Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world, and would blind her if they knew of her Sight. 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 and 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! Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working any more, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

I LOVE Seth. I LOVE the faerie world. And I LOVE Melissa Marr.

Right, now that that's out of the way...

I had Wicked Lovely sat on my shelf for over a year, staring at me from beside Ink Exchange. After reading, and loving, Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston, I decided to grab WL and give it a read. And I'm so glad I did!

Melissa Marr has crafted an enthralling tale of the Fey, which hooked me instantly. Her characters are so well developed that you almost believe (and wish!) that they were real. I haven't liked a female character so much since Bella Swan, and coming from me, that's quite a compliment. Aislinn is smart, funny, and exactly the type of girl I'd want as a friend. The thing that grabbed me most was her relationship with Seth - the best friend we all wish we had. He's like the perfect human boy: thoughful, protective and completely in love.

The Fey characters were also addictive and captivating, especially Keenan, who reminded me slightly of Edward Cullen (which is a very good thing).

I also love Marr's writing style. It flows with a kind of dreamy prose, which makes you read on and on, until you realise you've, unfortunately, reached the last page.

When I found out that Fragile Eternity, the sequel to WL, is being published in May, to say that I was excited is an understatement. I can't wait!


cat said...

What a beautiful cover for the UK edition! Aside from being great books they have the best cover art of any books I have ever read!

Welcome to the book blogging world! I've already got you in my feeds so I'll be back! :)

Eva said...

I love Seth and Melissa Marr as well! Have you read Ink Exchange? It's a companion book, and while I didn't love it quite as much, it was still very good.

prophecygirl said...

I haven't read Ink Exchange yet, but i'm planning to read it soon. I hear that it gives some interesting backstory, so I'm really looking forward to reading it!

Taylor said...

I have wanted to read this boom forever but every time I go to the book store I get sidetracked. GRRRR.