blind, I can't help but wonder how the hell Joy fell in love with something... so creepy as Ink. To be honest, considering the things she saw in the novel, I'm surprised she didn't shit her pants. At least once.) There are three planned sequels to this novel at this point; though I liked this novel, I'm hesitant to pick them up. I do want to find out what happens to Ink and Joy (to be honest, I feel Ink will go all Pinocchio and turn into a real boy) but I don't know if I want to risk ripping all my hair out due to frustration over how annoying Joy is. We'll see. less
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Ladden with pretentious prose yet boring to no end - I could not make myself finish it.
i've finished it (barely) and i still have no idea what happened
Actual Rating 3.5 Stars
boring, nuff said
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