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Monday, 26 August 2013

Wicked Lovely Series by Melissa Marr

Wicked Lovely Series 1-5
Book 1. Wicked Lovely Description

“And he smiled at her, truely smiled- wicked and lovely...” 

The clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in this cool, urban 21st century faery tale.
Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world, and would blind her if they knew of her Sight.
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 and 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…
Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working any more, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Book 2 Ink Exchange

“What does it mean when nightmares dream of peace? When shadows wish for light?” 

Mortal affections and faery rivalries continue to collide in the town of Huntsdale, as New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr takes urban fantasy to new heights.

After suffering a terrible trauma at the hands of her brother's dealer friends, Leslie becomes obsessed with the idea of getting a tattoo – it's the one thing that will allow her to reclaim her body, renew her self-confidence. And when Rabbit, her local tattoo artist, shows her a secret book of his own designs, she finds one of them irresistible.

Soon, her back is adorned with a pair of mysterious eyes, framed by black wings. Leslie feels good – more than good. Nothing bad can touch her. But what she doesn't know is that her new tattoo binds her tightly to the faery whose symbol she chose: Irial, the exquisitely dangerous king of the Dark Court…

Book 3 Fragile Eternity

“Loving someone meant letting them be who they were, not caging them” 

Mortal affections and faery rivalries continue to collide in the town of Huntsdale, as New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr takes urban fantasy to new heights.
After the terrible events of Ink Exchange, the Dark Court has a new ruler. But will Niall’s kindness survive his new responsibility to the most violent of Faerie courts?
Meanwhile, Seth and Aislinn attempt to mend their relationship. But Aislinn is the Summer Queen and Keenan is her king – and as summer approaches, their chemistry sparks. Will Seth’s mortality lose him the one thing he loves above all others?
As Niall seeks to control his new Court, Aislinn attempts to resist the seduction of summer, and Seth searches desperately for the gift of immortality, a delicate balance is threatened, and a terrible plot is revealed…

Book 4 Radiant Shadows




“Like chaos in a glass cage.”

Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series continues with the fourth – and penultimate – installment in the darkly seductive story about the collision of the mortal and faery worlds…

The events of FRAGILE ETERNITY have left the faery world off-balance, its key players fighting to maintain control over their world – and its secrets…

Devlin lives in a world where everything is beautiful, ordered… and cruel. As a prominent member of the High Court and half-brother to Sorcha, the High Queen, he’s one of the most powerful faeries of the old guard.

Ani lives in a world where every line is blurred. Half human, half faery, half in the dedadence of the Dark Court and half out of it, her life of dive bars, tattoos and street fights couldn’t be farther from the clean lines of the High Court.

But you can’t choose where your heart will take you, and when Devlin and Ani meet, two extremes of the faery world collide – with passion, violence and heat; for better – and for worse…

Book 5 Darkest Mercy

“Chase away sorrow by living”


The fifth and final breathtaking instalment in the darkly seductive and best-selling WICKED LOVELY series, about the collision of mortal and faery worlds…

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.
Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan left Huntsdale to wander aimlessly but after centuries of leading his court it was not long before the reality of being Summer King became too pressing. Violence seemed more inevitable by the day and the Summer Court was not yet strong enough to face conflict, so Keenan made a dangerous deal with the water fey. It is a desperate bargain he makes to strengthen his court against the coming war. Aislinn tends the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. She knows she must be a powerful queen to hold her court together, while Bananach becomes more and more dangerous, and she is losing faeries to her. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. Her court is still powerful, but she must remain focused on keeping them that way and not get distracted by Keenan when he shows up at her door again. The Dark Court is thrown into chaos when they are rocked by tragedy. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

They all know what Bananach seeks – the raven-fairy is the embodiment of war and discord. She and her growing number of allies want mutiny and murder. Love, despair and betrayal ignite the Faeries Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win… and some will lose everything. The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr’s bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

My musings
I LOVED this series. The dark twisted world of the fae and the warring fairy courts. I loved the visual contrasting descriptions between the Summer and Winter courts, The extreme and vibrant characters. The first ,Wicked Lovely introduces us to Aislinn who is part fairy and can see the fae unlike normal humans. Through the series we journey with Aislinn , her first love Seth, a human and the gorgeous Summer King Keenan. We also meet in book 2 Ink Exchange Niall and the king of the Dark Court, Irial (My favourite). This is the darkest book and the most seductive. Book 3 is a  continuation of the aislinn and Seth story and introduces fully The High Court and its Queen Sorcha.  this one was my least favourite but still a great read. Book 4 Radiant Shadows, introduces Devlin and  Ani, a much darker story again and more twists and turns with an upsetting end. Book 5 Darkest Mercy I was very trepidatious about how she was going to tie up all the characters. I really thought I was going to be upset but Melissa is one clever writer and puts in a few curve balls into the plots to keep all her avid fans satisfied. I was upset to end the series and really loved all the characters. If fantasy fiction is your thing I can't recommend this highly enough.

Trivia
Melissa was voted in school as most likely to end up in prison.
Official website http://www.melissa-marr.com/
Twitter ‏@melissa_marr

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