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Stopping Time, Part 2

(Wicked Lovely #2.5 Part II)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,772 ratings  ·  72 reviews
In the continuation of Stopping Time, Leslie's darkest past has caught up with her. Now, she must figure out how to keep the fey she loves safe—and how to save herself.
Published March 23rd 2010 by HarperCollins
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Jillian -always aspiring-
***FAIR WARNING: This review includes spoilers for not only this story -- but also the books Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity***

Part I rating: Five stars
Part II rating: Four stars
Final/Overall rating: Four-and-a-half stars

Now to the review (which is more like commentary):


Does it sound strange that I DIDN'T totally understand the Irial/Leslie/Niall love triangle before reading this? I knew Irial was bisexual -- or, rather, had a feeling from the way he talked in Ink Exchange to Gabriel and
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Okay. I want you to prepare yourself for a bit of a déluge in the way of me describing to you just how ecstatically in love I am with this short story. Yes, you heard me right. Short story. What's that you say? You thought I already covered my love for Irial and Niall in my review of Radiant Shadows? Well, I thought so too. But then I stumbled across a little thing called "Stopping Time" and it became clear that this kind of love cannot be "covered" in a single review. Consider this fair warning ...more
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Hello, I am a Dark Court Junkie......... I am so glad that Melissa Marr penned this wonderful short story. I always wanted to know what happened to Leslie. Did she miss her Dark Court family? In the first half it was so wonderful to get to revisit our old friends, and then bamn cliffhanger!~!
So in part 2 I absolutely love the interaction between Niall, Irial and Leslie. It is like being a fly on the wall, getting a little insight about what happened to them after the end of Ink Exchange. And to
Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hmmm, I liked this little treat (a free ebook download, thanks to the wonderful Melissa Marr). Both of these two parts of Stopping Time, are a continuation to a Ink Exchange, they take up where that story had left a the reader, me, wanting to know how Leslie, Irial and Niall, would work out their connections to each other. They were just a couple of quick short stories to help fill in the gaps.

I was glad for the reconnection, and liked how it ended, but I have to say, it was maybe not my preferr
Apr 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-mg, fantasy-sci-fi
If you were interested in reading more about the love triangle between Leslie, Irial and Niall, or you just wanted to know whatever happened to Leslie’s brother Ren, read this short story.

It picks up where Ink Exchange ends: Leslie has moved on with her life, in a new town, with new friends–yet she can’t entirely escape her past, nor can she forget her feelings for Irial and Niall. They too can’t forget her or let her go completely….

Great chemistry among the characters… was a quick read, yet s
Leslie, Irial, and Niall's complicated love triangle is addictive to read about! They are without a doubt my favorite characters throughout the series, and I'm thrilled to be able to read about them after Ink Exchange because much like Iri & Niall, I was afraid that Leslie would leave and never come back! And that would have left my curiosity and need for a happy ending completely stymied and upset, lol
Sooo glad I get to read more of their stories!!
Amber Moore
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
not my normal genre but good. probably would have enjoyed more if I read the
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile
Not my cup of tea. Juvenile fantasy, but it was free. Not interested in reading the rest.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
O feel like part one an two should be switched.
May 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
God, I still feel the heat from this thing and I read it more than 12 hours ago. I had forgotten how incredibly alluring Irial was. Thankfully, he is back in all of his menacing, enticing glory in Stopping Time Part 1 and2.
Leslie is slowing mending the shattered pieces of herself. It’s been months since she left the Dark Court and the two Faerie Kings that love her. And she’s getting better. But she still isn’t well. She made the right choice, in her mind, she knows that. But knowing that she ma
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Why did I read this:

So I read this immediately after I read Ink Exchange. I was so thoroughly engrossed in the characters, that and I simply had to know what happened. This is only a short story, but it’s a tale that needed telling and ties up a few loose ends.


