Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely Series #1)

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Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.

Now faeries are stalking her. One of ...

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Overview

Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.

Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.

But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning 21st century faery tale.

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All teenagers have problems, but few of them can match those of Aislinn, who has the power to see faeries. Quite understandably, she wishes that she could share her friends' obliviousness and tries hard to avoid these invisible intruders. But one faery in particular refuses to leave her alone. Keenan the Summer King is convinced beyond all reasoning that Aislinn is the queen he has been seeking for nine centuries. What's a 21st-century girl to do when she's stalked by a suitor nobody else can see? A debut fantasy romance for the ages; superlative summer read.
Annette Curtis Klause
“Melissa Marr adds elegantly to the sub-genre of Urban Faery with this enticing, well-researched fantasy for teens.”
Charles deLint
“A debut that reads like the work of a seasoned pro.”
Tamora Pierce
“Riveting and dark. I love this tale!”
Annette Curtis Klause
Melissa Marr adds elegantly to the sub-genre of Urban Faery with this enticing, well-researched fantasy for teens … The romantic scenes are delicious. The fantasy of being pursued by two young men is alluring in itself, but when one is a pierced and tattooed sexy outsider and the other is a blindingly beautiful King of Faery, how much better can it get? Halfway through the book, I knew which characters I wanted to end up together, and that made me read greedily on. Readers will beg for a sequel.
— The Washington Post
VOYA - Lynne Farrell Stover
Seventeen-year-old Aislinn, a Catholic schoolgirl, sees faeries. This "gift" is a true torment because although they are beautiful beings, it turns out that faeries are frivolous, self-centered, and vicious. Aislinn has learned from her grandmother not to interact with these fey folk, but this warning is quickly disregarded when Keenan, the glorious faerie Summer King, singles her out to be the next Summer Queen. What follows is a game of seduction and betrayal as Keenan's mother, the odious Winter Queen, works overtime to keep her son from "the one" who could help him bring order from the existing chaos in the various faerie royal courts and stop the creeping cold weather, which goes on longer every year. Complicating the matter of Aislinn's assuming her role of Summer Queen is the fact that she is in love with the amazingly tolerant and protective human, Seth. This story, about two hundred pages too long, is thin of plot, shallow of character, illogical in setting, and contrived in conclusion. The modern references-faeries using cell phones and a potential lover displaying a clean STD report-are inconsistent with the attempted supernatural plot elements. Aislinn's struggle to define her own destiny might appeal to angst-ridden teenage girls; however, they will more likely identify with the tragic minor character Donia than the obtuse Aislinn.
KLIATT - Amanda MacGregor
Aislinn, a mortal teenager, has the gift, or perhaps curse, of being able to see faeries. She has always been able to see them, has been distracted by their presence, but has always done her best to ignore them and not let on that she sees them. When Aislinn begins to notice an increase in faeries, she is disconcerted. Her worries multiply when she discovers she is being trailed by two faeries in particular, who believe her to be their rightful queen. Unfortunately for Aislinn, she has no say in the matter. Though Aislinn desperately wishes to remain mortal and have the faeries leave her alone, she grows to understand that is not an option. If she truly is the Summer Queen, she will rule beside Keenan, the Summer King, and work to overthrow Beira, the Winter Queen and Keenan's mother. If she fails the test for Queen, Aislinn will become a Winter Girl, doomed to cold and fear until another girl comes along to take her place. Marr's story weaves between the mortal realm and the faerie world. Aislinn is aggressive, demanding, forthright, and modern, in spite of all of her fears and uncertainties. Her calm, in tense situations with the court and in her daily struggles to ignore the faeries, is admirable. As the full extent of Aislinn's circumstances is revealed, readers will be hooked by her tale and surely pick up the next book, Ink Exchange. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up -Aislinn knows about faeries. She has seen them all her life and her grandmother has taught her the rules. Don't stare at faeries. Don't speak to faeries. Don't attract the attention of faeries. She has seen the malicious behavior of faeries and wants a normal high school life. The rules have kept her safe for years. Imagine her dismay when the faeries begin stalking her and whispering, "do you think she's the one?" When Keenan, a faerie king, pursues Aislinn, she confides in her best friend Seth who accepts the idea of the unseen with ease. Together they face the faeries and learn that Keenan is the Summer King and believes Aislinn to be his queen. What develops is an intriguing triangle as both Seth and Keenan begin to court Aislinn. Melissa Marr's debut novel (HarperTeen, 2007) shows strength in both character and setting. Aislinn is an admirable protagonist, insisting on following her own path. Teen girls will flip over strong, sexy Seth. Marr's faerie world Marr is a fascinating mixture of the ancient and the modern. The story translates beautifully to audio, and narrator Alyssa Bresnahan is pitch-perfect in her delivery. The sexual tension is subtle but makes the story more appropriate for older listeners. Recommend this intriguing fantasy romance to fans of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series.-Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

