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Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, Book 3) Paperback – March 23, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Another awesome favorite from Melissa Marr!
I never expected to love this series as much as I do... Read more
Love love love it, it is what it is, a fairy book. But if you're looking for an opportunity to dive into the child in you pick up the wicked lovely books.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was definitely not as good as its predecessors. Aislinn was simply lackluster, had no spine and the plot fell so short of being interesting. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Compute
Fragile Eternity is the third book in the Wicked Lovely series. You really have to read this series in order or you will be totally lost. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Marr provides plenty of clever twists and turns in Fragile Eternity. I look forward to finding out what she has in store for her characters. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Scarlett
It's a great concept... All the books are really good! Good enough that I'm ordering the next one as soon as I'm done here!Published 18 months ago by Lori Andersen