The Twixt, Book 1
Description (taken from Dawn Metcalf's website):
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…
Joy is out dancing with her friend, Monica, one night when she sees two strange strangers. They look like gothic twins, but their eyes are pure black. One of them attacks her which leaves her marked. After a couple of weird happenings, the twins formally introduce themselves, and Joy finds out she belongs to Ink because of the mark.
With these strange happenings, Joy begins to become immersed in the Twixt. The Twixt is a world of anything magical: faeries, sprites, trolls, banshees, etc. They coexist with humans; this coexistence is made possible by the twins. They help mark humans as theirs instead of putting themselves and magic in danger. Joy has to make appearances as Ink's helper and lover in this strange world. Only problem is the act begins to become reality.
I had a couple of reservations with this. I didn't fully understand Ink and his sister's purpose with marking people to keep the Twixt safe. It just didn't make sense enough for me to go with it. However, I liked Joy's character. She was a girl dealing with loved ones failing her, failing loved ones, trying to grow up, and trying to do something good with her life. But... The romance felt too perfect. Like there wasn't enough conflict to make it real. It just kind of worked to everyone's romantic advantages.
Is this an interesting take on the fae? Absolutely. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Would I recommend it to any young adult paranormal romance lover? Yes. But I just didn't love it...