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REVIEW: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Dear Ms. Marr:

This story probably has one of the best opening scenes I’ve read. Keenan, the Summer King, has wooed countless of girls throughout the centuries, hoping that each is the one who will return Summer to the faeries. The Winter Queen, Keenan’s mother, has been slowly overtaking fairyland and the cold power of her rule is seeping into the human world. Keenan must find the Summer Queen for her power combined with his will be strong enough to combat the cold. For each girl Keenan seduces into loving him and who ultimately is not the Summer Queen, an eternal life of coldness is her reward, with only a wolf for a companion. The forsaken girl is only released from her captivity when another unsuspecting one falls for his golden charms.

Aislinn is his next target. He dreams of her and, like the many girls before he’s courted, believes that she is the one.

Aislinn is special. She can see the faeries and otherworld creatures. Her grandmother is the only one who knows this. Grandmother has taught her the rules to avoid being caught by the faeries, the first of which is to not draw attention to oneself. It wouldn’t matter if Aislinn tried to make herself invisible, as she sometimes does. She had already been marked. Aislinn was seemingly ordinary who found her extra ordinary power useless and frightening. Her only refuge is the converted train car her best friend and not-so-secret crush, Seth, calls home. It’s made of iron and not even the faeries are able to penetrate it.

Seth and Aislinn have been friends for a long time. Seth is a bit like Keenan in that he’s had his share of girlfriends, a string of one nighters as Aislinn characterizes them. She values her friendship with Seth too much to take him up on his constant flirtations. But when Keenan woos her in earnest, will Aislinn succumb and be doomed? Or is she the one who will save them all?

I was worried that there was a love triangle and I hate getting attached to characters only to see one hurt and left out but that part of the story seemed to be clear early on. You relied upon the suspense plot rather than a love triangle to move your story forward. Aislinn’s struggle with her “power” and her desire to be real was a captivating conflict.

Most of the characters were delicately drawn, particularly Keenan and Donia, the current forsaken girl. Keenan wasn’t evil. He was trying to save his people and there was little he wouldn’t do for them. Donia, after decades of watching Keenan romance other girls, still aches for him even though he is constantly breaking her heart. Aislinn was unsure of nearly everything in her life: of Seth’s feelings, of her otherworldliness, of her future.

For the parents out there, there is one intimate scene between Aislinn and a character. The details are sufficiently vague that each reader imputes her own version of what happened that evening. Being the perv that I am, I wished the door wasn’t closed quite so tight but I guess it wouldn’t be a Young Adult book if it weren’t.

There were a couple things that bothered me a bit. Sometimes, particularly at the beginning, I felt the pacing, or maybe it was the tone, was uneven. This may have been intentional by you, to punctuate the difference between Aislinn’s world and Keenan’s world, but at times I felt it interrupted the flow of the story. I also thought that Seth, while a major player in the story, was not as three dimensional as the other three main characters. He was seemed too perfect, too forgiving, too accepting.

Wicked and Lovely is a book, though, I will be taking down regularly from my shelf. It’s a keeper. Maybe even a classic. A-

Jane Litte

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

67 Comments

  1. Jackie
    May 25, 2007 @ 11:31:48

    That’s one hell of a review. I’ve heard terrific things about this book. I’ll probably have to shell out the cash and buy it.

    I’ve noticed a trend of sex in YA. (I know, I’d have to be blind not to notice it.) Maybe it’s the parent in me, but I’m rather dismayed over it. Yeah, I know, sex happens, and I’d be an idiot to think that teens — and even middle school kids, God help me — are sexually inactive. But I do wish that there was less overt YA sex making its way in the marketplace.

    I know. I’m an old fart. Sigh…

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  2. May
    May 25, 2007 @ 14:07:19

    *beams* I just know I’m going to love this book.

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  3. Charlene Teglia
    May 25, 2007 @ 15:03:55

    Hmm. From the description, I’m surprised this is YA. I was thinking erotic romance until you got to the “doors closed” part. But it sounds very interesting.

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  4. Jorrie Spencer
    May 25, 2007 @ 15:47:57

    I’m with Charlene, I wouldn’t have thought this YA at all until it got mentioned near the end.

