Thursday, 10 September 2015

Review: Insidious (The Twixt #3) by Dawn metcalf

Title: Insidious (The Twixt #3)
Author: Dawn Metcalf
Published: 1st September 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Aust
Source: Harlequin Teen Australia
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
Rating: *** 3/4  

My Review:

I really enjoyed the third book in Dawn Metcalf's The Twixt series. I was mistakenly under the impression that this was a trilogy so this was the last book. Imagine my surprise when I reached the end and realised it wasn't.

Actually I was pretty glad as I don't think I was ready for this series to end just yet.

Book three starts shortly after the end of Book 2. It is the last couple of weeks of Summer, and Joy is adjusting to her new status as one of the twixt and starting to learn how this will affect her relationships with her family and friends. Things like being unable to lie can be tricky when those closest to her are unable to see the twixt and she is not allowed to tell.

However what her family now *can* see is Ink and this has made things a little easier for Joy who is happy to be able to show off the boy that she loves.

However there is more to becoming one of the twixt than just having a signatura and therein lies the crux of the story for Joy, and for the reader, as Joy is drawn further into the ways and rules of the twixt and starts to uncover deeper secrets that threaten not just her but both of the worlds she is straddling, and evil thought long gone may just come back to haunt her.

I liked the direction of this new book and the way Ms Metcalf draws the reader deeper into the Twixt world she has created. MS Metcalf is incredibly adept at slowly revealing the layers of this world of the Twixt and each layer is more detailed and more interesting and more surprising than the one before. The world building is thorough from the rigid rules of the twixt to the history that we begin to delve into in this story, and the more I learn, the more I want to find out.

The story itself has all the elements that a good story needs in just the right combination. There is action aplenty through out much of the book and for the majority is well paced adding to rather than overshadowing the rest of the story and in nice balance with the information we are given along the way. There are plenty of twists to keep the reader guessing and nothing is what it seems, which adds to the suspense to the tale. There is also an attention to detail that gives this story an added oomph and each story element is cleverly incorporated and never seems to be wasted.

However what I love most about this novel is the relationships between Joy and those around her; Ink, Stef, Monica, Graus Claude. It is through these interactions that we truly see Joy's character and we are able to feel more emotionally attached to the story as a whole. I really enjoyed seeing how these relationships change and grow through out the novel, with a few surprises along the way.

I loved where this story ended even though ( as previously mentioned) it was with surprise that this wasn't the final book. However it does make much more sense with the story and I can't wait to see where it will go from here as I get the feeling that things are not going to go quite the way Joy expects.

I very much enjoyed this novel and I give this book 3 3/4 stars.

Sapphired Dragon xx

About The Book:
Insidious (The Twixt #3) by Dawn Metcalf

True evil is rarely obvious. It is quiet, patient.
Awaiting the perfect moment to strike.
Joy Malone finally knows who she is, where she comes from and how to live in two worlds at once. And now she can introduce her family and friends to her mysterious boyfriend, Indelible Ink. But when Ink's twin sister, Invisible Inq, calls in a favour, Joy must accept a dangerous mission to find a forgotten door between worlds—a door hiding a secret that some will kill to keep.
Unseen enemies, treasonous magic and an unthinkable betrayal threaten both the Twixt and human worlds as Joy races to expose an ancient conspiracy and unleash the unalterable truth—some secrets cannot remain secret forever.

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