I am continuing to reread this series by means of audio book. I really enjoyed Ink Exchange, again. This story takes a completely different and much dI am continuing to reread this series by means of audio book. I really enjoyed Ink Exchange, again. This story takes a completely different and much darker turn from Wicked Lovely. Ink Exchange takes place in the same world, but with a different character focus. I like Leslie's character, a lot. She changes so much during the book and I enjoy her struggle to find strength even in dark places. While she has been through indescribable events, she is not a weak character and is respectable because of that. I also love Irial and Niall, what a great way to round out the story. You still see appearances from all our other favorite players, so the world remains intact and growing.
This story takes a majorly dark turn and Melissa Marr writes it perfectly. Melissa Marr's writing continues to be beautiful even when dark and deadly. The world continues to be magical and mysterious.
Once of my favorite things about this book is the untraditional ending. (view spoiler)[It is not often that a main character decides to choose neither of the love interests presented in a book. I found it refreshing that Leslie chose herself in the end and found a way to move on with her life. While most of the time I prefer the romance to have a happy ending, I don't think it would have been true to Leslie's character and I am glad Melissa Marr didn't take the easy ending option. (hide spoiler)]
Looking forward to book 3! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I originally read this book in 2009 and decided to revisit the series from the start before reading the final book. This second "read" was actually aI originally read this book in 2009 and decided to revisit the series from the start before reading the final book. This second "read" was actually a listen on audio. I enjoyed it this time as much as the first.
I love Marr's writing style and use of language. Her words captivate me and really enhance the world-building. I am always hesitant about stories where faeries are in the human world, but invisible. However, in Wicked Lovely, Marr integrates the different characters and bridges the human and fairy worlds perfectly.
The time Marr spends describing and educating us about the fae really made the story come alive. This is where I feel the writing is truly beautiful and vibrant.
The assortment of characters to become invested in kept the pacing steady for me. I like that Marr treats the secondary characters with the same attentiveness as the primary. The relationship between characters is well developed, but not predictable. While the love triangle has been done often, this relationship between Aislinn, Seth, and Keenan is unique.
Wicked Lovely is a strong beginning to the series. ...more