Review: ‘Wicked Lovely’ by Melissa Marr

 

Blurb from Amazon:

The clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in this cool, urban 21st century faery tale.

Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world, and would blind her if they knew of her Sight.

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 and 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…

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working any more, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Review:

I loved the idea of this- because you know, it has FAERIES in it- and a lot of the descriptions and imagery- weirdly enough I also loved the sequel ‘Ink Exchange’ which I randomly read first. (Review here.) But after connecting and empathizing with the tough but damaged Leslie in ‘Ink Exchange’, the character of Aislinn- Leslie’s best friend- read like  SUCH a victim, so frail, and always needing people (like Seth) to take care of her.

Worst of all, Faery noble Keenan was such as controlling, manipulative power freak, that I just couldn’t believe he was the love interest. (At one point, he even spiked her drink. And his mother was  beeyatch too.)I’m not sure what kind of message this sends out, i.e. that HE is the main love interest. If I had my way, I would write the book so Aislinn would grow a bit more spine and end up with Seth, who was caring, considerate and willing to wait for her. (In one memorable scene, he even admits he got tested for STIs/STDs, to be respectful of himself and Aislinn and any faint hope they had for a relationship. This broke my heart.)

I felt so, so sorry for Seth (who is also gorgeous, by the way.) Keenan would probably end up with Donia, the girl who really loved him (for some unknown reason) and then fade out, still whining and controlling in that oh-so-seductive way of his, while Aislinn and Seth walked off into the sunset. To be frank, I disliked this book  intensely- sorry, Keenan fans, but for me it’s #TeamSeth all the way.

Overall rating: 1 out of 10

Read if you enjoyed: ‘The Poison Eaters’ by Holly Black (review here)

This book in four words: I. Really. Hate. Keenan.

Favourite character: SETH

Image via Tumblr

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