    I’m not a huge fan of YA sex, though it all depends on how it’s handled etc. Thing is, I think it’s nice for kids to have books they can go to where they won’t have to deal with sex. Just because some portion of middle-school kids are sexually active (and you know, a big chunk of them are NOT sexually active, too) does not mean every kid wants/needs to be reading sexually explicit material. (Sorry, going off on a tangent here.)

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  5. Vivi Anna
    May 25, 2007 @ 16:12:22

    I’d rather my kid deal with sex in a book than violence.

    If we allow them to read violence in books but not sex, than to me that’s saying sex is bad and violence is okay.

    Not a message I want to send.

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  6. Jorrie Spencer
    May 25, 2007 @ 16:36:14

    If we allow them to read violence in books but not sex, than to me that's saying sex is bad and violence is okay.

    I dunno. The two are so different, I can’t see them linked in this way. Violence (which no one wants to experience) and sex (which is a healthy part of life that one hopes everyone who wants to does experience), are very, very different, even if they are both rated in movies, even they are often brought up when the other is brought up.

    Is there a trend to increased violence in YA?

    Anyway, I’m more interested in there being choices in YA reading. I’m not entirely sure that middle-school kids are driving the increase of sex in YA.

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  7. Jackie
    May 25, 2007 @ 16:52:42

    If we allow them to read violence in books but not sex, than to me that's saying sex is bad and violence is okay.

    Apples and oranges.

    Superheros fight bad guys. Heroes and heroines fight villains. There’s violence in children’s stories, all the way back to fairy tales. The prince slays the dragon. The evil stepmother wears hot iron shoes and dances until she dies. Kids play cops and robbers. Violence in play, violence in sports, violence in literature and television and film. I’m not saying, “Ooh, cool, dismemberment! Pass the popcorn!” But I am saying that kids accept violence as part of the natural order, from a very young age.

    Sex is different. Sex is a mature act. Ideally, it is an act of love between individuals who care for each other. Sex is something kids don’t understand until they’re older. And that’s why I’m not keen on there being sex in YA books — at least, not in younger YA books.

    Frankly, I’d rather have my kids fight than fool around with sex. But then again, my kids are very, very young, so this doesn’t really apply.

    Ah, I’m just a freaked out mom who’s never going to let her kids date. Ever.

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  8. Maria
    May 25, 2007 @ 16:54:29

    As a teen YA reader, I’ll say that the sex and violation in Wicked Lovely is handled very well. It’s not smutty, its not graphic, and the rape scene is done well. (If you read Melissa Marr’s blog, she is a rape survivor herself. I think this allowed her to write a rape scene that empowers rather than belittles) The overall book sends a message of feminine stregnth and independance, and the few sex scenes, if anything, stregnthen it. (I got an ARC of the book, so I’ve read it)

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  9. Charlene Teglia
    May 25, 2007 @ 18:01:36

    Jorrie, have you read Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching books? Fabulous! Wintersmith is the latest. No sex, great story, great world, great everything. So there are choices. But I think the YA being published today reflects the fact that today’s kids are more sophisticated, live in a more complicated world than I did. And I read pretty racy YA as a teenager, so that’s not a new trend.

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  10. Jorrie Spencer
    May 25, 2007 @ 18:11:47

    For some reason, my kids never got into Terry Pratchett, though they tried a few. I know! Most people love Pratchett.

    I just like the idea of there being closed-door options for the kids who want them. After all, they can always read adult books.

    But honestly, I am not well read enough in YA to really know what is out there and I shouldn’t make too many assumptions.

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  11. Kathryn S
    May 25, 2007 @ 23:35:01

    I think sex, or at least some sexual content, in YA’s is realistic. That said, I’m not a mother. :-) But this book sounds fabulous. I love YA so I just might have to snatch this one up. I wrote a couple of YA’s years ago and loved it, but haven’t had the time to write anymore. It’s a market I’d love to get into.

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  12. Jane
    May 25, 2007 @ 23:58:03

    Rape scene? I don’t recall any rape scene? I remember a scene where she gets drunk on faery juice and doesn’t really remember what happened, but I don’t recall that being a rape scene. Is it?

