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Ink Exchange

(Wicked Lovely #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  62,959 ratings  ·  3,051 reviews
Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published April 24th 2008 by HarperTeen (first published 2008)
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Dec 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love tattoos, fairies, and confusing writing
Recommended to Tatiana by: Heather
Shelves: 2009, romancelandia, ya
So, I gave Marr another try. I didn't like "Wicked Lovely" that much, but was told "Ink Exchange" was better. In some ways, it was.

For one, Leslie as a protagonist is more interesting than Aislinn. There is definitely more depth to her and although I don't get that whole idea of a tattoo being able to free you of your troubles, to liberate you, make you stronger, Marr makes Leslie relatively easy to understand. Again, there are interesting ideas about faery lore that I would like to know more ab
Aug 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, 2009
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

How do I love Bad Boys? Let me count the ways:

1. Okay, so I don't actually have reasons, I just love them.
2. But I should get an A for effort, b/c I sat here and thought about it for a good long while.

Iriel. GAH. Even his name is HOT.

The Dark Court thrives on chaos and Iriel is its King. His Fae are the natural balance to the restraint and order found in the High Court, but ever since Keenan found his Summer Queen and Beira (the Winter Queen)'s reign of terror ended, hi
May 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr's first novel, was on my Best of 2007 list and I've been very excited about the sequel, Ink Exchange. The storyline follows Aislinn's friend Leslie. Leslie is surrounded by a fog of secrets and unable to break through the fog because of something that happened to her while Aislinn was caught up in her own set of the tumultuous events in Wicked Lovely. The gulf between the two girls only grows wider as they find themselves unable to talk about how they have each bee ...more
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
I didn't like the first one, Wicked Lovely, so I don't know why I read the second one, other than I wanted to give the author a second chance...
The teen librarian where I work told me that the teens are eating these books up, but I can only figure that the appeal is the fact that teenagers are being picked to be fairy queens; I don't get it.
These books are badly written, the world the characters inhabit is undeveloped, and the author spends too much time on the build up only to leave us with hur
3 & ½ stars

I wanted to give the prequel to this book Wicked Lovely 3 & ½ stars but I opted for 4 stars in the end because of the cute little excerpts that Marr included at the start of the chapters about fae folklore. I found them charming. Unfortunately those little quotes were not included in Ink Exchange. I thought that omitting these took from the atmosphere of the book. Should something like that had been included, I would have easily given this one 4 stars as well.

I wanted to like this boo
Apr 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book surprised me (and not in a good way). Perhaps because I didn't feel as many dark undertones in the first book, Wicked Lovely, I expected this work to be an entertaining, dark-ish, YA fantasy with themes of finding love, belonging, dealing with authority/power, etc. What I encountered was a disturbing novel which addresses themes of extreme violence, questionable ethics, addiction and domestic abuse in a very surface/shallow way. I made myself push through to the end, even when I realiz ...more
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In some ways better than "Wicked Lovely", in some ways worse. Leslie is a way cooler character than Aislinn, and I like her struggles AND the choice she makes at the end. On the other hand, super-emo Faerie boy Niall made me laugh at how emo he was while Irial makes feminist me rage. I'm also not happy how violence and possession are mistaken for romantic intentions.

2.5 stars graciously rounded to 3 (mostly because of Leslie and her final choice). While this is an OK series, it's d
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
2014 rating: 5 stars
2020 rating: 4 stars

ugh it feels so good to be back in the world that introduced me to YA fantasy.

I have a lot of nostalgia towards this series and after rereading wicked lovely last year I was scared nostalgia would be the only thing left to enjoy with this series but melissa marr really glowed up with her second book.

the fae in this series are the most genuine fae I have read in that the author is not afraid to make them brutal, cruel, manipulative, & selfish beings. not
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to the world first created by Melissa Marr for Wicked Lovely. A world where faeries exist and roam among humans without their knowledge. In this companion novel to Wicked Lovely, we get to know Leslie, one of Ash’s best friends. Since Ash and Keenan defeated the Winter Queen and gained power, peace has reigned between the Summer and Winter Courts. Ash doesn’t go anywhere without guards and her closest friends are guarded too.
Leslie has had a rough home life ever since her mother le
Edit (re-read in 2018): I still love this book. I still love Irial , but I love Niall even more than I did the first go-round. I have to dock a star for the audiobook. The narrator was just “meh” for me. Leslie is such a strong character that is just BREAKS ME inside, reliving her backstory and all she’s endured. The ending of this book is so satisfying to me, because I love the prospect of a new beginning—even if I’m reading an old book.

