Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr - Book Review

Title: Wicked Lovely
Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: July 2008 (2007)
Pages: 328
Format: Paperback
Genre: YA / Paranormal
Source: Bought Copy
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.
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.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

This is probably my first time venturing into the world of YA faeries. I'd heard a lot about this book and was keen to give it a try when I saw a copy for $8 in my local bookstore.

I finished this book in just a few hours and found it a very enjoyable read. Aislinn is a strong and interesting character with a mind of her own and I enjoyed her 'sparring' with both Seth and Keenan. One of the things I loved about this piece was how well the supporting characters were fleshed out. Donia, Keenan and Seth are all so well portrayed and not left 2D in the background as sometimes happens with secondary characters.

I came to this book with some prior knowledge of faerie lore and I loved how that mythical world was blended with the modern world of inking and piercings. It was like a fairy tale that had crossed over into our world and that aspect worked really well for the book as it gave the paranormal a grounding in reality.

This is a series I would definitely be happy to continue reading.


  1. I also loved Wicked Lovely but I have not had a chance to read the other books in the series. I need to get them read because I miss Aislinn!


  2. Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed this!
    I really loved this series. I love the darker, meaner side to faeries. I love the world, I love the courts, I just... You know, love it XD

    I love how MM tells these stories, with books 2 and 4 being from the perspective fo characters involved in the Dark Court, but 1, 3, and 5 being about Aislinn, Seth, Donia and Keenan.

    So hope you love the rest of these!

  3. I received a copy of this in October for RAK - I hope I can start reading it pretty soon!

    Great review, thanks for sharing. :)