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review 2014-09-29 20:50
Invisible by Dawn Metcalf
Invisible - Dawn Metcalf Invisible - Dawn Metcalf

This is the second book in the Twixt series and this series should be read in order. I think it is important here not just for character development but for world building as well.

I enjoyed most of the book and liked that Joy grows and finds her own inner strength and saves herself rather than relying on others constantly. Her behavior before that frustrated me but at the same time I also can see that it was purposeful to highlight her growth. Still, some of the things she did left me shaking my head in wonder.

I liked the addition of Stef, her bother, who was more involved this time. I would like to see more of that as well as more involvement with her father. I liked the growth of Ink even as small as it was. It was interesting seeing him become more of a human. I was more convinced here of the romance than I was in the previous book. There is still more to be done to really see them as a couple, but I do like the advancement toward the relationship.

I give this book 3 stars. I recommend it to those that enjoy YA and a strange and different world.

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review 2014-01-30 23:10
Luminous by Dawn Metcalf
Luminous - Dawn Metcalf

As reality slips and time stands still, Consuela finds herself thrust into the world of the Flow. Removed from all she loves into this shifting world overlapping our own, Consuela quickly discovers she has the power to step out of her earthly skin and cloak herself in new ones—skins made from the world around her, crafted from water, fire, air. She is joined by other teens with extraordinary abilities, bound together to safeguard a world they can affect, but where they no longer belong.

When murder threatens to undo the Flow, the Watcher charges Consuela and elusive, attractive V to stop the killer. But the psychopath who threatens her new world may also hold the only key to Consuela’s way home.



This book is weird,not good weird, but creepy weird.Or no thats not it either because creepy weird can be good. It was just horrific.

It begins with our maincharacter Consuela in a changing room trying on clothes and lamenting about how all the clothes seems to be made for skinny girls.
At this point I a thinking "ok this girl has some serious selfesteem issues" Why would she go to a store that has only small sizes? Thats like masochistic behavior.


I felt  like it was included only so that the author could make a point of it.

Anyhow,after nearly fainting in the shop,and thinking she noticed something strange in a mirror,she decides to go home and freshen up a bit (all normal so far) until she notices there is a hole in her necks skin...and proceeds to pull off her skin. All of it! Like her skin was a suit or something.

Normal reaction for me and every other sane person would at this point have been to:
b)Go into catatonic state
c)Faint from the pure shock of having no skin

Not to calmly observe yourself in the mirror and laugh in pure joy.I skimmed a bit after that in horrified fascination. But I just couldnt keep reading til the end.My desire to read this book was completely destroyed by what had happened.

Maybe its really a wonderful once you get into it...but I am too freaked out to read any more of it.

And seeing as I unlike Consuela dont believe in torturing myself I decided to put this aside and call it a DNF

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text 2013-12-26 17:03
Top 10 of 2013: Book Boyfriends
Ladies and gentleman after much consideration and google image searching of hot guys. I present to you, the much anticipated, Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2013!
You said it, Abby Lee Miller, but these guys made the cut!
1. River West- Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Oh River! I never trusted you but you were still oh so swoony! He has that rich, east coast prepster thing going for him. I just can't resist that as evidenced by Gansey on last years list. At least I know my type rich, dark, and slightly crazy.
Death- Endless Knight by Kresley Cole
I love me a doomed ship and this looks like one of those. Death and Evie have this epic shared history, and he is so lonely. I just want it to work out for him. For my fancast I picked Freddie Stroma best know ,probably, for playing McClaggen in Harry Potter. "I wouldn't mind getting on a first name basis with him, if you know what I mean". 10 Points for Gryffindor if you recognized that quote.
 3 Ink - Indelible by Dawn Metcalf
Despite a borderline cliche entrance I knew I was going to love Ink! He has that distant, not quite brooding, air about him and I just couldn't get enough of it! I need the sequel now.
4 Adrian Ivashkov - The Indigo Spell & The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
I hadn't seen Douglas Booth fan cast as Adrian Ivashkov before, but I can totally see it! He's got that effortless hot thing going on. Also I'm digging the 5 'o clock shadow *swoons*
I also wanted to congratulate Adrian on being the only book boyfriend to make it on the list 2 years in a row! Lets take a moment to celebrate that.
5 Warner - Unravel Me by Tahreh Mafi
All of the Chapter 62 hype was accurate and the man that made it all possible was Warner! There was no way we wouldn't be on this years list!
6 Jackson Tate - Rush by Eve Silver
I was hesitant about reading Rush because it had aliens. I should not have been concerned! It was an all round awesome read. And Jackson Tate made it all the better. He was secretive, a bad boy, brooding... meaning he was exactly my type!
7 Isaiah - Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
I think the guy on the book cover is perfect for Isaiah; but whoever that CW hottie on the right is...yum! He is also a great cast! He's pulling off the shaved head and tattoo's without coming off as scary.
8 Ethan Landry- The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
Ethan is a Louisiana farm boy. I have learned living in SD that farm boys never look like this guy! But a girl can dream! Out of everyone on my list Ethan was genuinely the best boyfriend out of the lot! Supportive, kind, and willing to do anything to help Meg.
9 Naji - The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke 
Naji is an assassin so the entire time I was reading I pictured him like this. lol. Not exactly swoony but I love the way he treats Ananna! And his character development made him a great male lead.
10 Chris Henderson - That One Summer by CJ Duggan
 I just love the Onslow boys I wish I could scoop them up and put them all on the list. After That One Summer though, Chris is my favorite! As CJ put it male model Adam Cowie is wickedly handsome and beautifully broody. The perfect Chris Henderson!
Honorable Mention
The Darkling - Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Okay, I know I said Adrian was the only book boyfriend to make it on the list two years in a row; but I would be remiss if The Darkling wasn't on here somewhere! Afterall, I did represent him in the Summer Crush Tournament! After Siege and Storm my feels are all muddled but he is still definitely one of my favorites and after the spoiler Leigh gave us (look below) I have high hopes he will make a comeback in Ruin and Rising! Plus, I do love a doomed ship!

A Darkling/Alina snippet from Ruin and Rising courtesy of Leigh for the holidays!
“Why waste my anger on you when the fault is mine? I should have anticipated another betrayal from you, one more mad grasp at some kind of childish ideal. But I seem to be a victim of my own wishes where you are concerned.” His expression hardened. “What have you come here for, Alina?”
I answered him honestly. “I wanted to see you.”
I caught the briefest glimpse of surprise before his face shuttered again. “There are two thrones on that dais. You could see me any time you liked.”
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review 2013-11-11 14:10
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.

Source: thetwinsread.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-twins-on-thursday-indelible-by-dawn.html
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review 2013-10-02 15:39
Snippet Review | Indelible by Dawn Metcalf
Indelible - Dawn Metcalf

Indelible is an inventive take on the world of the Fae. The Twixt is dark, fascinating and well-conceived, while Metcalf’s characters, creatures and environments wonderfully creative and vividly depicted.  The mystery is interesting, and the story, while it floundered a bit at the beginning, ultimately sucked me in.


Joy is a great protagonist – an average girl who helps to put all the weirdness in a very human perspective, who let herself get freaked out by the strangeness, the danger, and the creepiness, who didn’t always know the right thing to do or say. But Joy’s loyal and passionate and she’s stronger than she realizes as she navigates through this new unknown as well as her own personal emotional issues.


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