Saturday, February 12, 2011
Despite the fact that I’ve already read Darkest Mercy, I’m rereading the entire series to prepare for the release. I just finished rereading Wicked Lovely. This is the third time I’ve read it, and I love it more every time.
One thing that I love about this story is the modern story-telling mixed with centuries old faery lore. I’ve always had an interest in faeries, and I love researching when it comes to folklore. It’s very interesting to me the way Melissa weaves old tales with something new.
In the beginning of the series we meet Aislinn, a mortal with the Sight. She can see faeries, and she was raised to believe they are all dangerous. Keenan, the Summer King wants her for his queen. He normally doesn’t have much of a problem with girls, but Aislinn knows what he is. And she knows to stay away.
Not only is the story-telling amazing, but the characters are interesting and well-developed. I love the descriptions of the faeries… beautiful and terrifying. Faeries (like other supernatural beings) have a different idea of what is right and wrong. Their behavior is fun to watch. Although, if I was Ash, I doubt it would be so fun.
If you need another reason to read this book… a movie is in the works. And you want to read it before you see it, right?
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.