I read Wicked Lovely last year and thought it was so different from everything else out there. I really like the tone of this series…dark, mysterious and seductive…I just love it. I am eagerly awaiting the release of Darkest Mercy, the last book in the Wicked Lovely series.
While I wait, I’m going to listen to the audiobook versions of the books. The audio version of books I’ve read sometimes end up giving me a different perspective and a new appreciation for the details in the story. A good narrator will sometimes also make you feel more deeply for the characters. They give them life in a way. That is what’s happening while listening to this series right now. It may also be that it’s been a year since I’ve read them and experiencing them from the beginning again is making me nostalgic.
Wicked Lovely‘s world is rich and absorbing. It makes me want to be IN the book right along with these amazing characters. The characters..le sigh. Aislinn is the perfect blend of vulnerability and strength. Seth is perfect for Ash…I don’t think he would be that perfect with just any other girl, but interestingly enough, he wouldn’t treat these other girls bad either, even if they were just one night stands. Keenan..you want to dislike him, but he’s so honest that it is very difficult to do so. You feel for him and the centuries-old quest he’s been on. I actually found myself rooting for him and wanting to comfort him when he was down. Keenan and Donia’s relationship is so heartbreaking. We meet Donia in the very beginning of the book, where Keenan is wishing and hoping beyond hope that she is the one. She is the Winter Girl…the one who chose Keenan hoping she would be it but wasn’t and is now paying for it. Her job is to warn and dissuade any of Keenan’s latest prospects from taking the risk she took and becoming what she became, even though them choosing this risk would free her. I felt sad for Donia, well, until the end, that is. We also met Irial, King of the Dark Court, and Niall, adviser to Keenan. These two are in a league of their own…but more on them when I tell you about my feelings on Ink Exchange, which I’m almost done listening to.
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan, Nick Landrum
Series: Wicked Lovely #1
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: June 12th 2007
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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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.