I may be overreacting, but I'm almost positive it may kill me to wait for the next book. I loved it and I can't wait to discover everything about Tess...moreI may be overreacting, but I'm almost positive it may kill me to wait for the next book. I loved it and I can't wait to discover everything about Tessa and all the secrets about Will. And dear God, I hope something is done for darling Jem!(less)
I read Wicked Lovely last year and thought it was so different from everything else out there. I really like the tone of this series...dark, mysterious and seductive..I just love it. I am eagerly awaiting the release of Darkest Mercy, the last book in the Wicked Lovely series.
While I wait, I'm going to listen to the audiobook versions of the books. The the audio version of books I've read sometimes end up giving me a different perspective and a new appreciation for the details in the story. A good narrator will sometimes also make you feel more deeply for the characters. They give them life in a way. That is what's happening while listening to this series right now. It may also be that it's been a year since I've read them and experiencing them from the beginning again is making me nostalgic.
Wicked Lovely's world is rich and absorbing. It makes me want to be IN the book right along with these amazing characters. The characters..le sigh. Aislinn is the perfect blend of vulnerability and strength. Seth is perfect for Ash..I don't think he would be that perfect with just any other girl, but interestingly enough, he wouldn't treat these other girls bad either, even if they were just one night stands. Keenan..you want to dislike him, but he's so honest that it is very difficult to do so. You feel for him and the centuries old quest he's been on. I actually found myself rooting for him and wanting to comfort him when he was down. Keenan and Donia's relationship is so heartbreaking. We meet Donia in the very beginning of the book, where Keenan is wishing and hoping beyond hope that she is the one. She is the Winter Girl...the one who chose Keenan hoping she would be it but wasn't and is now paying for it. Her job is to warn and dissuade any of Keenan's latest prospects from taking the risk she took and becoming what she became, even though them choosing this risk would free her. I felt sad for Donia, well, until the end, that is.
We also met Irial, King of the Dark Court, and Niall, adviser to Keenan. These two are in a league of their own...but more on them when I tell you about my feelings on Ink Exchange, which I'm almost done listening to.(less)
To me, Ink Exchange is a story about 3 people trying to find themselves and happiness in the situations they are in. Leslie is dealing with a broken home and a family who doesn’t keep her safe. In fact, her own brother puts her in the most vile situation, all for drugs. Niall has been trying to find redemption ever since leaving the Dark Court for things that were happening to mortals that he didn’t know about. He thinks himself dangerous and not good enough for Leslie. Irial is trying to find a way to maintain his court’s strength. He thinks he finds the perfect solution with Leslie, but he doesn’t anticipate what she’ll do to him. These three are in a complicated “relationship” because they all care for each other and this book’s ending doesn’t resolve it. It does leave all them in a new place in their lives though. Some happier than others.
I love Melissa Marr’s writing. It’s so poetic! This is probably my favorite book in the series so far. I really can’t wait for Darkest Mercy.(less)
I loved it! I wasn't sure about Xhex ultimately being John's female after Lover Avenged because, well, she was just so, I don't know, hard? Anyway, th...moreI loved it! I wasn't sure about Xhex ultimately being John's female after Lover Avenged because, well, she was just so, I don't know, hard? Anyway, the way their relationship transpired in this book leaves me with no doubt that they ARE meant for each other. I really loved the Darius flashbacks, I hope and wonder if we'll see more of that in future books. The Tohr/John scenes ALWAYS left me crying...my heart breaks anytime Tohr walks into a scene. The Qhuinn/Blay story was also very strong and it was also heartbreaking..I really want those two to be happy. All in all it was a really, really great story.(less)
I loved it!! I think I may die if the next book isn't released soon. I think this one has the most cliffhangers yet!!! How long will I have to wait?!?...moreI loved it!! I think I may die if the next book isn't released soon. I think this one has the most cliffhangers yet!!! How long will I have to wait?!?!(less)
I love Manuel Manello. Manny is intense but I like that he’s a smart ass. He also doesn’t take crap from anyone. Payne is just kick-ass, plain and simple. I felt their relationship was…interesting. Maybe it had to do with the fact that they spent most of the book in the recovery rooms of the Brotherhood’s place. Once they they were outside the walls of the mansion, things got better. I finally got to see them as a couple…carefree and in love.
