Wicked Lovely Entire Series Review

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

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1) 

Publication date: June 12th 2007

Publisher: HarperTeen

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.

Review:

The book Wicked Lovely is the first in its series, by Melissa Marr. I loved this book a lot, I will probably read the next book in the series, Ink Exchange.

The Plot:
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.

The Characters:
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.

The Good:
-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.

The Bad:
-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.

3.5/5 stars

 
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Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
 
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2) 
 
Publication date: April 24th 2008
                                                
Publisher: HarperTeen
 
Number of pages: 325
  
Series: Wicked Lovely (2#)
 
Source: Paperback purchased by myself
                                                
 
 
Goodreads synopsis: 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. . . .

 
Review:
 
From what I have read from around the book world, this book is generally more popular with readers than Wicked Lovely is. I can see why, I mean it’s a lot darker and I think quite a few people like Lesley more as a character than Aislinn. But here’s my thoughts:

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.

3/5 stars.

 
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Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
 
Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3) 
 
Publication date: April 21st 2009
 
Publisher: Bowen Press
 
Number of pages: 389
 
Series: Wicked Lovely (3#)
 
Source: Paperback copy purchased by myself
 
 
Goodreads synopsis: Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone – but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he’d ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

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.

 
Review:
 
I’m afraid this is only going to be a small review. I thought this book was a LOT better than Ink Exchange, although I was very disappointed to find Leslie wasn’t in it. Definitely my favourite book in the series so far. Lots more action, Melissa Marr has a very pretty writing style. I think it helps that all the explaining and introducing is over and done with now, which can take a while in longer book series.

3.5/5 stars

 
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Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
 
Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely, #4) 
 
Publication date: April 24th 2010
 
Publisher: Harper
 
Number of pages: 340
 
Series: Wicked Lovely (4#)
 
Source: Paperback copy purchased by myself
 
 
Goodreads synopsis:  Hunger for nourishment.
                                             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.

 
Review:
 
Short review! I definitely liked it. But not my favourite. Ani is a strong character and fun to read about. The action didn’t really pick up until the end but when it did, it was good.

Definitely recommend this series to readers of faerie fiction, 3.5/5 stars!

 
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Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
 
Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely, #5) 
 
Publication date: Februrary 22nd 2011
 
Publisher: Harper
 
Number of pages: 327
 
Series: Wicked Lovely (5#)
 
Source: Paperback copy purchased by myself
 
 
 
Goodreads synopsis: Send the messengers for the Faery Courts. This is the end.

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.

 
Review:
 
The first place prize for best book in the Wicked Lovely series goes to… *drum roll*… Darkest Mercy!

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!

5/5 stars!

 
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Goodreads author bio:
Melissa MarrI write books. I read books. That’s all you need to know. The books matter, NOT the author.
 
 
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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!
 
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