Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wicked Lovely

Title: Wicked Lovely

Author: Melissa Marr

Date Finished: May 22, 2009

Personal Book Count: 39 out of 100

Rating: 4 out of 5

Genre/ Subject: Young Adult/ Fantasy

First Line: The Summer King knelt before her. “Is this what you freely choose, to risk winters chill?”

Summery: from the jacket-

“Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in 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.
Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning 21st century faery tale. “

Why did I pick this book? : I saw many great reviews for it over various blogs and had to check it out for myself.

Review: Wow, this one sucked me in right away and couldn’t let go. Before I read this one I was thinking “Do I really wanna read anymore teen fantasy?”. It was all starting to feel the same with all the angst and drama. Vampires, faeries, werewolves, superpowers. I was feeling a little overwhelmed and frankly, done. I didn’t know if I had it in me to get all the way through another. But I’m glad I took the time for this one.

Did it have angst? Yes, but very different then the kind I was expecting.

Drama? Some, but not a great deal of that either.

Faeries? Yes, but I don’t think those were what I expected either. I thought they would be more like all the other “things” we have run into lately. Vampires, werewolves, ect. Who live among people, but are still separate. Another species. And I guess to an extent the faeries were too, but them also struck me more like people who had special powers and could do things. (the main characters anyway. Some of the other fairies, were kinda creepy).

This story had a good mix of lore, and was well woven into the plot. Sometimes that is what makes a book interesting is the tidbit that are dropped throughout it, and it definitely added texture to this story.

I like that Aislinn was a good, strong, intelligent character. I like that Seth believed her, trusted her, and stood by her no matter what. And I like Keenan and Donia too, but I won’t tell you why here, you will just have to read the book. :P

I found myself cheering for different characters all the way through, and about 40 pages from the end, I couldn’t put it down, but just knew it wasn’t going to end well, and at that point I wanted EVERYONE to win. But, it ended just as I would have ended it, and so I’m a satisfied girl =D

I loved the story twist, turns and surprises. I had a couple of moments where the penny dropped, and I was left shaking my head at the brilliance, and wondering why I hadn’t seen it coming? It was a ride that kept the pages turning… I have a feeling this one will stick with me for a while…

Now, on to a nice mystery ;D

Agree? Disagree? Recommendations? Any insights, suggestions, or comments on the book or format, or blog at all are most welcome. If you have read this and/ or review it yourself, please let me know. Can you think of any books like this? Give me a recommendation! =D


Carrie K. said...

My sister just read this and the sequel - devoured them is more like it! She's bringing them for me when she comes to visit in July - can't wait. :)

Anonymous said...

I was told to read Mellissa Marr's trilogy recently, so your review really helped! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

And by the have something waiting for your blog back at my blog.

Lissa said...

Carrie- I just found out the other day there was a sequel. Haven't decided if i will read it yet or not, but i did enjoy the first, so we'll see. I am interested to hear what you think when you are done.

Nila- You should try them. I have only read the first, so can only give my opinion on it, but it was worth the read.

and thanks, I'll head over and check it out soon =D