At first, I don’t think V or Payne knew how to act around each other. Their moments together were frustrating and heartbreaking at the same time. Payne has always loved her brother, so I think the fact that V wasn’t instantly affectionate with her, might have hurt her a little. I was glad to see that Vishous felt instantly protective over her, though, and he did love her instantly! He just didn’t know how to show her.
I have to say that my favorite part of this book was the fact that Vishous finally got more story. I read somewhere that JR Ward had said his was the hardest one to write and that she wasn’t completely happy with its ending. Well she certainly makes up for it in this book! She put V and Jane through the ringer. To me, no other couple in this series has ever felt more real than theirs. I don’t know why, but it just does. Vishous is one tortured male who has never dealt with what happened to him. In Lover Unleashed, he does it and it is completely heart-wrenching. He comes out of it a better male though, so it’s worth it. I hope he can be truly happy now.
Butch and Vishous have one of the most intense bonds in this series. After Jane and V have their fallout, Butch is the one to reign him in. No one knows V better than Jane and Butch and since Jane couldn’t be there for him, Butch stepped in. He stepped in in a huge way! I had no idea what was going to happen and was a little nervous. What transpired in that penthouse was very much needed but my heart broke for both Butch and V.
Manny has a smart mouth, and thanks to that, some of the funniest moments are when he and Butch are talking to one another, because as we all know, Butch ALSO has a smart mouth. There were a few things, even from previous books, that clued us in to the big reveal, or connection, at the end that once it was out, all I could think was, “I KNEW IT!!” I love how JR Ward does this. I’m actually kind of hoping she will write more about John Matthew and Darius’s deal, because I don’t think Lover Mine really explained any of it.
Ah, Qhuinn and Blaylock. I certainly didn’t get enough Qhuay in this book. The things we did get were heart-wrenching, though! The longing and angst between Qhuinn and Blay breaks my heart…but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I just know this is building up to be one tear-fest of a book! Maybe. Hopefully? PLEASE, JR Ward!! We need a Qhuay book!
Let me tell you how elated I was to see The Brothers together and having a good time in this book. I missed them!! It wasn’t too much, maybe twice altogether in this whole book, but it was fantastic. One very absent character was Tohr, which surprised me as I heard his book is next. Usually we get hints or some story about the upcoming character’s book…but with Tohr? Nothing. I’m eager to find out more of what’s to come for him. He deserves a HEA.
Lessers. I’m not going to lie. The Lessers have never interested me much. Mostly, they bore me and when they got their own chapters, like in Dark Lover, I skimmed through them…as fast as I could. They are not the primary villain in this book though…which I totally loved.
Our “new” villains are a ring of warriors from the Old Country who are led by Xcor. Xcor took over the group after the Bloodletter, his supposed father, was killed in front of him. These warriors hunt lessers as well, but they are all outcasts. Xcor has also been in search of the female who killed his father for centuries with no luck. Yes, that would be Payne, who killed her father for what he did to Vishous. They travel to America for the first time with plans to take down the Brotherhood. These guys are waaay more interesting than the Lessers. No skimming through their chapters. They have a particularly steamy scene toward the end of the book involving a ménage à trois. That was a new one for this series. Can’t complain though. *blushes*
We also get to see Jose de la Cruz again. In this book he begins to work with a new partner, Thomas 'Veck' DelVecchio. Veck turns out to be one sketchy individual…and it doesn’t escape notice with De la Cruz. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with these two.
Lover Unleashed was another great installment to this series. It had all the elements we love to read in these books. I savored it and didn’t rush through it because I knew that as soon as I finished it, I would want more. Guess who wants the next book…NOW? :)(less)