Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Also by this author: Ink Exchange
Series: Wicked Lovely #1
Also in this series: Ink Exchange
Published by HarperTeen
Genres: Paranormal 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 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.
I had put Wicked Lovely on my list of books to read in 2017 because the series has been on my shelves for far too long. I am now kicking myself for not reading this book sooner.
I really love stories that include faeries. I don’t know what it is that draws me in but I always enjoy books with them in it. This book was no exception. I really enjoyed that Ash is a human that can see faeries and knows that she should stay away from them. She knows just how dangerous they are and she doesn’t want to be swept away into their games. Instead she tries to form a relationship with her best friend, Seth. She even enlists his help to find a way away from faeries and trusts him with her secrets. She tries so hard to ignore the faeries and live a normal life but they are determined to bring her into their world.
We then get to meet the Summer King, Keenan, who is determined to find the one girl who will be his Queen so he can finally break the curse his mother put on him and bring back Summer. He has tried to bring many girls into his world and none of them have been able to step up to the challenge of the Winter Queen in order to be the Summer Queen. Keenan is an interesting character and I really liked how his emotions were a little all over the place because he is hot headed as a Summer King. I also really liked his whole backstory as well as his advisors. I especially loved Niall and I feel there is more to him and his story.
I liked all of the pieces of this story as a whole. I really loved Ash, Seth and I like Keenan although I felt like we should know more about him in follow up books. I liked the magic elements that the faeries were able to control and I’m interested to see how the battle between seasons will play out in future books. I have to say I loved that Marr pushed the relationships in this book and I have a huge crush on Seth because he was just so dreamy. He wasn’t dark but he also wasn’t the good boy next door. He was a great blend between goth, cool, loving, and mysterious. Marr really let the relationship between Ash and Seth shine in this book and I hope that Seth will continue to be there for Ash even though she goes through some trials in this book. I’m sure their romantic relationship will be going through some really tough choices in future books. I can’t wait to get to know Keenan better and see where all of the courts end up as the series goes on. There was drama brewing in this book and I want to know where Marr is going with it.
Overall this was a solid faerie book that will sweep you away with court intrigue mixed with modern day human needs and wants. The characters are well developed and I feel they will shine even more as the series goes on. I’m not ashamed to admit that I need more Seth.