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
"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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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.
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.
mostly ya fiction... mostly...
good book. darker than the first, and centers around the dark court instead of the summer and winter courts. it was positively enthralling.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Not a whole lot. He needs more emotion and inflection and feeling.
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.
I understand how she's writing her stories, character-wise, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
I loved the darkness to the story. It makes for an interesting read.
The entire book was equally interesting to me.
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.
I laughed at times.
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.
Dark, Smooth, Bound
The addiction of Leslie to Irial and their love
Neil, he is a hero waiting to break out.
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
Happiness is a good book!
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.
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.
"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.
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