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Kirkus Reviews
This steamy faery story reads like a torrid girl's fantasy and will produce some swoons. Aislinn's spent her life terrified of the faeries ("fey") all around her, invisible to other humans. They smack and trip each other, leer and wound; to remain safe, she can't let them know she sees. Her only safe space is inside the funky train-car home of sexy friend Seth. Fey can't enter because steel hurts them-or does it? The old rules are changing. Two faeries stalk Aislinn, paying unprecedented and disturbing personal attention. Readers know early that Aislinn's destined to become a faerie monarch and rule as Summer Queen beside Keenan, the Summer King, whom readers may find obnoxious or dreamy. Marr's consistent labeling of the situation as a "game" doesn't match the dire possibilities: The earth will freeze if Aislinn isn't Summer Queen, but she wants to live a regular life, including college, cell phones and tattoos. Meanwhile, it's Keenan's job to woo Aislinn, but his old love (currently the lonely holder of winter's chill) may die if he's successful. Overlong wish-fulfillment, but enjoyably sultry. (Fantasy. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061214677
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Series: Wicked Lovely Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 100,103
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (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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Wicked Lovely


By Melissa Marr

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Melissa Marr
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061214660

Chapter One

"Four-ball, side pocket." Aislinn pushed the cue forward with a short, quick thrust; the ball dropped into the pocket with a satisfying clack.

Her playing partner, Denny, motioned toward a harder shot, a bank shot.

She rolled her eyes. "What? You in a hurry?"

He pointed with the cue.

"Right." Focus and control, that's what it's all about. She sank the two.

He nodded once, as close as he got to praise.

Aislinn circled the table, paused, and chalked the cue. Around her the cracks of balls colliding, low laughter, even the endless stream of country and blues from the jukebox kept her grounded in the real world: the human world, the safe world. It wasn't the only world, no matter how much Aislinn wanted it to be. But it hid the other world—the ugly one—for brief moments.

"Three, corner pocket." She sighted down the cue. It was a good shot.

Focus. Control.

Then she felt it: warm air on her skin. A faery, its too-hot breath on her neck, sniffed her hair. His pointed chin pressed against her skin. All the focus in the world didn't make Pointy-Face's attention tolerable.

She scratched: the only ball that dropped was the cue ball.

Denny took the ball in hand. "What was that?"

"Weak-assed?" She forced a smile, looking at Denny, at the table,anywhere but at the horde coming in the door. Even when she looked away, she heard them: laughing and squealing, gnashing teeth and beating wings, a cacophony she couldn't escape. They were out in droves now, freer somehow as evening fell, invading her space, ending any chance of the peace she'd sought.

Denny didn't stare at her, didn't ask hard questions. He just motioned for her to step away from the table and called out, "Gracie, play something for Ash."

At the jukebox Grace keyed in one of the few not-country-or-blues songs: Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff."

As the oddly comforting lyrics in that gravelly voice took off, building to the inevitable stomach-tightening rage, Aislinn smiled. If I could let go like that, let the years of aggression spill out onto the fey . . . She slid her hand over the smooth wood of the cue, watching Pointy-Face gyrate beside Grace. I'd start with him. Right here, right now. She bit her lip. Of course, everyone would think she was utterly mad if she started swinging her cue at invisible bodies, everyone but the fey.

Before the song was over, Denny had cleared the table.

"Nice." Aislinn walked over to the wall rack and slid the cue back into an empty spot. Behind her, Pointy-Face giggled—high and shrill—and tore out a couple strands of her hair.

"Rack 'em again?" But Denny's tone said what he didn't: that he knew the answer before he asked. He didn't know why, but he could read the signs.

Pointy-Face slid the strands of her hair over his face.

Aislinn cleared her throat. "Rain check?"

"Sure." Denny began disassembling his cue. The regulars never commented on her odd mood swings or unexplainable habits.

