From the Stash is just my way to denote when something is from before I had the blog. I have been reviewing books since January 2010 so I’d like to showcase some of that past work.
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Published: June 12th 2007 by HarperTeen
Format/Source: Hardback from the library
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
Originally Reviewed: April 2012
Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the 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.
Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.
I’ve read a lot of books about magic, witches, vampires, and so on. But it had been a while since I read one about fairies. In fact, I can’t remember if I ever have. I know (as with all mythical creatures) there are lots of interpretations of fairies. My favorite interpretation has always been the Flower Fairies, the fairies whose paintings can be easily found, each fairy representing a certain flower or plant.
In some ways, Wicked Lovely follows that particular tradition and adds it to the larger myth of fairies being simultaneously gorgeous, fun, appealing and scary, violent, and petty. A girl wth the gift of Sight (a common enough idea that is easy to understand) is caught unwillingly in the middle of quite the family feud between the Winter Queen, and her son, the Summer King. The Summer King must make this girl trust him in order to gain his full power and prevent all of Earth to be plagued by a new Ice Age.
My favorite part: the quotes at the beginning of each chapter from different books that have been written in the past about fairies. It makes me want to read those books. There was a feeling of dread or anxious anticipation through most of the book. There wasn’t too much suprise in the ending; I felt like I knew where the story was going from the beginning, and I was only curious as to when we would actually be getting there.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, but to me, it lacked a certain mysticism that I have found in other books.
My rating: 3.5/5