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  13. Jackie
    May 26, 2007 @ 04:36:26

    Jane, I haven’t read this yet, but that sounds like a parallel to slipping a date-rape drug into a gal’s drink. ((shrug)) Like I said, I haven’t read it yet, so I could be talking out of my elbow. (Which my kids tell me I do all the time.)

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  14. Devon
    May 26, 2007 @ 20:52:32

    This sounds great. So much good YA fantasy.

    As for sexual content in YA books, it has existed going all the way back to Judy Blume’s Forever. I can think of a number of well regarded books by famous authors that contain some form of sexual content. Sexuality is a fact of life for teens, and the literature deals with it, and the good and bad consequences of it. That being said, most everything I can think of has stuff happening behind closed doors, so to speak. Well, I can think of some second base type action, boobie grabbing etc. Its definitely an area where parents should stay aware, but I would say that the stuff in books is less gratuitous than what they’re seeing on tv and in film. Some crap aside (Gossip Girls), the sex usually has a point too. It’s part of the character’s journey, growing up emotionally and physically.

    This message was brought to you by your friendly neighborhood children’s librarian.

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  15. Miki
    Jul 03, 2007 @ 18:45:02

    Well, I’ll never know if my feelings about this book were influenced by your raving review, but I read it, enjoyed it, but just can’t find it in me to rave about it.

    I definitely liked how it ended. I liked how the heroine took charge of a bad situation and was able to find her own way, her own strength in it. (I liked…well, I can’t say more – though I’d like to – because I’m afraid this comes awfully close to a spoiler as it is).

    There were a few things that made the book an uncomfortable read for me. I can’t decide right now if that’s good (getting me out of my comfort zone), or just plain dislike.

    1) Just as with Meyer’s “Twilight”, I could never quite get beyond the fact that Keenan is old. And the heroine is not – she’s just 17. I don’t remember getting an exact age for Keenan, but he’s definitely been around, both age-wise and in experience. He may look like her (just like Meyer’s hero), but he’s not.

    I have a problem with age differences between romance leads anyway – and 10 years can be enough to make me shudder. Maybe it’s because my parents were so young when I was born (Mom was 16, Dad was 19), but you get much older than 10 years difference, and you’re getting into “old-enough-to-be-a-parent” in my eyes. Ick.

    2) I have difficulties with stories where people are forced into relationships without a choice, especially romantic relationships. There’s a line that gets crossed with this kind of coercion that skates dangerously close to a kind of rape, in my eyes.

    I know that life throws curveballs at us everyday, and despite our desires to be anything, do anything, life happens and some choices are not available to us.

    I think this book is a bit ambiguous about the concept of being “chosen” by Keenan. He says he knows she’s “the one” because he dreams about her. So I never could exactly tell if it’s a conscious “choosing” for him, or if he’s as much a victim of fate as Aislinn. But I didn’t like his total lack of concern for her feelings. I didn’t like that he couldn’t see the ramifications of his “choice” and be more patient with her.

    That may come from being one of the long-lived fey. Or just from being one of the “golden ones” – in his case, royalty – instead of a “regular” joe.

    But if his choice is a conscious one, his lack of concern is utterly selfish and controlling. If his choice is more subconscious, then it’s just unfeeling.

    3) Okay, maybe I’m too old-fashioned or it’s my age, but it just plain ticked me off when Keenan would be all wounded because Aislinn wasn’t falling over in love with him, but at the same time he’s trying to “woo” her (and I use that term lightly), he’d go home and have an orgy with a few of his past conquests. I can get the concept that with a long-lived race, the best you can hope for is a sort of serial monogamy. (Could you really love someone for centuries?!) But, sheesh, talk about wanting to have your cake and eat it too!

    The other thing I didn’t care for was really fairly minor, and I suspect it has more to do with my age than anything else. But I just don’t get the appeal of the body piercing and the tattoos. Despite her constant references to his piercings, I just had to picture Seth (who was the real hero in the story, IMO) without all the hardware!

