Since some of my reviews on a couple of these books are on the shorter side, I decided to collect my reviews of the series here! I read Wicked Lovely earlier on this year, before this blog was created, so I included that as well!
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Publication date: June 12th 2007
Number of pages: 328
Series: Wicked Lovely (1#)
Source: Paperback gifted to me. Unbiased review.
Goodreads synopsis: Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
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.
Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.
A girl named Aislinn can see the faeries who swarm the Earth, in fact they can be trouble makers. The problem with that is not many other people can see the faeries and the faeries like it that way. If the faeries ever found out that Aislynn could see them, they could blind or kill her. Her grandmother always warned her about them and taught her how to act around them. However, everything changes when two faeries begin to stalk her, the stranger thing is that one of those faeries is the king. The king’s name is Keenan and he is sure that Aislinn is the one who will change everything, for the better.
Aislinn- I really liked Aislinn, she was intelligent, witty and considerate. She made a fairly strong protagonist.
Keenan- I think that I liked Keenan more than Seth. He was exactly the way I pictured the summer king to be.
Seth- I wanted to like Seth more than Keenan, but sadly that wasn’t the case. Though I still did like him.
Donia- Donia is probably my favourite character in the book because I love the way she’s described and the way that she is brave.
-after the first one hundred pages, I really enjoyed this.
-I loved all of the characters, they were well described.
-the setting is amazing.
-the cover of the book is very, very pretty.
-not much, except that I liked the story more after the first hundred pages. Even then, I still liked the first hundred pages.
I would recommend this book to teenagers and young adult book readers.
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. . . .
1. I just didn’t like Ink Exchange as much as Wicked Lovely.
I don’t even really know why, I do recall it taking me more than 100 pages to get into wicked Lovely where as this one I was into straight away. But that’s the problem. I really liked the first half of the book but I felt as if it kind of lost it towards the end.
2. I liked Keenan a lot better than Niall.
In my opinion, I would have liked Niall a bit more if we had more of a backstory on him. Especially since it has been a while since I read Wicked Lovely, so anything about him in there has completely slipped my mind.
3. Pretty cover.
This and Darkest Mercy share the position of my favourite cover in the series. Seriosuly, all the covers are gorgeous. The spines are quite pretty as well.
If you are into fairie books, give this series a try. Ink Exchange was a good sequel to Wicked Lovely, I did enjoy it but not quite as much as Wicked Lovely.
Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who’d always terrified her – but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she’d ever imagined.
In Melissa Marr’s third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.
Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.
Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries’ coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani’s death.
Ani isn’t one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin’s plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?
Alluring romance, heart-stopping danger, and sinister intrigue combine in the penultimate volume of Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series.
Definitely recommend this series to readers of faerie fiction, 3.5/5 stars!
The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.
Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.
Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win…and some will lose everything.
The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.
Without. A . Morsel. Of. Doubt.
And while I’m here I may as well announce the other winners. Of course.
Second place – Fragile Eternity
Third place – Wicked Lovely
Fourth place – Radiant Shadows
Fifth place – Ink Exchange
Let me just get this out there. This cover is absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous. Seems fitting my favourite cover for my favourite book! I am assuming it’s Donia on the cover and the flower she is holding is amazing. I don’t think I have ever seen such a beautiful colour scheme. Seriously – wow.
This book took my breath away at times. There were such happy moments and then the next page I’d be near tears. It takes a lot for me to tear up, this is impressive – put it that way. As a reader who struggles to keep up with all the books she wants to keep buying, I can’t compare this to many other final books in a series because I have a tendency to get the first book of a series and even if I adore the book, get the first book in a different series instead of a sequel. But the ending of this book was so…fantastic I doubt it will ever leave me.
One thing that has consistently stuck with me through reading this entire series is the beautiful writing of Melissa Marr. Her words are so lovely and descriptive that you can’t help but fall in love with her books. I love the way that with each book in the series you meet new characters and begin to grow fond of them. The way that that works is the characters never entirely leave the series so you don’t have to be too sad because they crop up again. Thankfully.
If you have not read this series, please, please do. It is so great and amazing – I love it!
All in all, I give the Wicked Lovely series 4.5/5 stars. Outstanding, beautifully written and engaging, I doubt it will ever leave me. Wicked Lovely and it’s successors will remain on my bookshelf for a long time and will definitely be reread. I highly recommend!