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Monday, August 8, 2011

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) by Melissa Marr

Publication Date: 5/1/2008
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Goodreads Summary:

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. 

I may be remembering wrong, but I don't think I've read many novels that strictly involved faeries.  Melissa Marr has a way of including us in the story.  I felt a deep connection with Aislinn and I wanted to help her any way that I could.  Aislinn can see faeries everywhere.  Typical humans do not see them and figure a random stumble or weird touch is just their imagination, but Aislinn knows the truth.  She has seen them since she was born.  She is afraid of faeries and strives to make herself invisible to them.  She doesn't acknowledge them so they tend to stay away from her.
Unfortunately, all that changed for her when a faery king began to follow her around.  Aislinn has decisions to make that include her best friend Seth, her grandmother, her own life, and the lives of all mortals on Earth.  Aislinn's story is very entrancing.  She is learning to stand up for herself and get what she wants.  Her fear of faeries lessons to the point that she is asking directly for what she wants.  Aislinn is a unique human with extraordinary talents that can ultimately help her succeed.

I admit that it took me a bit to get sucked into this book, but once everything picked up I couldn't put it down.  The story kept evolving and it involved interesting faery legends.  I still wonder why the legends developed and what made people believe in faeries and other odd creatures.  Every book I read that involves faeries makes me realize that they are not the creatures like Tinker Bell, but rather mean and ugly creatures that should never be trusted.  If you haven't read a book by Melissa Marr, I suggest picking one up and checking it out!  I don't think you will be disappointed.


Coranne said...

This is a great series- a little confusing b/c each book is told by a different character, but still good

Have you checked out the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa? That one is great too!

LillyReader said...

I read the first book in the Iron Fey series, but I couldn't get into it. I thought the story line and plot were great, but there were a lot of mythical creatures involved! I plan on borrowing the second book from the library to see if I like it more. Sometimes it just happens that I read a book at the wrong time, but if I read it again it seems better. :)