Wicked Lovely Series. There are five primary novels: 1 Wicked Lovely More. Book 1. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. Rule 3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Contents [ show ]. View all 7 comments. Return to Book Page. This certainly is a romance, but they just dont love each other. Shelve Old Habits. So far, no faery has ever noticed her and she has remained as unknown lovley the faery world as it is to the humans. Would Aislinn be the Summer Queen who Keenan was looking for?
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It was too dark. What didn't work for me? Wickedly lovely by melissa marr 19, Kirsti rated it did not like it. Can Keenan live with the terms they agreed on? The importance of this theme revolves around the characters challenging these rules, and that they should not be accepted and followed purely at face value. 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. Although I still dont know for sure where it fits into the story, it is now clear that it did not happen to Aislinn. I have read Lament and Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater. Because every time you start getting bored, some hot guy starts putting the moves on, or his fingers start Never see lovely as, or flirting starts happening. Wicked Lovely 5 books.
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- The story follows protagonist Aislinn, who has the Sight the ability to see faeries , and whose life begins to unravel when it seems the fey-folk develop a sudden interest in her.
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All teenagers have problems, but few of them can match those of Aislinn, who has the power to see faeries. Quite understandably, she wishes that she could share her friends' obliviousness and tries hard to avoid these invisible intruders. But one faery in particular refuses to leave her alone. Keenan the Summer King is convinced beyond all reasoning that Aislinn is the queen he has been seeking for nine centuries.
What's a 21st-century girl to do when she's stalked by a suitor nobody else can see? A debut fantasy romance for the ages; superlative summer read. Aislinn knows about faeries. She has seen them all her life and her grandmother has taught her the rules.
Don't stare at faeries. Don't speak to faeries. Don't attract the attention of faeries. She has seen the malicious behavior of faeries and wants a normal high school life. The rules have kept her safe for years. Imagine her dismay when the faeries begin stalking her and whispering, "do you think she's the one? Together they face the faeries and learn that Keenan is the Summer King and believes Aislinn to be his queen. Wicked Lovely is the first novel in a series about a world where faeries and mortals intermingle.
The story introduces Aislinn, a teen who can see the faeries around her, but who has been taught all her life to pretend not to see them. She is struggling to cope with the faeries when Keenan, the faery Summer King, enters her life and takes away her mortality, asking her to become the Summer Queen and defeat his mother, the Winter Queen. If she refuses, Winter will take over and kill all the summer faeries and mortals alike.
However, Aislinn has no desire to become part of the faerie world, and is already in love with her best friend, Seth. Or, in Source Mode: copy-paste rows. Bio : Melissa Marr grew up believing in faeries, ghosts, and various other creatures. After teaching college literature for a decade, she applied her fascination with folklore to writing. Currently, Marr lives in the Washington, D. 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.
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. 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.
After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow. Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.
The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils.
She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen. Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her - but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.
In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.
Hunger for touch. Hunger to belong. Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War.
Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani's death. Ani isn't one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though.
She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin's plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another.
But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other? Alluring romance, heart-stopping danger, and sinister intrigue combine in the penultimate volume of Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series. Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war.
Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life. Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win Sign In Don't have an account?
Start a Wiki. Contents [ show ]. Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions by Melissa Marr. Categories :. Cancel Save. Her sole companion, Sasha, is a wolf. Unless Keenan finds the mortal girl who holds that missing sunlight, he's unable to wake summer; in love with Donia; volatile as summer storms, prone to mood swings; one of the narrators of Wicked Lovely. He's out of school, not in college yet; reads voraciously, art in various mediums, lives in a restored train—by his own rules and on his own dime.
Seth is one of the narrators of Fragile Eternity. She's raised a daughter and a granddaughter who can see the faeries. She wouldn't use the word, but she is a feminist. He has a somewhat rigid moral code and believes that doing the wrong thing for the right reason is not the correct path. He has a long scar on his face from refusing to cooperate with Irial and a deep debt to the last Summer King who accepted Niall into the Summer Court despite Niall's past.
Her brother, Ren, is an addict; her mother abandoned them; fond of literature; avoids relationships; pretends everything's okay;. Together, they'd made him a thing of extreme cruelty and extreme beauty. She "dream walked" into Faerie and left her body behind; Rae is one of the three narrators in Radiant Shadows. Raven-like; as she grows stronger, her wings transition from shadows to solid form and her madness is replaced by cunning; primary goal is disorder.
Readable but bland. I liked the concept a lot It is a tad darker than most YA faerie tales, although not nearly as dark as Holly Black 's faerie series. This book had me from the very moment I started reading. I enjoyed the prologue and the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. Shelve Wicked Lovely.
