- Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
- Format: Paperback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 28mm | 299g
- Publication date: 1 July 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0007263074
- ISBN 13: 9780007263073
- Sales rank: 38,362
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.
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Melissa Marr was voted in high school the "most likely to end up in jail". Instead, she went to graduate school, worked in a bar, became a teacher and did a lot of writing. Wicked Lovely is her first novel.
By Emma Davies 18 Jan 2010
Ethereal cover leading to a surreal story of faeries living among humans.
Wonderful imagery - the descriptions leapt straight off the pages into my imagination. Not a good thing when you have a phobia of snakes and there is a detailed description of a pet boa constrictor.
Intriguing story with a very powerful finale (I cant go into detail without spoiling the story.
I particularly adored the quotes about faeries and folklore above the start of the chapters. They really reinforced the story and added to its realist element.
The characters were all well developed and their interaction was a joy to read.
Overall a fabulous recommended read
By Ashleigh Ubank 21 Jul 2009
Essential for all fans of Holly Black or Cassandra Clare Wicked Lovely is a deliciously dark tale where urban culture suddenly collides with faerie revelries. Forget all you knew about faires with shimmering glitter dust and delicately painted wings, Melissa Marr's faeries are beautiful, deadly, spiteful, more then a little wicked and encroaching with increasing frequency on Aislinn's fragile world. More terrible then her fear of faeries is that of losing her little freedom and she must decide soon what course her future while take. This is nothing like the fairytales you used to know and definately a must have for all mature lovers of magic. It has my top marks.
"Marr offers readers a fully imagined faery world that runs alongside an everyday world, which even non-fantasy (or faerie) lovers will want to delve into" Publisher's Weekly, starred review "The fantasy of being pursued by two young men is alluring in itself, but when one is a pierced and tattooed sexy outsider and the other is a blindingly beautiful King of Faery, how much better can it get? Readers will beg for a sequel" Washington Post "This is a magical novel... the first book in a trilogy that will guarantee to have you itching for the next instalment. * * * *" Bliss "It is a read that pushes boundaries and is not afraid to be honest. All the things that make a great teen novel are there, including angst and romance, but in a refreshingly edgy way that may well entice a new audience to teen fiction. 'Wicked'!" From Bump to Grump "An assured debut... I look forward to seeing Marr's future work." Locus Magazine "I thought this book had a really great storyline and writing style... The alternative universe was well-explained, and the plot, though complex, was not difficult to grasp. I think anyone over 12 years old should read this book, or they would be missing out on something brilliant." Red House Reader, aged 13 'Riveting and dark: I love this tale of a smart, tough girl who walks the razor's edge between an ancient fairy curse and her future!' Tamora Pierce