Thursday, May 6, 2010

Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr

Rated: B-

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely (Quality))
Product 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 century faery tale.


This book was a little too stereotypical for me. The characters are completely flat - Aislinn is a Mary Sue character: beautiful, nice, and everyone loves her. The boys are all hott and nice and can't help but try and protect Aislinn. Seth is your bad boy - but totally sweet of course. Keenan is a player, but of course he really just loves one girl. The Winter Queen is just evil. I love my villains to be grey, not black! It ends up being your cliche teen romance. While I can appreciate it at times, I value character development over all things and I am sick of seeing perfect characters and knowing exactly how the story is going to end.

I also felt that the faeries...well they weren't very faerie like. Faeries are fey - capricious and they don't understand morality in the way we do. These faeries all had very human emotions and reactions. The book is basically another Twilight series.

I didn't hate the book while reading it - I actually enjoyed it. But having thought about it since then, it is just like every other teen book these days. I will probably read the next couple books in the series to see if the characters improve - after all this is the first book in a series. The prose was ok and enough action happened so that the complete lack of character development wasn't as apparent.


A fluff read. No depth, but entertaining enough.


Teen fantasy readers. Twilight lovers will enjoy this book.

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