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Wicked Lovely

A novel by Melissa Marr

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The Wickedest of All

  • Jun 23, 2010
“…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 that inhabit her world.  However, Aislinn has spent her entire life following a series of distinct rules that are designed to keep her sight a secret from the fey and keep them from ever noticing her. Aislinn’s efforts, however, prove to be futile, as she becomes the recipient of the powerful Summer King’s attention. Keenan’s powerful summer magic, which both tempts and frightens Aislinn, is fading.  And in order to keep his power, kingdom, and summer in tact, Keenan abruptly erases Aislin’s mortality, asks that she become his Summer Queen, and help him destroy the malevolent Winter Queen. Keenan’s mother, the Winter Queen, killed the previous Summer King in order to rule the seasons.  The Winter Queen, who becomes more powerful while her son weakens, will destroy summer, the summer fey, and every mortal thing if Aislinn refuses Keenan’s request.  And to make the story even more interesting, Marr’s plot line includes Aislinn’s best friend, Seth, who is the love of her life, and Keenan’s Winter Girl, Donia, who is charged with the task of keeping Aislinn from accepting Keenan’s request.  The novel follows Aislinn as she struggles to cultivate a budding relationship with Seth, resist her attraction to Keenan, and avoid becoming the Summer Queen at all cost.  The conclusion to Marr’s novel is as unusual and exciting as the unconventional female protagonist who dominates the novel.
Melissa Marr takes the age-old and often trite story of love and transforms it into a modern and distinctly authentic tale that is fraught with the complications of a love triangle, a dying monarchy, and wavering morality.  The airtight plot and the faery world are both complex and believable, which are traits that are often difficult to find in the rows of teen-fantasy novels occupying the shelves of our local bookstores. 
While the majority of characters are well-formed and solid additions to the novel, she did tend to create a character or two that failed to be ultimately convincing.  And while this may be overlooked in a minor character like Aislinn’s grandmother, who spends the majority of the novel existing as a nebulous character whose only objective is to keep Aislinn from falling into the clutches of the fey, it is less forgivable in the a major character like the Winter Queen.  While Keenan, Aislinn, Seth, and Donia are voluptuous characters with plausible flaws and strengths, for the most part, the Winter Queen remains a one-dimensional character whose goal is to make life as miserable as possible.  This aspect of the novel made scenes featuring the Winter Queen less enjoyable.
Despite this fact, I thought that Marr’s vision for the novel was well done.  Marr wrote a beautiful and imaginative tale that kept me turning the pages well into the wee hours of the night.  I could not wait to find the second book in the series, Ink Exchange.  
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June 27, 2010
Fantastic review, Anu! This book sounds right up my alley. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation :)
June 30, 2010
Thank you, devora!  The novels that come after this one are just as amazing. I'll be posting reviews for those soon.
June 30, 2010
Oh, thanks for the heads up! I'm looking forward to it :)
June 23, 2010
Of course, you already know that this is one of my favorite modern day fairy tales. What makes this novel the sweeter are the sequels! Great review.
June 30, 2010
Thanks, Gen, for the comment and for introducing me to this series!
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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 …
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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