Book Review: Invisible by Dawn Metcalf

I liked this book more than the first one in the series, but it still has many of the problems of Indelible.

3.75/5 stars

The Twixt book 2

cover invisible

Amazon description:

Some things lie beneath the surface.

Invisible.

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.

The plot of Invisible grabbed me from the start. The story moved along quickly and kept me enthralled. I liked certain plot twists and thought Metcalf did a good job with them. The family element of Joy’s life develops more in this one and opened up a new part of the story that helped round out the novel.

Unfortunately, besides being readable, when I looked back on the book, there wasn’t that much I liked about it.

As in the first book, the main plot of the novel doesn’t appear until halfway through. Most of the action, though attention-grabbing, does not actually move the plot forward. The book feels like a collection of scenes instead of a book with a clear plot and purpose.

I’m not a stickler for tradition exposition-rising action-climax-resolution plot structure, but Metcalf’s plot construction didn’t work for me.

None of the characters impressed me. Joy annoyed me, though I can’t put my finger on what about her made me feel that way. Probably the way she never really fights for herself (even when the author makes a big deal about her doing exactly that). Basically, she’s not my favorite protagonist.

Ink has no personality besides being the Love Interest. He is slowly becoming more human, but his character seems to only develop romantically; he doesn’t grow into a personality based on anything other than loving Joy. He could be such an interesting addition to the story if Metcalf allowed him to be it, but it never happened.

The rest of the characters–Monica, Inq, Graus Claude, the Cabana Boys–are interesting but flat. Their personalities are one-tone–Metcalf didn’t even throw in stereotypical dark secrets to flesh out their characters. This held the story back, in my opinion, from being an unforgettable read.

I still don’t understand basic elements of the world Metcalf built. Maybe I’m just the most clueless reader imaginable, but I doubt it. The Twixt and the Scribes’ jobs and how everything fits together is still confusing two books into the series. Major plot events would happen and I would not understand what had occurred, and it bothered me.

Still, I enjoyed this book for the most part. I probably should have read it faster (I dropped off reading it a bit during the school week) to get my enjoyment of the story without thinking too much about what parts of the story I didn’t like.

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