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79. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr...

July 19, 2010
wicked lovelyTitle: Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1)
Author: Melissa Marr
ISBN-13: 9780061214677
Hardcover: 328 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2008
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FTC Disclosure: My copy of Wicked Lovely finally got read after patiently waiting--both on the library hold list and on my bookshelf. I am an affiliate for IndieBound, The Book Depository, and Amazon, and any purchases made by clicking on the cover or the links provided may result in monetary compensation.

drey's thoughts:
I read Alyson Noel's Evermore and Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely back to back. They were both library books that needed to be returned soon-ish, and I was tired of picking up books I wanted to read, but returning them before I got the chance to. Anyway. I picked up Wicked Lovely because I thought the cover was totally cool, and because I'd hard a lot of good things about Melissa Marr. And, I have to say, it didn't disappoint.

Aislinn is a rare young woman--she can see faeries. And her grandmother has cautioned her to not let them know, so she's spent her life ignoring the fae all around--whether glamored or invisible. But one day, ignoring the fae is no longer possible--they are actively seeking her out. Well, one of them is, anyway.

Keenan is the Summer King, bound at birth by none other than his mother, the Wicked Witch of the West. Er, sorry--the Winter Queen. (I had visions of Tilda Swinton as Beria while I was reading.) Anyway. Keenan has spent 900 years seeking out his Summer Queen, and every mortal who fails the test of the Winter Queen's staff is bound to winter, doomed to live with the cold until the next candidate fails the test and supplants her. The current Winter Girl, Donia, still loves Keenan, and is conflicted between hoping for release from winter's grasp and losing Keenan, and watching him lose power the longer winter holds the earth in its grasp.

So. There's a plot--wicked mother reveling in her ill-gotten power trying to stop her son from achieving his potential. There's a triangle--actually, there are two, as Aislinn also has a beau. There's drama--will she consent to the test and help the Summer King? Will Donia help Aislinn and Keenan or bow to the Winter Queen? There's angst--this is a YA novel, after all. And all of it's wrapped up nicely in a tale of faeries, mortals, and choices. The best part of Wicked Lovely? Aislinn is not whiny. She can be melodramatic, conflicted, and confused, but she is never whiny. She is good, though, and that colors her decisions.

Wicked Lovely is a darn good read for fans of the YA paranormal genre. I've got Ink Exchange waiting its turn (hopefully patiently!)...

drey's rating: 3.5/5 Very Good

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Ladytink_534 said...

I loved this one! I haven't read the other books yet but I still think of this book first when I think of faeries in YA fiction.

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