She walked away from the table, murmuring good-byes as she went, consciously not staring at the faeries. They moved balls out of line, bumped into people—anything to cause trouble—but they hadn't stepped in her path tonight, not yet. At the table nearest the door, she paused. "I'm out of here."

One of the guys straightened up from a pretty combination shot. He rubbed his goatee, stroking the gray-shot hair. "Cinderella time?"

"You know how it is—got to get home before the shoe falls off." She lifted her foot, clad in a battered tennis shoe. "No sense tempting any princes." He snorted and turned back to the table.

A doe-eyed faery eased across the room; bone-thin with too many joints, she was vulgar and gorgeous all at once. Her eyes were far too large for her face, giving her a startled look. Combined with an emaciated body, those eyes made her seem vulnerable, innocent. She wasn't.

None of them are.

The woman at the table beside Aislinn flicked a long ash into an already overflowing ashtray. "See you next weekend."

Aislinn nodded, too tense to answer.

In a blurringly quick move, Doe-Eyes flicked a thin blue tongue out at a cloven-hoofed faery. The faery stepped back, but a trail of blood already dripped down his hollowed cheeks. Doe-Eyes giggled.

Aislinn bit her lip, hard, and lifted a hand in a last half wave to Denny. Focus. She fought to keep her steps even, calm: everything she wasn't feeling inside.

She stepped outside, lips firmly shut against dangerous words. She wanted to speak, to tell the fey to leave so she didn't have to, but she couldn't. Ever. If she did, they'd know her secret: they'd know she could see them.

The only way to survive was to keep that secret; Grams taught her that rule before she could even write her name: Keep your head down and your mouth closed. It felt wrong to have to hide, but if she even hinted at such a rebellious idea, Grams would have her in lockdown—homeschooled, no pool halls, no parties, no freedom, no Seth. She'd spent enough time in that situation during middle school.

Never again.

So—rage in check—Aislinn headed downtown, toward the relative safety of iron bars and steel doors. Whether in its base form or altered into the purer form of steel, iron was poisonous to fey and thus gloriously comforting to her. Despite the faeries that walked her streets, Huntsdale was home. She'd visited Pittsburgh, walked around D.C., explored Atlanta. They were nice enough, but they were too thriving, too alive, too filled with parks and trees. Huntsdale wasn't thriving. It hadn't been for years. That meant the fey didn't thrive here either.



Continues...

Excerpted from Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr Copyright © 2007 by Melissa Marr. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    Not what it could have been...

    I like to read fantasy for fun on the side and, after reading the description of this book, I thought it seemed right up my ally. After reading the first chapter I decided I would buy it at my next trip to the bookstore and I even found myself intrigued, thinking about how the story would play out for Aislinn in the time before I got to purchase it.
    When I finally got the book I started reading right away. I wasn't finding myself getting really into the book or attatched to the characters. I decided to read on, figuring maybe I just wasn't used to this series, and as sometimes happens, I just needed to warm up and get used to the book.
    Unfortunately, that never really happened. The story itself has potential, some of the characters are interesting (though they could definitely be developed more)...so I guess I have to chalk it up to Marr's style of writing, or lackthereof? It never pulled me in.
    I was definitely curious as to what would happen and I read the book in practically no time, waiting for myself to become submerged in Marr's faery world...but then I finished the book, and it never happened.
    The basic story outline isn't bad, and I think that Marr did an okay job of creating a basic world, it just needs major polishing and better writing technique...it's really just that Marr apparantly doesn't yet posess the magic it takes to pull you in, which really is what every story teller needs. That's the feeling people are truly seeking when they pick up a book, to be able to lose themselves in another world.
    Wicked Lovely wasn't capable of doing that, at least not for me.

    30 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2009

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    Didn't Like It!!!

    I didn't even finish the book! I don't know why I don't like it...I just couldnt't finish it...

    I got to the part where that guy, the farie king or someone, was talking to his mom I think...then I thought 'I don't want to finish this book' So I stoped reading it...

    I thought I would like it to! I hear good things about this book, I had high expectatons for this book, but sadly, this book didn't live up to them...

