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  1. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

    Sunday, August 23, 2009

    Aislinn has been raised to live by a set of very important rules:
    Rule number 3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
    Rule number 2: Don't answer invisible faeries.
    Rule number 1: Don't ever attract faeries' attention.
    If the faeries knew of her Sight they would certainly blind her.

    However, faeries have started stalking her, but it's not because she can see them. Keenan, the Summer King, has been seeking his Queen for centuries and he believes that he has finally found her in Aislinn.

    To be perfectly honest, I had difficulty getting into this book. I didn't particularly dislike it, but I did did not really like it either.

    I didn't really feel like I got to know Aislinn enough as a person separate from these events. I found her relationship with Seth to be a necessary grounding quality though, something away from faeries, even though Seth, too, was being drawn into the situation. I also found it odd that we didn't see more of her noticing herself changing. Seeing as her Grams is also Sighted, I thought she might have cottoned on to what was happening sooner, might have noticed the changes in Aislinn, especially given what happened to Moira. Keenan, at least, seems like he has a lot of potential to be developed into a more complex character, needing to balance his own wants and desires with what he needs for the Summer Court. Beira, the Winter Queen, on the other hand, came across as a rather cliché villian, in my opinion.

    I liked Donia a lot more than Aislinn and thought a story about Donia would have been more interesting and entertaining. Or perhaps even that of Moira, Aislinn's mother. The plot was still original to me, but I still felt like I could see exactly where the story was headed from the get go. I guess my problem with this story is that everything was all too inevitable, obvious.

    This was pretty much my first foray into fairy/faerie fiction and I am not going to write faeries off just yet. I am also not going to say that I do not recommend Wicked Lovely as I do think that it does hold appeal and definitely has an audience out there. I think this may be a case of "to each his own".

    Wicked Lovely is expected to be a five part series. Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity are already available. The fourth book, Radiant Shadows, is expected to be released in April 2010. There is also a manga available, Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales.

    Terra
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  2. 7 comments:

    1. Dannie said...

      I felt the same way. A bit overrated...

    2. good review. i so dislike having to rate a book as somewhere in the middle or lower.

    3. Nely said...

      I have this on my bookshelf but haven't got it to it yet. I love all the mixed reviews though - it makes me wanna read it sooner just to have my own opinion on it. Great review.

      ♥ Nely

    4. Jess said...

      I've read this book several times, and honestly love it. But reading your review made me take a good look at why I love it. It's a great story. My favorite by far from this series however would have to be Ink Exchange. I hope you give the rest of the series a try!
      -Jess

    5. Terra said...

      Jess, if Ink Exchange comes my way I will give it a shot. I try to be open minded. Just because I don't absolutely love one book by an author doesn't mean that I'll never pick up a book by them ever again.

      Nely, I'll be looking out for what you have to say about Wicked Lovely when you do get around to reading it. =)

    6. ~Mary said...

      I had a VERY hard time getting into this book. I almost didn't finish it...but then I started to figure it out and ended up enjoying it. I've never read anything that went into the Faerie Court stuff. I'm more of a fun, romantic magical fairy kind of person. Try these books about fairy's, you might enjoy them more than the political faerie court:

      Wings by Aprilynne Pike
      Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog
      Faery Rebels by RJ Anderson

      Mary

    7. Terra said...

      Thanks for the suggestions, Mary. I'll keep an eye out for those titles.

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