12th June 2007.
Urban Fantasy / YA
First book in the wicked lovely series.
∆ RITA Award by Romance Writers of America.
∆ DABWAHA Romance Tournament.
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.
Why I picked it up:
Well, the cover was pretty interesting. I’m a sucker for fantasy novels. It had faeries and not the cliché ones. I heard a lot of people really enjoyed it, and I was just looking for a good series to read.
The book was pretty good overall. The start did throw me off and was pretty confusing since we all have a general idea of faeries. Whereas this book was totally not filled with small winged cute fairies. That was what compelled me to read further. The Summer and Winter complications seemed pretty self explanatory. The writer used a third person point of view but it was universal so the feelings and thoughts were portrayed as well. As far as the plot is concerned, its interesting. Some of the things do seem unrealistic but I flew through the story and completed it in a couple of hours. I do wish there was more information about the fey and the different courts, which Marr will probably include in the following books. I loved the modern era mixed with the ancient faeries and fey. Definitely a new concept. There were times when the evil Winter Queen was over-the-top, and I quite didn’t hate her as much as I should.
∆ Aislinn –
Aislinn is shown to be brave enough to not panic even when she can see the faeries. She’s a normal teen who has feelings for a boy which she has been suppressing for quite a while. She stands up to all the challenges thrown at her. There are times though when I find the author just writing her character doing stuff for the sake of it, so that the story can continue but not as an individual choice or in the flow.
She’s smart and understands her situation and also tackles it.
As a faery, he’s pretty lethal and confident. He fears his mother for obvious reasons, but doesn’t really act to his post even though he does have immense powers. He’s stubborn and doesn’t stop till he gets what he wants.
I love him. I seriously adore his courage for standing up with the girl her loves, protecting and helping her in such perilous times. His faith in her doesn’t fade away even after all that she’s been through and its remarkable. It just shows how much he adores her.
She’s in love. She’s a dangerous one. She sacrificed everything, just out of love for Keenan. I like her a hell lot better than Aislinn.
“He looked good, like sin in a suit.”
“Mortals are such fragile things. Just tender feelings walking around exposed in their delicate shells.. Easy to crush.”
“I say integrity, you say deceit.”
“You say potato, I say potahto..”
“What would I do without you?”
“You’ll never find out.”
“Can I get you something?”
“A little space.”
“Maybe you should slow down, so that I can catch you.”