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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

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My Favorite Book for Years

I've read this book around 5 times completely, and adore it more than I'd likely admit. Figured I'd give an audio version a try, but have to say I'm not super into this particular performance. The tone felt of, and really gave the feeling of someone reading a story they weren't interested or invested in. Totally understandable, and something I find to be a problem with most audiobooks.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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TRIGGER Warning for Sexual Assault Surivers

Author tries to hard to make actual monster s sympathetic. Does not handle issues concerning magical date rape and issues concerning magically induced consent in an appropriate manner.

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Not my favorite of the series.

Before I even bother to say anything else about the actual book I think this needs to come first: the absolute worst part of these audiobooks is that the narrator can't effing pronounce the (arguably) *main* character of the series' name correctly. It's pronounced ASH-LIN you absolute knob. The G is effing silent. FFS, the way its spelled in these books doesn't even *have* a G, so how in tf are you even getting that confused? I sincerely hope the author doesn't legit think Aislinn is pronounced with a G at the end. It may be spelled Aisling sometimes but even that spelling it is a silent G. So. Anyway. That made my ears bleed every single time he mentioned her name - and the narrator of the previous one did it wrong as well. With all of the other names he got right i just don't understand how he messed this one up so egregiously.

On to this actual book:
This one was OK. I really liked the concept of the magic at play, but I didn't like how it was framed. I didn't like the very sudden change of main cast and perspective without a whole lot of reasoning why. I didn't like following Leslie around as she makes stupid decision after stupid decision. I didn't like the way she portrayed her being "emotionless" because I don't feel it was particularly compelling. The whole book just felt both too slow and rushed at the same time - Irial is a huge jerk and yet she keeps going on about how much she loves him which I hate. Not a fan of how they say her pact was "her choice" yet they didn't explain jack about what would happen so very obviously it wasn't. Yes, I know these are faeries, but the main cast of faeries behaves remarkably like mortals and mortal values are pushed onto them at every turn by the author, so I felt sort of like "pick a lane" either have evil faeries who don't give a #$_& or have faeries that are basically just pretty magic humans.
Also, I think the personality change for Niall was extremely sudden and confusing. I get that Keenan betrayed him and sure he's angry, but by the next book he's basically just a Discount Irial™ with no real personality traits of his own, nothing interesting going on in his head, and everything I liked about him from the first book and beginning of this one (being respectful etc) is 100% erased in favor of his new smoking habit and Edgy Anger©. Maybe she turned him into a fake Irial on purpose to make a point, but she's taking her damn time making the point of there is one.
Finally, I felt it was weird how little Aislinn was in the book, and I felt we should've learned more about the dark court instead of just listening to them drone on and on about how Leslie and Irial are feeling and never getting to the point..

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Not a fan of a males voice for this book

I love the Wicked Lovely book. I was a little disappointed that this book did not follow Aislinn, Seth, Keenan, and Donia as I just started to get invested in their lives, but it’s an interesting take on a series, giving different sides to the stories.

I am not a fan of a male voice speaking for a female character. I’d rather the same speaker through out the series personally.

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Found myself zoning out

The narrator has a nice voice but also struggled to make different voices for each character, i had trouble realizing who was who.
Also the story dragged in some places and for so long that I zoned out pretty often and would miss a lot of background info or beginning dialogue but the plot also didnt hold my interest as much as it could have.
it has potential, this story is nice for background noise while cleaning or driving.

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Unexpected

I entered into this book dying for the next chapter Aislinn's story but walked into Leslie's, the pick up was slow and muddled but once thing caught up, I ended up really apprciating Leslie's chatacter and her strength and the lessons learned in this book. We get to see behind the veil of the shadow fae, and the struggle amongst the courts. Getting to know different characters that are pivotal to what lays ahead, I can just feel it.

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  • 12-06-08

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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