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I enjoyed the prologue and the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I appreciate thorough research. What didn't work for me? Definitely the writing. I found that while the sentence structure of this book was overly simplistic, the narration itself seemed too confusing for me.
The sentences in the paragraphs didn't flow together. I didn't care for the 3rd person narration with 1st person thoughts by multiple characters thrown in together. Neither did I care for long descriptive paragraphs between lines of dialog. It made me very often go back to previous lines paragraphs before just to keep up with a conversation. I also didn't find myself emotionally connected with any of the characters.
For me Aislinn seemed whiny most of the book she did perk up in the end though , Seth appeared to be a guy who does nothing wrong and yet at 18 has so my sexual past that he has to have himself frequently tested for STDs? I would not discourage anybody from reading this series. It is after all very popular. I expect you will like this book if you are a fan of fairies and find guys with tattoos and pierced lips and navels attractive.
Unfortunately these things are not quite within my scope of interest and therefore this book didn't work for me. Reading challenge: 1 - W View all 19 comments. Shelves: fantasy , paranormal , fae , young-adult , romance. As much as I found interesting the fact that this had a dark vibe going on the entire time, I must say that I was completely let down by the writing. I don't know if it is because it's the author's first book but I guess that must be it. The story was equal parts intriguing and confusing, so I have mixed feelings about this entire book.
I struggled giving a rating to this. I wasn't sure if it deserved 3 stars or 2 but I'll say that I'm somewhere in between. Aislinn is a mortal, she has the Sight As much as I found interesting the fact that this had a dark vibe going on the entire time, I must say that I was completely let down by the writing.
Aislinn is a mortal, she has the Sight, which means she can see the faeries. She's always been able too and her grams always advised her to not let them know that she could see them because faeries can be unpredictable and vicious. Keenan is the Summer King, he's royalty and his mother is the Winter Queen so that means they are enemies.
He's been trying to find the girl that will touch the winter staff without being consumed by the Queen's frost and so far he's only failed. It's a multi-changing perspective book. There are four characters narrating the story. Aislinn is one, Keenan another, Donia who is the last girl who touched the winter staff and got consumed by the frost and now she's partially a ghost, and lastly, Seth, Aislinn's boyfriend of sorts. This book has its pros and cons. It's fast-paced and the story evolves quickly, there are multiple p.
I'm sure that whoever reads this, they'll enjoy it. You may won't love it, I didn't either. But I'm intrigued enough, by the ending and the twists, that I'm going to be reading the next book in the series and hope for the best. View all 6 comments. Jan 26, Mizuki rated it it was ok Shelves: young-adult-books , mary-sue-warning , nothing-special , bad-bad-bad-romance , fairies-related.
In Wicked Lovely, Aislinn was a girl who had been carrying a secret for her whole life: She could see fairies and had always tried hard to avoid attracting their attention for as long as she could recall. For fairies, unlike popular belief, were creatures who very much capable of mischiefs, torture, cruelty and harm. Much to Aislinn's fear, she found herself being stalked by two fairies, Keenan, the Summer King who had been looking for his lost Queen for centuries; Donia, Winter Girl In Wicked Lovely, Aislinn was a girl who had been carrying a secret for her whole life: She could see fairies and had always tried hard to avoid attracting their attention for as long as she could recall.
Much to Aislinn's fear, she found herself being stalked by two fairies, Keenan, the Summer King who had been looking for his lost Queen for centuries; Donia, Winter Girl and ex-lover of Keenan, who suffered with Keenan's betrayal for decades.
Would Aislinn be the Summer Queen who Keenan was looking for? How would she choose between becoming a fairy or a life as mortal beside her love interest Seth? The first problem I have with the book is the main character Aislinn, I learn that she is a pretty girl, she has the Sight and had been tiptoeing to avoid attracting attention, pretending she can't see the fairies.
Her grandmother who can also see the fairies is over protective toward her. The friends she had in school only care about who's dating who. She has a crush on her sexy friend Seth. That's almost all I have even learned about her. And these don't add up into much of an interesting, engaging character. There're so many things we don't know about Aislinn, how she came to befriend Seth?
What she thought had ever happened to her late mother? Did she ever know anything about her absent father? A little background information would help a lot, but after reading half of the book, I'm still in the dark. Later Aislinn was attacked by some street gang and was rescued by Donia, but what I couldn't get is how come Aislinn could downplay the would-be-rape in front of both Donia and Seth.
