Miss_Misfit, March 5, 2012 (view all comments by Miss_Misfit)
Faeires aren't all nice and sweet. This story shows the darker, sexier side to a faerie tale. THe love. lust, passion, and adventure riddles this book and leaves you wanting more. Makes you want to be the Summer Queen, don't it? If you want a story that holds the mystery and magic, but still gives you a thrill and makes you squeal at its cuteness, read this book. It magically addictive.
Mangacraze16, November 10, 2010 (view all comments by Mangacraze16)
This book is dark, dangerous, and beautiful, I would recommend it to everyone except for younger people. This book is really for thirteen and older, give or take the readers innocence. :) If you love dark, eerie, captivating, faerie stories, this is for you.
There is innuendo, some sexual tension, and one or two intimate scenes. However, Melissa Marr does not go into any detail, you just know it happened. There is swearing, but it's minimal.
I highly recommend this book.
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Cinnamon, May 23, 2010 (view all comments by Cinnamon)
I had heard a lot of hype surrounding WICKED LOVELY, mainly because of the recent release of Fragile Eternity. Even if I hadn't heard a single thing about it, the cover would have been enough to get this book on my bookshelf. My favorite winter colors surrounded by darkness makes this cover just absolutely gorgeous. I have said before, and I'll say again, I want some posters of Marr's covers. Yum!
WICKED LOVELY is the story of Aislinn, Seth, Keenan, Donia and Beira mainly. There are some side characters thrown in there, girlfriends of Aislinn, Aislinn's Grams and various guards that play a part in the book, but they are too many to discuss here. Aislinn is a strong girl, almost a woman really. She faces the usual teenage drama but on top of it has to deal with the fact that she has the Sight. She can see Faeries. Every girl's dream, right? Well, not when the Faeries might gouge your eyes out just for being able to see them. Her relationship with Seth is one part that I loved about the book. It's very realistic, seems very normal; at least to me. Seth isn't your perfect guy, he's got his issues and that makes him just that much more lovable. Every book needs to have a bad boy and Seth provides that for us. He's our mental eye candy.
Marr created finely detailed characters with just the right amount of development, especially for the first book in her Faery world. She leaves us with questions surrounding pretty much all of the characters, but not enough so that it makes the book difficult to read. The relationships that Marr builds are realistic and easily pull the reader in. Who will Aislinn end up with? Will she destroy both relationships in order to preserve them?
Tension is what makes the world go round and what makes a fantastic book. Really, it's difficult to push a storyline ahead without tension. In WICKED LOVELY we get tension in multiple forms. The tension between Aislinn and Seth is obvious. In any circumstance there comes a point where it's difficult for a girl and guy to stay "just friends." When one party is unwilling risk their friendship to experiment with becoming more, will it do just that? Next we get Aislinn and Keenan. I won't go into detail to avoid spoilers, but you get the idea. One girl, two guys. That's always going to end up with a juicy little romantic triangle. There are other story-driving points of tension here, but I won't detail them all. That's the great part about being a reader; getting to discover the unknown, experience the moments for yourself. I won't take that from you. What I will do is applaud Marr for using tension to create a masterpiece.
There are dozens, possibly hundreds of Faery stories out there. Most of them about cute, winged beings flitting about starting up the seasons. The Tinkerbell movie comes to mind. What there are not a whole lot of (or maybe I haven't come across them) are Faery stories like the one Marr presents to us. If you want a Tinkerbellesque story, this isn't it. I won't say that you should read another book, because I think you should definitely read this one, but I should warn you; this is not your grandmother's Faery tale. Marr creates a world that, as the title suggests, is WICKED LOVELY. Beauty is everywhere, but just as there is light, there must be darkness. Along with the magic we get danger. Marr's Faeries are darker, more destructive than the happy, twinkling little beings we are accustomed to. I found this a pleasant change as we get to explore the other side of what magic can offer.
Fair warning time: There is one intimate scene. Marr is vague enough that I would still recommend this book for young adults, but use your own judgment.
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Portland-Reader, January 3, 2010 (view all comments by Portland-Reader)
Wicked Lovely is an amazing story, rich in ancient Irish-Pagan myth, and faerie lore. It tells the story of a girl dealing with a gift; the ability to see faeries. She has been chosen by the king of the summer court to be his queen, and restore the world of faerie to balance, but she has seen both the wonders and the horrors of the world she is now being asked to enter. This is a good story of growing into yourself, and learning to make sacrifices for the good of another, while still giving the story-book romance, when Aislinn falls in love with her best friend. I would highly recommend this book to teenagers and young adults alike.
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A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction
The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she's lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack's help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she's faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice--and not just her own.
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