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Wicked Lovely

A novel by Melissa Marr

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Wickedly Good!

  • Aug 2, 2007
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Aislinn has always seen faeries; as a young child, her grandmother gave her three essential rules for dealing with the fey folk that most people cannot see. Above all, she should not let them know she could see them, though Aislinn has found that particular dictate trying over her almost eighteen years. She knows how evil some of them can be, pinching, pulling hair, and tripping people, and she fears what will happen if she calls attention to herself. So when she realizes that several fey folk are singling her out, it's with understandable alarm that she finally decides to share her secret Sight with her friend Seth, hoping he can help her find a way to cope with the unwanted attention.

Aislinn is a typical teen but her Sight gives her an added dimension that puts her on edge and leaves her distracted. Though her friend Seth (who wants to be more than friends) believes her tale of faeries, Aislinn begins to realize that perhaps she's going to have learn to deal with them differently than her grandmother has taught her. When it becomes apparent that Aislinn's been chosen by Keenan, the Summer King, to become his Summer Queen, her desperation to escape this fate makes her choose unwisely in weighing her options. Will she lose everything, especially after the battle of power against the Winter Queen?

This is an extremely imaginative story. In the beginning I was a little concerned due to the focus on the faeries; I wanted to see more than just a magical world a girl is hiding from. Luckily for me, this story develops solidly into a romance tense with physical attraction, a flight from evil, and a reluctance to admit who you really are. The resolution to the story is satisfying, and all the elements involved add up to a creative story filled with interesting characters and a complex world. Recommended, particularly for those who enjoy a strong fantasy.

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review by . June 23, 2010
The Wickedest of All
“…Rule #1:  Don’t ever attract faeries’ attention.”      In the novel, Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr creates a modern world of immortal faeries, who move invisibly among human beings, thrive on earthly pleasures, and transform unwitting mortals into immortal fey.  When Marr introduces the confident and savvy Aislinn into the novel, she introduces a rarity.  Unlike everyone else, Aislinn is a teenaged girl who can see the invisible faeries …
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
a good book, just not good enough to make me read the reat of them. its an origional idea, it just moved really slowly and the story just didnt take me in.
review by . November 13, 2009
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 …
review by . March 13, 2009
Similar in feeling to Twilight.    I had read some recommendations for this book from Twilight fans,  which is why I picked it up. And while it definitely isn't as good as  the Twilight books, the comparison is valid. In both book series, a high  school girl, with an ability that differentiates her from her peers  becomes a part of a supernatural world and is pursued by a  devastatingly handsome nonhuman. The tone of the book …
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Melissa Marr adds elegantly to the sub-genre of Urban Faery with this enticing, well-researched fantasy for teens. Wicked Lovely takes place in modern-day Huntsdale, a small city south of Pittsburgh whose name evokes the Wild Hunt of mythology. High school junior Aislinn and her grandmother have followed strict rules all their lives to hide their ability to see faeries because faeries don't like it when mortals can see them, and faeries can be very cruel. Only the strongest faeries can withstand iron, however, so Aislinn prefers the city with its steel girders and bridges. She takes refuge with Seth, her would-be lover, who lives in a set of old train carriages.

But now Aislinn is being stalked by two of the faeries who are able to take on human form and are not deterred by steel. What do they want from her?

One is Keenan, the Summer King, who has been looking for his Queen for nine centuries, bound by the rules and rituals that govern his quest. The other is Donia, a victim of those rules, consigned to the role of Winter Girl when she failed Keenan's test, yet still in love with him. Certain that Aislinn is the woman he must marry, Keenan shows up as a charismatic new student at her high school, unaware that she sees his true form. He's determined to court her and is puzzled by her rebuffs. Suddenly, none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe is working anymore, but things aren't going as Keenan expects either. Both will have to change, make startling ...

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ISBN-10: 0061214655
ISBN-13: 978-0061214653
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: HarperCollins

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