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wicked lovely 1

4-stars

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) – Melissa Marr

Synopsis:

Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the 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.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.

Review:

I want to start off by saying…I love Melissa Marr.  I had previously read Graveminder and Carnival of Souls, that was how I was introduced to her.  I decided to purchase Wicked Lovely  because I love Melissa Marr’s style.  I am so glad I did.  This book was fantastic.  I read this in 1 day.  The pace is fantastic, the characters are colorful and the story is well developed with a lot of faery lore.   This is not your typical love story either which was refreshing.  I don’t want to give away anything but it was a very satisfying result.

There were some editing/grammatical errors but nothing that would detract from the book.  I wish I would have read this one sooner.  I am glad I went ahead and purchased the 2nd book although the first book could stand alone if need be.

I am very interested to see who decided to pick up the series as a movie.  Universal had it optioned but dropped it (very disappointing).  Vince Vaughn’s production company is the one attached to the project and they keep renewing the option so right now they are shopping studios.  They have the script, director, producers and someother’s whose names are not yet public (which I took to mean there are some actors involved now).  Fingers crossed it won’t be too much longer!

Recommended for teens and young adults…I believe there were 2 “f bombs” and some hints at sex.  Nothing overly done.

List of Books in Order:

Wicked Lovely

Ink Exchange

Fragile Eternity

Radiant Shadows

Darkest Mercy

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carnival

3 stars

Carnival of Souls (Melissa Marr)

Carnival of Souls is a place where there is a strict class system.  Once a year the daimons are allowed to fight to the death for the chance at becoming part of the elite ruling class.  Aya and Kaleb both fight but for different reasons.

Enter Mallory…a girl who is cared for by a witch. All Mallory knows of The City is that her “father” fled from there years ago.  “They” are after her and she spends her time, not with friends or partying but with training to become lethal and defend herself against anyone who comes looking for her.

The inhabitants of The City have plans for her.

I mostly enjoyed this book but I wish someone would have told me that this was going to be the 1st book of a series.  It does not implicate that anywhere on the book or in the synopsis…so be forewarned.

Melissa was quoted as saying:  “It was supposed to be a stand alone but it outgrew the book.  There will be at least 1 more book in the story.”

I loved the idea of this story although I had a very hard time being able to picture the surroundings.  I don’t know if it was a fail on my part or on the author’s way of describing things.  I could not picture it.  I also had a hard time with the way women are treated in The City.  It didn’t even really seem to me that anyone was trying to change it either.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book because the story was original and I will read the next book.

Be aware that this is considered a young adult novel and that the fighting during the Carnival can be a little rough and there is some pretty explicit sex situations.

For Nook Readers you can get the first 6 chapters for free here 

Grave Minder 1

3 stars

Graveminder (Melissa Marr)

I had a hard time with this book, not just with this one but with any book that is not a series.  I am much more used to full stories that take several books to wrap up.  That being said, I enjoyed the story, it was dark, entertaining and creative even though it felt rushed and a little bare.

Rebekkah is inexplicably pulled back to her hometown no matter where in the country she lives.  She returns to her hometown after her grandmother is murdered.  She soon finds out that she is what is called a grave minder.  A woman who performs rituals graveside to keep the dead from rising.  She inherited these duties through her family line.  When the dead start rising she must find a way to lay them to rest before they destroy the town.

The story is very original and entertaining.  It is an easy read although hard to identify with any character.  The most interesting part was Melissa’s take on the world of the dead.  It was fascinating.  It was nice for once for a story to allow the heroine access to another dimension freely even though it could come at a price.

This is kind of hard to explain but here goes: Rebekkah’s character always made me think that she never smiled and that was hard to get over.  When i pictured her in my head she always had her brows furrowed and her mouth set in a thin line.

I would recommend this if you are looking for an easy read.

grave minder 2

*Rebekkah quote