Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely Series #3)

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Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and ...

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Overview

Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

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Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange author Melissa Marr delivers another little masterpiece of Urban Faery, that budding subgenre. In this ethereal romance, Aislinn has achieved the fragile eternity of the title; she has become an immortal faery, complicating both her life and that of Seth, the man who loves her.
Regina Marler
Marr's fantasy world is complex and involving.
—The New York Times
VOYA - Lynne Farrell Stover
This sequel to Wicked Lovely (HarperTeen, 2007/VOYA June 2007) finds the ever-patient Seth living in a dual mortal/faery world and dealing with a unique relationship. His girlfriend, Aislinn, is now the Faery Summer Queen. Aislinn's new role requires that she balance her longing to be in Seth's company with her mandated duties to the stunning Summer King and their court of loyal, whimsical, and dependent faeries. Seth soon realizes that if he is to secure Aislinn's steadfast love, he must level the playing field. To this end, he embarks on an uncertain quest that has the potential to change his mortal status, allowing him to spend eternity with his beloved. Woven throughout is an undercurrent of an impending war among the various self-motivated Faerie Courts that has the potential of inflicting devastation upon an unsuspecting planet. Completely reliant on its predecessor, this modern fairy tale's themes of responsible choice, independent thought, and love versus duty are often contradicted by the actions of the characters. The author's use of internal monologues, rather than give insight to the characters' thoughts and reflections, often confuse and are redundant. The intriguing concept that the earth's seasonal changes are dependant on the faery realm's interpersonal struggles gets lost in the complex and overwrought "love polygon" among the mundane mortals and fickle faeries. The meager plot is slow moving and convoluted until the rushed and unresolved ending that alerts the frustrated reader another book will be forthcoming. Reviewer: Lynne Farrell Stover
Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
Many little girls dream of growing up to be faeries. To be a faery queen, they think, would be perfect. Aislinn, however, is finding out the truth. Recently crowned the Queen of the Summer Faeries, she is realizing that it really is not as much fun as the faery tales make it seem. She has to maintain her court, despite possible attacks from other faery courts. Although she is madly in love with her human boyfriend, his mortality is a constant source of worry for her. She is irresistibly drawn to her king, Keenan, despite her efforts to remain only friends. People who were once her close friends are now other faery queens and kings who value their courts more than her. The more she tries to control her life, the more she seems to lose control. This is a book for fantasy lovers. The plot is intricate, and there are numerous major and minor characters to know. The story is exciting and quickly-paced. While magic is key, the plot is driven by characters, not faery dust. Although some scenes seem to be repeated, the action will draw readers into the book. However, this is a sequel. If readers liked Wicked Lovely, they will probably like this book as well. Those who have not read the first book will be left confused about many of the details. Some of the magical creatures may be unfamiliar to non-fantasy readers as well. This is a good book, but buyers are encouraged to think about who they are buying it for before make a purchase. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason
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Gr 9 Up

Fans of the fey world will devour this sequel to Wicked Lovely (HarperTeen, 2007). The groundwork laid in that book makes navigating the world of the Summer Queen, Winter Queen, and Dark Court easier, although determined readers could make it through this book alone. Marr has created a world both harsh and lush, at once urban and natural, with decaying buildings covered with blooming vines, unkempt Victorian mansions, an overgrown park for the Summer Court, with living Rowan people, gazing ravens, and a mysterious fountain. This world exists within the mortal world and yet remains invisible to most. Aislinn moves uneasily between high school life (although she rarely seems to attend class or study) and her "job" as Summer Queen, a role that increasingly pervades every aspect of her life and draws her deeper into Faerie. Chasteness is not a particularly valued faery trait, and descriptions of interactions, while not explicit, have a mature sensuality and desire. Keenan, Seth, and "Ash" are respectful of boundaries, although the longing to be physically close is never far from the surface, and is sometimes acted upon. Tattoos, body piercing, pool halls, and smoking are portrayed as glamorous parts of teen life. Wicked Lovely, Fragile Eternity , and their companion, Ink Exchange (HarperTeen, 2008), would be good suggestions for fans of Maggie Stiefvater's Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Flux, 2008).-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX