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  16. Jane
    Jul 05, 2007 @ 07:34:29

    Miki

    I understand where you are coming from, but I never felt that Keenan was set up to be the hero and it was, for me, the nuances to Keenan (and other characters) which made the story so compelling. I was icked out by the fact that Keenan was older and that

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    I felt that the author intended for us to be turned off by Keenan, by the idea that faeries, while outwardly beautiful where spiteful, terrible creatures who would turn on you in an instant.

    I completely agree with you regarding the physical characteristics of Seth, though. I rewrote him in my mind as well.

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  17. Trisha
    Jul 29, 2007 @ 22:21:20

    I was icked out by the fact that Keenan was older and that…

    Oh my god, me too! Ewww! And since I just said, “Ewww!” what’s up with all the guys named Seth in fiction these days? Did that many authors watch The O.C.?

    Back to Keenan. The age difference between Keenan and Ash didn’t bother me that much, mostly because I never got the feeling that love was part of the picture. Fascination, yes. Love, no.

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  18. Jorrie Spencer
    Jul 29, 2007 @ 22:33:00

    what's up with all the guys named Seth in fiction these days?

    Hey, I have that question, too, and I have a hero named Seth! It wasn’t all over romanceland when I named him. And I don’t watch The O.C., nor can imagine being imprinted by a teen.

    Next thing I know, everyone’s hero will be Seamus.

    (Sorry for the total aside.)

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  19. Melissa Marr
    Aug 12, 2007 @ 10:38:41

    Thanks, Jane, for the kind words and thanks to everyone who replied.

    ****spoilery response to Miki’s comment ahead****

    Incidentally, I’m pretty icked out by the age difference thing & K’s arrogance & his feeling like he’s entitled–which is why Keenan was NOT the romantic lead. This isn’t a romance btw an old guy & a young girl. Traditionally fairy tales did that, but I was trying to subvert it here by not making the centuries old male character the “ideal mate.” K can be her friend, & yeah, he’s intriguing, but she’s not falling in love with him. Seth–who treats her as an equal, who is her age, who is NOT controlling–is a much better match.

    In real life, I’m not going to encourage my daughter to date someone vastly older than her OR someone who is controlling, so I’m not doing it in this text either. I am a mom; I have a responsibility to my kids to set a good example. I won’t deny the appeal and temptation either.

    . . . which is also why there IS sexuality in the text. Talking abt it responsibly gets us further than ignoring its role in teen relationships. That’s my belief based on my own teen yrs, my decade plus teaching university, & being mother to a young teen. It’s not the only answer, but it is my answer.

    Melissa

    PS Jane, thank you for having this discussion. It was a pleasure to read these responses.

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  20. Piper
    Sep 05, 2007 @ 18:22:49

    Be realistic here people….teens want to read about sex in YA books. Not the graphic, detailed stuff, but implied sex. Today’s teenagers are a lot more matured than the generation before and if that element is not put into the story, they will consider it boring.

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  21. Sarah
    Sep 12, 2007 @ 11:01:40

    they should make a movie out of this book. it’s fantastic!

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  22. Micha Raiykuvek
    Sep 22, 2007 @ 11:45:09

    Exactly how old is Keenan?

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  23. nala
    Sep 24, 2007 @ 14:00:57

    this book was realy good i loved it hope other people can read this

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  24. Insparay
    Oct 10, 2007 @ 19:31:05

    WOW!!! i really loved this book and being a teenager myself i really enjoyed the book!! The sexual part of the book-well, it was inferred, not actually said, and i’m glad that maybe it showed a window to bad things, but not overwhelmed the book with cuss words and sex. so i really liked that it was a great book and i hope that there is a sequel!!!!!!! ♥

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  25. kay
    Oct 11, 2007 @ 22:14:43

    WOW i really enjoyed this book and it is a GREAT read!!! anyone who hasn’t read it should! It is a great YA book!! GREAT review btw and have fun reading everyone!!!!! kay♥

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  26. kay
    Oct 11, 2007 @ 22:15:15

    is there a sequel???

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  27. kk
    Oct 12, 2007 @ 14:50:41

    i agree with piper!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. Juliet
    Oct 13, 2007 @ 01:26:30

    this book was sooo good i had to get everyone i knew to read it! Everyone who
    read it loved it! we still talk about it! i want to read a follow up cause i know i will LOVE it!

