Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Review: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Book Description via Goodreads:

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.

Source: Bought

My Thoughts:

Wicked Lovely has been around for quite a while now. I have read it sometime before I started blogging which was why I did not really have a review for Wicked. This was my second time to read Wicked Lovely.

The first half of the novel - reading about Keenan, Donia and Ash mixed up in the mortal world, playing their roles in a game that has been going on for nine centuries -was interesting. But it was not enough to make me fly through the pages. It was a bit slow – which was also good since it was a musing-suspicious-calculating part of the story. The second half on the other hand was where I really did not let go of the book. It was far more interesting because things started to speed up. The monarchs and the pawns of the game began to move, each move calculated and aimed to defend their own goals in the game – which was to win or to help their side to win.

Ash was true to herself as a human with the Sight. She disliked faeries for what they have done to her and to others. The infliction of pain, the causing of constant discomfort and invasion of space were enough reasons for her not to help the Summer King who claimed she was the one. But when Ash noticed that something has changed, she started to rethink of the possibilities and began to count her options.

The characters of Wicked Lovely, both fey and human, were so alive. Traditionally cruel, unpredictable and volatile were the fey. The humans were very modern and liberated while still clinging to the beliefs that they each had. The love triangle was good – heavier on one side compared to the other but still great because of the incorporation of fey elements.

The writing was beautiful. Marr did an amazing job with Wicked Lovely. Wicked Lovely was sad, dark, sweet and tragic at the same time. It was a bittersweet novel particularly on the side of the fey. It dealt with change, gaining and losing in the game through the years. There was balance in everything, even the emotions in the story. I had fun reading it and getting to know more about the fey world and the human world, the value if everything and most importantly, of time and mundane things.



  1. Glad you liked it. :] I totally agree that the beginning moved more slowly and wasn't as interesting initially.

  2. I enjoyed this one too but you're very right about it being a slow start. I feel like Ink Exchange is the same way but both were enough to keep me hanging on. I actually enjoyed Ink Exchange a bit more which is odd because I really didn't think I would. Thanks for your review!

  3. I haven't read this book yet, but I see it EVERYWHERE =) LOL, it's either that I'm DESTINED to read it, or it's STALKING me =) Anywho, I might just give this a try...you're review seems pretty justified =) Nice job =)

  4. Good thing I read your review. I read this book, but 20 pages into it, I dropped it. Didn't like the beginning so much but yay! I'll give it another chance. Or not. Not until the series is finished because I don't like love triangles. : l