Saturday, February 21, 2009

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely Trilogy, Book 1)


Books Completed: 42
Completion Date: February, 2009
Pages: 336
Publication Date: May 31, 2007

Reason for Reading: New Author Challenge.

Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in 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.

Okay, I am a bit late to the club, but I don't think words can express my delight with this book! I was a little unsure when I first started it, but once I got reading I was hooked! And, well, I read this book in a day! I loved it! I read a lot of fantasy, but not many about fairies. So, it was almost like I was stepping out of my comfort zone (although, I love O.R. Melling and she writes about fairies). So, the point? I was captivated by this book! I regret that I took it out of the library, I am probably going to have to end up buying it, because I am going to want to read it again one of these days. I already have book two requested from the library and then book three is due out in April. I have to say that I am doing really good with my reading this year. I have discovered a lot of great new authors this year! And, it is only February!

Anyway, unfortunately I am really far behind in my reviews, so even though I loved the book, it is not as fresh in my head as I would like it to be. I said that in the beginning I was worried that I wasn't going to like this book. It is mainly because I was worried it was going to be really predictable. I was happy to discover that Marr tries to be unconventional, and it made the story seem fresh as a result. I loved the characters. Aislinn is essentially the main character. She has been able to see fairies her entire life, just like her mother and grandmother. This makes living in the 'regular' world difficult because she has to pretend that she cannot see all that is going on around her. Her grandmother has rules and Aislinn has always tried to follow the rules. Then, she catches the attention of Keenan, and he turns her world upside down! In the beginning, I didn't think I was going to like him, but he is actually a great character. You just have to get to know him a bit first.

Suddenly Aislinn is breaking all the rules. Keenan wants something big from Aislinn, and she seems powerless to say no. In the 'real' world, she is just coming to terms with a relationship with a human. His name is Seth, and I think he is probably my favourite character in the book. He has a great personality! Set in modern times, this book is full of the conventional and the unconventional. Marr takes what we 'know' about fairies and twists it around, which makes for wonderful story-telling. I strongly recommend this book! I hope that the next book is just as good. Also, isn't the cover wonderful? I really like it!

22 comments:

  1. Oh I'm so, so glad you liked it :) I truly loved this book!

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  2. Tink: It was great! I am glad that I read it. :)

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  3. I was thinking of O.R. Melling as I read the description and wondering how it held up to Melling's fairy books. Good to know a fan of one is apt to be a fan of the other! I'll definitely give this series a try.

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  4. Kate: Well, just so you know that they are not exactly the same thing. Don't go looking for Melling's world in Marr's. They have fairies in common, but they are different at the same time. If that makes any sense!

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  5. I've been trying to get hold of this for ages Amazon have been out of stock for ages and thanks to your review it reminded me and got a copy from Book Depository. great review! Can't wait to read it.

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  6. Clare: I ready liked it! I hope you do, too!

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  7. I am even later to the club! I actually saw this at the bookstore yesterday. I'm glad I hadn't read your review yet, or else I'd have been VERY tempted :P

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  8. Nymeth: I really liked it! I hope you get a chance to read it!

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  9. This sounds kinda cool actually and you know me, not huge into the fantasy genre. When you buy it you'll have to lend it to me! :D

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  10. Vanessa: I will for sure! I liked it, and I didn't expect to!

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  11. Another book that I want to read right now. Egads! I've been reading too many reviews of books that sound like must reads. Wish I was faster.

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  12. booklogged: Yeah, been there and done that!

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  13. I've ordered 3 of the OR Melling books too after reading yours and Kate S discussion, not that I needed any more recv's but, sounds just up my street :-)

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  14. Clare: I hope you enjoy O.R. Melling! I read liked what I have read by her so far.

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  15. Better late than never :) Good to hear you enjoyed this, it's one of my favorite YA fantasy books. I want to read more about Seth in the upcoming books, I absolutely loved his character.

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  16. Joanne: It was great! I am looking forward to the third book when it comes out in like a month or two!

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  17. The UK cover is rubbish sadly. I made a point of getting a copy when I was in Toronto and have ordered Ink Exchange from the States as again the UK has a rubbish cover. I am really looking forward to reading both this year hopefully. They have not had a single bad review yet that I have seen.

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  18. Rhinoa: Great two books! I am looking forward to the third book. That's unfortunate about the covers. I hope you enjoy them when you get a chance to read them!

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  19. Oh! I loved this book! I read it when my friend recommended it and then i went on to read Ink Exchange. they were both SO good.
    If you liked this you might also like Raven by Allison Van Dieren and anything by Amelia Atwater Rhodes.

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  20. Amanda: I will have to look into those books! Thanks!

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  21. I'm about 100-ish pages from done and I am loving it! Guess I won't be giving you my copy. :P

    Bought Ink Exchange yesterday

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  22. Vanessa: I am glad you like it! I only offered the exchange so I wouldn't feel bad if you wasted time reading it and hated it!

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