She kept saying 'It isn't so bad', 'It's nothing', but oh come on! Being gripped, cut and threatened by complete strangers ISN'T nothing! Please, a bit of common sense won't hurt anyone. I also have problem understanding what's going on with Seth. He's supposed to be the good, wonderful guy, right? However, not only he comes out as flat as a cardboard cutout Perfect Boyfriend, plus through Aislinn's viewpoint we learn that Seth didn't like her friends from highschool, for those friends were Self central?
Or were they just too ugly to look at? Or was it just the age-gap thing? If things are a little bit better explained, it could have been avoided. Oh really? Even though Seth is an artist and he might have an imaginative mind, still how could a grown man accept such surreal claim at once without any doubt or second thought?
That's just unbelievable. Just as unbelievable is the confident, sexually active Seth took time waiting for Aislinn to accept him for seven months. Frankly I'd thought that kind of cliche only exists in girl manga and Korean soap opera. I'd also thought that only love sick little highschool girls would do that 'waiting their love interests till he loves them back' stuff. In reality most guys would just shrug and move on to find another girl. As a whole, Seth and Aislinn's relationship is High School Musical at best, expects with the sex parts thrown in.
After reading a number of recently published YA novels, it bothers me to learn authors seemingly love to write their heroines being hotly sought after by two or even more guys, even when those heroines barely have any adorable quality Goodness, how typical and wish-fulfilling can they get? Not to mention that the only good scene with Aislinn interacting with the main guy s is the one she had with Keenan in the fairy carnival.
All the scenes with her and Seth together look dull. As to Keenan, he's difficult to relate to after we learn that he'd been ruining innocent girls' lives through out centuries.
At best he sounds like any ordinary human spoiled brat rich young heir who tried hard to take power from his control-freak evil mother. Speaking of the evil mother, Keenan's mom Beira a.
Why she is being so mean to her son? We never get a hint. By the way, we're told that if Beira wins, all the Summer Court fairies will die, that much I can accept; but when the author claimed that the mortal world will also froze over and the mortals will be starving.
Could she really expect we all buy this theory? Not only that the story takes place in the modern world where Global Warming is much more a problem than the coming of the new Ice Age, also in the book it was never ever being hinted that the weather is getting any colder than usual in where Aislinn lived.
Epic Fail at internal logic within the story. Most of the main characters in the book are just They're like characters from some badly written Japanese girl manga or mediocre fanfictions. Don't get me wrong, I'd read amazing girl manga and fanfictions, but when I saw novels which are really unimpressive fanfictions in disguise, I can still recognize it.
The long suffering Donia is the only character that holds my interest. My heart goes to her at once, and her relationship with Keenan is filled with conflicts and raw emotion that it's the bright spot of the story.
Still, credits must be given to the author, Miss Marr for keeping her fairies close to the Sidhe myth and she made use of the said myth quite well. Half way through the book I started wondering: 'What if Wicked Lovely has a little more suspense instead of being written so blandly, with the readers knowing what's going on with almost every characters with hardly any effort on guessing?
Actually we can learn the main plot and everyone's intention by simply looking upon the introduction at the book's backcover. It's all there. How great it'd be if only Keenan or Beira's scheme have been slowly revealed to us, if only it isn't being hinted so often that Aislinn is 'special' or we can't easily figure out which side Doina is going to choose till the last second!
Speaking of covers, Stephenie Meyer supposedly said that the one good thing about Wicked Lovely is its cover. It's really, really sad that I have to agree with her. By the end of the story, Aislinn had already made a few mistakes which someone who supposedly had been aware of the existence of fairies and feared them for her whole life SHOULDN'T be making. Why she seemed to be so ignorant of the tricks of fairies in those critical moments? Why must Seth be the one to research about fairies and their ways?
Shouldn't Aislinn be knowledgeable about those detail already? Things finally start to speed up by the last 40 or 30 pages, and Seth got his brief moment to shine.
But it's a bit too late to tidy up all the loosen ends in a rush. Still I'm relief to see Aislinn finally, finally growing a backbone and deciding what she wanted for her future, what roles she wanted and didn't want to play. For that alone she at least redeems herself from becoming a loser such as Bella Swan. To sum up, the first book of the Wicked Lovely series has potentials, but not much effort had been taken in order to make the most out of them.
And this book shows that the author lacked planning before she went ahead with the idea of the series, e. In book 2 it's revealed that Niall had been around in the Summer Court even since Keenan's father was alive and the guy had been looking after Keenan even since, but in book 1 it'd never been showed or hinted at that he had such special part in Keenan's life. Dec 28, Frida rated it it was amazing Shelves: young-adult , otherworldly. Where do I start This book had me from the very moment I started reading.
