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Wicked Lovely (book 1)

by Melissa Marr

Rated: Moderate

Aislinn can see faeries.

Granted, that’s not always a good thing. She’s not supposed to let on that she can see them, especially since they tend to get vindictive when they find out. So, for her whole life, she’s been going around pretending that what she can see doesn’t exist.

It works out fine, until one — Keenan, the Summer King — starts paying attention to her. See, he’s been bound by Beria, the Winter Queen, and he will not have his full power until he chooses one to be his queen. She has to be willing to give herself to him, and if she isn’t the One, she will carry the curse of the Winter Queen. Not an easy fate, and something that not many girls will choose. And it seems that for Keenan, Aislinn is The One. Except. She’s in love with Seth, an ordinary mortal, which makes things slightly more complicated.

You have everything in here: urban fairies, kicking heroine, love triangle (of sorts), faerie mythology, good overcoming evil… there’s nothing to not love — except that while it is good and gripping and intriguing, there’s a disconnectedness from the story that keeps it from being a truly great story. It’s also a fairly dark tale, where everything is harsh and edgy. However, it’s not enough of a drawback to keep the reader from being curious about the next book, which is always a good thing.

Rated: Moderate — references to drinking and taking drugs (though none actually happen), and an instance of (non-graphic) oral sex.

— Reviewed by Melissa Fox

Melissa Madsen Fox's blogging career began in 2004 when she started Book Nut. Reading, reviewing and book blogging have taken over what's left of her life after being a stay-at-home mom to four rambunctious daughters and wife to a slightly- absent-minded professor of political science.

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  • Wicked Lovely (book 1)
  • by Melissa Marr
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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