17 November 2008

Review: Melissa Marr - Wicked Lovely

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (April 29, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061214671
ISBN-13: 978-0061214677


Summary:
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in 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. He 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; her life; everything.


Review:

I bought this Young Adult novel on a whim when I read the blurb of the back cover and got curious whether it could sustain me as an adult reader. A story based on a mythical world and a protagonist who is on the road of discovery always do well with me. But it sat on my shelf for a while until I read an article in a magazine about the YA genre and picked up my copy of Wickedly Lovely and read the whole book in one sitting.

What I found was that Melissa Marr establishes a well rounded backdrop coming from a thorough knowledge of the faery myths and I enjoyed the atmospheric magical feel it evoked in her writing. And what I feel is also important, is that she did it without letting the story become condescending towards the targeted readers. Aislinn is a girl with the “Sight” and her Grams taught her a few rules to survive in a world where faeries walk among us.

Back cover:
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in 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.

Aislinn a.k.a Ash lived by those rules and got by fairly well until the faeries changed the rules on her, until one Summer King dreamed of her. This is when Ash’s world comes crashing down.
Wickedly Lovely gradually pulls me into a new world of young women and men and a world that is steeped with Faery magic, both dark and light with its various courts. Aislinn holds my attention at a steady level, she possesses quirky humor and has enough backbone for her life’s extra ordinary circumstances. I had a good time getting to know her and the people surrounding her. The conflicts that arise for the leading lady will speak to many of her peers and even I was hoping and rooting for Ash to find a solution for it all.

Aislinn has a wonderful cast of secondary characters surrounding her that made her thoughts, feelings and experiences carry all the more impact as I read the chapters away. One of those characters who is essential for the story was Seth, he is an artist that lives in a set of train wagons and turns out to mean more to Aislinn than I first thought. He is just one of those guys that goes his own way in life, proves to be a formidable friend and contains the promise of a strong and intriguing male. Seth definitely got me cheering in the romance department! Another is Donia whose back story proves to be key to the overall plotline. And then we have the Summer King Keenan, he emanates true Faery magic and has a goal…discovering his Summer Queen and this does not go without brutal sacrifice. Keenan and Seth are incredible opposing male characters that set each other off creating a sizzle of male exuberance.

The cast holds more refreshing characterization but I feel that is for the reader to discover less I take the fun out of meeting them all. Many characters are young adults but still mature enough to keep me involved with Aislinn and the overall story. Though I was entertained I did feel it lacked a bit of body for the adult readers to turn it into an engrossing read which makes my heart pound in response. The plot is born from one villainous Queen and is one that is evenly fleshed out with a climactic ending that makes me wonder if the rippling effect will be felt in the sequel: Ink Exchange.

I feel that for the Young Adult genre Melissa Marr is a star on the horizon with a dark Urban Faery novel that speaks of innovating writing and compelling characters. The romance is endearing and befitting the genre. For me personal - as an adult and avid Fantasy/Urban Fantasy reader - I was pleased by the story I found but it lacked in the more seasoned emotions and world building.

This is however a novel in the YA genre and for that it disserves the full four stars, for had I read this as a 17-18 year old I would have been ecstatic about it!

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