Story: Wicked Lovely
Author: Melissa Marr
Story URL: Amazon Link
Word count: 352 pages
Rating: Young Adult
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.
Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning 21st century faery tale.
It’s so hard to find good books about fairies (or faieres or fayers or…). This novel is very well-written, and I re-read it frequently. At times the book reminded me a bit of Clive Barker’s work: an imaginative but ugly world; free will gone, forced into unhappy choices; sex solely for a quick pleasure fix instead of for love. However, the story itself is very well written, the plot was intriguing, and I was very wrapped-up in the protagonist’s fate. So I can’t imagine not rec’ing this book, particularly since my only critique involves comparing it to the work of an award-winning, highly-acclaimed author.