Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Book Review: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

In New England, we say the word "wicked" all of the time, though we don't mean it in the usual sense. To most others, this word mean "evil" or "immoral." We New Englanders use it to mean "very." Like, "This apple pie is wicked good!"

Given my (near) thirty years living with this word (and using it profusely), I have a special affinity toward it. So, when I spotted this book with its gorgeous cover and great reviews, I had to have it. It looked awesome. And, as I shall prove in this review, it was. Wicked.

Aislinn has grown up with her gram. Both are able to see and hear faeries, but Aislinn has always been taught to ignore them. Why? Because they are of obvious danger to an mortal girl silly enough to fall into one of their trips or to be used in one of their wicked games. This hasn't been too difficult for Aislynn, called Ash by her friends, because she's followed the simple rules set out for her by her gram: Don't stare at the invisible faeries, don't speak to invisible faeries, and don't ever attract their attention.

But this is not so easy anymore. Why? Because they won't leave her alone. All of a sudden, one of the most powerful faeries, the Summer King, has his sights set on Ash. And there seems to be nothing that she can do to stop him from pursuing her.

Luckily for Ash, she has an understanding and compassionate boy/ friend. They have not solidified the fact that they're in a relationship, but it's obvious that Seth is in love with Ash. Obvious to everyone but Ash, that is.

Unlucky for Ash, there's more at stake for the Summer King, his court, and for the evil Winter Queen than just a fun little romp with a mortal. All of their lives, and the lives of mortals, hang in the balance. What can Ash do to save them? Simple. Give up her life and all that she's known to test her fate as the Summer Queen. If she's not the true Queen, she'll be condemned to a fate worse than death. If she is, she'll have to battle to save the lives of the ones she loves most--Seth and her gram.

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Though Ash is a strong character for most of the book, I wished that she was more confident when it came to her relationship with Seth. It was painfully obvious that he was in love with her, yet she still thought that he wanted to be "just" friends.  Not so much. Otherwise, I loved the way that Ash felt comfortable standing up to faeries and in taking control of her fate. She is not a dummy, I loved her for that reason.

I also truly loved that the faeries in this book were not all evil. Yes, their intentions were not always selfless, but they were round characters. They had emotions and reasons and thought behind their choices. The book went back and forth between Ash's point of view and two of the most powerful faeries--the Summer King and the Winter Girl. It was interesting to get to know some of the other characters in a more intimate way, and it made me sympathetic for them.

As many of you know, this is the first book in a series. I am far behind in this series, but I am going to try to read much of it before the newest book, Darkest Mercy, hits the shelves in late February. This may not be super realistic, but I am definitely intrigued and interested to see where this storyline will go. Next book in this series: Ink Exchange. Off to purchase a copy!

*Counts toward my participation in the YA Series Challenge for 2011**

8 comments:

  1. This series, to me, is amazing! This one and Ink Exchange are PHENOMENAL, in my opinion. Fragile Eternity is suspenseful but not as balanced .. Right now I'm listening to Radiant Shadows on audiobook, and it's good, though I am just dying for Darkest Mercy to resolve it all! :)

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  2. I have the first three books in this series I just haven't read them yet. I will try to get around to them though for the YA Series Challenge. Oh btw I sent Vesper to you today. Hope you enjoy it. :)

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  3. Though I wasn't completely blown away by this, I did like it. Ended up recommending it to my book club when it was starting out, and I'm pretty sure they all liked it, too. I think what I liked most was the Winter Girl aspect. The seasons were worked in nicely, but more than that, I liked the emotions behind Donia as the winter girl and her interactions with Keenan.
    And I loved Seth. :)

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  4. I also enjoyed this book a lot. I have the second one but still need to read it. There are always so many books to choose from!

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  5. I just started reading this one, the Fae are pretty much my fave supernaturals to read about. Looking forward to this whole series!

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  6. I really liked this book. I need to do a review on it! I totally forgot!

    I've never watched any of the Housewives shows but I hear they are great! At least some of mine are based on books. That counts a little bit. :)

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  7. I have not read this series but have heard more praise than negatives about it. I love how you began with your use of the word wicked. And your review is wicked good.

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  8. This book is more mature. Dealing with virginity, thoughts of sex (very mild), drugs, and drinking, but none of that's really over the top. Though a couple reviewers said that the novel had sex in it the characters only ever dabble in making out and heavy hints of sexual activities.
    The plot is simple, but in a way vastly more original then some out there. Having the main character trapped in a situation that has all the outcomes being nothing she desires, and instead has to except and make things good. This simple plot also allows for the book to seem more raw and fulfilled. Showing the characters strong and then weak, so that they seem human. Though the evil villains demise is weak and left me thinking did she even get defeated? The novel goes on, and the way the love triangles are solved at the end are perfect, all but making up for the hacked demise of the villain.

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