I just knew it would be something out of the ordinary. She can see fairies. And not good fairies, fairies that fight and do all kinds of bad stuff. She's learned how to control herself, how to not seem scared and to not start running as they approach; that only triggers them.
The fairies doesn't know about her unusual t Where do I start The fairies doesn't know about her unusual talent And she is determined for it to stay that way.
However, when devastatingly beautiful Keenan shows interest for her, Ash realizes that she can't ignore them anymore. But Ash doesn't want that. She already has a special someone, though Seth seems to be oblivious to her feelings, and Ash works hard to conceal them anyway. She doesn't want anything to mess up their friendship. As Keenan refuses to give up, Seth proves to be the only one she can count on, the only one she can trust.
This book truly was unbelievably good. It can't match Stephenie Meyers Twilight, but it was close enough. I found myself talking to Ash, trying to will her to get away from Keenan. You could really feel the sexual tension there, and Marr does not seem to be afraid of writing about those kinds of things. Along with that tension comes the tension of how in the world she's going to solve this. You want Ash to be with Seth, cause Seth's person is just so wonderful, and the harmony between them is so clear.
But as the story evolves it doesn't seem possible. It seems as if Ash doesn't really have a choice Shelves: young-adult , , urban-fantasy. Are there any books on your to-read list that you've been consciously or unconsciously avoiding because people keep harassing you to read them? Then, when you read them, do you kick yourself for being so stubborn? On one hand, I'm really happy I waited to read this book, because the third and final?
Edit: No, there's a book 4, at least On the other hand I don't know that Are there any books on your to-read list that you've been consciously or unconsciously avoiding because people keep harassing you to read them? I don't know that I was avoiding it because of what other people were saying, necessarily.
I don't know where my prejudice against faery books comes from, but it's there nonetheless! That's why I haven't read Holly Black 's books, either Why would I not like them?
Maybe I thought they were wussy little creatures A Midsummer Night's Dream turned me off to them, perhaps? But whatever the reason, I'm glad I got over myself and read this book! I haven't been so surprised by the twists and turns a plot has taken in quite some time! I just I didn't know what was going to happen! And that's fun—being surprised by the character's decisions. I loved all the characters except the Winter Queen, of course! I was a little worried about her in the middle Keenan even turned out pretty well!
Never thought I'd say that in my lifetime And Donia Really great characters About 20 pages from the end the last chapter , I was spazzing out. I have no experience with Melissa Marr, so I had no idea if she was a happy-ending author or a depressing-ending author I had a HUGE grin on my face at the end.
I can't wait to read Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity!! Ink Exchange isn't due back to the library until August 17th! What am I going to do??!?!?? View all 8 comments. May 25, Res rated it it was ok Shelves: sff , well-arent-you-special , didnt-finish.
The one where Aislinn can see faeries that no one else can see, and they're awful. But the young Summer King, Keenan srsly, Keenan , wants her to be his queen, and if things go wrong, they're going to go very wrong.
I described this book to someone as "like mediocre fanfiction," and now I'm trying to pin down exactly what that means. First, of course, it means the book is quite self-indulgent when it comes to everyone being Special and having special names and special facial piercing The one where Aislinn can see faeries that no one else can see, and they're awful. First, of course, it means the book is quite self-indulgent when it comes to everyone being Special and having special names and special facial piercings and special eclectic reading habits and playlists which are described in great detail and so on.
Second, there's a very high level of what you might call emotional explicitness -- which means not only that the feelings are told rather than shown, but that everybody knows what they feel; nobody is confused or ambivalent or maintaining a successful wall of denial. Third, an awful lot of what passes for conflict is actually meaningless, whiny rebellion.
Keenan faces off his mother, and it says, "He couldn't afford to let her browbeat him," and so his courageous stand consists of clenching his teeth and saying, "Someday I'll win!
Someday I'll beat you! I have to admit, I'm curious to know exactly what all the hints amount to -- what she has to say about Faery culture. But not curious enough. View all 3 comments.
Mar 03, Katya rated it it was ok Shelves: faerieworlds , young-adult. Maybe it was because I'd just finished reading Holly Black's Valiant and Ironside, two of my favorite books in this genre, but I really did not think very highly of Wicked Lovely. Compared with Black's books, I found this one to be badly paced, full of one-dimensional, undeveloped characters and lacking a lot of detail. Aislinn is rather whiny and unremarkable, with no defining characteristics except for the Sight, so it's hard to see why everyone loves her so much.
