Book Review: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

wickedlovelyTitle: Wicked Lovely
Author: Melissa Marr
Genre: YA fantasy, urban faery
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy borrowed from my sister
First line: The Summer King knelt before her.

My sister Debra loves this urban faery series by Melissa Marr. She brought her copies of the first three books when she came to visit this past summer, and has kept asking if I’ve had a chance to start them yet. The read-a-thon was the perfect time to pick up the first book, Wicked Lovely. It held my attention and kept me awake until almost 4 a.m. so that I could finish it.

Ash can see faeries. She has “the sight,” just like her mother and her grandmother before her. Only these aren’t little flowery fairies who sprinkle pixie dust. These are beautiful but wicked creatures that love to torment humans, and will often blind any human who can see them. So Ash follows her grandmother’s three rules: don’t stare at invisible faeries; don’t speak to invisible faeries; don’t ever attract their attention. Only problem is, two faeries have started to focus all of their attention on Ash, and one of them is the irresistible Summer King, Keenan.

Ash trusts her secret to her friend Seth, and together they try to unravel the mystery of why all of a sudden, no matter how much she tries to ignore them, Keenan and his cold lady friend, Donia, are pursuing her. The truth will turn her life upside-down, and threaten her new-found romance with Seth.

Marr has created a love triangle for the ages – although after reading only book one, I have no doubt who Ash should be with. I loved the rich characterization of Ash and Seth, Keenan and Donia, and Keenan’s mother, the Winter Queen. This is a much darker, creepier book than I was expecting. The author creates an atmosphere of menace, a world in which Ash isn’t safe no matter where she goes. As she discovers what having the sight will cost her, and what it cost her mother and grandmother, her world begins to close in on her, and she’s faced with a decision that doesn’t leave her much choice.

Since Wicked Lovely is the first book in a series, I was expecting a cliff-hanger along the lines of The Hunger Games, but was pleasantly surprised. While there is plenty of story left to tell in the rest of the series, I liked that the story came to a bit of a resolution. I have questions, though – and my sister assures me they’ll be answered, though I may have to wait until book three. I’m not sure when I’ll get to book two, but I hope to find time soon.

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20 Responses to Book Review: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

  1. Meghan says:

    This is a good one! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I totally agree with you that it’s perfectly clear who Ash should be with.
    .-= Meghan´s last blog ..Review: The Blue Notebook, James Levine =-.

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I have this written down already. Beth Fish/Candance said that the audio was one of the best she’d heard this year. How can I turn my back on such a recommendation? My library doesn’t carry it, but I’m going to see if they can do an inter-library loan. Great review!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..100 Mile Fitness Challenge Update: October 23 – 30 =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I hadn’t thought of audio since my sis brought her print copies over. Maybe the library has #2 on audio and I won’t have to wait as long as I thought!

  3. Kathy says:

    This series sounds really good! I have the 3rd book, but haven’t read it because I want to read the series in order. So glad to see you enjoyed it.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Review: Family Sentence =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathy – yes, you won’t want to miss the first one, that’s for sure!

  4. Debbie
    Twitter: debworldofbooks

    I enjoyed this one but I made a mistake in reading the next book, Fragile Eternity, w/o reading Ink Exchange first. Ink Exchange wasn’t listed as a part of the series but I think a lot went on in that one that comes up again in Fragile Eternity. So I would definitely read Ink Exchange next.
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Book Blogger’s New Discovery October 30 =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Debbie – that’s what my sister said, too – thanks for the head’s up!

  5. I love these books! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it as well.
    .-= Amy @ My Friend Amy´s last blog ..Baby-sitters Club Week November 9-13 =-.

  6. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    I did love this on audio — so well narrated. I haven’t gotten to the other ones yet either.
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Weekend Cooking: Review: What to Cook . . . by Arthur Schwartz =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Beth – our library doesn’t have them on audio – bummer! I could have gotten to the rest of series more quickly. Ooo, I didn’t check Overdrive…

  7. stacybuckeye says:

    I’ve been debating about adding this one to my list. I’m trying to stay away from YA, but have heard such great things about this one.
    .-= stacybuckeye´s last blog ..Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story, by Carolyn Turgeon =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Stacy – any particular reason you’re avoiding YA? Did you burn out on it, or just don’t like it?

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  9. Fyrefly says:

    I’m so glad you liked this one! I was expecting it to be a bit of fluffy fun, but I was really impressed with the charactization, like you said.
    .-= Fyrefly´s last blog ..October Wrap-Up: Commentors and Search Terms =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Fyrefly – I agree – it was written at a much greater depth than I expected. I think that was one of the reasons that the fluffiness and copycat qualities of Hush Hush bugged me so much.

  10. S. Krishna
    Twitter: skrishna

    I can’t wait to read this one either! I’ve been putting it off forever because there’s always something else to read, but I really need to get around to it.
    .-= S. Krishna´s last blog ..Bed of Roses – Nora Roberts =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Swapna – I know what you mean! I really want to read the next two books in the series, but guilt has led me to pick up some from my review stack instead.

  11. EG says:

    when i read the first book I liked it a bit and bought the other two (unfortunately). I didn’t like them. What did I not like?

    1) The love between the boys and the girl is too artificial. I didn’t feel or believe it.

    2) There isn’t enough description for characters, places etc. so you can’t attach yourself to the story truly. In my opinion a book should make you feel the place and feelings or whatever it tells.

    It’s a cold story that has lots of holes in it.
    .-= EG´s last blog ..Dr. William Maples – Ölüler de Konu?ur =-.