Review - Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

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Synopsis (from Fantastic Fiction)

The clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in this cool, urban 21st century faery tale. 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.


If you could see faeries what would you do? Aislinn can see them, but her grandmother taught her at a young age how to deal with them and what rules she must obey. But wait, what if you could see faeries and they were following you? That is where we come into the story of Wicked Lovely. For some strange reason the Summer King of the faeries has taken an interest in Aislinn. According to her grandmother this is a very bad thing and unless Aislinn can put an end to it, she is going to end up a prisoner in her own home. So Aislinn and her (boy)friend Seth have to solve this quickly - luckily Seth lives in a train car (made of iron) which gives Aislinn a safe place to sort out this mess.

Wicked Lovely is one of the best young adult urban fantasies I have come across recently. The characters are thoroughly developed and realistic teenagers who act and react much the way you would expect of today's teens. Aislinn is the modernized version of a classic heroine and you can't help but empathize with her struggles.

Melissa Marr's faerie story is comparable to the world-famous Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. And hopefully with the release of her second novel Ink Exchange, the continued story of Aislinn, and a third part (tentative release April 2009) this series will develop it's own well-deserved fame.

About The Author

Melissa has never been good at choosing just one path. After finishing high school with the dubious honour of being voted "most likely to end up in jail," she went to college and graduate school. Eventually, she went on to bartend at a number of other weird little bars, teach lit both live and online, and discover the joy of tattoos. After marrying someone who shares the love of ink--on the page and on the skin--Melissa began moving around the country. In the process, she discovered how vast the Mojave really is, how many incredible museums are out there, and how hard it can be to think about settling in one place. She's continued teaching along the way, but traded beer-slinging for book writing.

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Published by HarperCollinsTeen

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