Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely Series #1)

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely Series #1)

by Melissa Marr


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Fans of Sarah J. Maas and Holly Black won’t be able to resist the world of Melissa Marr's #1 New York Times bestselling series, full of faerie intrigue, mortal love, and courtly betrayal.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061214677
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/29/2008
Series: Wicked Lovely Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 54,943
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Melissa Marr is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not traveling, Melissa can be found in Phoenix or online at www.melissamarrbooks.com.

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Wicked Lovely SNY

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.

Wicked Lovely SNY. Copyright © by Melissa Marr. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

What People are Saying About This

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.”

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ThatWhichWeCallaRose More than 1 year ago
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.
Debbie-J-1970 More than 1 year ago
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.
DragonsBlood More than 1 year ago
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.
Amberly_n1984 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was absolutely enthralled with this book. An amazing tale of the fae and a human girl that can see them.
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.
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).
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!
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Blondie805 More than 1 year ago
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.
2Naughty4Words More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Leilani Duffins More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
susan518 More than 1 year ago
I originally got the series from the library and it bacame apparant after reading the first one, that it is a must own series!
Dee_avid_rdr More than 1 year ago
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.
Eneri009 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
POSSIBLE SPOILERS! This book was okay, it wasn't great, but it wasn't horrible either. Here's the problem, the characters were in no way realistic. I love fantasy, but for a great story there needs to be a balance between reality and the fantasy. Marr was doing pretty well with this idea (as can be seen with the world she created), but when she got to character development she couldn't as easily translate it. The characters are underdeveloped, Ash and Seth have no substance to their characters except for their awkward relationship. Said relationship moves from zero to sixty almost immediately, creating no real connection between the characters. I wanted more internal conflict with the characters, they needed to question their actions, and have doubts (be real!). Most of all I loathed how everything was tied into a nice little bow by the end (like a 30 min after school special). Everyone was going to forget that they couldn't be with who they wanted and go on with life as if nothing was wrong. It doesn't work like that in life, and it shouldn't in stories either because any connection the reader makes with a great story is lost. All that being said I still enjoyed the book, it jus feel like it could have been a great series if more time was spent developing.
Christy Fulton More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book and looking forward to read the rest of the series.
houseofnight14 More than 1 year ago
I was unsure about Wicked Lovely when i first started it because I was more into vampires than faeries, but by the end of Wicked Lovely I had found a new fave.The story seemed very realistic and I felt like the characters could be actual people. I felt really bad for Aislinn near the end of the book and that only happens to me when i really like a book.
Niveus More than 1 year ago
Exciting story about a teen girl who is very real to life and her encounters with invisable fairies. I would put this in the catagorie of Harry Potter and the Golden Compass. A wonderful story that I shared with my niece. Characters resemble real life and not make believe teens. Excellent descriptions and easy to follow story line although it doesn't reveal too much too soon. Creative story plot and interesting characters, both Fairy and human. Good read for a teen or adult. I plan to read other books by the same author. This would make a great movie! Love it and would recommend it to others.
ArwenMS More than 1 year ago
For those people who want a feeling of enchantment, this book is for you! It has faeries and love. I feel sorry for seth now and later on in fragile eternity. He's always in the corner. Keenan is too pushy, don't like him very much. Good book though.
Josilene_Areck More than 1 year ago
The first in the Wicked Lovely Series. This story is centered around the Fey realm, mainly faeries. Story is very descriptive, but does not drag on forever or bore you. Very creative and entertaining. Characters are complex and round, each an individual. Had a very dark theme to it though, yet very exciting. A page turner, keeps you on the edge of your seat. Especially when the fight for the leading lady's attention emerges. The author create a whole nother world when she throws you into the Faeries realms. There is action and a bit of mystery. Defintely a must read for anyone who loves reading Fey novels.
bcscrutiny More than 1 year ago
Reviewers stated that wicked lovely was riveting, charming, breathtaking, dark, highly addictive and would keep you on the edge of your seat. I enjoyed reading this book and plan to read the rest of the series. With that being said I have to say I disagree with the reviewers comments. The book by no means kept me on the edge of my seat, at some points it kept me on the edge of sleep. I found some plot points to predictable for me to be completely engrossed in the story. If you are looking for a fun comfortable book to read, this is it. I tend to read into the story thus figuring out major plot points beforehand. I just wanted to put my two cents in.
Freal More than 1 year ago
I originally picked up this book for one reason = faeries. I was hooked into the subject due to Holly Black's Tithe and I couldn't help but indulge further on the subject. This book is different, though, as originally I found myself disliking the main character, but after a few chapters, I fell in love with the concept no matter how cliche it may have been. It's no newberry honor, but it was just a really good book.