Kirkus Reviews
Three months after the events of Wicked Lovely (2007), Aislinn and her boyfriend, Seth, are still trying to figure out the complex world of Faerie. Though Aislinn, as the Summer Queen, has an antagonistic relationship with the Winter Queen, Donia, Donia's frigidity is the least of Aislinn's problems. Elsewhere in the city, two sisters representing Order and Chaos predict war for Faerie. The overwrought, repetitive writing (one character "quirks his brow" at no fewer than three points in the book) that is Marr's trademark does not let up for a moment here. In spite of this, the plots of multiple love triangles and impending war manage to move much more smoothly from scene to scene than in Wicked Lovely or the companion Ink Exchange (2008). Romantics will be touched by Seth's undying, if blind, devotion to the ever-more-untouchable Aislinn; he goes so far as to become a faery himself in order to be with her forever. Like its predecessors, this book is a few hundred pages of mediocrity underneath an exquisite cover, and it will fly off library and bookstore shelves. (Fantasy. YA)
ALA Booklist
“This dark fantasy about survival and transformation is as mesmerizing as its urban faery subjects.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061214714
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Series: Wicked Lovely Series , #3
  • Pages: 400
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2009

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    #3 and still intriguing

    Fragile Eternity returns to the story of Seth and Aislinn and Keenan and Donia, the main couples in Wicked Lovely. Seth and Aislinn are perfect for each other. They have been through so much, but there is one thing neither one of them can help. Aislinn will live forever, and Seth will not. Adding to the turmoil, as the Summer Equinox draws closer, so do Aislinn and Keenan, and Aislinn grows further apart from Seth. Seth decides to do the only thing he can do, which is exactly what EVERYONE else DOESN'T want him to do. Keenan still loves Doria, the Winter Queen, but if he has a chance with Aislinn, he's going to take it. And Doria is tired of waiting for her chance with him. In the first two novels, Keenan was not exactly my favorite character (THAT would be Seth) but in Fragile Eternity, his lovely, conflicted, not-all-as-it-seems personality fascinated me. I am just dying to know what he's all about. I am still not sure who is the good guy and who is the bad in this series, which just makes me want to keep reading. And, in case you're wondering, Donia is my least favorite character.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    Not as good as the others!

    This book begins well enough, but as you get into it, it just seems to drag on, saying the same thing over and over just in a different way. I have to admit to really struggling with wanting to finish it, it got that repetitive and had very little substance to the story. By the time that I finally reached page 252, only two things of any importance had happened, the rest was just saying over and over that Ash loves Seth and Kennan loves Donia, beyond that no other message came through. I would highly suggest that you save your money and spend it on a much worthier book. The other 2 books in the series were wonderful and captivating, but this one is boring, redundant and not worth your time. Nothing really outstanding in it.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2010

    i honestly could not be more angry with a book

    okay i am so sick of ash!!!! she doesn't shut up about anything and with her it's always the same god damn problem!!!! she loves seth and keinen oh god what ever will she do! shut up! i love the series and i have read radiant shadows and loved it and i loved all the other books but this one i just sat the thinking wow i hate all of them! i wish ash would stop being so stupid and selfish and just make a damn choice!!! this book made me want to hit something. i think you should read it just so you can get to radiant shadows but i honestly hated this book.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    Phenomenal!

    I love this series, the second book (Ink Exchange) was my favorite. The emotional struggle Ash is going through makes my heartache. I don't want to give too much of the book away so I can't say much! Ms. Marr's eloquent use of language paints gorgeous pictures of an otherwise mythical world, helping it pop to life in the reader's mind!
    one pet peeve..I think she found a new word: nonplussed....it's over used and you'll notice when it shows up...please use a thesaurus ms marr! argh!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2009

    kinda lost my intrest

    The first book in the series was amazing... the second one lost my attention there for i am having trouble reading Fragile Eternity. But over all it is a great series and i love the story.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2009

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    ANXIOUS!

