Title: Wicked Lovely (#1)
Author: Melissa Marr
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Description (from GoodReads):
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.
- Interesting idea with some layers of darkness tossed in
- A too-perfect main character
- Cheesy AF romance
Aislinn is a mortal cursed with a unique gift: she can see faeries. But these faeries aren’t little winged humanoids who live in flowers. These are the fae: dangerous, cruel, frightening. So when the Summer King decides he wants her to be his queen, Aislinn’s world suddenly becomes more dangerous to both her and her loved ones.
Wicked Lovely is a book that thirteen-year-old me would have loved. It has a little bit of magic and a lot of romance. But twenty-something-year-old-me wasn’t so impressed. Instead, I saw a book that caters to the fancies of a young teen girl, an audience I’m no longer apart of.
In terms of writing, Wicked Lovely wasn’t bad, but nothing stuck out either. I read it quickly, not noticing anything particularly beautiful or profound, but not noticing anything horribly cheesy. Granted, there were moments. Some of the dialogue was a little…off, but I suppose that has to do with the fact that one of the main characters is a faerie king who is a little out of touch with the modern world.
And the story was interesting. I liked the darker elements with Donia. I liked the idea of the weird bargain between Keenan, his mother, and the whole Summer Queen thing. And I also like that the ending wasn’t typical (albeit it was still very predictable).
But I found so many things to be off-putting.
The romance was completely cheesy, and I found it to be completely unrealistic. I don’t buy into young men giving up their “player” lifestyle for the sake of a girl he isn’t even dating. The cuddling in front of random people wasn’t cute; it was weird and uncomfortable, like when you see kids making out in the hallway of your high school. Sure, they think they’re sweet, but no one else does. And finally. I don’t buy that someone would put themselves in dangerous situations or be so trusting of someone they barely entered a relationship with.
And then there’s Aislinn. She’s beautiful, smart, and powerful. She’s also entirely too perfect and has little, if any, flaws. And more importantly, certain characters don’t seem to question her sanity when she claims to see things that no one else can see. Really? REALLY?!
Ultimately, everything wrapped up too nicely. All the knots were tied, and it didn’t feel like there were any true loose ends. It was too much of a happily ever after, and I guess this makes me a little weird, but I hate perfectly happy endings. Things don’t wrap up nicely in real life, and I hate when they do in fiction. It just feels…forced.
In the end, Wicked Lovely isn’t a book I would recommend to the adult who loves young adult literature. There were traces of potential there, but that potential was never reached.