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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wicked Lovely

Wicked Lovely
by Melissa Marr

pub: 2007
328 pages

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

Rule #2:
Don't speak to invisible faeries.

Rule #1:
Don't ever attract their attention.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. When the rules that have kept Aislinn safe from them stop working, everything is suddenly 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.



After so many books that had me slapping myself in order to stay awake and concentrate on the plot, Wicked Lovely was, well, wickedly lovely. Ha ha...tired so the pun is lame.

Alright... here's the scoop. Aislinn makes a few mistakes here and there, but she's smart, not an airhead. I was psyched to have an intelligent and independent female protagonist.

Faeries have never appealed to me like vamps and weres have for whatever reason. But Melissa Marr had me enthralled by their world she created.

This is primarily a romance, not my cup of tea normally, but once I got over that, I was set. Mortal Seth is dreamy. The Summer King melted my heart. Sadness washed over me for Donia's situation, and Aislinn's cunning had me smirking. Guess the characterization worked because I was invested in all of them. That doesn't happen to me often.

My only compliant is that since we flip between the faeries' points of view and the mortals' points of view, I, the reader, knew what was going on pretty much the entire time. That's not a bad thing except I then had to read through the mortals trying to figure out what's going on... and I already knew. Yawn.

That said, I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for an enjoyable romance that doesn't have an airhead for a protagonist. I'm just finishing the sequel Fragile Eternity and will have a review up soon. In the mean time if you haven't started this series, I say go for it. This is a keeper.

The Cover: Dare I say...wicked! Love the colors, I like only seeing a hint of the girl's face, the flowers are beautiful and the font with the vines works well. I'm sold!

By the way, is there a right way to spell fairy, faery, or faerie...or the bazillion other ways I've seen it written? I'm mean seriously folks. Can't anyone agree on how to spell a word?

And on a side note... We decided to add Mr. Linky to all of our book reviews so that if you have a review of the same book (old or new review) we invite you to add your link. It's fun to have other insights and opinions! So you're welcome to add a link to your own review of
Wicked Lovely. We're excited to see what you have to say and are sure others will be too!

Also, in regards to Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr, it is a 'companion novel' to Wicked Lovely but is not the sequel. Fragile Eternity is the sequel. Marr commented about Ink Exchange on her site saying

"Ink Exchange is more of a 'companion novel' than a sequel. It features the courts and is set in Huntsdale, but Ash & co. are not the main focus, as the Dark Court is at the center of the book. A Wicked Lovely sequel will be released in a third book titled Fragile Eternity, on April 21, 2009."

I actually started Ink Exchange but companion novels aren't usually my thing and this one didn't hold my interest. I didn't finish it and instead just read the Fragile Eternity. If anyone wants to link to Ink Exchange too, I'd love to hear what you thought!


18 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

Cool idea :) I must remember to keep an eye out for mr linky.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I love this series. They completely suck you in.

mariska said...

i haven't started to read the series yet. i only saw that Fragile Eternity was nominated as the Best cover (CMIIW).

i love the colour of both covers!

Book Crazy Jenn said...

OHH I SOOO wanna read these - LOL I keep seeing all these awsome reviews but I have yet to pick up the books - thank you...I think they just moved up in my "want to buy pile" LOL

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Fab review as usual darlin'

ExtremeReader said...

I am sure that you have probably already won the "One Lovely Blog" award, but I nominated you guys for it anyway!! Check out my blog for details!

booklover said...

I really liked the cover too.

Caitlin said...

Great idea with the mr. linky! Just added the review I did for Wicked Lovely a few weeks ago. Glad you liked it! I just got done reading Ink Exchange, and am now moving onto Fragile Eternity. Can't wait to read what your thoughts are on Fragile Eternity.

Nickles said...

I still have yet to read this book but I really need to get to it soon. I'm glad you liked it!

Jasmyn said...

I fell in love with this series. I've read the first and second book, and I'm hoping to get the third over Christmas, if not for Christmas.

I used your Mr Linky to list to my review.

Taschima Cullen said...

Hmm The book after Wicked Lovelt is Ink Exchange... But I guess it don't matter, much, then again it does... I'm not sure if you knew xD

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Linda - hope its a way to get other bloggers some traffic and see some other reviews.

Sophie - I agree!

mariska - she does have great covers!

Jenn - Hope you get a chance to enjoy these!

Juju - thanks, you are so gracious.

Jennifer - thank you for your kindness and generosity. We'll check it out!

Bhumi - glad you agree!

Caitlin - can't wait to check out your review! Glad you added your link!

Nickles - I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Jasmyn - hope you get your Xmas wish!

Taschima - Actually, Ink Exchange is a 'companion novel' to Wicked Lovely but is not the sequel. Fragile Eternity is the sequel. Marr commented about Ink Exchange on her site saying

"Ink Exchange is more of a 'companion novel' than a sequel. It features the courts and is set in Huntsdale, but Ash & co. are not the main focus, as the Dark Court is at the center of the book. A Wicked Lovely sequel will be released in a third book titled Fragile Eternity, on April 21, 2009."

I actually started Ink Exchange but companion novels aren't usually my thing and this one didn't hold my interest. I didn't finish it and instead just read the sequel. If anyone wants to link to their Ink Exchange review too, I'd love to hear what you thought!

Alexia561 said...

Haven't read this one yet and was on the fence, but you make it sound worth reading! Thanks for a great review! And I love the Mr. Linky idea!

Kari (Flamingo1325) said...

Hey I nominated you for an award over at my blog.

http://agoodaddiction.blogspot.com/2009/12/awards-my-first-and-4-in-one-day-wee.html

Cherry said...

Rules #1, #2 & #3 reverberated in my head like a deja vu from Karen Marie Moning's The Immortal Highlander. Wondered if Melissa Marr read that book...

Caitlin said...

Holy crap, I wish I would have known that about Ink Exchange before I read it! I seriously thought it was the second novel in the series (Goodreads has it even listed as Wicked Series #2 or something like that). Arg!

Wrighty said...

I just finished Wicked Lovely and I'm reading Fragile Eternity now. I liked it too but I took too long to read it and that made it drag. I read it during Thanksgiving week and had too much going on to stick with it. I'm glad I finished it though and am enjoying the next one.

I'm so glad you mentioned that about Ink Exchange! I wondered how that fit into the picture. I think I'll have to mention that when I post my review.

I agree about the spelling of fairy too! There sure seems to be a lot of ways to do it for such a short word. Great review!

Ladytink_534 said...

I haven't gotten around to reading any more of the books in this series but I really, really loved this one. I've always spelled it the old way: faery. I think spelling it with an 'i' is a new thing.

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