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.
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.
Good story and I really wish the narrator could have, at least, done a passing job at telling it. If you can get past the smacking of the gum and sucking sounds, you might get through this book.
I would recommend this book (series) to most adults who love the fantasy genre. The mixing of Faery in every day life is something I enjoyed a whole lot. The narration was to be desired slightly. However I know the rest of the series has a male narrator and he is much better.
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.
I liked Keeane. I do chalk some of his behavior as being hindered from being binded. For some one who is suppose to run hot blood he seemed collected. But for this flaw he seemed much better then Seth
My wife liked DeVina.
I listened to this book with my wife whenever we were driving. I missed parts but she loved it
The narrator was good but I don't think it affected the story at all.
The characters and the subject matter
Yes. If the book is also something Im interested in.
Don't stare at invisible faeries.
The book by Melissa Marr is great. The narration by Alyssa Bresnahan is also excellent. This recording was just poor quality. There an odd amount or crackling white noise in the background. It sounds like a cassette made into digital. Its not an old book, published in 2007, so Im not sure why this is the case. Its just a bit odd and could be distracting for some people especially if your expecting high quality audio.
Actually, yes. The narrator is good and the weird fae words get an official [more or less] pronunciation.
I like the faery mythos and the feel of the writing makes the story seem so much more of a big deal than it really is.
Oh I have no idea. There were inflections, but there wasn't really anything different about the character voices. But if I had to chose, Donia, I guess.
I don't know if anything moved me, exactly. It's not a heartbreaking or heartwarming story like some other things I've read recently. It was just cool faery stuff.
The narrator, despite having cool faery words to say, some of the more mundane English words were said strangely. I can't remember what ones they were, but she's say them and then I'd have to think about it whatever it was she said. I don't like it when easy, normal words are said strangely.
This book series rates in my top 15.
Honestly I loved the narrator. I also liked the authors imagination and her ability to paint the images in the readers mind.
I liked the parts with the winter girl and her wolf. She is kinda dark/emo and says some funny stuff.
Yes it very much was.
The author did a great job and so did the narrator.
The reading level is Maybe: High School Senior
This book is about a cursed fairy king looking for his one true summer queen to lift the curse. By lifting the curse his summer court can than become strong and take back what winter has stolen.
The main character was born seeing fairy's and therefor she tries to dodge the summer kings every attempt.
Eventually the girl is talked into becoming the summer fairy queen for the betterment of the world.
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