Wow! Authors continue, continue to surprise me! And they’re not bad surprises, either, which is definitely a bonus.
So let me explain.
When I was at the bookstore last, I came across this wonderful pile of books that were just …. stacked there! So perfectly like they were waiting for me. I picked them up and started looking through them and one of the seven books in the stack was Invisible, which is the second book in Dawn Metcalf’s novel series (not sure if there are any more, though I doubt it). I read the description, thought, “Hey, what the heck? If I don’t like it, I’ll give it away.” So I picked up the stack of books and made my way to the register.
Found out later that the books weren’t stacked there for me, they were stacked there for somebody else! So, yeah, I paid for the books and left. Nobody has to know, right?
So, like I said, I’d bought the second book in Dawn Metcalf’s series. When I got home, I just bought the first off Amazon and planned to read it over the weekend. Or, you know … one day!
There was soooooo much in Indelible! Way to much to fully cover. Certainly, some of the aspects of the book had me steaming, not only just because of the author’s strange writing but also ― things like the insta-love (oh, yeah, that’s present in this book) ― but other things had me doing some crazy happy dance. Literally grinning from ear to ear at the end of Indelible. So, I was some strange mixture of angry and ecstatic.
WARNING: You will dance like this after reading the book.
The setting of the book takes place in modern America where Joy Malone, a high school teen, is just trying to figure her life out after her mother left her. Then somebody stabs her in the eye. Actually, it’s more like something.
That’s where Indelible Ink steps in.
I think Joy was a very rounded character and pretty likable. She was not portrayed as dumb, not stupid, and she even managed to pull herself out of depression. Go Joy.
Ink was a strange character. He seemed to lose details as the story went on, which was weird … don’t characters normally gain details? I felt like I had a pretty good picture of him when Joy first met him but then as the story expanded, I felt like his image blurred. I dunno. Let me know what you think of him.
Inq was pretty hard to understand. She confused me. ALOT. She kept changing personalities, like Ms. Metcalf couldn’t decide whether she wanted a perky young woman to be Ink’s sister-thing or if she wanted her to be strong and threatening, snobby and stuck up. Interesting.
The storyline was kind of slow at first and I actually set the book down multiple times, mainly because I didn’t like how the book was looking. But when I picked it up probably the third time in one day and actually got some reading done, I was hooked! I’m talking the up all night, up all the next day, set life aside, and read kind of hooked!
At the exact moment that I set my Kindle down, I picked up my hard copy of Invisible, Book Two. That’s how much the story had me. It wasn’t a continuous story, which I wasn’t a huge fan of, but the characters and the draw was pretty tangible.
The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
Good news is, I really liked the book! The writing style was a little different for me but it mimicked my all-time favorite book, The Clockwork Angel, which was definitely a plus. Joy made me happy, Monica made me laugh, and Ink & Inq made me mad … a lot. Especially in Book Two but hold on, you gotta read One first.
Bad news? Yeesh, I’ve got a list. Is it possible to love and hate a book at the same time?
- Ink’s character wasn’t as well developed as it should have been.
- Okay, I understand that the storyline kind of revolved around their pseudo-love but couldn’t you have made it a little less insta-love, Ms. Metcalf?
- Let it be known that I am not a feminist. I do think women need men as much as men need women. God created us that way. Sorry, ladies, but we are vulnerable in our own ways. Doesn’t mean we can’t kick butt when we need to but it’s true. Unfortunately, Indelible had that “I don’t need anything from anybody!” girl and the “I won’t try to restrain or hold you down; you’re too individual for that” guy. Sorry, just a little bothersome.
- Oh, and on the same note as ^, JOY WASN’T EVEN STRONG ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO SAY THAT SHE DIDN’T NEED ANYTHING FROM ANYBODY! She never proved her strength. Annoying.
Okay, I think I’m done with The Bad. On to The Ugly.
So, I’m now going to talk about the cringe-worthy aspects of this book. Some aspects are made to make you cringe but the stuff I noticed certainly wasn’t. And the main source of cringe?
Inq was not a character I enjoyed. At all. She was moody, constantly switching between personalities. I cringed any time she came around or said something mean to Joy. Sometimes it was probably the author’s intent but other times, when Inq was supposed to inspire awe or some other feeling, she inspired disgust in me. Let me know what you think about her.
SO IN CONCLUSION ― Indelible was altogether a very good read. How can I say that, you ask, after listing so many of its faults? Well, other than the Infernal Devices series, I am yet to come upon a book without its faults.
Indelible was captivating, intriguing, and the use of so many dated words had me so excited! I love an author with good vocabulary. I would recommend this book to fans of the Infernal Devices series, Throne of Glass, and the Shadow Reader.
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