Wickedly Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1)
Author: Melissa Marr
Rule # 3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.
Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.
Aislynn has been able to see faeries for as long as she can remember. Her mother saw them. Her grandmother sees them, too. Lately, faeries have been hanging around more than usual, following her and her best friend, Seth. She keeps to these rules to protect herself and everyone else, but now they seem futile. They want something.
There’s an icy curse among the faeries and she may be the key to breaking it. IF she isn’t she will suffer like those before her by taking in the cold that will sink into her very heart.
It may also be the only way to protect everything she has—her freedom, Seth, and her life.
This book marks 12 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. Loving the supernatural and fantasy, I glad to finally get to this one. One of my closest friend gushes about his book.
First off, the cover art of this book is beautiful and dark and enchanting, much like the book itself. I found myself looking at it a lot. I love the way the icy flower is the prime focus rather that the faerie in the back. It really gives way to how she wishes to reconnect with warmth and nature (AKA Donia, the last girl who tried to free Keenan and failed). But, all she has is this cold and it touches everything, turning it deathly cold, even her own heart it seems. So…major rambling. LOL. Loved this cover.
The writing is incredibly raw and vivid. Realistic. The details of the fey were just breathtaking. A perfect blend of the gritty and enchanting from the cold streets of the town to the magical homes of the fey. The way the emotions between Ash and Seth, and Donia and Keenan, were captured was so subtle and gentle that just made me all gooey. It was so careful and loving. I didn’t squee, but I totally melted. Both couples have this tender sweetness like fragile flowers.
Keenan, King of the Summer Court, encompasses everything that’s warm and flora. Meanwhile, his mother, Beira, is the Queen of the Winter, icy and deadly. Both come across as formidable creatures. With Ash between them, this deadly curse could come to an end, but when she has to break her rules, it puts people she loves in danger. This story may not have moved a Mach 5 for, but it was pulse-racing because there was so much on the line for Ash, and she didn’t want any part of it,
I still love Holly Black-my queen of fey, but Marr is phenomenal as well. There was a realness to it that really makes me see these fairies as possible real beings. They’re cruel and spiteful, yet alluring and longing.
“Mortals don’t see the fey.” (Donia, p. 98)
“She might be the one. One of them has to be. Sooner or later.” (Keenan, p. 147)
“Mortals are such fragile things. Just tender feelings walking around exposed in their dilicate shells…Easy to crush.” (Beira, 192)
“Every day. I want to hold you every day. Nothing will ever change that.” (Seth to Ash, p. 203)
More to come soon…
P.S. Song today? Feel Like Falling by Digital Daggers.
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