Released: June 12th 2007
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.
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr introduces to you, Aislinn (pronounced as Ash-Ling), who can see faeries but does whatever she can to avoid them. They're not those pretty ones you see in fairy tales. Some are malevolent, others are tricksters, one very special one named Keenan, who is the Summer King, is out to seduce Aislinn so she can become his Summer Queen. There are a lot of obstacles in the way of course, first Aislinn doesn't want to be Summer Queen. Second, she knows faeries to be dangerous and wants nothing to do with them. Third, Keenan's mother, the Winter Queen Beira will do whatever she can to prevent Keenan from making Aislinn his Summer Queen.
It took me a while to get into this story at first. I haven't read many fantasy books with faeries in them. This book is essentially the first one I have read featuring faeries and fey. I thought the plot was a little slow to get into. It took a while to get the ball rolling. As the book progresses, the story did get my attention and the ending was great! The thing about this book is, I felt like screaming at Aislinn sometimes or just grabbing her by the shoulders and shaking her to get a hold of herself and to grow a backbone, take a stand! and just DO something.
I didn't really like Aislinn though. I found her hard to like. I think throughout the book she's just always in denial or always hiding away. Sometimes her behaviour made me roll my eyes a bit. I just felt like saying to her: "Oh just kiss Seth and get on with it, just be his bloody girlfriend or I will." (because Seth is just, awesome!) or "Take a stand for once and just DO IT". Surprisingly enough, Aislinn finally does get a backbone and this is where the story takes and turn and really gets my attention. At the end of the book, my opinion of her has changed just a little, ever since she decided to play things her way, in many ways her loyalty and love for her friends and family pushed her to be more brave and more assertive. I love Seth. He's the dream boyfriend and is such a great guy, he's so patient, loving and caring and although I understand why Aislinn hesitates, it never hurts to give him a try, which made some parts of the book so frustrating. However of all the characters I like Donia the most. She was down to earth, serious, mature, and although she loves Keenan so much she was willing to risk everything for him. I thought what Keenan and Donia have is really nice, albeit tragic. Queen Beira is your typical wicked Queen. Nothing from her really stands out as being an ultra villain. I've seen worse evil characters before.
Overall it was an all right read. It was off to a slow start, but it caught my attention enough to get through with it and finish. The ending was good albeit, a little quick, and I'm left with quite a few questions of my own. It turned out to be a not bad book for my first time with faeries and fey.
*Sorry this review is so long, but this book has so much to talk about that I couldn't write enough!