Author: Melissa Marr
Publication: June 12th, 2007
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Description: Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in 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. He 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; her life; everything.
Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning 21st cent
ury faery tale.
My Review:I didn't find anything particularly lovely about this book, much less Wicked Lovely. With an interesting concept, Wicked Lovely had potential, but in the end it was just another poorly put together, over-hyped YA novel.
After reading the description on Amazon about faeries and a Summer King who wants to make the main character his Queen "at any cost" (doesn't that sound so hot?), I was excited to read Wicked Lovely. The book started out well, setting the stage for an amazing book full of magic and hard decisions. But it just went down hill from there. I kept reading, waiting for it to get better agian, to become the book that I had hoped for, but I reached the last page and was left severely disappointed.
So what exactly made it go down hill? The writing itself was fine, but the story was unbearable. The characters were one-dimensional and left me genuinely uninterested in what happened to them. The main characters Aislinn and Keenan weren't soo bad, but whenever I saw the names Seth or Donia or basically anyone else, I would groan and skim read over them. And the plot.. just, why? Like I said, it sounded promising and could have been great, but Marr just executed it badly. When I step back and take a look at the book as a whole I see that not a lot happened. There was a lot of standing around and worrying about what would happen or might happen, from both human and fae characters. And when they weren't doing that, they were having sex or wanting to have sex. Lots of hormones, not a trace of actual emotion that made me care about the relationships.
Remember how it sounded hot that the Summer King, Keenan, wanted to make Aislinn his Queen "at any cost"? Well, the only reason he wanted her was because she was special and was the only one he could make his Queen, not that he actually wanted her at all. In fact, he had the hots for Donia (the Winter Girl) for some reason that surpasses me. And Aislinn was head-over-heels for one-dimentional, tattooed, covered in piercings, Seth. Really? He lives in an abandoned train car. And has to get check-ups for STIs because he has had sex with so many people. Hmm.. A hot, fae king or an over-inked goth that parties too much? That's a toughie. It was a no-brainer for Aislinn though: goth it is, right to the end.
Wicked Lovely has gotten a lot of hype, but I think it's sort of like the hype that Fallen got: the overwhelming majority of fans Twihards or the like. The type that can easily overlook major flaws in writing and plot. But maybe it's just me, some of my friends generously gave this book two or even a whopping three stars. So there you have it. I finished this book honestly feeling dirty. Not the good dirty that comes from books filled with action and evil demons; the bad dirty like "What the hell, did I just read 'STI'?" and "How did I read that entire book? I should go on Fear Factor."
To sum it up, Wicked Lovely was very slow and when things did happen, I didn't particularly like them. The combination of a dull story and characters I couldn't get interested in made this a bad read for me. But maybe you'll feel differently. However, I will not be continuing this series.