Wicked Lovely Paperback – 2 Apr 2009
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“Marr offers readers a fully imagined faery world that runs alongside an everyday world, which even non-fantasy (or faerie) lovers will want to delve into” Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
“The fantasy of being pursued by two young men is alluring in itself, but when one is a pierced and tattooed sexy outsider and the other is a blindingly beautiful King of Faery, how much better can it get? Readers will beg for a sequel” Washington Post
"This is a magical novel… the first book in a trilogy that will guarantee to have you itching for the next instalment. * * * *" Bliss
"It is a read that pushes boundaries and is not afraid to be honest. All the things that make a great teen novel are there, including angst and romance, but in a refreshingly edgy way that may well entice a new audience to teen fiction. 'Wicked'!" From Bump to Grump
"An assured debut… I look forward to seeing Marr's future work." Locus Magazine
"I thought this book had a really great storyline and writing style… The alternative universe was well-explained, and the plot, though complex, was not difficult to grasp. I think anyone over 12 years old should read this book, or they would be missing out on something brilliant."
Red House Reader, aged 13
‘Riveting and dark: I love this tale of a smart, tough girl who walks the razor's edge between an ancient fairy curse and her future!’ Tamora Pierce
About the Author
Melissa Marr was voted in high school the “most likely to end up in jail”. Instead, she went to graduate school, worked in a bar, became a teacher and did a lot of writing. Wicked Lovely is her first novel.See all Product Description
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The story follows Aislinn, a young girl who can see faeries all around her. Although it makes life a little disturbing, she has lived by 3 rules, passed onto her by her grandmother:-
Rule #1: Don't attract the attention of faeries
Rule #2: Don't talk to invisble faeries
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries
The only problem is, the faeries don't seem to be abiding by the rules which govern them. Increasingly they are following Aislinn around, going to places where they are not meant to be able to follow. Aislinn's world no longer seems safe; she knows she should not trust faeries, but what do they want from her, why are they so interested in her?
And then Keenan comes into her life; a man who is unbelievably attractive. As Keenan pays more and more attention to Aislinn, she finally learns that he is The Summer King and he believes that Aislinn is his Summer Queen.
What follows is an examination of what happens when love, desire and destiny all seem to be at odds against each other. For, if Keenan is right, what will that mean for Aislinn's future?
Marr has done an excellent job at creating a fairytale for the twenty-first century. Unlike women in other fairytales, Aislinn is not the sort of girl to just accept her apparant destiny without a struggle, or even some form of negotiation. She creates a world which is believable and even wickedly tempting, when she talks of the fey folk walking alongside us. By including extracts of old books on fey belief and legend, Marr has also added a further touch of magic.Read more ›
Melissa Marr's worldbuilding skill is superb. I found myself immersed very quickly. She gives us characters we can love, plunges them into difficult situations, then drives them rapidly and inevitably towards danger. I particularly like the way her main players have to juggle with moral pros & cons, in a world where taking one of the "right" options might harm as many innocent people as doing a "wrong" thing.
A wonderful read! Enjoy!
I have to say though, I was really disappointed with this book.
To get the 'hate' side of this review over and done with, I thought this book was incredibly dry. Nothing really happened that caught my attention in any way, making reading it a really long and tedious process.
I also didn't like Keenan's character in the story. He was supposed to be a centuries old faery and yet he didn't seem like it; he seemed like an obsessed high school boy just bumbling along, blindly, throughout the whole story; he didn't seem to make any decisions for himself.
In addition to this, the plot was just too predictable for me. The moment all of the characters were introduced I could guess, straight off, what would happen at the end. It made the whole story clichéd, unoriginal and unsatisfying.
BUT! I did love the faery folklore behind the story which I think gives Wicked Lovely quite a bit of credit.
However, despite the initial thrill of the book, this wears off after a few chapters. It remains moderately gripping throughout, but the inevitability of the main character's fate - if she doesn't become the Summer Queen, everyone, faeries and humans, dies - means that we know the basics of how the story will end, and that rather deprives us of some of the enjoyment.
Keenan and Aislinn are very similar to Twilight's Edward and Bella, if slightly less annoying. There remains though the same unmotivated love (although at least Aislinn doesn't spend the whole book thinking "how can he possibly love me? I'm clumsy and uninteresting"). The relationships between Keenan and Donia, his past love, and Aislinn and Seth, another human, are more interesting however and the author should be credited with the unpredictable element of the story's outcome that concerns these other characters.
As for the writing itself, it's nothing special. The descriptions of the different faeries/fey were often interesting but the narrative got confusing at times, with sudden shifts in POV (point of view) and odd paragraph breaks. I also disliked the characterisation of the "baddie", Beira the Winter Queen, though that was mainly down to her odd use of language (words like "dearie" etc don't exactly scream "evil!", even if they're meant to be in juxtaposition). I also felt that the whole story could've benefited from a broader scope, rather than focusing on just one town. When reading it, it rather felt like I was looking at something with a magnifying glass, and missing out on the bigger picture.
This book will appeal to Twilight fans, though don't get your hopes up too high. There are sequels, but I'm not sure if I'll read them or not.
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