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Wicked Lovely

A novel by Melissa Marr

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Wicked Lovely

  • Nov 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 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.

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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 . 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 …
review by . August 02, 2007
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 …
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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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