The Twins on Thursday: Indelible by Dawn Metcalf

Indelible - Dawn Metcalf

When Joy gets her eye injured by a creepy guy with black eyes, it inadvertently marks her as his. Joy's oblivious to this of course, so when strange creatures pop up all over the place insisting that she deliver messages to Ink, she's at a loss. Because who is Ink and what the heck do the messages mean? It's hard enough that she's been dragged into a totally different world that involves tattoos and magic and otherworldly creatures giving her a fright, but Joy also has to deal with these new feelings for Ink, especially when the lines between pretend love and real love begin to blur.


Joy's afraid of being abandoned. Her parents have divorced and her brother has left for college which leaves her feeling not a little bit left out. Even her best friend Monica has a new guy and she's not one to intrude on her friend's happiness. Enter Ink, he's strange, mysterious, alluring and when Joy starts accompanying him on assignments she can't help but be drawn to him. Inq doesn't even have a normal human body, as he doesn't even really have a body, per se. He can morph into other forms, which is totally awesome except for the fact that he doesn't use it that much. Boo. But as Ink teaches Joy about his world, she shows him how to embrace emotions and live for once, which you know, gives us all these "Aww" moments.

Ink also has a sister named Inq. She's his opposite - outgoing, loud, a little bit obnoxious, and a bit of a troublemaker. We especially liked when she introduced her cabana boys, her harem in short, consisting of beautiful male specimens of the human race with broad shoulders, killer smiles and well-defined abs. 

Briarhook reminded us of Moblin, this narcissist and irritating mini pig boss in Legend of Zelda, that they could in fact, pass for twins, although Briarhook would still be the more annoying one.

Despite how adorable Ink was at times, as well as the inclusion of cabana boys, Indelible began to come apart at the seams when the "twist" was introduced. The latter part of the book became a big jumbled mess, and soon we were both getting confused as to who did what and what did to who, to the point that we finished the story all dazed and disoriented.

Indelible has a beguiling concept, but the way it was executed may confuse and lose its readers along the way. While it does have its charming points, they're hardly enough to tip the scales to its favor.