Thursday, June 18, 2009

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. His 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; 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.

I admit I was pretty much hooked from the very beginning. I had a hard time putting this one down and was constantly wondering what Aislinn was going to do. Aislinn was a pretty likable character, she was a good combination of strong and vulnerable. There is a nice love-square going on (Aislinn, Seth, Donia and Keenan), which made for some interesting reading. Aislinn and Seth had great chemistry together (although, the more I think about it I'm not sure what there is to like about Seth? The fact that his is pierced from head to toe? Or the fact that he sleeps around A LOT? But hey, at least he gets tests regularly, thats just great!) , as well as Donia and Keenan (who come to think of it, sleeps around a lot as well. What is it with Marr and liking immoral men?), but towards the end I was kind of hoping Donia and Seth would kind of fade away and allow Keenan and Aislinn to be together. It seemed as though Aislinn was the one to fade throughout the story, by the end we were hearing more from Donia and Keenan than from Aislinn.

However, I might sound like a prude but there were a lot of themes in this book that I just couldn’t agree with, mainly all the sex. It is a sad message the author is pushing on teens that it is okay to have sex as long as you’ve both been tested and are in “love” regardless of no commitment. I was proud of Aislinn for trying to hold on to her virginity but then turns around and gives it up so easily, too sad. I also thought it was sad that the couple who finally end up married each have a lover on the side, again not the best morals we should be teaching our teens.

It’s really quite sad, the book had a lot of potential, it’s a pretty original story and there was enough tension that all the free-love could have been left out.

Book One: Wicked Lovely
Book Two: Ink Exchange
Book Three: Fragile Eternity

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry this one didn't hold out as well for you as it started. I quite liked it and I felt that Seth was a pretty solid guy. I mean he had a history for sure, but it seemed to me as though he put most of that behind him for Ash. He seemed committed to her and to them (future books in this series seem to confirm that). But I can see why his background put you off. So one question that's of interest to me. If an author includes characters living a certain lifestyle or making certain choices in her book, does that necessarily mean the author is "pushing" or advocating that lifestyle or those choices on her readers?


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