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Wicked Lovely

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Wicked Lovely

Aislinn has dealt with a lot in her life. She has lived with her grandmother, Grams, ever since her mother died shortly after giving birth to her. While open-minded to Aislinn leading an independent life, Grams is fiercely protective of the girl. Like her grandmother, Aislinn has the Sight: she can see faeries --- not just delicate-looking, mischievous fey, but also the powerful, ugly and dangerous kind. Aislinn always has been mindful of the rules of her Grams: Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries; Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries; and Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention. However, the rules begin to change when faeries start paying more attention to Aislinn, particularly one named Keenan and his companion Donia.

Keenan happens to be the Summer King, who for the past nine centuries has been locked in a seemingly losing battle against the Winter Queen, his conniving mother Beira, whose June Cleaver-like guise is unsettling. As the Summer King, Keenan must find his Queen in order to unleash his full powers and save his court. If the "chosen" girls are willing to prove their love to the Summer King, they must risk winter’s chill. If they pass, they become the much sought-after Summer Queen; if they lose, they become the Winter Girl, forced to endure the unbearable cold until the next mortal comes along. Donia is the current Winter Girl, who must adhere to the rules of the game while keeping both sides happy as she tries to come to terms with her imminent and uncertain fate.

Aislinn becomes understandably frightened by the unwanted attention, and she seeks the refuge of the steel (which, coincidently, most faeries are allergic to) train car where her best friend Seth lives. Aislinn is afraid, but not as fearful as she is at the possibility of losing her freedom. She becomes determined to match wits with the faeries while keeping her mortal life fairly intact.

Although Aislinn is considered the main heroine of WICKED LOVELY, Donia is also a worthy one, as each of the girls --- one mortal, the other fey --- fight for independence (and love) while trying to navigate the at-times sensual and mysterious, always wondrous and wicked worlds that threaten to overwhelm them.

I liked the character of Seth, a “bad boy” who in actuality is intelligent and respectful. The friendship–turned-romance between Aislinn and Seth is original and fortunately not as clichéd as it could have been. The descriptions of Winter and Summer are captivating, and the various fey make the storyline even more interesting. The only drawbacks are Aislinn’s friendships with her classmates and their never-ending innuendos, which could have been a bit more developed. I also wish that Grams could have had more appearances and that the dark fey in one particular stomach-churning scene could have gotten what they thoroughly deserve.

All in all, WICKED LOVELY is a notable debut novel from the unique Melissa Marr. It is highly recommended for fans of dark fantasy, faeries and a little out-of-the- ordinary romance(s), as well as for anyone who appreciates heroines who may seem vulnerable but can surely stand up for themselves and others.

Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle on June 12, 2007

Wicked Lovely
by Melissa Marr

  • Publication Date: April 29, 2008
  • Genres: Fantasy, Romance
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0061214671
  • ISBN-13: 9780061214677