Summary from Goodreads:
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…
When I picked this book up it was because the plot line seemed to be different than anything else I had read. Boy was I right! I love fantasy books. Books that take me into a world that I cannot see. The Twixt is definitely a world I can not see and I have not read about before.
Joy is like every other teenager, caught between divorced parents, lies, betrayal, and just wanting to have fun. One night she goes out with the ever chipper, most cautious best friend Monica. It was this night out that changed Joy’s world. What she considered secrets did not compare to the world she would be brought into. The mysterious boy and girl she saw that night would be forever etched into her being, something Joy did not want but knew if she wanted to keep her family and friends alive she had become a part of this unseen world. But, like everything around Joy, lies and deception were moving through the Twixt and soon Joy realizes that she is unsure of who she can trust but knows she has to be strong to help save everyone.
This book will keep you guessing until the end! Like Joy it is hard to tell who you can trust and who is out to get Joy. I found myself doubting almost every person that came in contact with Joy, even those sworn to protect her. This book will give you a roller coaster of emotions and not a moment to relax.
The love aspect is refreshing as well. What would a fantasy book without a hot guy to swoon over? This is no ordinary love story though. First, there is only one guy not two for Joy to pine over. Second, Joy doesn’t really want the guy around and nor does the guy want Joy around. Unfortunately due to a mistake they are bound together. The build of their story is great and takes up a good part of the book which is also refreshing because it is not thrown together expecting the reader to jump on board with a love story.
The story line started a little slow for me at first but picked up by the second chapter. Soon I was hooked and all I could think about was what was going to happen to Joy and who this mysterious guy was.
Metcalf writes a refreshing story about strength, love, lies, and the ability to overcome unworldly forces set out to bring you down. A must read!!