Ink Exchange

Ink Exchange

By (author) Melissa Marr

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Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life. The tattoo does bring changes not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . ."

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  • Paperback | 325 pages
  • 134 x 200 x 22mm | 299.37g
  • 01 Apr 2009
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061214701
  • 9780061214707
  • 20,997

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Compulsive enough to give the Twilight series a run for its money. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

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Lacked character strength and connection

Least favourite of the series, I only continued reading because it was necessary for the following books. The characters in the first book were definitely a lot more defined and allowed readers to be engrossed into their life... Perhaps I should give it another chance one day after reading the whole seriesshow more
by Christina

Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadToo.com

Torn up inside after her drug-dealer brother betrays her in the most horrible way, Leslie puts on a brave front with her friends, pretending her drunken dad isn't letting the bills pile up and hiding all her pain. Hoping to take back control over her body, she decides to get a tattoo, and picks out a special design at the tattoo parlor she often hangs out at. Unbeknownst to Leslie, that tattoo is the symbol of Irial, the king of the faerie Dark Court, designed to allow him to filter the unpleasant emotions that feed his court through her into him and his people. As Leslie finds her vision changing and her feelings shifting in unpredictable ways, Niall, a faerie of the Summer Court who has always admired her, steps in, hoping to help her and keep Irial away. He has his own tangled feelings about Irial, whom he once counted as a friend. But as Leslie sinks further under Irial's thrall, enjoying the escape from the hurt and fear she'd been living with, only she can decide when to pull away--or whether she would rather stay with him, after all. INK EXCHANGE is a darkly imaginative novel set in the same world as Marr's first novel, WICKED LOVELY. Readers will enjoy exploring the lives of some of that novel's minor characters and seeing more of the shadowy side of the faerie courts. They may find Leslie, Niall, and Irial less engaging than the spirited and perhaps more sympathetic narrators of WICKED LOVELY, but the trio still make for a fascinating "love" triangle as each deals with conflicting emotions and tries to decide what is right both for him or herself and for those who are counting on them. The imagery is striking and evocative, and the politics of the different faerie courts is intriguing to explore. A great book for dark fantasy fans.show more
by TeensReadToo

Seth..of Seth where are you.... ( www.novelsontherun.blogspot.com )

The more you read the series the deeper you get into the world of Summer courts and Winter courts and Kings and Queens....I certainly now have had a great introduction with these books into any further faerie courts etc books I read. Seth ..sigh...hang in there he does make an appearance...sigh. This is mainly the story of Leslie whose life wasn't the best in so many wrong ways and how she gets mixed up in the world of Faerie. I thought it was very cleverly written. More characters are introduced. Niall and Irial I really like. The one thing I have learnt is nothing is set in concrete in the world of Faerie. Things can shift. There are many difficulties for Aislinn, Keenan and Seth. Irial I found a rather smexi character. Niall is a honest through and through kinda guy...he lays it on the table whether you like it or not. I liked the whole Ink Exchange idea..very clever.show more
by Michelle Auricht

Great Series

Great series - very interesting and love Marr's style of writing - Couldnt put them down. Some of the characters are very likeable.. you get hooked. Is a teen fairy book - Loved the Tattoo references in this one.show more
by Leanne Monda