Thursday, August 25, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Wicked Lovely Review

Title: Wicked Lovely
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: 2007
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Fantasy, Fairy, Magic, & Romance
Pages: 328
Plot: (From the Dust Jacket)
     "Rule # 3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.  Aislinn has always seen fairies.  Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world.  Aislinn fears their cruelty-especially if they learned of her sight-and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.
     Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.  Now faeries are stalking her.  One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.
     Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.  But it's too late.  Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries.  Without her, summer itself will perish.  He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost-regardless of her plans or desires.
     Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.
     Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale."

     My sister loaned me this book telling me if I loved Carrie Jone's Need Series and Holly Black's Modern Faery Tale then I would love this series.  I obviously just finished Wicked Lovely and I do believe the title explains the book best as it truly was Wicked Lovely! Now that I have read this book I really can't wait to move on the next book.  I am glad that I waited to start this series because now it finished and I don't have to wait for the other books.
      I found the plot line to be deliciously dark and seductive.  The story did start a little slow but it was all crucial to the fable.  I enjoyed that this adventure was fast paced, suspenseful, and passionate.  Wicked Lovely had an interesting twist to the storyline that left you begging for more even after you finished the book...I'm glad the story continues in Ink Exchange.
      The world she painted out was sinister and original.  Her faeries were unique and her own.  There was no seelie and unseelie court.  Marr's were the winter (dark) and summer (light) court.   Completely unlike any other faeries worlds out there the faeries were genuinely of their own kind. . 
      My favorite part of this novel was the characters.  You could really feel for each and every one of them.  Aislinn also known as Ash was the main character and she is as uneasy as she is fierce and persevering.  Throughout the book she was constantly uncertain of the faeries, her best friend, herself, and what she wanted.  I was extremely overjoyed when Ash finally figures out what she wanted and how to achieve it.  Ash's main love interest was Seth, and he is described as a Goth guy but so much more lies under the surface.  You find that he is incredibly sweet and horribly enduring.  Keenan is the stubborn and earnest Summer King and there is a terribly tragic love story underlying the current story between him and Donia.  It really is heart wrenching.  Nonetheless Melissa Marr mastered her characters to where you can truly understand and feel the emotions.      
     I gave this book an A+ as this story was truly captivating and unrelenting.  If you have a love for faeries and faery stories this is definitely a book for you as Melissa Marr created a riveting picture and fable that will suck you in and devour you before it ever spits you back out.
My Rating: 20/20
Originality: 5
Characters: 5
Plot: 5
Writing: 5


Mist@BookaholicsBookClub said...

Great review, I loved this series :)

Cindy said...

What interested me about this after reading your review, was the author's creation of her own faerie worlds. Sounds good - another book to be added to my already loooooong list! :}

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