Series: Wicked Lovely #1
Published by HarperCollins on April 29th 2008
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in 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.
Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning 21st century faery tale.
This book is peculiar, but I guess I really liked it? It’s just really not like anything else I’ve seen. It kinda goes beyond the realm of any conventions in other books, mostly in the ending, which I really won’t get specific about here due to spoilers.
There is very little backstory on Ash, but more becomes evident as the book goes on. Mostly you’re just thrust in there with Ash and her observances- later encounters- of the faerie world. It’s mostly pretty confusing at first. All kinds of information were thrown out there and it took a while for it to make sense, for things to fit together. But then I understood and had to wait for the characters to catch up. It was kind of weird.
The plot was kind of weird. But not really weird, more like…desperate. There was this underlying feeling throughout, an uncomfortable one, and I think it was desperation. It quickly seemed like there was no positive way out, no happy ending for everyone. No one was happy for a good deal of this book. No one. Not a single person. And this may have been because of a lack of communication, or lack of knowledge, something…But that’s why it was kind of difficult to read. There really wasn’t a lot of happiness. Still, I had to read to find out what was going to happen.
Ash wasn’t faced with a lot of great choices. Keenan needed her, Seth needed her, she was caught in the middle, trying to choose between her own happiness, theirs, and the lives of the fey and mortals alike. It was awful, really. There really wasn’t an easy way out, although I kept expecting a better way to appear. That would have happened if there had been a sudden deus ex machina, but there wasn’t, and that was both a good and bad thing. I don’t really condone the use of it, but then what are we left with? Heartbreaking decisions.
It was made even worse by the fact that Keenan really didn’t seem to love her. He was probably trying, or wanted to try, but his heart didn’t seem to be in it. And the reason becomes clear at the end- I won’t spoil. But even with this weird sort of necessary love triangle, it was clear to me from the beginning who I would have preferred Ash to go with- who I would have gone with. Seth was acting like her boyfriend long before that even became an issue. I loved Seth. He was amazing. He was perfect for her, which made her decision even more difficult.
And her decision at the end? It felt, you know, necessary but still really awkward. I still won’t spoil. It felt weird but the best they could manage with that situation. And from the looks of the rest of the series, that’s that. The end of their story. A super strange arrangement that doesn’t really seem to be a great way to solve the situation, but better than nothing, I guess? I don’t know, I guess things could work out, but it seems harder than it should be. How disappointing. I almost feel sorry for Ash. View Spoiler » But she has Seth. In whatever way she can. So lucky her. « Hide Spoiler
Eh, this is one of those rare books where I lose enthusiasm for it as I’m writing the review. Usually I gain enthusiasm. But now…I guess I’ll try the next book out of curiosity, and perhaps to see if anything comes of this weird situation/arrangement at the end of this book, but I’m not really expecting a lot. Honestly, Seth was the best part of this book. Not even gonna hide that. He was so my type of guy. He deserved better- a nice, mortal life. With or without Ash.
reaction upon finishing
…….okay? I guess I can be happy with that?…………
this book in one word