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Fragile Eternity, Melissa Marr's sequel to the New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange, returns to Huntsdale, where faeries and mortals intermingle, wreaking continual havoc on each other's lives. Aislinn, who became a faerie in the first book, now has to deal with the awkward--verging on impossible--position of still being in love with her mortal boyfriend Seth, whom she can't even touch without burning. To complicate things further, as the new Summer Queen, Aislinn is eternally bonded to Keenan, the Summer King, and the attraction between them is palpable and constant. In the doomed loves that permeate these books, Marr deftly explores the essence of longing as she questions notions of fated love. Her characters are strong, with even the nastiest of the faerie troublemakers coming through as absolutely compelling and sympathetic. And their situations are rife with conflict, from the impossible mortal-faerie relationships to the ancient familial and courtly spats within the faerie realm. In the hands of a less talented writer, these complexities could easily veer into soap opera, but Marr's dark sensibility imbues the series with an eerie, sexy, mysterious ambience that gives it just the edge it needs. --Heidi Broadhead

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In this sequel to Wicked Lovely (2007),Marr shifts the focus back to Aislinn, now the Summer Queen, and her mortal lover, Seth. With summer approaching, Aislinn finds herself increasingly attracted to Keenan, the Summer King. Yet Aislinn clings to her love for Seth, refusing to release her connection to the mortal world. A paragon of patience, Seth knows that Aislinn’s immortality will eventually separate them, and he pursues a dangerous remedy as tensions within Faerie increase and allegiances shift. Slim on plot and heavy with Aislinn’s inner conflict, this will nevertheless be popular with fans of the series. Grades 10-12. --Lynn Rutan

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Product Details

  • Series: Wicked Lovely (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061214728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061214714
  • ASIN: 006121471X
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hmm, I'm never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises--graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By choco-goddess on April 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I heard that Fragile Eternity would be a true sequel to Wicked Lovely (Ink is an independent book), I was incredibly excited to get lost in Keenen, Aislinn, Donia and Seth again. I did, of course. All four characters are real and interesting and I loved the dizzy and unpredictable quality of their odd, intense love square. Having Keenan and Aislinn love each other, like most other faery stories would have done, would have solved everything, but Marr clearly didn't want to give anyone any easy answers. That's good. It was challenging and kept me reading. I also really like how Marr gave the concept of eternity a lot of weight. Unlike something like Breaking Dawn that painted it as a sort of never-ending fairy tale, Marr showed the real sorrow behind the possibility of living forever. FOREVER.

There are a few things though that keep me from giving the book as high a rating as I want. First, Marr's prose is usually very lovely. I love her striking visuals. But she tells way too much. Most of the time, writers learn that showing how people feel, showing their motivations is much more effective than simply telling the readers. Marr however chooses to simply tell these things through inner exposition far too much and it feels like I'm being dictated to. What's worse is that she repeats them way too much. So four or five times in two chapters I might be told that Aislinn is afraid of outliving Seth and Gran, or that Keenan loves Donia but needs Aislinn to love him for such and such reasons. It makes me feel like I'm being constantly bashed over the head with the obvious hammer. Like I'm not trusted to have the intelligence to be able to understand what's going on without constant reminders. The repetitions also extend to simple ideas.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Layla Bing on June 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
FRAGILE ETERNITY is the third book in the WICKED LOVELY series, and the second that uses the same protagonists from book one-- Ash, Donia and Keenan-- with the addition two new narrators-- Seth and Sorcha. It picks up the narrative of the four faerie courts where INK EXCHANGE left off, but unlike the first two books, FE cannot be read as a stand-alone. It is very a much an in-between book, relying heavily on information from the first two books, and leading up to an appallingly unresolved cliff-hanger at the end. The message is clear: if you want to find out what happens you're going to have to wait for book four, which goes back to being told by different narrators. We won't actually get these characters' takes again until book 5. I might have had more patience for this if I hadn't already put up with it so often for HARRY POTTER and ERAGON, but as it was I left FRAGILE ETERNITY feeling unfulfilled.

That said, Melissa Marr's story continues to be compelling. If it weren't for the awful ending I might have given it four stars. The character development continues to progress in new and unexpected ways as the courts struggle to establish a balance of power, and as Bananach (the harbringer of chaos) brings war ever closer. The love-quadrangle between Aislinn, Seth, Keenan and Donia is a bit trite, and some of the developments are predictable. Nial (King of the Dark Court), Bananach, and now Sorcha (Queen of the High Court) provided the real interest in this story for me. In fact, Sorcha's addition as a narrator was one of the best parts of this book, if only because you can just see all the potential for future plot developments that she brings to the table. I also can't wait to see how Marr resolves (or doesn't?
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Hoolia on April 26, 2009
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I'm going against the tide here, but this was not one of my favorites. I enjoyed the first two, and actually looked forward to the last. Suffice it to say that by the end I was skipping LONG sections trying to get to the point.

Most of this book was people prattling on and on about a war that doesn't appear to be happening any time soon. It became tedious and boring hearing over and over that war was about to happen. This wouldn't have been so bad if the last book hadn't been filled with the exact same things! She needs to either start the war or stop talking about it.

Also, another issue i had was the love rectangle that was going on throughout the story. It seemed like the majority of the book was spent with everyone pining after one another. Ash is miserable and whiny all the time, crying at the drop of a hat. I understand that she loves Seth, but come on! She's only 17 and dated him for a couple of months! I found myself hoping that someone was going to kill him so that we could move on from that annoying relationship. At least with him dead she can move on to more interesting topics, like the ever brewing war that is on the horizon.

Alright, I'm not ruining anything here, but there wasn't an ending. There wasn't. The book just stopped with no conclusion. I'm a little peeved about that. I really don't want to read the next book, if it's going to be more of the same whiny characters and no action, but i still want to know what's going to happen.

If you are dying to know what happens, they by all means get this book from the library or a friend, but it isn't worth paying for it. Let's just say that NOTHING really happens in the LONG 400 pages.
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