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  29. Anna
    Nov 13, 2007 @ 20:51:19

    I read your book , Wicked Lovely , in a week. I got so attached to it, my parents had to make me stop reading some times. I finished the book last night and i am letting my friend barrow it. She read the first page and loved it. This is so a book that i am going to read over again. I have always loved to read and i have read over 200 book but I have to say Wicked Lovely has to be my favorite book.

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  30. Dany
    Dec 10, 2007 @ 09:09:08

    So ok I’m not a parent and I’m not a teen, I’m a bit older. That aside I have a wide ranging taste in books. I always have. I really love fairy tales, and often read them no matter who their for. So when I saw this book in the store I just had to buy. And I loved it. I was very happy about how you handled the sex issue. Teenagers know that sex happens. Having been one myself, they know a heck of a lot more than you like to think. I’m not saying that they’re all sexually active, but hey, in High School it was there. You had to know something. I don’t like the YA books that treat sex as if it’s not there or doesn’t happen. Thats not realistic, and the teens know it. In this book you told them just enough. There was nothing graphic, you left it at the door so to speak. And that was why I recomended it to my two teenage nieces, who are constantly blurting out things in my presence that sends me in a state of shock. Even though I knew about those things when I was their age. (sigh) So I give this book a thumbs up. It caught and held my attention, that of my room mate, and my two nieces. They all loved the book as well. Good job.

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  31. Maria
    Dec 26, 2007 @ 18:56:27

    It is implied that Keenan is a millenium old (1,000 yrs).

    Donia has been the Winter Girl at least 500 yrs.

    The rape scene is toward the end of the book in an alley where some fae from the Dark Court (Thistle Men) have a Wood Sprite trapped in an alley and have actually spiked/pinned her arms to the wall of the alley, have ripped off her top and have cut up her torso with their thistle hands. Keenans guards and Keenan and his troop are in the alley watching. There is not actually penetration by the Thistle Men but the Wood Sprite was assaulted and tortured.

    I am an adult and have just finished listening to the audio book which I enjoyed treendlously. Seth is very mature for an 19 yr old. I listen to audio books as I commute to work and have gone throught the adult books in my local library and have rediscovered the world of young adult fiction. I do not find the sex scenes explicit at all. I remember being 12, 13, 14 yrs old and discovering the YA section in my local library and I adored the books and was surprised that the librarians let kids read them because there was sex in the book. It was never explicit sex, graphic sex or very descriptive sex like in a adult romance novel. But you knew that the characters had done it but at that age it was enough. I didn’t need to know the details. Reading about it at that age was a good thing as I was able to explore the concept of sex and different kinds of sex in a very safe environment (inside a book) and did not feel the need to do so in the real world. In fact reading YA fiction made me feel as if I was more sophisticated about sexual issues then my peers at school.

    Anyway I look forward to the sequel.

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  32. Sarah
    Dec 28, 2007 @ 14:22:37

    I can’t wait for a sequal and it would be awsome if this book became a movie

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  33. Liz
    Dec 30, 2007 @ 02:57:40

    I haven’t read this book but, at the moment my favorite book it Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series. It’s so good they are putting a movie together for it. I absolutely love those three books!! You all should go read them. There’s Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse!! Have fun reading. The books will be stuck to your hands!!!

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  34. Monica
    Jan 02, 2008 @ 02:14:30

    I loved this book. The next book is Ink Exchange and is due to come to April 29th, 2008 [ MY BIRTHDAY! YAY! IT'S A SIGN! ] though the date may change. I hope not though because I am sitting on pins and needles waiting for it. Melissa, if you read this again, you are a wonderful writer that took me into the fae world and left me gasping for more. I read it in three days, almost non-stop reading before my evil boyfriend would pull me away from it to eat.

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  35. Brittany
    Jan 03, 2008 @ 22:57:05

    I have to say that it sounds like a good book…but I sill have to read it. I wolf have to say that the rape seen sounds that it is well explained…and that I wouldnt mind my daughter to read it. So to say I still have to read it myself.

