384 pages, YA Paranormal/Fantasy
The Twixt #1
My rating: 4 stars
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…
My 2 cents
This book was an interesting spin on fairies and the fey. Joy has "the sight" and sees Ink in a crowded club. To protect her, Ink actually tries to blind her (?!) but fails, and instead, marks her as his. So Joy is forced to play the dangerous game of his liaison to the fey so she doesn't wind up dead.
This version of the fey makes me think a little of Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey, just in their ruthlessness. Being Ink's liaison doesn't completely protect Joy, she is kidnapped a few times and brutally injured. There was always something going on, and Joy was in constant danger, which kept the plot moving fairly quickly. I was completely hooked through most of the story.
The book does have its flaws, but they were pretty minor to me. There are a lot of cliches, which is to be expected in a fairy story. The biggest one being that even though Ink tried to blind Joy, she falls in love with him. Let's see, where have we heard that before?
But overall there was plenty of action and mystery going on, and a few big twists towards the end. I was expecting the main one, but it played out a little differently than I though it was going to, so I give the author extra points for her creativity! If you enjoy books about the fey, you will love this one!