    Im so excited for this book to come out!. the series was awsome. Ink Exchange made me cry at the end *sniffle* i hope we get to know more about Seth in this book. he's like, the ideal guy!!! i really hope this isnt the end to the series though...AAHH i cant wait any more!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2009

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    Disappointing

    I absolutely loved Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange, so when I found out about a third I was so excited and couldn't wait to read more from Melissa Marr (amazing author). However, I thought it was a lot slower than the other two in the series and it didn't pull me in at all. This is one of about three books I've ever actually left unfinished.
    By the time I was 60 pages from the end I honestly didn't care what would happen to the characters.
    Read the other two in this series, definitely, but I wouldn't ever reccommend this one.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

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    Not that good

    This book was a let down. I was excited to get it and it was boring.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Hmmm

    This is the third book for all of you dumb a**es that dont know

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    wait...WHAT!?!?!?

    previous comment said she ended up with the person they didnt like. does that mean she ends up with keenan bcause if she does well 1st thanks for ruining the book and 2nd i knew it...YEAH!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Love Melissa Marr!

    Once again Melissa Marr did an amazing job! Just like Wicked Lovely, the cover is amazing. Having loved the first book of this series so much, and having fell in love with Aislinn, Seth, and Keenan, I decided to skip over the second book and go straight to the 3rd.

    Aislinn's adventures into the world of the Fey continue. She and Seth are finally together, but she is also taken her place with Keenan as his Summer Queen over the Summer Court. Aislinn tries desperately to keep a foot in both worlds, while fighting her unexplainable attraction to Keenan, and keeping Seth safe from the other Courts in the Fey world. Aislinn also struggles to keep her Court and Earth in harmony and aware from destruction.

    Seth is very aware of Aislinn's new role ...more Aislinn's adventures into the world of the Fey continue. She and Seth are finally together, but she is also taken her place with Keenan as his Summer Queen over the Summer Court. Aislinn tries desperately to keep a foot in both worlds, while fighting her unexplainable attraction to Keenan, and keeping Seth safe from the other Courts in the Fey world. Aislinn also struggles to keep her Court and Earth in harmony and away from destruction.

    You really feel for Seth in this book. He is very aware of Aislinn's new role as a Fey Queen. He is also very aware of his mortality. Seth struggles to find and keep his place with Aislinn while reassuring himself that she loves only him and not Keenan. In this book he search for a way to maintain that assurance.


    In the first book of this series, Keenan was mainly portrayed as a selfish character (even though his search for a Queen was for his Court's good). However, in the third installment, we see a side of him never presented before. Keenan suffers. He knows he is supposed to be with Aislinn, and cares for her deeply, but is it love? Just like Aislinn, he struggles to keep a foot in two worlds, one where he knows he belongs and even wants to be in, another his heart calls for.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

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    I loved this book.That's prolly gonna be said about any book written by Mrs.Marr here,she's an amazing author.This is the sequel to Wicked Lovely and we learn what happens to the relationship that were formed and broken in Wicked Lovely and the companion novel Ink Excahnge.Aislinn(the summer queen) is in love with Seth and fears the day he will die because he is mortal.Seth wants to become a fey to be with Aislinn forever and protect her(he's really breakable around the strong fey)Donia(the winter queen) is still in love with Keenan(the summer king) and Keenan loves Donia but wants Aislinn (queen/partner) too.We find out what happens when Seth seeks immortality from the High Court queen Sorcha and what relationships will hold and break.I really hope if you haven't read anything by Melissa Marr you will go and get a book by her now. She's up there now as one of my favorite authors,the three books I have read of hers so far are amazingly good and entertaining. And we get these books from the woman who was voted most likely to end up in jail in high school lol!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    Fragile Eternity

    Finally...a look into Ash's boyfriend, Seth. While this book doesn't necessarily revolve around him, it takes a long, hard, honest look into the relationship between the Summer Queen and her mortal boyfriend. We see how complicated and frustrated both are with the situation. While is immortal, she lives knowing that Seth will age and die and she will be without him for the majority of her life. Seth is terrified of losing Ash to the emotions and needs of her Faery Summer Court, and especially her Summer King.