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  36. ashley
    Jan 10, 2008 @ 22:03:07

    i am reading this book currently it is pretty good it was kinda hard to get into but i have little time to read it so i am skippin all the parts unless it has to do with seth then i read them and they are so good. i love this book so far

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  37. alyssa
    Feb 10, 2008 @ 19:06:07

    exactly how decriptive is the sex scene. because i want to read the book but my parents wouldn’t let me if it was to graphic.

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  38. Melissa Marr
    Feb 10, 2008 @ 19:15:11

    Thank you all :)

    Alyssa, I personally don’t think it’s descriptive in any problematic way at all, but I’m not the right one to decide that.

    I do “closed door” in such scenes b/c I don’t want to intrude on the characters’ privacy (yes, I know they’re not real, but it feels like “morning-after” talks with friends that seem a little invasive to me). I let my daughter read my book at 13 yrs old. My publisher lists it as “12+”

    I think it’s fabulous when parents are involved in their sons’ & daughters’ reading. I want to support her involvement, so . . . how about this? If you want, you can have your mom email me melissaATmelissa-marr.com and I’ll send her the excerpt to see what she thinks. I’m sorta slow on the replies, but have her put “Dear Author re: Alyssa” in the subj line & I’ll try to watch out for it.

    Melissa

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  39. lilymoon
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 21:29:02

    i think her book is great nomater what everyone else says

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  40. Olivia
    May 11, 2008 @ 01:44:47

    I fell in love with this book!
    I don’t think the sex in this book was graphic at all. The rape scene was a little bit more descriptive, but nothing happened. I’ve read books far more graphic. This book is one of the best I’ve read. It keeps going, there are practically no borings parts. I would have to say that I would even rank it with the Twilight series, but that’s my opinion :]

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  41. Kay
    May 11, 2008 @ 20:17:55

    I absolutally loved this book! I seriously could not put it down, but i think it could use a sequal.

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  42. Kayla
    Jun 20, 2008 @ 15:33:34

    ok so i was reading the comments on the first page and i wanted to clear a few things up………………
    ok
    so keenan and ash’s relationnship was great and i dont think that it matters much towards the age of the young two lovers.
    Ashs’ relationship with seth is perfect
    I LOVE SETH!!!
    and the whole i dated your mom was kinda weird for me though i still liked it………………
    he was attracted to her child in her not her
    and its not like they had sex…………

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  43. Vivian
    Jun 23, 2008 @ 00:18:07

    I absolutely loved, loved, loved Wicked Lovely. Melissa Marr writes so beautifully, I absolutely could NOT put the book down. Seriously. I read the whole book in one sitting last night. It was that great. I think it would make a great movie as well. I love Seth. I never imagined I would find any guy who had a lot of body piercings attractive, but I have to thank Melissa for opening my eyes to this.

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  44. Caroline
    Jun 29, 2008 @ 07:05:00

    I loved Wicked Lovely. The book was beautifully written. Melissa Marr’s a great author who has an awesome taste in music too. I loved how she created such lovable characters, all pretty realistic, even for the faeries. WL is definitely one of my favourite books. Ah, and the tattooed and pierced Seth is my dream boy! Haha! Hopefully the book won’t be made into a movie… I wouldn’t like anyone to ruin my image of Seth or of Keenan either.

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  45. Nay
    Jul 05, 2008 @ 16:26:31

    This book was recommened by a friend to my daughter who loved it. She did not enjoy the swearing in it but ignored it for the story. She recommened it to another friend who quit reading it because of the content.

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  47. Iris
    Jul 29, 2008 @ 14:26:03

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    I really look forward to reading this book. I found it at Sam’s Club, but was unable to get it at the time. I read the back of it and [obviously] this review and it sounds brilliant. Ahhh, I cannot wait!

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  48. Cassie
    Sep 06, 2008 @ 19:43:19

    I read this book, and am doing my book report on it, this book gave me new outlooks and made me realize what we put ourselves up to. Every time I go out, i look for ink exchange, and i usually find it, but there’s always something keeping me from getting it, *sigh* what a shame. like last time i was @ the mall in barnes and noble with my friend, and she’d get me a book, but it had to be a certain price or lower, and ink exchange was just above it. instead i got a book called bleed, it was interesting, and had a good plot, i just wish i could see more into the characters lives. i wonder if there will be a third book???
    1)wicked lovely
    2)ink exchange
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    mabye it would be called…. forget it.