Her friends are completely fl Maybe it was because I'd just finished reading Holly Black's Valiant and Ironside, two of my favorite books in this genre, but I really did not think very highly of Wicked Lovely. Her friends are completely flat and expendable, judging by the fact that we don't see them past page 50 or so. Seth is also one-dimensional, a cardboard cutout of a boyfriend whose only purpose is to serve Aislinn.
When have you ever seen a boy with a navel ring, anyway? Keenan is also dull, with no personality or characteristics beyond being the driver for the plot, and Beira is possibly the most archetypal, undeveloped villain with no motives other than being evil for evil's sake. Only Donia is somewhat enjoyable. The plot moves too slowly at the beginning, and we are forced to read about Aislinn whining about how faeries are evil for over a hundred pages.
Then, suddenly, she changes her mind and decides that she kind of likes bossing people around, and everything is very neatly squared away at the end.
The premise was interesting, but nothing was ever properly explained. The plot was full of holes and the detached, one-dimensional characters made it hard to care about getting through the book. Hopefully Marr's next work will be better, because this one was a sore disappointment. Don't be fooled by the pretty cover. View all 7 comments. Jul 28, Kitty rated it really liked it Shelves: new-adult , pnr-dystopia , kindle. I had low expectations but it was entertaining enough.
Mar 12, Rose rated it liked it Shelves: supernatural , pretty-cover , audiobooks , fairy-tales , multi-povs , fantasy , great-premise-lacking-execution , romance , urban-fantasy , quick-read. Quick review for a quick re-read. I read this book for the first time many years ago, and I remember it being one that stood out not only for its striking cover, but for being a YA urban fantasy title with dark imagery in the presentation of the world of the fey.
Yet, even with Melissa Marr's writing being mostly clear cut in the presentation of the world as well as the emotions of the different characters this tale revolved around, I found my re-reading of it having more than a few points of ir Quick review for a quick re-read. Yet, even with Melissa Marr's writing being mostly clear cut in the presentation of the world as well as the emotions of the different characters this tale revolved around, I found my re-reading of it having more than a few points of irritation.
It may be because I've read more YA urban fantasy titles since this one or buildings of the world of the fey, but I honestly think there were issues with this that didn't translate as well as it could've. The former girls that are trapped are tasked to warn the next young woman against trusting Keenan's motivations and fair reason, considering. Aislinn is the latest girl to catch Keenan's eye, and she's had the sight for the fey for all of her life.
Aislinn, on the other hand, has been on the run from the fey, trying to pretend they don't exist in order to avoid detection or attention from them. Yet when Keenan sets his sights on her, she's torn between fighting him for the freedom to maintain her life and relationships and keeping to the warnings that her grandmother has given her all her life. Granted, the premise by itself on this level would seem intriguing, but the presentation this story gives it really isn't that strong.
I'll admit I struggled through the narrative more than I should've considering the sketch of the plot. It has a dark premise and dark promises in its building of the world and conflict, but much of it feels forced along. Keenan is incredibly stalkerish and creepy through the beginning stages of this novel - and I had a hard time liking his character or finding a connection to his motivations in the narrative.
I honestly didn't like him very much in my initial read of this book and not much really changed in my re-read. Seth is a bit of a convenient side-character, established to further the romance depicted in the book. One could also say that while the characters are drawn in such a way to further the conflict and lore inside the book, it's so thinly drawn and hard to palpate that the intrigue never measures up as much as it builds itself up to.
I even felt the antagonist in this book was very weak for lack of expansion and true connection to the overarching conflict of the work.
The audioboook was well narrated, but even then made me feel like I had to push through it in points. Still, I think what kept me moving through it was the strength of the writing and impression of the realm it builds alongside a few action sequences that were well drawn to me. I'll admit it's hard for me to know how the series will unfold after this book, but all things considered, I want to see if this series has the potential to improve with the new installments.
It's a hard sell given the flaws this book had, but I'm in it for the longer haul. Overall score: 2. Dec 05, JenacideByBibliophile rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction-ya , fiction-ya-teen , series , faerie , fantasy-ya. We might as well start out this wondrous review with me being completely honest…I totally picked up this series because of the covers.
I know my mother taught me to never judge a book by its cover, but I think we can all agree that I could be doing worse things than buying a few books just because they look pretty. Aisl We might as well start out this wondrous review with me being completely honest…I totally picked up this series because of the covers.
Aislinn has had a tough life growing up, mostly because she can see faerie creatures that nobody else can see. Well everyone besides her grandmother and her deceased mother.
