Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: April 29, 2008
Series: Wicked Lovely #1
The Other Books: Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity, Radiant Shadows, Darkest Mercy
Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries, powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the 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.
Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning twenty-first century faery tale.
This review was updated on May 11, 2012.
Around her the cracks of balls colliding, low laughter, even the endless stream of country and blues from the jukebox kept her grounded in the real world: the human world, the safe world. It wasn't the only world, no matter how much Aislinn wanted it to be. But it hid the other world―the ugly one―for brief moments.
I was hesitant on this book, since I was a little confused from the prologue and two chapters in. I didn’t get the story about the faeries and how Aislinn could see them. So, I put the book down and would get to it later.
I eventually did begin reading it again, but I was still confused. But then I continued with the story and began to understand the full concept of the story being told. Marr has written from three points of view in Wicked Lovely. Aislinn, who can see faeries and don’t want them to know she can see them. Donia, she is the girl from the prologue. She is now a Winter Girl since she took up the Winter Queen’s staff and now it’s her job to make sure another girl is warned before she takes up the staff. Then Keenan, who is the Summer King trying to find his Summer Queen, and he think Aislinn could be the one.
The story switched between the characters which was okay. Aislinn is trying to follow her grandmother’s rules about the faeries. The only problem is Aislinn has caught the attention of two strong faeries, and now they are talking to her. She then confides in her friend/crush Seth, and tells him she can see and hear faeries. Seth believes and they both try to figure out what the two faeries want with her.
Meanwhile, the two faeries turn out to be very important in the faerie world. First the Summer King, who is desperately trying to gain his full strength and rule over the summer fey. Keenan only needs to find his Summer Queen. And then there is Donia, unlike some mortal girls, fell for Keenan and proved her love by taking up the staff. Unfortunately, she couldn’t with stand the frost and now it’s a part of her until the next mortal risk taking up the staff. They both are hoping Aislinn is the one.
The Winter Queen is trying to make sure Aislinn doesn’t take up the staff. She believes Aislinn is the one and she doesn’t want her cold reign to end just yet. She does everything to stop Aislinn from touching her staff. Even threatening Donia’s life and some others to make sure Aislinn doesn’t do it.
It was a decent read but not my favorite read. I will just have to continue the series and then see if I like it. I thought there was this love triangle thing between Aislinn, the Summer King, and her friend Seth. Thank god there wasn’t one. I think Seth and Aislinn make a good couple, however this might change in the rest of the books. Hopefully not too much.