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  49. Cassie
    Sep 06, 2008 @ 19:44:35

    P.S. my b-day is april 29th too, more reason to get the book

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    Oct 05, 2008 @ 06:13:21

    [...]  5. I couldn’t decide on one last book so I thought I’d mention two half-great new novels I’ve read recently, to make up one great novel. (See? Cunning.) One would be Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely, a quite wicked and lovely YA novel about a girl who discovers she’s been chosen by a fairy king to be his Summer Queen – but she can’t think of anything she’d want less. (See a more detailed review here.)  [...]

  51. v.v
    Dec 19, 2008 @ 00:55:29

    this book sounds great :D

    is there a site to download this book :D

    cbf buying + im cheap

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  52. SandyW
    Dec 19, 2008 @ 10:59:32

    this book sounds great :D
    is there a site to download this book :D
    cbf buying + im cheap

    I'm going to assume from your lack of punctuation and capitalization that you are young. So, let me give you some advice.

    First, peppering your message with smilies does not make stealing any cuter. Yes, downloading from file-sharing sites is stealing. No, everybody is not doing it.

    Second, if you actually pay for books, this helps enable the authors and publishers to afford to produce more books.

    If you genuinely can't afford to buy the book, try your local public library.

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  53. Millie-Mei
    Apr 23, 2009 @ 05:18:05

    I haven’t read the book yet but i can’t wait i have hundreds of books and this is exactly my type of book (I don’t mean the whole sex thing. I mean i love reading fantasy) I love Stephenie Meyer’s novels aswell and if someone who likes that likes this it’s perfect. I just want to thank Melissa Marr for creating an unbeleavably good novel. Or atleast it will be when i read it. No one ever thanks the authors enough so THANKS!!! x

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  54. Trin
    Apr 26, 2009 @ 01:58:50

    Thanks for the review, I loved this book and I post a link to your review on my blog hope you don’t mind.

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  55. Kenzie
    May 17, 2009 @ 11:11:49

    ok, so im a teenager that loves to read, and i absolutely loved this book.
    ive been reading alot of these reviews and i would like to say some things.
    some of these reviews have been complaining about the age difference between Aislinn and Keenan. well its not much different from the twilight series is it?
    because Edward and Bella have a pretty big age difference as well, Edward was born in 1918, and thats far from when Bella was born…
    i actually like the age difference between keenan and aislinn, because it keeps things interesting, different. and it shows you that this is not just average love story between some teens…
    And, wow, Seth is my favorite character in the book [and so is keenan]. its not just because they are two of the main guys in the book and melissa marr makes them sound so cool [although that is a big part of it!] but they both have so much depth in their personalities and everytime i read about them, i just wanted to find out more and more…
    But anyways,
    i thought this book was amazing.
    i put it right on up there with the twilight series and i think if it were to become a movie, i would definitly go see it the night it comes out.
    ive thought about it, and it would be totally awesome to see all of our favorite characters come to life [as well as some freakin kewl faeries.]

    melissa marr is a fantastic writer that really knows how to get peoples attention with just a single sentence, thanks for a great book!!

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  56. Kenzie
    May 17, 2009 @ 11:14:38

    oops i just noticed something, edward was NOT born in 1918, that was the year that he was changed i believe…
    sorry!
    i got my dates mixed up :)

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  57. Alee
    Jul 06, 2009 @ 06:21:47

    To answer someof the questions above if they werent already answered; yes there is a sequel but you would probably have to read a related but not directly related book in the series first which would be ‘Ink Exchange” the sequel however is called “Fragile Eternity”

    and overall as a series i loved it; the way that the series was kind of shafted at the end.. not so much of a fan… the author could have easily produced a third in the series to make all ends meet, but it was left as an open epilogue that hints at the near future but seeing as how it is the epilogue pretty much says the series is done for.

