I think this book needs the context from the Omnibus version to be a more compelling and interesting story. I'm going to check out the rest of the serI think this book needs the context from the Omnibus version to be a more compelling and interesting story. I'm going to check out the rest of the series because so many people love it, but with just these stories, I didn't get it....more
I would probably really rate this book a 3.5, but mostly because it's nothing as advertised. If you're looking for actual steampunk, look elsewhere. II would probably really rate this book a 3.5, but mostly because it's nothing as advertised. If you're looking for actual steampunk, look elsewhere. If you want a faerie story with a lot of romance elements on the more mature side of YA fiction, then you'll probably enjoy this. My only real problem with the story is that it didn't really have an ending with a pretty significant plot even happening pages before the end with no resolution....more
There’s nothing inherently wrong about Wicked Lovely. The main protagonist is not incompetant or annoyRead the full review at Working for the Mandroid
There’s nothing inherently wrong about Wicked Lovely. The main protagonist is not incompetant or annoying, though I wouldn’t really describe her as strong or all that smart either. She doesn’t have any annoying overly bubbly or quirky sidekicks. The guys in the book are actually nice people that I would be willing to be in the same room with, even if one of them is a faerie king. The bad guys were clearly drawn and over-the-top to the point of silliness, but not in a bad way, more in a proper faerie tale sort of way. Things happened at a fairly regular pace. On the surface, this is a down-the-middle okay YA supernatural title, so why did I find myself constantly wanting to listen to anything other than this book?
I’m blaming the narrator. She was wonderful at distinctive character voices, but her actual narrator voice struck me as being better suited for Shakespearean plays than YA titles. There was something to the way she over-enunciated everything that drove me a little crazy at 6:30 in the morning. And in the middle of the afternoon. It just didn’t match up and the story wasn’t fantastically interesting enough for me to get beyond the grating narrator.
Our main character, Aislinn*, is a teenage girl who happens to be able to see all the faeries that live in her small town. Because this is a bad thing, she pretends like they aren’t there and becomes friends with the attractive loner boy who lives in a train (which I thought was a pretty cool idea) because faeries can’t stand steel. One day, a gorgeous boy faerie starts stalking her because he’s convinced that Aislinn is the queen he has spent 900 years looking for; she must agree to be his queen for him to obtain his power as Summer King and end the nasty rule of his mother. The rest of the story goes along as you’d expect given that set up, at least until the very end. Somewhere around the last disc, things got interesting and I perked up. Then it ended. And I got frustrated.
As I said before, Aislinn is a fair female protagonist. She’s not all that strong, but she’s also not completely powerless. She makes her own decisions and choices, but she also makes some really stupid choices that made me yell in my car. For someone who has seen faeries all her life, she didn’t act like she knew much about them – particularly the bit where you should not eat or drink anything they offer you because very bad/odd things will happen to you and you’ll wake up somewhere else, not remembering what happened. I think that incident alone colored her character for me. That was the biggest, dumbest thing a girl in a book about faeries could do. ...more