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Wicked Lovely (thoughts)

November 13, 2007

In honor of Children’s Book Week, I’ll be reviewing a different children’s/YA book every day this week. I have a few options, but I wanted to talk about Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr first. Why? Because I have the hugest literary crush thanks to this book!

It’s a YA urban fantasy title, so there’s a mix of real-life and faeries. While the genre is similar to Tithe, the style is much different. It actually reminds me quite a bit of Twilight. Only, I enjoyed it even more!

Aislynn has always been able to see faeries; however, with the advice of her grandmother (who’s raising her), she’s learned to ignore them so that they ignore her. But then something strange happens: the faeries start focusing on her. And a faerie king, Keenan, seems very intent on seducing her. Meanwhile, she’s trying to figure out her relationship with her sweet, hot friend Seth. She knows he has a reputation for womanizing, and she certainly doesn’t want to be a notch on the bedpost, but he’s so darn cute it’s hard to resist. What will end up happening?

The book was very well told; all of the characters felt very real, and I immediately felt involved in their struggles. The plot wove several storylines together seamlessly. The romantic scenes were touching, but not overdone for YA. And Seth is the most adorable thing ever. I really want him to turn up on my doorstep tomorrow! Take our introduction to his ‘house’ (he lives in converted trainc ars)…

She stepped around the piles of books on the floor: Chaucer and Nietzsche sat beside The Prose Edda; the Kama Sutra tilted against A World History of Architecture and a Clare Dunkle novel. Seth read everything.

And he drinks tea!

To be fair, if faerie is more your thing, Keenan is no slouch. Here’s my favourite description of him:

Seeing him without his glamour was like looking at a perfect sunrise over the ocean, like seeing a meteor shower in the desert, and then having someone ask if you wanted to keep it for your very own.

In sum, I’d recommend this to everyone who enjoyed Twilight, and even those that didn’t. Aislynn’s love (imho) makes a lot more sense. There isn’t one thing I would change about this book, and that’s not something I feel very often. Here’s hoping Marr writes a sequel!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2007 2:11 pm

    sounds like a lot of fun. and it has an incredibly cool title!

  2. November 13, 2007 4:27 pm

    Sounds like a great read! Onto my wish list it goes!

  3. November 13, 2007 4:51 pm

    The description of Keenan is very cool!

  4. November 13, 2007 11:57 pm

    I will definitely have to check it out :)

  5. November 14, 2007 9:37 pm

    This really sounds like something I’d like!

  6. November 14, 2007 11:38 pm

    I didn’t know it was Children’s Book Week. I don’t typically read YA books but I did finish one recently that I have to review – it was a good one! So thanks for mentioning this. It’ll be perfect.
    Now, I don’t think I’d normally pick up a book about faeries but you mentioned Twilight!! I must read this then :)

  7. November 15, 2007 11:42 am

    Meli, I love the title. And the author works it into the text as well. :)

    Megan, thanks for stopping by!

    Heather, I thought the description was just exquisite.

    Rebecca, good to see you here! Definitely check this one out. :)

    Nymeth, I think you’d really like it. :D

    Iliana, Novel Challenges told me it was Children’s Book Week. lol Looking forward to your review!

  8. December 13, 2007 7:17 pm

    There is a sequel coming. It’s called Ink Magic but I’m not sure if it features Aislynn and Seth. I think it has a different main character but is set in the same world.

  9. December 18, 2007 11:56 am

    Thanks for letting me know Em! I hope it has Seth in it…I lurv him so much. ;)

  10. Dianne permalink
    June 9, 2008 8:27 pm

    Is her name pronounced ashlynn? bc i am confused

  11. Linnea permalink
    June 12, 2008 1:08 pm

    yeah Dianne, i was a little confused by her name at first. in the the beginning chapters i pronounced it ace lynn, but then when people called her ‘Ash’ as a nickname i started to call her ashlynn.

  12. June 14, 2008 8:19 am

    Dianne, thanks for stopping by and sorry it took me awhile to reply! Yes, her name’s pronounced ‘ashlynn’: the spelling is the traditional Gaelic version. :)

    Linnea, thanks for stoping by and helping out w/ Dianne!


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