For centuries the faeries have been trapped in cold by the Winter Queen, and Keenan has sought out his Summer Queen high and low in order to keep their world from becoming covered in ice. As Keenan makes himself visible to the humans in order to get to Aislinn, the perfectly careful world that Aislinn had created for herself starts to wither.
She finds out that Keenan believes that she is the Summer Queen, but Aislinn wants nothing to do with the faeries. Not only is Aislinn afraid to live amongst the creatures she fought so hard to hide from all her life; but Keenan and Donia the current Winter girl explain that if the test does not work on Aislinn and she is not the Summer Queen, then she will be engulfed in frost and become the new Winter girl until the next girl comes along.
Now Aislinn must decide if she can fight off the pull towards Keenan and resist the faeries, or if this is the path she is supposed to take. The author, Melissa Marr, did just that. Her style of writing for Wicked Lovely was amazing and incredibly descriptive. She completely touched my senses and it felt like she was literally drawing the world in my head with her words, it was fantastic! I really felt as if I was walking with Aislinn down the street while these faeries were following her and doing terrible things to people around her.
I could sympathize with her and understand her fears for these creatures that she tried so hard to ignore. I think a great thing about this series is that the author decided to make the faeries mischievous and on the border of plain evil, rather than those happy little creatures we see when we think of them.
It gave the idea of faeries a completely different outlook and really stretched the mythical plain for me. The dynamics of the characters are also really interesting and a tad out of the box.
Aislinn proves to be a strong character right away because she shows the reader how much she has to go through on a daily basis just to look sane to everyone around her. Keenan, the Summer King, seems like a ruthless character with an egotistical problem. I was pleased to see our female lead push him away so many times and fight him off. What makes this story a bit more interesting is the character of Seth.
Donia, the Winter girl, is probably my favorite character in this series so far. Each girl that Keenan finds must take the ultimate test to see if she is truly the Summer Queen, if they are not, then the girl is turned into the Winter girl which entails her feeling the pain of the cold and frost unlike the Winter Queen who can control it.
Donia is obviously in love with Keenan but cannot be with him because of the cold that runs through her, and because she is not the Summer Queen. Simply put, I am really loving this series so far. I am a couple chapters in, but have kind of put it aside while I read other books. Call me negative, but I kind of like to keep my series going with the same character telling it. Hopefully I can throw myself back into the story and enjoy it, but we shall see.
A YA paranormal romance that breaks the pattern! I was very concerned that the dark-haired mortal guy would lose to the light-and-shiny-haired supernatural guy. But he didn't. Sweet, intelligent, loyal, patient, brave. But at least she's a good student, has friends and interests.
He is very much one of the fey, with the arrogance and sense of entitlement. Marr has created a faery world that overlaps a Pennsylvania town and is very dark and sinister. But she resists. And gets help from Donia, the current Winter Girl--whom I like very much; she's very sympathetic and tries her best to help Aislinn, Seth, and Keenan.
I liked that, in the end, love for Keenan or his love for the girl has nothing to do with who becomes Summer Queen. The bargain that Aislinn strikes is clever and benefits not only herself but others.
BTW--I wouldn't recommend this series for readers under 15 years old. Shelves: fantasy , romance , reviewed , own-physical-copy , young-adult , cover-love , faeries. This book was very unique, not the usual YA formula. It is a tad darker than most YA faerie tales, although not nearly as dark as Holly Black 's faerie series. I really enjoyed the story, lots of twists and turns and I never would have guessed the ending.
But I think the most unusual thing about the whole book was the fact that the main guy was not the main girl's love interest. That is usually how it goes. If there is a main guy and a main girl, they fall in love. If they dont, its usually because its This book was very unique, not the usual YA formula. If they dont, its usually because its not a romance book. This certainly is a romance, but they just dont love each other.
I dont know if that is something that will change over the course of the series, but I hope not. Although I am sure things will get complicated. And I think readers should be prepared not to fall in love with Keenan.
Some will of course, there are all types, but I think most wont. He had too many flaws for my liking. He was totally unsympathetic towards Aislinn's situation, and he basically had a harem, which is extremely unattractive. But I did feel sorry for him at times too.
Especially during the scene at Rath and Ruin. But I cant imagine a woman who wouldnt line up for a turn with Seth. He is just too yummy to be true. He was perfection. And all the characters were great in their own way. Seth is just the most supportive, loving, and protective boyfriend anyone could wish for. Aislinn is strong and stable, able to hold her head high and not fall apart even as her world does around her. Donia, who has suffered for decades, remains kind and has never abandoned her love.
