Book Review: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
I am always on the look out for an original paranormal YA. I do love my some vampires, but it’s refreshing to find a supernatural that is something that isn’t exactly norm.
You want to know the moment I knew I found it in Wicked Lovely? I was talking to a friend about it and she had absolutely no idea what Fae even were…I didn’t even know it was possible to not know about the Fae.
They are the -er- good neighbors. And we call them that because we wouldn’t dare call them the names we really want to
Writing about the Fae is very controversial, I’ve found. Some people think you shouldn’t write about them, talk about them…really think about them. Respect the Fae. But…I love that world. I’ve always believed in the Fae and the otherworldly beings. Anything supernatural…I love it. I didn’t exactly have those stories in my young life, but even without hearing them from my mom or grandma, I still knew about them. I still believed.
I still do believe.
Melissa Marr is an absolute genius and brought those faery tales into the modern day. That’s what folklore is, isn’t it? The retelling of stories and telling them in a way that gives them meaning today. Faery tales have been written down, but they change with every telling. Isn’t that interesting? I find it fascinating, but that is because I am a folklore geek and just want more and more!
The main character in Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely is Aislinn; called Ash. She has the [misfortune] of having the sight. She would never call it a gift and, once you get to know the Fae, I can understand why. She has lived her whole life abiding the rules set by her grandmother. She must never let the Fae know she knows they exist. They can never suspect she can see them, even if i means walking right into their path (running away or dodging something that you’re not supposed to see would look shady!).
Unfortunately, she has found herself in a horrible situation as the Summer King becomes interested in her. He won’t say why, though his advances aren’t exactly subtle. He definitely hasn’t tried dating for fun! HAHA! There is so much riding on whether or not she will return his feelings or, simply, give him the light of day.
Ash makes her own rules, though I do wish Melissa would have included a scene where Ash was incredibly protective of a friend early on. Sometimes her actions do come out of no where.
But Ash is a teenager, after all. I remember back in high school when everything anyone did came out of the blue. People are crazy at that age. Throw in the Fae and….the Gods only know what will happen!
I do, but that’s because I read the book HAHA!
I’m currently reading the second in the series, Ink Exchanged.
Melissa Marr makes me want to hug her character in one scene and shake them in the next. I’m right there beside Ash as she battles inner demons and really dangerous, not to mention powerful, Faeries. She has spunk and is a strong female protagonist, which is something I’m always looking for in the bookstore.
What would you do if the Summer King (or any powerful Fae, really) was trying to court you against your will? In some of the scenes in the book, if I were in Ash’s shoes, I might…okay no. I would not punch a Fae. It’s a tricky situation. Fae are very…good neighbors and also very proud. You never want to be in their debt. ALSO NEVER SAY THANK YOU! NEVER! Really, don’t say thank you to people you don’t know or who could possibly BE Fae. That’s my advice. Instead say, “You’re very kind.” or something like that. Channel your inner Brit and be fancy with your words LOL!
I highly recommend Wicked Lovely. I couldn’t put it down and read it in a day. When I was done, I was so sad because I didn’t want to leave that world. Thankfully, I could buy the next book so I wasn’t sad for very long.
Posted on September 9, 2013, in Book Review and tagged book review, Books, Fae, Faerie, Fairy, friendship, Melissa Marr, pagan, paranormal, reading, Romance, sight, Summer King, supernatural, Wicked Lovely, YA, young adult. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.