Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Book Review Wednesday - Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

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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.

What I Can Tell You:
The premise is great. The characters are interesting. This is not your Disney princess fairy story. These fairies (or Faery as stated in the book) are Urban and sometimes dark and a little naughty. Imagine knowing that fairies are all around us, can touch us even if we can't see them? They go around slapping the butts of boys they find cute in this book. As far as Young Adult books go, this is on the cusp of being a full fledged adult book. I didn't fly through this in two days like most YA books.

I really liked Aislinn who seems like a normal girl but has been taught well by her grandmother to see past the fairies who seem very real and solid to her. According to grams, if the fairies know that you can see them they will come after you. The problem is, Keenan, the Summer King wants her to be his Queen.

For a moment I thought there would be a love triangle storyline between Aislinn, The Summer King and Aislinn's friend Seth who she is obviously in love with from the beginning.

It is a book about good and evil! The Winter Queen, Keenan's mother wants to make sure that Keenan doesn't get his Summer Queen and will do anything to make sure that doesn't happen.

The characters are written very well, Aislinn, Seth, Donia, and Keenan are all given their fair share of storytime and the reader can connect and feel for each one of them. I felt the most for Donia whose only fault was loving the Summer King but walking through centuries waiting for someone to become the Summer Queen. What an awful existence for her. 

Melissa writes like a pro in her first novel so I can only imagine how good the rest of the series are. Need to grab book two as soon as possible. However, if you never book of book two (and I don't suggest this), Wicked Lovely ties up nicely with a full complete ending.

Wicked Lovely has won some prestigious honors:

* New York Times Bestseller
* Los Angeles Times Bestseller
* Spiegel List (German Bestseller)
* Livres Hebdo (French Bestseller)
* Starred review Publishers Weekly
* Summer 2007 Book Sense Children's Pick
* Locus Recommended Reading 2008
* Amazon Best Books for Teens 2007
* September 2007 International Reading Association Notable Book for 2008
* Borders Original Voices Finalist

Ink Exchange is the next in the series which follows
 BTW...if you like it when your books become movies, Wicked Lovely is currently being worked on by Caroline Thompson who wrote the screenplay for Edward Scissorhands.  I cannot wait to see the faery world brought to life on the screen and even more excited to hear about the cast. Look for this movie in 2012.

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Thanks to Harper Teen for sending me a complimentary book to read/review and discuss.


  1. A book and then a movie, oh my! Great review, I am so adding to my list!

  2. I love it when you find new books for me to read :)
    Finally finished the last book in the Kelley Armstrong Darkest Powers Trilogy. I'm sad it's over :(


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