I read an ARC of Wicked Lovely for the first time a few years ago. I loved it. Utterly. Melissa Marr has such a way with narrative and with constructing a sound, compelling story. With the upcoming release of the final book in the series (and the recent acquisition of an ARC of it, Squee!!) I decided it was time for a reread. So it begins.
Revisiting this story, and these characters, is like having my soul wrenched out of my body by my very best friends. The emotions in Marr’s books are shattering. Also, I still want to have coffee with Marr some day. I think we would get along on many surreal levels.
That said, the book. The book.
Aislinn sees faeries. She doesn’t want to, but she does. There are rules about these things that she tries to abide, but she fails miserably. A faery named Keenan has set his sights on her, and she is trying her best to resist him, not knowing that he is the destined King of the Summer Court. In tandem Seth, Aislinn’s best friend, flirts with her incessantly, confusing poor Ash. Oh, and did I mention there are warring Courts with a vested interest in Aislinn’s demise? Yeah. She’s pretty much doomed.
I still have a crush on Seth. It’s the complete package of the brain and the personality. I want him to be flesh incarnate so that I can have him. It’s easy to see why Ash falls for him, and why she is so torn. Keenan is almost secondary to Seth. The plot is very important, but it’s not just about an all-consuming love triangle. Marr’s ability in writing sings in the scenes between Ash and Seth, in the dialogue and the poignancy. Marr wrote a very human book about Faeries and their ilk. Fascinating, and tragic. And very, very addictive. You’ll want to buy the first two books automatically when you pick this up.
This is such a clear 5 out of 5 for me. Thanks, Melissa Marr, for entertaining me once again. With the same book.
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