Monday, September 15, 2014

Review: Invisible (Dawn Metcalf)

Invisible  (The Twixt #2)
Title: Invisible
Series: The Twixt, Book 2
Author: Dawn Metcalf
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Rating: Older Teen (heavy sensuality, violence, minor gore, tense situations)
Told: Third Person Singular (Joy), Past Tense
Format Read: ARC (author)
Find It On: Goodreads


Some things lie beneath the surface. 


With the power to change everything. 

Joy Malone wants it all—power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever. 

Her choice is balanced on a scalpel's edge and the consequences will be more life-altering than anyone can guess.

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Why I Read It: I absolutely loved Indelible (even more the second time I read it!), so I was excited to return to the world of the Twixt!

Series: This is Book 2 in The Twixt series, and picks up not long after Book 1. Much of the world and happenings of Book 1 are re-examined in this book, but you definitely need to read the books in order. There will be at least 4 books in the series. You can read my review of Book 1, Indelible, here.

Writing: Quick and engrossing with a unique voice and vivid sensory detail that pulls you in and keeps you reading.

Setting: The real world, except a mostly invisible race of unique and unusual creatures called the Folk exist on a slightly different plane alongside ours. They are an original race quite unlike anything else I've ever read, the closest I can describe as a cross between the Fae and Japanese Yokai. They are fascinating and sometimes rather terrifying but oh so very delightful. In this book we delve a little deeper into their world and magics, which was really exciting.

Story: Second books are hard to pull off, but Dawn does it with flair. Invisible was just as good as Indelible, except with more steam and some serious feels. The plot was a rollercoaster of pretty extreme highs and lows for Joy, which made for a few heartwrenching moments. For the ending, although I'm usually against a girl making life-altering decisions based on the love of a boy, here they were the right decisions so I let it go. And I LOVED the ending - cannot wait for Book 3, Inviolate! I believe it could surpass the first two books by a few leaps, and possibly a bound.

Characters: Joy was girl struggling to find her place among two very different worlds, that of her human life and her newfound powers amongst the Folk. She didn't always make the right decisions, and sometimes those decisions came with disastrous results, but she tried and that's all one can really do. Luckily Joy was a strong young lady, and even when she was scared stiff she didn't back down, an admirable quality. Ink was his indelible sweet self, albeit a little steamier, and Inq was as slippery as her name. The rest of the Indelible cast was back as well, and we learned a little more about many of them. And Filly got a huge part this time, which really made the book for me on a number of occasions! (She's my favorite. ;)

Romantic Relationship: Joy and Ink's relationship got more than a little steamy, but otherwise still had that sweet, innocent feel of first love. I feel the innocence will most likely drop all together in the next book, though. *prepares fan*

Conclusion: Absolutely loved returning to the world of the Twixt! Invisible was just as good as Indelible, with more steam and feels. These actually remind me a lot of adult MMPs (mass market paperbacks, which in my opinion are a genre all their own) - imaginative and adventurous quick reads with fun characters and interesting worlds that could go on forever and you love when they do. The only difference here: these are Young Adult. SCORE.

For Fans Of: adult genre MMPs

Scribble Rating
4 of 5 Scribbles

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