    Seth must find a way to stay with Ash forever, but his options are incredibly limited. To top it all off, Bananach, a faery that craves nothing but war and chaos, has her hands in the pot stirring away, hoping to start an all out war between the factions. Seth finds himself stuck in the middle, being used as a pawn to further various courts desires. Will he make the correct decisions, or will he cause the devastating war that Bananach hopes for?

    This volume of Melissa Marr's series was quite intense. Everyone is at everyone else's throats over something. We are also introduced to the High Court, the court that almost never fully leaves the Faery realm. All the characters are forced to make hard decisions, decisions that could effect the balance of things everywhere. I did get a little tired of hearing Seth and Ash complain about their mortal/immortal situation. We realize this upsets you, I don't want to hear about it every 20 pages or so. However. this series just keeps going strong and it sounds like there may be more to come. I certainly hope so!

    4/5

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2010

    UMMMMMMM......

    Ok i kinda really hated this book. i know that sounds kinda harsh but really it was so boring Ash is an idiot because she just soooooooooooo stupid about Seth and Keenan. i really thought this whole book was useless. now don't get me wrong i love he series but i just really hated how slow moving this book was. sorry.

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  • Posted October 30, 2009

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    fragile eternity

    Diving right into the third installment of Melissa Marr's lush written Wicked Lovely series, I was immediately bombarded with the sense of barely controlled tension. After some tricky maneuvering in Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange, Aislinn, Keenan, Seth, Donia and even Niall have all reached a somewhat tenuous balance but everyone knows the least little provocation could set off a war none of them can afford. Aislinn is thankfully settling into her role as co-Queen of the Summer Court but finding it daily harder and harder to hold Keenan at arms length when every instinct tells her she should get closer as summer draws nearer. And Keenan, well, he's never been a faery to miss a golden opportunity and he's not gonna budge an inch where Aislinn is concerned. He knows the stronger their bond is, the stronger the Summer Court will be and he's not going to let anything, let alone a mere mortal, get in the way of his goals. The mere mortal in question happens to be Seth - Aislinn's human boyfriend who is becoming increasingly frustrated with his mortality. Knowing he's too fragile and weak to truly protect Aislinn against any faery wishing her harm, he's stuck waiting on the sidelines, watching as Keenan draws her ever closer. This little love triangle is further complicated by Donia, who is slowly turning into the Ice Queen she truly is as she watches Keenan woo Aislinn while professing he truly loves only her. I'd be a little bitter too. And Niall? Well, we can all just sit back and appreciate the Dark Lord in action, because frankly, if I was the betting type, my money would be on him.

    Melissa Marr has such a way with words, sending her readers into this convoluted world full of court politics and murky relationships. Each individual Marr introduces is more alive and solid than the previous with each adding their own spin to events. Often while reading this series, I've found Ms. Marr's faeries to be remarkably human. That could be due to the fact that the boundaries between faery and mortal are so thin in her world - they go to the same night clubs, the same parks - and not surprisingly, they often seem to have more human than faerie qualities. That said, when Seth travels to meet Sorcha of the High Court of Faeries, I was so entranced with her complete 'otherness' as a quintessential faery. I should have fully expected that someone embodying Faerie would be a little bit different but I was surprised by how imperial everything about Sorcha and her court appeared. Just loved the contrast.

    There are so many characters to love in Fragile Eternity but I found myself constantly irritated with Aislinn. How did she stray so far from being one of my favorites? The girl makes some seriously deluded choices that made me want to strangle her. Out of every single character that has set foot in a Melissa Marr book, Niall has to be the winner - hands down. Who else could have began as a bodyguard and adviser and in one decisive step taken up the role of the King of the Dark Court and no one doubts for a minute that's where he belongs? That's right, NOBODY. I love his friendship with Seth and I love even more his barely controlled violence. He's freaking awesome.
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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Could've Been Better, But I Liked It

    Well if you've read the first two books (Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange) in this series then of course you must read Fragile Eternity.

