So, this is a companion to Wicked Lovely. Since I've loved that one, I was eager to get my hands on Ink Exchange. When I finally got to read it, I wasSo, this is a companion to Wicked Lovely. Since I've loved that one, I was eager to get my hands on Ink Exchange. When I finally got to read it, I wasn't disappointed (other than with Radiant Shadows).
I was astonished that Melissa Marr actually managed to write a novel that I loved more than WL, with a cast of characters that are even more likeable than the first cast, a more vivid Court and a far more complex situation. Also Keenan isn't there that often and that's always good.
This novels main protagonist is Leslie, who is one of Ash's friends. We learn that her own brother has sold her off to some dealers and she now tries to move on with her life, surpressing the hazy memories that still haunt her. She feels like she can't tell anyone and that the only way she can get her body back is by getting a tattoo, marking her skin hers again.
Then there's Niall, the former adviser of the summer king who is now looking after Ashs friends. He's taken a special interest in Leslie, but he knows he can't touch or even speak to her, as his touch makes mortals addicted. A few hundred years ago, he let this trait dominate him, when he was still friend to the Dark Court king. But after having learned what really goes on in the Dark Court and having had to choose to either leave the addicted mortals to the Dark Court or to surrender himself, he left and became part of the Summer Court. Now he's having trouble choosing what is right for Leslie and for himself.
Our last character is Irial, king of the Dark Court. After Beiras death and the following peace between Winter and Summer Court, he now has to find an other way to feed his Court, which flourishes on the dark emotions of the fey. This way is the Ink Exchange. Through tattooing a mortal with his symbol, he binds her to him and so can also taste human emotions through her, which will be able to nourish his Court. But it also means that this mortal will lose her ability to feel, which may be a price to high, even for Leslie, who so desperately wants to stop feeling the pain...
Really, I feel compelled to say that Ink Exchange is a work of art rather than a YA novel. It's a powerful and emotional journey through the pain of having been abused, what it means to heal and how at the end, the only person that can really own you is yourself. ...more
**spoiler alert** So, I've waited quite a long time for this book. Ever since I finished Fragile Eternity to be exact (that was sometime last summer).**spoiler alert** So, I've waited quite a long time for this book. Ever since I finished Fragile Eternity to be exact (that was sometime last summer). From early reviews I gathered that this book was great and didn't disappoint you if you've loved the other books.
And now that I've read it, I have to disagree. Sure, it was a good book and entertaining while it lasted. But it did disappoint me in some ways, namely: -The character of Rae. When she was introduced (the prologue), I liked the idea of what she was and was eagerly awaiting her backstory. Which never came. Seriously, Rae was never more than a plot convenience in this book and never really became a character. It seemed to me as if Melissa Marr just needed someone to get Devlin to save Ani and Sorcha to retreat into dreamland so Faerie could fall apart so the Shadow Court could be founded so that this book had any kind of plot. Not cool. -WTF happened to Sorcha?! Melissa Marr takes one of the most interesting characters in the series and changes her into a creepy stalker. I had myself asking if she even watched Seth while he was showering. Ew. -I still have no idea what Bananach would have done with Anis blood if she had given it to her. She doesn't seem to starve like the rest of the Dark Court. Anis blood is only good to feed with it, so why did she need it? I'm confused. -Another cliffhanger. Great.
But I still gave this book 3 stars, because there were some redeeming qualities: -The writing. It's just beautiful. Melissa Marr really knows her way around words. -Ani and Devlin were both likeable characters with interesting backstories and the romance that formed between them was believable and cute. -The whole idea of the Hounds leaves me in awe. -There is a steed named Barry. 'Nuff said. -Irial and Niall. Also 'nuff said. -NO KEENAN! (Yes, this was important enough for caps)
It's an enjoyable book, but it left me disappointed in several ways,so it only gets 3 stars....more
More like 1.5 stars but as that is not possible...
I went into this book fully expecting to hate it. It seemed like just another Twilight inspired noveMore like 1.5 stars but as that is not possible...
I went into this book fully expecting to hate it. It seemed like just another Twilight inspired novel with weak characters and a weak plot. Well, that's exactly what it is. But I didn't hate it for it. I was just bored with it.
You see, Wings is nothing special. Really, the only thing I haven't heard of before is the faeries=plants thing. I was surprised how well thought out that plot point was (it's also the only thing that saved this book from 2 stars [EDIT: No, actually, that's not enough. 2 Stars from me.]), even though it went down the sink after half of the book when the 'ugly evil' trolls came in (isn't it hilarious that the bad guys are ugly and the good guys beautiful? Now it's much easier to see who's your friend and who's not!). The love-triangle annoyed me to no end and I don't even think it was needed in this novel. Cut Tamani out of the book and I wouldn't have missed anything. David was nice although unrealistic and I was angry at Laurel for being the selfish bitch that she is when she kisses both him and annoying Tamani at the end of the book. Maybe she wanted to thank Tamani for accidently throwing faerie glitter all over her and nearly impregnating her (no, I'm not joking, that really happened).
It didn't make me angry or happy, just left me asking: "Ok, what's next on the reading shelf?". Thankfully, a better book. ...more