Thursday, November 22, 2012

Review: 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. 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 (goodreads).

I picked this book up after being on a Faery high and I can't say that it met all expectations, but it was definitely something different. 

Aislinn can see faeries and she knows that if they knew she could see them, then they would make her life a living hell. She can't pretend any longer when Keenan sets his sights on her and suddenly all things fae have become her life. While the over all promise, I felt the pacing to be too slow. I could put this book down many times for days at a time without the urge to know what will happen next. I think my biggest problem was the amount of dailogue compared with the one or two scenes of action. There was a whole lot of talking and not enough doing for me. 

The characters were strong and I felt a lot of sympathy of all of them, especially for the summer king. I felt that the love stories were the weakest link to this story though. While I'm sure that this series will lead to a love triangle of sorts, I remain unimpressed with the original pairings. 

Like I mentioned earlier, I did not care for the detailed conversations that seemed to happen almost every page. If Aislinn wasn't talking to Seth, she was talking to Keenan, a few Winter girls, her grandmother, the post man, etc. Besides my minor annoyance, the writing was almost flawless . I would love to read some more my Melissa Marr but I'm not sure if I would continue this series.


  1. I know what you mean. It was one of the first Faerie books I picked, and while it was different, I still had my uncertainties with it.

    Great review!

    1. I'm happy that not that only one with those reservations!

      Thanks for dropping by.

  2. I'm sorry this one didn't live up to your expectations. I really enjoyed it myself, but saying that I also haven't read The Iron Fey series yet!

    Vyki @ On Thee Shelf

    1. Aw! Read The Iron Fae! It will change the way you see the world!

  3. I liked this one. I think this is because the romance was non-traditional and not obvious. I thought there would be a love triangle as well but then I wasn't sure. It seems easy to stop after just reading this one because the end seemed like a real conclusion.

    1. I agree, this one does seem like a stand alone book!

      I'm glad you liked it! :)

  4. I picked up this book, but never actually read it. It takes a lot to get me to read about fairies and this one just didn't do it for me. Definitely not compared to The Iron Fey which is the only fairy series I'll read. Great honest review!

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction


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