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Wicked Lovely Paperback – April 29, 2008
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“A debut that reads like the work of a seasoned pro.” (Charles deLint)
“The unusual combination of past legends and modern-day life gives a unique twist to this “fairy” tale.” (School Library Journal)
“Melissa Marr adds elegantly to the sub-genre of Urban Faery with this enticing, well-researched fantasy for teens.” (Annette Curtis Klause)
“A modern-day fairy tale, wherein the girl saves herself. Many fantasy readers will find themselves happily at home here. (Library Journal)
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Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn 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.
Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning 21st century faery tale.
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I also loved the characters. I loved the strength and endurance of the female leads, Aislinn and Donia, and I enjoyed the dynamics between the male characters, Keenan and Seth. I found the relationships were interesting, realistic, and emotional. I also loved the evil Winter Queen. As much as I love a villain with a good backstory, I also love a villain who is just hateful and malicious for the sake of it! The cast brings a lot to the table and I’m eager to see where the series takes them.
The writing is one of my favorite things about this book. Marr has a way of writing about this dark, magical world of faeries that really captures the essence and brings it to life on the pages. While Marr does write in a way that seems a bit melodramatic at times, I still loved the story. The plot, the characters, the faery lore, the writing; I found all of it to be enjoyable. This book is a delightful guilty pleasure you can dive into and enjoy without investing too much. I’m excited to read future novels in the series and I hope they’re as entertaining as Wicked Lovely.
The characters were interesting, they kept my attention but besides Donia I didn't really feel there was much character growth through the novel, everyone just stayed the same. I also wasn't feeling the whole Seth and Aislinn pair. I just didn't feel the connection between the two. Not to mention I didn't understand how Seth especially with the way his character was described could be so calm in every single situation. Some raw emotion would have been nice.
As for Keenan, I don't really have much to say about him. I understood his frustration and desperation but I did not care for the whole stalker vibe he was giving off to Aislinn. Seriously, stalkers are not sexy...it's creepy.
Overall I did like but not love Wicked Lovely. I received the first three installments in the series for free through Swap so I will continue the series, and see if the characters have more development. Although it will be interesting to see since the next book is about Leslie, Aislinn's friend.
Kenan is the king of the Fae, and yet is trapped by a curse of his mother's own bringing. He must find the right girl, the perfect girl and make her love him or everything will be completely lost to the dark world that Beira is trying so desperately to create.
Aislynn is high school girl well above her physical age. All she really wants to do is hang out with her almost-someone friend Seth in his abandoned train car home and draw and watch him...but he doesn't know about that part yet. But the fae have big plans for her, whether she likes it or not.
I love the characters in this series. They're strong but realistically so. Kenan for all that he's a faery prince has flaws of his own, despite his uncanny ability to glamour Ash whenever he desires. When I read this book the first time I remember thinking that perhaps it was a good thing there were no faeries in this world...they can have bark and bite just as bad as the other.