Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2)
Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.
Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries...more
For one, Leslie as a protagonist is more interesting than Aislinn. There is definitely more depth to her and although I don't get that whole idea of a tattoo being able to free you of your troubles, to liberate you, make you stronger, Marr makes Leslie relatively easy to understand. Again, there are interesting ideas about faery lore that I would like to know more ab...more
The teen librarian where I work told me that the teens are eating these books up, but I can only figure that the appeal is the fact that teenagers are being picked to be fairy queens; I don't get it.
These books are badly written, the world the characters inhabit is undeveloped, and the author spends too much time on the build up only to leave us with hur...more
I wanted to give the prequel to this book Wicked Lovely 3 & ½ stars but I opted for 4 stars in the end because of the cute little excerpts that Marr included at the start of the chapters about fae folklore. I found them charming. Unfortunately those little quotes were not included in Ink Exchange. I thought that omitting these took from the atmosphere of the book. Should something like that had been included, I would have easily given this one 4 stars as well.
I wanted to like...more
Leslie has had a rough home life ever since her mother le...more
Personally, I like Ink Exchange better than I did Wicked Lovely. To be fair, WL was one of the first fae novels that I’d read, along with the Holly Black series, so I was just getting to know about the glamours and the sight and all that fae lingo.
Ink Exchange is definitely the darker nove...more
I will admit that I was reluctant to read this one. I am a huge fan of Wicked Lovely and will not lie when I say that I put effort into holding off on Ink Exchange. I walked past my bookshelf everyday, made eye-to-spine contact, grunted and scurried away. The idea of alternate characters did not sit well with me, esp...more
As I'm reading this book, it gives me the feeling of what I guess it would feel like to be on drugs. The ups and downs, the darkness, the hopelessness. This book is dark and leaves me with sad ugly feelings.
Melissa has a wonderful voice and a great sense of the faery world. I applaud her.
Leslie is a seventeen year old girl who is struggling with the events of her recent past. She attempts to claim herself back by having a tattoo inked on her back. She sees this as a tangible symbol of change… change she desperately needs. What she does not know i...more
If I have to say something about this book, it’s that the two prominent male leads were vibrant and quite tasty, making this a much more enjoyable experience. The chapters were easier to zip through but while this book improved in areas from Wicked Lovely there were still glaring problems.
Melissa Marr’s prose is qui...more
Now, after centuries of searching, the Summer King has found his Queen and made peace with the Winter Queen, upsetting the precarious balance. Without war to feed on, the feys of the Dark Court are fading. To save them and still avoid resorting to open violence, the Dark King must bind himself to a human girl and steal her emotions h...more
I loved this story. My heart broke for all of the characters, especially Irial. He was so well written, that you find yourself falling in love with him despite the fact that his actions are at times, truly evil. I was touched by his humanity so to speak, as well as his selflessness towards Niall and Leslie. Leslie is an especially heartbreaking c...more
What Leslie doesn’t know is that the tattoo is the mark of Irial, king of the Da...more
Basic plot: Leslie seeks to reclaim herself after some very bad experiences, but risks losing everything to the dark fey.
This book is a sort of sequel to Wicked Lovely. Aislynn, Keenan, & Seth are on the fringes of this story, but the focus is on one of Aislynn's mortal friends, Leslie. At first I was looking forward to seeing other characters in the same world, but Leslie wasn't much of a personality to pull a reader in. She had a full back story, which...more
Thumbs Up: 3.5
Overall: A waste of time
Plot: There is something strange going on and I can’t put my finger on it.
Page Turner: at times
Series Cont.? Maybe
Recommend: Not sure yet
Book Boyfriend: Niall
SUMMARY (50 words or less)
Where I loved the first book, I could have not read this book at all. Unfortunately, it doesn’t further the series in any way that I can see based on the ending. What little we did learn that may have been of some use co...more
Ink Exchange is my favourite of the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr. I was beyond happy to reread this one. It's the one that has (thus far) resonated with me the most. There's something in Leslie's story that I, as a woman, identify with so much. It hurts to read this book, because I see so much of this character in myself. Sigh. My review, yes. My review.
Leslie has it really hard since her mother walked out of her life. Months later the absence echoes through her home; her father has succ...more
Some may find the faerie knowledge base difficult to get their heads around (I have heard this comment numerous times from fellow readers)as it is not a brief background provided. The workings within eac...more
I was a little surprised when I started reading to find that the main charac...more
And i just found it really...boring. Aislyn, who i'd liked, was barely in it, and it was just leslie and some new characters. It didn't seem like there was a storyline to me. I would be reading it and go, " Hey, these words sound familiar." Turns out, i was continually reading the same page over and ove...more
4 stars= Don't even ask to borrow it. You should prob buy it though.
3= If you borrow it, you better not lose it, mangle it, or keep it too long.
2 or 1 star= I don't use these. If it's not a 3 star or...more