Irial had given his court to Nial, both out of love for Nial and Leslie, and because that love also made him a weaker King. Leslie is in college and pushing through on her own. It is hard, but it is her own choice. She miss
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Leslie has been doing better since she left the world of fairies behind. With no more Irial or Niall, she might be alone, but she is safe. They are of course watching over her, forever bound together in a love triangle that none can escape. While Leslie and Irial had their time together, albeit with her in a drunken haze as she was the conduit for Irial to feed his people, she never got her time with Niall. While it's impossible that her and Niall could ever be together, could they perhaps stop ...more
Sam Nicholas
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was a great ending to a great begining! I loved how when she found out who it was how everybody reacted and pretty much knew right away. Then Leslie and Niall. They throw me through a loop! Evertime! I love Leslie and Niall but no matter what happens they just run away from each other! I hate it, mostly cause I want them together, but of course that isn't what Leslie wants, so I have to sit and wait for them to finally meet somewhere in the middle. The ending of this really reminded me of ...more
May 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2010
This story delves into the relationships between Niall, Iriel and Leslie. Although Leslie has left the fey world and wants nothing to do with it, these two fairy guys keep an eye on her anyway, in some ways to protect her and in other ways because they both want her. It adds a bit of dimension to the characters, but honestly I'd have enjoyed the back story on each of these three characters so much more than this, particularly Niall's story which I keep waiting to read. So, a little disappointed ...more
Apr 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Part 2 opens with Irial's point of view. I remember not really liking him at all in Ink Exchange, but in this story I really do feel for him. The second half of the story continues with more angst, but it was good, and it got me psyched up for starting Radiant Shadows even though I don't think it focuses on these characters.
Another piece from Marr that helps to tie up a number of loose ends in the Leslie/Irial/Niall storyline. It's a short piece -- only 35 pages or so -- but captures more of the "love story" that was really a driving part of Ink Exchange and (less so) Radiant Shadows. A little underdeveloped plot- and action-wise, I think, but still, definitely good for a quick jaunt back into this series. Looking forward to the next novel.
Jul 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
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Stopping Time is a novella about Leslie, Irial and Niall. Since Ink Exchange was my favorite book in this series so far, I really enjoyed this short story. These three characters are my favorite. I wish the story would've included a bit more about Irial and Niall, but overall it was an enjoyable read.

[Format Read: Adobe Digital Edition]
**Kindle Read**

Still was not enough Irial (oh or Leslie and Niall). ;) The ending was definitely sweet though. I've never been a big triangle person, but these three have wormed their way in.

I was also glad of the resolution with the person threatening to expose Irial and Niall for who/what they are.

I still hope that we're not done with these three.
Angelia Fransisca Rusli
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, anthology
Leslie finally knew who tried to threaten her -and her two beloved men. It was Ren, her brother. She had to find a way to safe herself and not to put Irial & Niall in danger.

I kinda liked how Marr was ending this novella. But I hope she would write more about Leslie-Irial-Niall, that would be interesting.
Dawn Ross
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A great in-between. We get to see what happens with Leslie after she leaves the dark court. Irial and Nial are determined to keep her safe and protected despite her wishes to be Fae free. I have to say that this was a little tear jerker which shows you what love makes us do on so many different levels. definitely worth reading. Two thumbs up.
Jun 10, 2010 rated it liked it
There were parts of this two-part short story that I found really intriguing, but the amount of repetition put me off. (How many times must the conflict be stated? At least once per paragraph, apparently.) It was a nice enough read for free and I would love to see Marr explore this love triangle more in the future. But a little more succinctly, please.
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
I will admit that Part 1 of this novella did keep me intrigued enough to want to read Part 2. However, after reading Part 2 I feel like this story was a letdown.

Part 2 was a lot of redundant dialogue without any definitive resolution. I'm so glad I read both parts of Stopping Time when they were free!
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I really liked this freebie and was so caught up in it that I didn't put it down until I was completely finished. It it a love triangle at it's best and makes you want to see where the characters are going next.
nancy (The Ravenous Reader)
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Ohh this wonderful little story made me so happy today. If you loved the Dark Court of Melissa Marr's Faery world then this mini-adventure will surely please you and if I may say so leave you pining for more :)
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
WOW...seriously??!! All I want is MORE! This was such a good extension to the story but I'm still feeling like I want to continue in this storyline with these characters and have a bit more closure!! It's HOT...that's all I can say! :)
May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Yup...Still love Melissa Marr's writing and the world she has created. I am constantly enthralled with the emotion, devotion and intriguing reality she has created for us.

Thank you for the amazing story. And yes! please write more free e-novellas!!!
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Apr 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Aww how cute! I really enjoyed these two short stories about Leslie, Niall and Irial. I really like Leslie and Niall as a thing and I hope to get more on them in the near future. I hope Melissa Marr writes another book on them or something. :-)
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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

Other books in the series

Wicked Lovely (5 books)
  • Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)
  • Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2)
  • Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3)
  • Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely, #4)
  • Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely, #5)