Wednesday, July 27, 2011

63 of 111 Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Published June 12th 2007 by HarperTeen
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.(From


I'm a backwards Melissa Marr fan. I recently read her first adult novel Graveminder and really enjoyed it so I decided to go back and try out her Wicked Lovely Series (also being a fan a fairy books I hoped to try a new one) Wicked Lovely was NOT what I expected. It was a lot more thought provoking. Marr gives her characters more choices and less predictable outcomes then some other YA urban fantasy writers. While she is telling a story in which the lead character has very little choice in what is happening to her, she very strongly points out the importance of free will and choice. She doesn't allow her characters to simply fall into the expected patterns we see in many other similar books. This book is called a romance, but I wouldn't actually classify it as a romance. It's a little grey on who is supposed to be the hero (we get Keenan's POV but never Seth's and Seth is much more a hero type in this book) even the heroine is a grey area. Aislinn is clearly the lead character of the book but Donia gets almost as much time (and was at least as interesting if not more so) and you would really have to stretch to call the ending a Happily Ever After. 
If you read this book looking for a great romance you will be disappointed, but if you want an good read with an interesting fairy mythology you'll really enjoy Wicked Lovely.  

An interesting fairy story 
some romance, some discussion of sex

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I enjoyed this book too, and also wondered at it being categorized as romance. I liked that it was different from so many other books, like you said. I haven't made it further in the series yet, but they're on my list!


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