HOWEVER, the audiobook did teach me that I was pronouncin
Maria V. Snyder
Dec 20, 2008 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and was glad to be back into the world created by Melissa Marr. The only thing I found frustrating was the ending. The story is told in multiple point of views and it jumps between three people, but the main protag is Leslie. For the climax of this book, Leslie has to make a hard choice and when she does, the readers aren't in her POV, but another's so it happens off screen and we're told about it. After all the things that happened to her, I felt cheated in not being able to ...more
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Ink Exchange is the companion novel to Wicked Lovely, which basically means that it is not the sequel to Wicked Lovely, but is still set in the same world and has many of the same characters as Wicked Lovely.

Personally, I like Ink Exchange better than I did Wicked Lovely. To be fair, WL was one of the first fae novels that I’d read, along with the Holly Black series, so I was just getting to know about the glamours and the sight and all that fae lingo.

Ink Exchange is definitely the darker nove
Mar 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
In her essay "The Collapsible Woman", Vanessa Veselka talks about how society expects all victims of rape to break and collapse. She argues that we don't know how to deal with survivors rather than victims. But clearly Marr knows how. Like the previous book in this series, the human characters are so real, full of all the strengths and weakness that make up real teenage women. This book is particularly compelling because it deals with darker issues like rape and addiction in a real way. Marr mak ...more
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
To finish or not to finish? I'm having a hard time deciding if I want to truly finish this book. I maybe have 100 pages left and I have no desire to finish. I don't care what happens.

As I'm reading this book, it gives me the feeling of what I guess it would feel like to be on drugs. The ups and downs, the darkness, the hopelessness. This book is dark and leaves me with sad ugly feelings.
Julie Zantopoulos
Re-reading this series has been pretty eye opening. It's not good. It really isn't but I love it for nostalgic reasons while being fully aware of how ridiculous and trope-filled it is. The writing...ouch. These troubled girls finding salvation in men who are dangerous, unhealthy, and rob them of choice is not something I'm enjoying reading about. The battling seasons/courts are laughable in their structure and depth. I can't help it, I'm flying through the re-read and loving how awful they are. ...more
Apr 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Ink Exchange, by Melissa Marr, is the second book in the series Wicked Lovely. I love, love, love the faerie world Marr has created. Her attention to detail in how she creates her characters and the various faerie courts is magnificent.

Leslie is a seventeen year old girl who is struggling with the events of her recent past. She attempts to claim herself back by having a tattoo inked on her back. She sees this as a tangible symbol of change… change she desperately needs. What she does not know i
Feb 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: old-school-shit
This book was very disapointing. I started it because Wicked Lovely was okay, so i decided to get the second book. Usually, i can figure out if i like an author or not based on their second book.

And i just found it really...boring. Aislyn, who i'd liked, was barely in it, and it was just leslie and some new characters. It didn't seem like there was a storyline to me. I would be reading it and go, " Hey, these words sound familiar." Turns out, i was continually reading the same page over and ove
Feb 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like young adult noves, paranormal romance, or anything with faeries
I found this book to be much more adult than "Wicked Lovely". Melissa scores a homerun with this book and completely recommend teens and adults to read it.

Melissa has a wonderful voice and a great sense of the faery world. I applaud her.
Aug 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Tithe
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Sara (Freadom Library)
Actual rating 4.5

Plot - 4.5 out of 5 stars
Slow in pace. Incredibly dark, twice as dark as the first book. A lot of different POV's. Full of intrigue, magic, really tough subjects are discussed and an unusual ending.