And Keenan, despite his mistakes and his attempts to manipulate Aislinn to his will, in the end is understanding and accepts Aislinn and Seth just the way she is, for the good of his people. But this series isnt all about Aislin and Seth, Keenan and Donia.
The next book is about the king of the dark court, and book 4 is about other characters although I am not sure how they are connected.
But book 3 and 5 are again about characters we met in this book, which is good. I usually dont like series that arent all about the same characters, but it doesnt seem like this one strays too much. This book has a great ending and I cannot wait to find out how things turn out for everyone. Aislinn and Keenan have a lot to figure out.
Can they learn to work together? Can Keenan live with the terms they agreed on? Can Seth accept Aislinn's new life? Warning that the prologue of this book is extremely confusing and misleading. Although I still dont know for sure where it fits into the story, it is now clear that it did not happen to Aislinn. It was most likely Donia. But there is no reason to read it before even having read Wicked Lovely. I dont like that they added it and I would suggest you skip it so that you dont get confused.
The prologue really took away from my enjoyment of the first half of the book because it led me to believe a lot of things that werent even true.
You can go back and read it at the end, but by then you will already know what has happened and it wont even be important anymore. Apr 26, Arlene rated it it was amazing Shelves: read , faeries , ya-paranormal , young-adult , paranormal , favorites. Wicked Lovely has become my favorite "faerie" tale of all time! I loved this story, it was enchanting, heartfelt, thrilling and absolutely beautiful. Marr's character and story development is exceptional. I found myself rooting for both, which is something I don't think I've ever done.
I usually pick one character and root for them all the way through. Not the case with Wicked Lovely. It was an emotional journey that I haven't taken for a while now. Aislinn has lived her life by three important rules, including 1 don't stare at invisible faeries, 2 don't speak to invisible faeries, and 3 never, ever attract their attention. These are Aislinn's rules for survival, who is a teenage girl who has always possessed the "sight," which is both a gift and curse.
She can see the faeries who hover in the mortal world mingling with humans, sometimes undetected, but most always causing mischief. Keenan is the Summer King faerie and he has spent over nine centuries looking for his balance, or rather Summer Queen.
He is determined to make Aislinn his Queen, but Aislinn is tied to her mortal world, mainly the person she loves, Seth. There are dangers and emotional conflicts that cause the characters in this novel to test their will do to what is right for themselves and the people they hold dear, for some it's the humans in their life, for others it's the summer, winter and high court faeries.
I loved this story on so many levels. It is one I will read over again. A must read if you think you'd enjoy an enchanting journey of the imagination. Nov 14, Taryn Rydell rated it really liked it. This book was captivating, from the beginning I was drawn in and interested to see what would happen next.
I would recommend this semi-dark young adult read to anyone that enjo This book was captivating, from the beginning I was drawn in and interested to see what would happen next. I would recommend this semi-dark young adult read to anyone that enjoyed Twilight or The Hunger Games, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I enjoyed the different twist to the fantasy but found it very hard to connect with the characters.
I think after this one I'm gonna quit while I'm ahead. So, I'm not saying that I hated or disliked the book, it's just one that won't stay in my memories for very long. Aug 07, Novels On The Run rated it really liked it. This was my first major foray into the world of Faeries.
I have read Lament and Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater. This series of books is like mind blowing on the Faerie courts and laws. Wicked Lovely the first book I think is the easiest to read. They are wonderful books but perservere as the laws are detailed sometimes..
Each book cover represents the female character. Melissa Marr is an incredible writer.. I was trying to work out if he was a little emo or gothic.. You make up your mind. All I know is you will love Seth Some readers wont take to Keenan. I did as he has his court to look after and he needs to do what he needs to do He can be a bit of a spoilt brat..
Really worth reading We helped a friend Carolyn get through them and she enjoyed them. Dec 29, Alice-Elizabeth marriedtobooks rated it liked it Shelves: scribd , read-in , ya-room-throwback-bingo-challenge Challenge Square: Urban Fantasy I'm so on the fence about whether I want to continue on with the series or not. Something just didn't quite click for me and I have no idea what.
The main character Aislinn has an ability to see faeries which according to her only family member grandmother , they should be avoided at all costs. However, when Aislinn finds she is connected to Keenan and is a 'summer queen', there's no way she can escape. Truth is, Aislinn is in love with Seth, a mortal and doesn't want to lose him.
