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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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|Listening Length||8 hours and 57 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||July 29, 2008|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #94,850 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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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
This story is about the dark court. Dark court faeries terrorize and kill humans. None of that is shown. It’s not that I want a lot of gory detail, but that part was vaguely referred to. I was frustrated because I wanted to know what the faeries did to humans. There is also addiction and reference to rape.
I read some reviews for the sequels. Book 3 has low reviews. Books 4 and 5 sound better, but I've lost interest in the series after this one.
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 325 pages. Swearing language: mild. Sexual content: none, other than a reference to a past rape with no details shown. Setting: unknown time probably current day in fictional town Huntsdale, Pennsylvania. Copyright: 2008. Genre: fantasy fiction, young adult.
Until one day a tattoo artist named Rabbit shows her some of his personal designs. One time only deals that means each tattoo once used will not be used on another person. Leslie flips through the pages and is immediately drawn to one. She can't get it out of her head and convinces Rabbit to sell it to her. Rabbit says that it will change her life and since that is what Leslie wants she doesn't think about the cost. This is also no ordinary tattoo, it was designed by one of the Fey and it will change its bearer and not always the way that they want.
I enjoyed returning to the universe that Marr created in Wicked Lovely and it was great to see the cameos of all the characters that were in that first book. However, this book didn't have the same draw for me as Wicked Lovely did. The build up for Leslie getting the tattoo was a little slow and often seem stilted. The relationships that were tossed in her path with the two Fey folk Irial and Niall seemed a little too contrived to be believable. Then when Leslie finally does get herself inked the changes seem to go so fast and then before you know it the book is over. I felt as though that there were parts of the story that were untold and these was no easy ending to it. Marr has obviously left the door open for a third book.
Despite the fact that the 1st half of the book doesn't really mesh well with the last half (the 1st was slow and plodding and the ending had that rushed feel) the writing style was the same as in Wicked Lovely.....although of a darker quality to suit the darker aspects touched upon in this novel. I am still intrigued with Marr and the universe that she has created and since she has left things open for a return then I will sit back and wait for the next installment. For I do wonder what mischief all my new Faerie friends will come up with next.
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Leslie is troubled, afraid that her life and feelings are not her own. Without going into too much detail, Marr makes it quite clear than Leslie's homelife is frankly horrific and that she has suffered abuse. Small details emerge about this as the book goes on, but it is cleverly written. Leslie is determined for her abuse not to be the main marker in her life. She is trying to find her way, reclaim control over herself, not to be a victim. So she doesn't dwell on what happened for the reader to hear. She alludes to it more by explaining how it makes her feel, how she shuts those feelings out. I have been surprised by other reviewers complaints that this aspect of the story was not properly dealt with. Written any other way, it would have been dwelling too much on her past pain rather than her future and how she was going to move forward.
Leslie is resolved to get a tattoo, something to mark her body as her own, but she keeps looking at Rabbit's designs and she just can't see something that draws her in. Eventually she sees something in Rabbit's design book that he doesn't normally show to people. She knows immediately that she must have it. It calls to her. Obtaining the tattoo begins Leslie's connection to Irial, the king of the Dark Fey. She is strongly drawn to both him and Keegan's advisor in the Summer Court, Niall. What connects the three of them and where will it lead? What are Aislinn and Keegan trying to hide from her/protect her from?
The story of what happens to Leslie once the tattoo is completed is the most compelling part of the book. I found that I kept changing my mind as to where I wanted the story to go. Marr writes the characters from an unbiased point of view, so I never felt that I was supposed to favour one character over another or to want one outcome more than another. I just kept swaying between all the options. In actual fact, none of the things that I thought would draw the book to a close, actually happened. I was surprised and very pleased by the outcome. It was true to Leslie's original goal- to reclaim her life and to move on stronger and more in control.
I would recommend that you read it, if you enjoyed the first book. Be prepared for the change in tone and the reduced roles of previously main characters. You will be compensated by the characters of Leslie, Irial, Gabriel and Niall coming much more to the fore. They are much more complex than they appear at first. That's one of the things that makes the book so interesting.
With the tattoo comes unexpected changes for Leslie. Her sight changes, the emotions she feels and the way she reacts. The pain, hurt and fear that had been consuming her, disappears. But at what cost?
The more she changes, the more Niall, advisor to the Summer King and Queen Keenan and Aislinn, wants to help her. Having escaped the Dark Court himself many years ago, he's determined not to let them have Leslie. But in the end, can he himself escape their clutches again?
Wicked Lovely was a really good read, but unfortunately this does not live up to it. The idea behind the story, surviving - not allowing someone else to rule your life, is a good one, but it doesn't work here. The writing tended to ramble on and got confusing at times. You could see what the end was going to be long before you got there, and when you did, it was over quickly. It didn't help that half of the book was from Irial's perspective. As the 'bad guy' I had no sympathy for him or his motives. I didn't like his character and even found him dull at times.
On the good side, we saw some of Keenan's true nature and we got a better look at Niall, easily the most interesting, though least seen, character in the book. I intend to read the third book in the series, Fragile Eternity, because it focuses on different characters. But I don't feel this book really added anything to the series. Long winded, slow and dull at times it didn't do it's predecessor any justice. Hoping for more from the next one.
characters and I'd really fallen for Ash and Seth in the first book. However, melisaa Marr creates
wonderful characters and Lesley is another of these. We do have appearences from Ash and Seth and others from
the first book. We get to know alot more about Niall and meet some other rulers of other fairie courts too.
This book I found alot darker and definately not one for younger audiences. It was very enjoyable and showed us
more of the world that Melissa Marr has created and left me eagerly awaiting more. I have now ordered the 3rd book
which it seems takes us back to Ash again....... I can't wait.