Writing Style - 4 out of 5 stars
Deliberate, detailed, and dark. Really sultry and mysterious. It helps to keep you guessing as to the plot. The whole time it feels like there's something lurking right around the corner.

Characters - 4 out of 5 stars
Overall, the characters
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
This book was so engaging to me. I was yelling, laughing, frustrated, and engrossed in this book. It seemed like I was telling my sister my thoughts every 5 pages, and we discussed what the characters were doing, their motivations, and our desires and frustration as the story moved forward. The story left me wanting more in the best way.

-Tie to book 1. I love that this book starts with a scene from book 1, told from Irial and Leslie's POV. It really helps to make this story feel connected t
Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Ink Exchange is the sequel to Wicked Lovely. I wasn’t expecting this book to be from the pov of another character but that doesn’t matter, I wasn’t attached to Aislinn in the least.

If I have to say something about this book, it’s that the two prominent male leads were vibrant and quite tasty, making this a much more enjoyable experience. The chapters were easier to zip through but while this book improved in areas from Wicked Lovely there were still glaring problems.

Melissa Marr’s prose is qui
Mishma Nixon
Wicked Lovely wasn't a book I loved.Despite having it in my wishlist for months,and getting so excited when I read it finally,it disappointed me so much.I even gave up the book after a few pages.So when I stumbled upon it's sequel,I have no idea why I bought it.

Well,maybe I knew.It's the cover which did the magic.I mean,who says no to that cover?It seduced me in first glance.

So it's fair to say that I was pleasantly surprised to find this book enjoyable.Unlike Aislinn who bored me so much in Wic
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Nice!
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 3.5
Overall: A waste of time
Characters: Good
Plot: There is something strange going on and I can’t put my finger on it.
Page Turner: at times
Series Cont.? Maybe
Recommend: Not sure yet
Book Boyfriend: Niall

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
Where I loved the first book, I could have not read this book at all. Unfortunately, it doesn’t further the series in any way that I can see based on the ending. What little we did learn that may have been of some use co
Valentina Markasović
2016 reading challenge - a book with a blue cover

I expected something else when I initially picked this book up. But one thing I love about the books is when they surprise me. And this one surprised me in a good way. I liked the decision Leslie made in the end. Her character was the most likable and I appreciate the girl-power message the author was trying to get across. Or at least that's the message I got from reading this novel.
Eliza Crewe
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dark as fooooook, but man, I love Marr's writing style, and her imagination is unbelievable--the creatures in her world are just so fascinating. Love it. ...more
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Invisible to humans, a world of fairies coexists with ours, a world in which shadows and light, summer and winter must be carefully balanced to avoid war and chaos.

Now, after centuries of searching, the Summer King has found his Queen and made peace with the Winter Queen, upsetting the precarious balance. Without war to feed on, the feys of the Dark Court are fading. To save them and still avoid resorting to open violence, the Dark King must bind himself to a human girl and steal her emotions h
Steph Su
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
Ever since her mother left, Leslie’s had a hard life. Her father is perpetually drunk and useless, and her addict brother Ren actually sells her to dealers he owes. All Leslie wants is a normal life, free from the fear and the pain that constantly plague her. She enters a tattoo shop run by the talented Rabbit one day and is attracted to a dangerously beautiful tattoo that she just has to have, so strong is its pull.

What Leslie doesn’t know is that the tattoo is the mark of Irial, king of the Da
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
First review got deleted. Grrrrr.....

Basic plot: Leslie seeks to reclaim herself after some very bad experiences, but risks losing everything to the dark fey.

This book is a sort of sequel to Wicked Lovely. Aislynn, Keenan, & Seth are on the fringes of this story, but the focus is on one of Aislynn's mortal friends, Leslie. At first I was looking forward to seeing other characters in the same world, but Leslie wasn't much of a personality to pull a reader in. She had a full back story, which show
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Melissa Marr is a former university literature instructor who writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens, the Graveminder for adults, and her debut picturebook Bunny Roo, I Love You.

Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages and been bestsellers internationally as well as domestically (NY Times, Los Angeles Times, USA T

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