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Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
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Feb 19, 2008

did not like it
Read in February, 2008

Oy vie! What a horrible book. I decided to change it's title to "Beautiful and Vapid Hormones" Melissa Marr held so much promise for a feisty female protagonist, willing to fight the allure of immortal beauty and power for our mundane yet necessary mortality. Sadly, Aislinn (the main character) faded into nothingness in the last few chapters. It seemed as though Marr couldn't sacrifice either of the two worlds for her Aislinn and so gave her both, which in my opinion, gives her nothing. Life demands sacrifice for true happiness. Hormones ruled, not love or the quest for right, just penises and breasts, sorry to be so blunt, but it's too true. I'm thoroughly disappointed. Perhaps if the story started the way it began I wouldn't be so upset. But Marr set a beautiful stage, perfect characters with bright promises of illuminating lives. It's as if Marr put all her energy and wit into the first act. It was perfectly coordinated, hopeful lives waiting for tough decisions to show their true beauty and strength. The happy ending never came because as the curtain ascended to reveal the last act the actors, once graceful and awe-inspiring, crashed into each other, tripped, pulled down the beautiful set, ripped their glittering costumes, shouted profanities and uncovered their base savage hormones. I hope Ms. Marr becomes a great author she has it in her, but she needs to learn, as we all do, that life is lived beyond physical desire, in what we sacrifice for others and ourselves to gain wisdom and love.
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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Perfect! That's the way I've been feeling about so many of the books (and movies) that I've been reading lately. I just want to shout, "I don't care about your private parts! please write about what really matters and act like humane beings!"
I've taken to reading non-fiction for the time being.

message 2: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Kirsti, you should be a book reviewer. Or whatever they're called. You're awesome!!!

Cindy The whole Hasleton clan is here (including me, the adopted Hasleton)! Yay! I totally second what Jennifer said--your new calling in life is to become a book reviewer for sure. I'm glad you let me know about this book, Kirsti. I almost picked it up at Barnes and Noble the other day. Without having read it myself, I would have to say that unfortunately for much of the world, being a "normal" human being means thinking exclusively with your private parts. I become more convinced of that every day.

message 4: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I’ve been thinking about the negative review Kirsti gave this book Wicked Lovely and how much I disliked the Abstinence Teacher as well as a few other books I’ve started and stopped recently. The continual dwelling on one’s private parts and the characters’ inabilities to see where their hormones will take them has really perplexed and annoyed me.
Then last night while driving with Emma in the car, we turned to a hip hop station that Emma listens to on the bus. She sang along to some of the lyrics. This was okay with half of the songs. But the other half made me shudder, how long will it be before I have to explain what pornography means or why she was “slapping her big booty”?
What do I do? I feel so inundated. It was okay when it was in books that I could put down. (Which is frustrating enough, I used to go to books to read about exemplary and exciting lives. What shock to find that my outlook on life is as novel as many novels out there.) But when the base inability to control sexual appetites becomes a song for my 8 year old to sing, then it’s time to act. I just don’t know how.

Cindy Kirsti, I felt the same way you did. For some reason I felt compelled to read it despite your warning. Like you said, the beginning made it seem so promising, but in the end it ended up being mushy. Like a lot of fiction writers, she had to make everything end up all neat and organized. It usually doesn't work that way. I initially really like the male character (can't remember his name for the life of me... Aislann's boyfriend), but he too ended up as mushy as the rest by the end. Sigh. It could have been so good!

Tally Yes, I agree with you. It was very promising, but at the end it all came down to hormones. I enjoyed the book, never the less, but the ending wasn't to my liking.

TheSaint Hallelujah sister! This title is one of the nominees for the Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award this year. I think it will appeal to readers of Twilight, but you're right: the author choked.

Georgie thankyou for partially ruining the story, you know there is a button which lets you know when there are spoilers in the comment!

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