    10 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    WICKED LOVELY READ

    Aislinn has always been told by her Grandmother Don't stare at invisible fairies, Don't speak to invisible fairies, Don't attract the attention of invisible fairies. Aislinn has always followed the rules that her Grandmother has told her, but now the rules are not working for her. The fairies are following Aislinn, even making themselves visible to Aislinn and now one is talking to her. Aislinn knows that steel is painful to the fairies and that is where her best friend Seth lives in a railroad car. Seth's place is a safe place for Aislinn, but now the faries are following her to Seth's place and waiting outside watching her. Aislinn always see's a fairy with a wolf and she is following her everywhere. And Keenan is a fairy that makes himself visible to Aislinn and tries to talk to her and Aislinn is scared and doesn't want anything to do with him. Keenan is the Summer King who is seeking his Summer Queen and he thinks that Aislinn is the queen. Keenan's mother is the Winter Queen is has limited Keenan's powers and he needs his Summer Queen to regain his full power. The Winter Queen doesn't want Keenan to find his Summer Queen and will do anything to keep him from finding her. When Aislinn is with Seth, she feels that she wants more than friendship with Seth, and she thinks Seth does too. Keenan doesn't give up trying to get Aislinn to talk to him and then go out with him. After Aislinn and Seth decide to try and find out what the fairies want, she decides to go out with Keenan, after which she learns that she is the Summer Queen that he is looking for, but she doesn't want to be.
    Melissa Marr has written an excellent book, that draws you in and keeps you reading, unable to put it down.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

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    Compelling, Brilliant and Everything else

    I was searching on the internet for books to read when I came across Wicked Lovely on amazon. I read the summary and simply had to send it to my friend so I forwarded the link. I read the first chapter and fell inlove with it. The next day I was at the mall and dragged my Dad into a bookstore at 9:00 at night. I learnt an important lesson...If your dad really wants to get home he'll buy you any book you want so long as he gets to leave. I started reading the book instantly and had a hard time putting it down. I'd read in the mornings before school and then again when I got home. I finished it quite quickly which I regret for I'm book-less once again. It's compelling and amazingly detailed. I recomend this book to any open minded person that enjoys a good faery story.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Didn't have high expectations

    This was one of the first books I read on my nook since it was free. I went into it w/ low expectations, but it was quite good. I'll probably down load the rest of the series. The only thing that bothered me is that a character would say something, then another character would think something and then they would go back to the conversation. Sometimes it was hard to follow what they were saying, but other than that, a very good book.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2008

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    ENTHRALLING!!!

    I was absolutely enthralled with this book. An amazing tale of the fae and a human girl that can see them.<BR/>Aislinn can see the fae, has been able to see them her entire life. Her grandmother who has raised her, has tried to teach her the rules that would keep her safe from them. But when two fae start following Ash, the drama gets intense.<BR/>This story is very well written,the struggle between winter and summer protrayed here as a battle of wills between the Summer King(Keenan) and the Winter Queen(Beira).<BR/>Throughout, Ash must face her fear of the fae, make hard choices, decide to entrust someone that she cares about with her secret, stand up for herself and what she feels is best for her life and accept her destiny!<BR/>I loved every bit of it, literally could not put it down. I was not disappoonted. I can't wait to read future works by this author.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    Wickedly Loved this Book!

    Reading Wicked Lovely was great. It was great being able to immerse myself into the world Melissa Marr created. I got to know the character's well and follow the swaying emotions of Aislinn along with the akward love square. This book is juicy with adventure, love, ddeceit, and discoveries. A book that I love and heartily recommend.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    Loved it

    This book was very good. One of my favorites. I loved the story line, the characters, you name it. I would've perfered she ended up with Keenen but half-way through the book that seemed wrong. So no complaints. Not the best but definatley up there.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

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    Amazingly written

    Aishlinn is almost 18 and ready to go off on her own. But when Keenan arrives, she feels closed in and scared but yet drawn to him. When her grandmother starts acting weird Aishlinn finds out that she is keeping a secret that will change her life. Will she go to Keenan even when she knows the truth or will she run away? I recommend this book to mostly girls because it's romantic and I give it a 4 out of 5 star rating, only because it is confusing in the begging.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2011

    Loved it!

    First time I ever read any faires or paranormal book. I like it a lot & hard to put down! It is a must read and looking forward to number 2!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    Never judge a book by it's cover.