When there was action, the story-line worked really well. The slow pacing and weak connection to the characters spoiled the experience for me. Apr 22, Julie Zantopoulos rated it liked it Shelves: read-in Still a fast fluffy read but there is little to no substance of plot and certainly not in character development, either. This is a 2 star read at best bumped to a 3 for nostalgic purposes. I will be finishing out the series because I'm a glutton for punishment and I want to be able to say I finished it This may not be insta love but it's darn close and the whole swallowing of supernatural repercussions with no real hesitation never sits well with me.
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1) by Melissa Marr
The story follows protagonist Aislinn, who has the Sight the ability to see faeries , and whose life begins to unravel when it seems the fey-folk develop a sudden interest in her.
The novel intertwines the old rules of fairytales and folklore with the modern expectations of adolescent 21st-century life. Wicked Lovely was originally written as a short story, 'The Sleeping Girl' , before the author decided to expand on her work in order to further develop the characters. By early March of that year, it had been accepted for publication. The story follows main protagonist, Aislinn, who is attempting to navigate through adolescent life alongside a constant struggle with her life-long ability to see faeries and fey-kind.
Though invisible to most mortals , faeries live among them, often playing the trickster, living on the fringes, with only the most prominent faeries possessing the power to reveal themselves to the human world. The court fey, the royalty amongst their kind, do not often concern themselves with human kind, which is why Aislinn is disconcerted when she finds that two such powerful fey have begun following her.
Keenan, King of Summer, and Donia, the Winter Girl, are at odds, as they have been for decades, both trying to win over Aislinn for their own ends; Keenan believes she may be his new Summer Queen and hopes she will take up this mantle and the risks that involves, while Donia is bound by the rules of the Winter Queen to warn Aislinn of the consequences that may befall her, should she choose to take Keenan's hand.
Unbeknownst to the two quarrelling fey, Aislinn seeks safety within the protective, iron walls of her friend Seth's transformed-trainyard home, and comfort from the arms of Seth himself, whom she has developed feelings for. As the story progresses, Aislinn finds it increasingly difficult to stay away from Keenan's allure despite her feelings and the developing relationship with Seth, whose research into faeries and proximity to Aislinn begin to attract unwanted and dangerous attention.
What's more, Aislinn's abilities are advancing well beyond just the Sight. When Keenan later informs her that, due to her being chosen, there is no way back to her life as before, and she must make the choice that decides not just her own future, but that of faery-kind.
There are two major recurrent themes within the book; rules and choices. The tagline for the book are the three rules Grams tells Aislinn to follow in order to stay anonymous to faery-kind: .
The novel begins with these rules being tested almost immediately, as Aislinn already has their attention, for reasons yet unknown to her. As the story goes on, Aislinn has to battle against these ingrained rules set for her safety and challenge, even disregard, what she thinks she knows.
Another significant aspect of the story regarding rules is that of those set by the Winter Queen. In order to restore Keenan's full power, both he and Donia are tasked with finding and persuading his suitors for whichever end; take the staff and become either the new Winter Girl or the Summer Queen, or avoid the risk and become a Summer Girl.
However, Donia begins to suspect foul-play as Beira changes the rules by which they have played for centuries, and threatens Donia's existence if she does not comply. The importance of this theme revolves around the characters challenging these rules, and that they should not be accepted and followed purely at face value. This leads onto the other main theme of the book which is choices.
In a version of Wicked Lovely containing an extra 'Chatting with Melissa Marr',  the author details how she wishes to impart a message of the importance of making one's own choices, and is also referenced in an interview with book bloggers 'The Book Smugglers'. Marr also comments in interviews and author bios how, due to growing up believing in magical and mythical creatures and ideas, her books are strongly influenced by folklore and fairytales.
Annette Klause spoke highly of the work in The Washington Post , praising the "fully realized" world and the romance ,  while other reviewers, such as Charles de Lint , highlight both the tight plotting and the characterization. According to Marr's official website, the international translation rights have been sold to 26 different countries: . Within some countries the title has been altered.
In it was announced that Wicked Lovely had been optioned by Universal  Mary Harron had been attached as the director and Caroline Thompson was named to write the screenplay, but the movie was abandoned and put into turnaround that same year.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved Petersburg Times. Melissa Marr Official Site. Archived from the original on April 20, Wicked lovely First ed. Magness Library. Retrieved 19 March The Book Smugglers. Retrieved 20 March Ink exchange. London: HarperCollins Children's. The Washington Post. Fantasy and Science Fiction. Taranaki Daily News. School Library Journal. London: Independent. Retrieved 27 December Categories : American novels American young adult novels American fantasy novels Urban fantasy novels fantasy novels HarperCollins books.