Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the 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.
©2007 Melissa Marr; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
"A fully imagined faery world which even non-fantasy (or faerie) lovers will want to delve into." (Publishers Weekly)
"The fantasy of being pursued by two young men is alluring in itself, but when one is a pierced and tattooed sexy outsider and the other is a blindingly beautiful King of Faery, how much better can it get?" (The Washington Post's Book World)
The best feature of this book is that it's far less predictable than you'd think. The story is good, but I found it to be slightly too teenage angsty/ fairy tale-like for an old fart like me.
rambunctiously soft spoken.
I always thought as fairy's as creatures at the bottom of your garden,but in this wicked offering the world of fairy is anything but sweet and gentle in fact these mischief's and some times cruel foke make our heroins life a misery . I found this refreshing and quietly strong in it's narrative,something of which I found quit likeable I never thought I'd like a book about fairy's but I did and this led me to other novels that I have also enjoyed so,for a good heroin who finds her true self and a bunch of pissed of far foke I say go crazy.
Marr is great. She's a wonderful storyteller and a good author. Her characters- despite the fantasy world- are real and compelling. Neither of the male leads is my type, but even so I found myself rooting for one of them. The narrative is also quite good, and I always love a strong female lead. This one is especially good, because she explores the contradictory ideas of fate and volition and tries to reconcile them.
I struggled to get into the book. The main character had plenty of external conflicts and resulting internal conflicts, but I didn't walk away having read the book and feeling connected to her or understanding who she is. Nevertheless, the story did become more intriguing as it went on and I did like the non-cliche, balanced ending. I'm willing to give Ink Exchange, the second book, a chance.
The Wicked Lovely series is one of my favourites because of the way that the fae are described. The story is fun and interesting, with bits of fae lore tied in that make the imagination work hard. The narrator was a bit...pretentious sounding to me. I don't know how to describe it really. Her voice didn't fit well with the subject matter and I found myself focusing more on her voice than the story.
Great story, interesting and beautifully descriptive. I love the take on how the seasons are controlled by something magical and the power struggle between the good and wicked.
That narrator though.... Yuck!!!
I got through this audible only because I paid for the book and have a hard time walking away from an unfinished book. At this point, I'm undecided if I'll even continue with the series.
The story is ok. It was the narrator that ruined the whole experience. She smacked her lips or on gum the entire time. It was beyond irritating. Her extreme long pauses weren't necessary. I could hear every swallow she did. I even heard rumblings like a stomach growling at one point. It made listening to this book very hard.
The plus side to continuing the series? It's a different narrator.
The second half of the book. I completely lost interest. I still finished it though, so that's worth noting (I think). The first half was REALLY good. I was totally hooked into the story and the characters...but then, all those things started going down hill, characters included. They just lost their zap. Even Seth (who was the most interesting dude in the book) became a lackluster character. *place exaggerated sigh here*
Nope, it actually made me want to read the Iron Fey series, which I might add, are much, much better.
I won't be picking up book the next book. Adios Faerie Amigos!
A teen book that has a forward thinking grandma who doesn't seem to have an issue with teen sex. But hey, she is, after all, raising her unwed daughter's love child, so what ev! And while were at it, let's explore how cool body piercings and tattoos are...That aside, I had a hard time listening to this storying, because it just didn't seem to flow for me. The story itself seemed to move slowly, exaggerated by the narrator and her endless pauses. The dramatic use of pauses and tone to try and add emphasis to the story just made it stilted. Although in my library thanks to my daughter, I won't bother to read the rest.
Ilyana Kadushin, Cris Dukehart, Stephanie Wolf or similar, with a much younger voice, who would better represent a 17 year old female protagonist.
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