    About:
    So, in this book Seth, Aislinn's mortal boyfriend, is struggling to keep Aislinn. He is determined to spend eternity loving Aislinn, not wanting to die and leave her with Keenan. Keenan wants to strengthen the Summer Court by really being with Aislinn, and throughout the story he tries to convince her.

    My Thoughts on the Book:
    Fragile Eternity was an alright book, not nearly as good as Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange (Ink Exchange is my favorite ^.^). In fiction books there is usually a problem that is set out to be resolved through the plot. In Fragile Eternity, I felt that the "problem" was not the core of the book as I feel it should have been. As I was reading, the plot seemed to move along slowly and there were several unnecessary parts used just to fill pages. The story ended too abruptly; it felt more like the end of a chapter than the end of a book. I felt the story was not wrapped up well enough. The reader is left hanging with hardly a clue of what is going on, having to wait for the next book to get the rest.
    Please, do not get me wrong, although Fragile Eternity was disappointing, I did enjoy it. Having read the other books in the series, there was no way I could not.

    I hope I helped :D Happy Reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2009

    ehh

    kind of a let down the first two were so much better this one just kinda says the same stuff every chapter =(

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    Excellent addition, can't wait till the next one!

    I had been wondering how Seth really felt about Aislinn being the summer queen, I found out. This book seemed to bounce through more characters than the others but still kept the story together and didn't let me get lost. I love the new realtionship between Seth & Sorcha, I think it is very sweet & fits the series well. I really didn't feel sorry for Aislinn eventough she is torn between what was & what is and I still don't understand why Donia can't find love & move on from Keannen I hope she can find love in the final book to come. I can't wait.

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  • Posted April 29, 2009

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    Fragile Eternity

    After reading both WICKED LOVELY and INK EXCHANGE, i had ver high expectations for this book. And let me tell you, i was not disapointed. From the first page, Melissa Marr cages you into this insane, twisted, wonderful world of Faery. I was hooked. Marr writes so beautifully it is hard not to believe tht you are there (in the court of your choosing) watching it all play out. i loved seeing new insight on all of the courts. you learn so much more about the Summer, Dark, Winter, and even the ever-mysterious High Court. Also i love the development of Seth (Aislinn's mortal). i love how twisted my feeling got. i'd always loved Seth but then as the story goes you start to question whether he is best for her. Marr does that. makes you feel whatever the characters are feeling. it was so magical. i loved every page. i know we all tend to do the paragraph skipping thing, but this one will have you going over every word to get the most out of it. LOVED LOVED LOVED, worth buying your own copy. cant wait until the other stories! you should defiately invest in your own hardback copy of this book! it's one of those ones you're gonna take with you everywhere, and you're not gonna want it to get messed up!!

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    Beautifully written, intriguing characters, and a fantastical world to disappear into.

    Fragile Eternity is just as beautiful as Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange. The characters are compelling, the style is graceful, the series is addicting, and the wording is beautiful - you simply can't ask for more out of a book.

    This book follows the story line of Wicked Lovely rather than the direct story of Ink Exchange (although it perfectly encompasses the world of Ink Exchange) and it is a perfect third book. I had several people tell me, "You'll wish it never ends!" and I absolutely, wholeheartedly agree.

    I won't review the plot hardly at all, as that can ruin it, but what I will say is simply: read it. You will not be disappointed - you'll only be disappointed when you reach the end of the book.

    I can't say enough how truly developed the characters are and what a beautiful world Marr creates-- really! It's breathtaking, but terrifying, real, but fantasy, beautiful and light, but dark and sinister; lovely but brooding. A perfect mix that only a beautiful writer could put together.

    Read it and enjoy.

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