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Ink Exchange | [Melissa Marr]

Ink Exchange

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.
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Publisher's Summary

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes - not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils.

©2008 Melissa Marr; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Another highly addictive read....Compulsive enough to give the Twilight series a run for its money, and dizzyingly more sinister." (Publishers Weekly)
"This dark fantasy about survival and transformation is as mesmerizing as its urban faery subjects." (Booklist)
"Readers will be drawn in by Marr's darkly poetic imagery and language, her vivid portrayal of the art of tattooing, and her shadowy love triangle. This is indeed a delicious, smoky delight." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 07-15-10
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 07-15-10 Member Since 2008

    I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

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    "Best book in the series"

    I was recently introduced to the fairy-focused Wicked Lovely series and have now listened to the first four books. I can honestly say that Ink Exchange, which is the second book in the Wicked Lovely series, is the best book in this series. Ink Exchange delves into the inner working of the dark fairy court. Melissa Marr creates a rich background for both Niall and Irial while highlighting the dark court. In the process of creating a background for Niall and Irial, Marr creates the two strongest characters in this series. Niall and Irial are fantastic because they have lived life but are not broken by it (hopefully). Ink Exchange, and the Wicked Lovely series as a whole, does deal with more mature topics than the age group recommended for this book. I AM NOT suggesting that preteens and teens stay away from the books in this series. I AM suggesting that parents might enjoy reading these books with their kids and discussing the characters and the choices they make.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 01-16-09
    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 01-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "average"

    There's not much to say is wrong with this book- the author is a compelling storyteller, the plot developed, the characters real and complex, the narrator is good- but nothing about it resonates. Perhaps it's just that I don't feel the fascination about tatoos or because I've never been drawn in by the drug scene, but whatever it is, the book is quite good and entirely forgettable. If you're into tortured souls and broken homes, have a whack at it- it might resonate with you, but if not, its just a way to pass the time. Still, I'd go on reading the author. She's excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ya romance junkie Athens, GA 09-14-08
    ya romance junkie Athens, GA 09-14-08

    mostly ya fiction... mostly...

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    "dark and enthralling"

    good book. darker than the first, and centers around the dark court instead of the summer and winter courts. it was positively enthralling.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Edda 03-20-14
    Edda 03-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I expected more"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no I would not recommend it. The story was too slow for my taste and I lost track numbers of time because the narrators voice was so hypnotic, really :) Would be great on Relaxing tape.


    Has Ink Exchange turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michey Las Vegas 08-20-13
    Michey Las Vegas 08-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "One messed up story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Probably not. People looking for a continuation of Wicked Lovely were probably as disappointed as I was. Leslie was barely a tertiary character and she gets her own book? Sure, why not?


    What was most disappointing about Melissa Marr’s story?

    Most of it. I didn't care about any of the characters in the main story. I suppose hearing about the Dark Court is neat, or whatever, but it was disturbing and not worth it to me.


    What about Nick Landrum’s performance did you like?

    Not a whole lot. He needs more emotion and inflection and feeling.


    Could you see Ink Exchange being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Of course not. It's a weird story in a broader universe. Maybe the entire book series, but even still, I don't think it would work.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand how she's writing her stories, character-wise, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 06-30-13
    Andrew Linden, CA, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2012

    Parks Horseshoeing

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    "A Good Read (Book 2 of 5)"
    What did you love best about Ink Exchange?

    I loved the darkness to the story. It makes for an interesting read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ink Exchange?

    The entire book was equally interesting to me.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Landrum’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. He did a good job but I'm giving only 4 out of 5 starts because they switched the narrator from book 1.

    I hate when they do this. Luckily this 2nd narrator is kept for the other 3 books following this one.

    He reads well and is not boring.

    But I enjoyed the narrator from book 1 more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I laughed at times.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was written and read well.

    This series of books each have their own stories. Meaning all the 5 books share the same characters and world, but each book focuses on a different main character.

    I thought this was interesting and different.

    This style of a book series leaves the majority of the reader up in rage because they learned to love the first main character.

    However I rather enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Huntsinger Sacramento, CA 12-07-11
    Jared Huntsinger Sacramento, CA 12-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book"
    If you could sum up Ink Exchange in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, Smooth, Bound


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ink Exchange?

    The addiction of Leslie to Irial and their love


    Which character ??? as performed by Nick Landrum ??? was your favorite?

    Neil, he is a hero waiting to break out.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost


    Any additional comments?

    I liked that it is for more of an older crowed. I like fantasy series, but they tend to be to high school and not enough in there 20's and 30's. Leslie is still high school, but the novel is written

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 02-24-11
    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 02-24-11 Member Since 2007

    Happiness is a good book!

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    "well its about time"

    I am hard to please! I loved this book, and went on to read the series. Well worth the money, even the narrator was awesome! If you dont like this one something might be wrong with you, see a doctor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 12-24-10
    Brenda Charlestown, IN, United States 12-24-10
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    "wonderful"

    I loved it, it was beautifully written with full characters that you have a chance to love and hate! The story was haunting and held my interest to the end. There are 4 in this series, this is the second one. Very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Charlottesville, VA, USA 04-14-09
    Victoria Charlottesville, VA, USA 04-14-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Enjoyable but Simplistic"

    Ink Exchange was well written and the narration was quite good. However, while the book constantly refers to the characters dark nature, there's very little real depth to back up those natures. There's more teen angst than an episode of Angel and you never really feel connected to the characters.

    That being said, it was well written and was enjoyable to listen to, if fluffy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Kirsty
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    12/6/08
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    "dark, and addictive!"

    The Ink Exchange follows on and intertwines with Wicked Lovely, which was the first in this fabulous trilogy! I cant wait for the third and final part and may have to buy the book, as I don't think I can wait for the audiobook to be made to find out how everything works out!! The writing is very dark in this book, much more so than in Wicked Lovely, and I became totally absorbed in this modern Fairy story - definitely recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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