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  58. Andrea
    Aug 18, 2009 @ 20:38:30

    I really really really loved this book, I have already read it 2 times, and it was not boring at all…my favorite characters are Seth and Aislinn, I like their way of thinking, I also like Donia, I think she is like a great friend who in the end helps Aislinn.
    I also think they should do a movie, it would be awesome, maybe it’s a bit difficult but it would sell a lot haha.
    If you read this Melissa, I just want to tell you that I love how you write and also the great imagination you have, I would love to read other books you write, but first I have to finish the Wicked Lovely series haha. So, if you write any other book please let us know I would LOVE it!!
    Bye everyone =^_^=

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  59. Meriah
    Aug 21, 2009 @ 02:46:07

    I would just like to say that I am fine with my children reading about sex. We all obviously know it is a part of life for teens.(whether we want to or not)And Instead of giving the impression that sex is a horrible and totally wrong thing to do. I think It is better when you give a positive impression. Because how are they going to feel when they finally do have sex????? (it will happen) Are they going to feel like they just did this horrible act that needs punishment, or that they made the right choice?
    I think erotic,highly detailed sexual content is not very appropriate. But I would rather my daughter know about sex and how to do it right at a young age,because they are having sex at young ages so,I just think it is fine when they are giving positive impressions about it. A book I read last night talked about the girl crying and shaking after sex. What message does that get across?????

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  60. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely « Fyrefly’s Book Blog
    Aug 23, 2009 @ 22:19:33

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  61. Erin Taylor
    Sep 03, 2009 @ 08:59:13

    Personally, this book takes you not only through a fantasy, but also through harsh reality. Not so much in WL, as in Ink Exchange. But none the less, if you ARENT a teen. You wouldn’t fully understand. I’m not hating on twilight, but Bella was a seemingly boring character with little complex elements. Aislinn’s character is so different, I constantly found myself relating to her. There is a bit of sexual tension in the book between Seth and Aislinn. Which makes a whole hell of a lot of sense, and I enjoyed it. You can’t complain about YA novel’s having sexual content in it. Reality check? Most teens are thinking about sex. Not all of them are doing it, but it is something more widely accepted now a days. It makes for a good read. I’m sorry, it just does. Violence as well. Giving teen’s a simple novel, with no harsh elements wouldn’t be anything close to reality. They couldn’t relate. I think it was wonderfully done. I’m a writer myself, and I’m constantly looking back at Wicked Lovely.

    Very unique and well written. :)

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  62. Keri
    Mar 02, 2010 @ 17:17:54

    The book was very enjoyable, definitely recommend reading. In regards to the issue that everyone seems to have with the sexual references in the story, I have a couple of points. First, while always an individual preference, I felt that the subject was handled very well: something along the lines of “yes, it exists, but we don’t need to enhance it with a lot of inappropriate details.” I would not have any problems allowing my teenage children to read it. Second, why all the concern over the sexual content without equal concern on the presence of violence? I agree with the earlier comments … you don’t want to condone violence in any way. But to not allow someone of appropriate age (teenagers) to read this book because of sexual content, but to allow them to read something else that has violence in it does make a statement. Just curious why.

    (For the record, I feel that the violent content in this book is not necessarily a deterrant to read it, but it is notable. I would point both areas out to my kids ahead of time.)

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  63. EG
    May 24, 2010 @ 02:51:31

    when i read the first book I liked it a bit and bought the other two (unfortunately). I didn’t like them. What did I not like?

    1) The love between the boys and the girl is too artificial. I didn’t feel or believe it.

    2) There isn’t enough description for characters, places etc. so you can’t attach yourself to the story truly. In my opinion a book should make you feel the place and feelings or whatever it tells.

    It’s a cold story that has lots of holes in it.

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  64. Keneth Nibbs
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 17:55:22

    Only lately my personal son really wanted to learn if I could possibly get him some lego items for his bday, I was shocked but thrilled, this can be a quite good understanding toy.

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  65. gie
    Oct 03, 2010 @ 07:47:31

    @Cassie:

    hey can i get your book report?
    thank you :)

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    Sep 19, 2011 @ 21:54:15

  67. Cornelia
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 05:21:15

    the book is really WICKED!(just like the title)
    it’s so interesting and the title itself is a total headturner….I can just join the faerie land right now,and become Keenan’s queen! *laughs*

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