    I read lots of romance, erotica, fantasy & science fiction. This book has a bit of all the above, however lots of "teen" angst feeling throughout the story. Main characters do shape up once you get into the story. Never read much about fairies, but you can learn from just about anything. Give it a try, it surprised me towards the end.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

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    Love Hate Relationship

    I was really excited about reading this book. I liked the storyline; however, Aislinn just got on my nerves. I hated the fact that she was a whinny scared individual. I mean whenever she came across a problem that seemed too difficult for her to understand, she ran away from it. I hate that!!! I mean, she's supposed to be the heroine in the story but all I saw was a pathetic girl that didn't deserve to be Summer Queen. In addition, I don't understand why she chose Seth over Keenan. I don't see anything special about him. Seth might have been there when Aislinn needed support, but I think it just added to her weakness. So, the story was great but hated the ending.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

    Not Great But Not Bad Either

    This book for me was okay. I never really read a book that was strictly about faeries. I needed there to be more to the stories layout. I'm not the first to say this but there was just something missing for me.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    I'd been waiting to read Wicked Lovely, and it was exactly as I thought it'd be. It's very odd the way the book is set up, however. Since an ending is revealed in the beginning, you assume there's something important that happens after the ending. So the only reason I read the book was to speed things up to the ending and see what happened afterward. I didn't read the story to see what happened, I just read it to get through it. Wicked Lovely was a good book, though. It reminded me of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, only a bit darker with more character viewpoints. I recommend this to high-schoolers, and as a warning, there are to 'f-words' in here as well as quite a bit of talk about sex.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2007

    Beautiful and intriguing

    Compared to Holly Black's 'Tithe' this book was amazing. I was wary at first, expecting it to be like Tithe, or Valiant, but once I read the tale... I very much enjoyed it. The characters are more fleshed out than Holly Blacks, the story has more detail and substance and the way the Fay are portrayed are much more realistic to me. I also find it refreshing that the main character doesn't just fall for the 'Faery Prince' of the tale because he's of the Fay. I would recommend this to anyone, especially OVER Tithe.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Aislinn like her grandmother has the ¿Sight¿ that enables them to see the fairy realm. However, wanting to be accepted by her peers and fearing their cruelty, she pretends that nothing is amiss. She lives by three simple rules. ¿: Don't ever attract their attention¿ ¿Don't speak to invisible faeries¿ and ¿Don't stare at invisible faeries¿. For much of her young life adhering to ignore them at the all costs doctrine has worked very well so that she can shoot pool with her friends without the fairies knowing she knows they are nearby. However, somehow Keenan the Summer King fairy has found out her secret. He demands she answer his interrogation for he believes she is the Winter Queen hehas sought for nine hundred mortal years. His minion and his enemies stalk Aislinn as they threaten her friends and family. She is no longer safe pretending ignorance, but her biggest trepidation is what the Summer King will do to her best friend Seth on the solstice. WICKED LOVELY is a strong teen fantasy that young adults will fully enjoy as Aislinn can no longer hide from her gift. The story line is character driven by Keenan¿s actions as he does whatever it takes to force Aislinn to become his queen. Her efforts to resist are tampered by her need to keep Seth and her other friends safe. Readers will enjoy Melissa Marr¿s teen fairy tale starring a high school student who just wants to be part of the crowd suddenly the focus of intense fairy pursuit. Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Loving This

    I really loved this book and looking forward to read the rest of the series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Wow

    I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book that much, however I finished it in one day! I can't wait to see how the of the series to turn out! I wasn't expecting such a good book for .99 cents! Bravo Melissa Marrs

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2009

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    I love the series

    I originally got the series from the library and it bacame apparant after reading the first one, that it is a must own series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2009

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    Just okay....

    There were lots of things in this book that I kinda liked, but more that I didn't like. For starters, I hated the romance in this book. I usually love romance, but I hated the relationships this time. It was so bittersweet how Keenan and his "queen", Aislinn didn't even like each other! If I were Aislinn, I would at least TRY to like him. But, she was too attached to Seth, who I didn't feel any connection to. It seemed like he was some overprotective, peirced, tatood freak. Authors should make the readers love the characters. When you feel emotionally attached to the book and characters, you know the books good. I didn't feel that at all in any of the characters here. I liked the decision Aislinn made, which was to agree to become his queen. And then, Donia and Keened hooked up! Ugh, I hated that soo much. The relationships in this book are soo screwed up. I have a feeling that Seth will become immortal some time in the series but who knows?? I really hope that Keenen and Aislinn finally learn to love each othr. They're gonna be together for all eternity. The other thing is that for the first half, or at least MOST of the book, NOTHING HAPPENS!! I mean seriously, there is absolutly no progress in the story. Sucha drag... i guess I'll try to read the second, but IDK. Not very good books.

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