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Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Aislinn might seem like an average teenager- but she is quite far from it. For Aislinn sees faeries. Faeries who are powerful and mischievous... who walk amongst humans, but remain unseen. She has learned to live with her sight and even has rules - for she must NEVER stare at invisible fairies; NEVER speak to invisible fairies; and, most importantly, NEVER attract their attention.

Luckily for Aislinn - she has found a "safe harbor" at her friend, Seth's, house. You see Seth lives in a train car - converted into comely living quarters. A train car made of steel and Faeries don't like steel - it pains and weakens them. But lately something is different.

For starters, two fairies (Keenan and Donia) have begun following her. And, since they have no idea that she can see or hear them, she notices that they are speaking of her. They have even initiated a conversation with her under the glamor of a human. As she tries to once again separate herself from the faeries torment and makes her way to the trainyard where Seth resides, she is caught unaware when they follow her and begin hanging out right outside his door.

Aislinn is already on edge, but when Keenan shows up at her school, acting as a fellow student with a crush on her, she quickly realizes that something is terribly wrong. It is now up to Aislinn to stand her ground or risk being forever changed - of having to choose between fairy life or the life she has lead avoiding faeries, but it will be even harder to choose now that her feelings for Seth have developed into more than just friendship.

I will have to be honest on this one, I had a hard time getting through this book. It started slow for me and there were a few times where I put it down and just took a break from it. Eventually, it did get better and I finished it. My favorite parts of the whole book were Aislinn and Seth's relationship. I loved reading the parts where they were beginning to understand their feelings for one another and how their friendship grew into something sooo big and beautiful. I felt myself falling in love with him right alongside Aislinn. I thought it was fantastic that Seth wasn't the standard golden boy from most YA novels - I liked that he was piereced and had tattoos, leather jacket, and all. I thought that was very refreshing. Out of all the characters, I would have to say my favorite was Donia. I had a soft spot for her from the start and even though at times I was conflicted with what her actions would be, I felt that she was the most honest and relateable character of them all.

In the end, I did enjoy this very different take on faeries. I thought Ms. Marr did a fantastic job in the blending of realism with the mythical fey. All in all, I can definitely recommend to teen and adult fans of slightly goth fantasy.

7 comments:

Beth F said...

I loved this book -- but I know my thoughts were very much colored by the almost perfect audio production that I listened to. Glad you had positive thoughts by the end.

Kris said...

I loved this series! If you haven't checked out the other 2 yet you should....they are some of my faves!

Jess said...

Are you planning on reading any of the other books in the series? I think they're all kind of dark, but Ink Exchange (the next book) had to have been my favorite. Although it does deal with some mature content. Anyway, I'm rambling. I'm glad you at least finished Wicked Lovely though, Seth is pretty wonderful.

elaing8 said...

I love this series. of the 3 books Wicked Lovely is my favorite.

miss cindy :) said...

I've never read a book on faries, and I've wanted to. Would you recommend this as a good book to start off with? It sounds interesting to me.

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

My feelings were very similar to yours when I read this one recently - liked it, didn't love it. Unfortunately I tried to read Ink Exchange but haven't been able to get into the story, so I don't think I'll be continuing on with the series. Oh well.

Kailana said...

I liked this book, but it did take me a while to get into it. I liked book 2, too, but I haven't read book 3 yet.

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