15 October 2009

Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

Wicked Lovely ~ Melissa Marr
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. His 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; everything.

While this may have been about faeries, it definitely wasn't your average fairy tale.  It has just the right mixture of fantasy, adventure, suspense, friendship, and love. The love story in this book is gripping.  Very enjoyable read, I couldn't put it down.

Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2) ~ Melissa Marr
Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. 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. . . .

I have to admit that I didn’t like this book as well as I liked Wicked Lovely.  The first few chapters or so were disappointing to me when I realized that it was not exactly a sequel or a continuation of the story in Wicked Lovely.  Aislinn, Keenan and Seth are still around, but Aislinn's friend Leslie is the focus in this book and I couldn't bring myself to like the characters.

Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely #3) ~ Melissa Marr
Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. 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.

All in all, it was an okay book. I enjoyed how the love triangle between Keenan, Asilinn and Seth is heightened, but after awhile it was redundant (Aislann loves Seth but is attracted to Keenan, Keenan loves Donia but wants Aislann, over and over and over and over.  I felt the book didn't move the story along as well as it could have.  I was rather disappointed when I realized the story didn’t end… she set it up for another one book and I felt cheated.  I’m not sure if I’ll continue reading this series.

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