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- ASIN : B0020Q3FJ0
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 25, 2009)
- Publication date : March 25, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 345 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Print length : 340 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #147,554 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
Leslie comes from a broken home. Really, really broken. Her mother is dead, her father is numbing himself by gambling and is rarely home, and her brother is a minor sort of drug dealer. Not the powerful kind, the kind that always gets himself into trouble. When we meet Leslie, she's trying to piece herself back together after her brother allowed his "friends" to gang rape her to get himself out of trouble. Now she wants a tattoo. Not just any tattoo, though. She wants one that will help her reclaim her body as her own.
Irial is the king of the faery Dark Court. The Dark Court which feeds on the darker emotions of the other fae -- terror, lust, greed, etc. This wasn't such a problem when the former, evil Winter Queen was alive. But now there's a new Winter Queen and a tentative peace in the faery world. Irial's people are starving. So what's a king to do? He comes up with a way to feed them. Through a tattoo on a mortal made with his own shadowy blood, Irial can feed off of the mortal's feelings, and in turn feed his court. The only problem is, he needs to find a willing, hurting mortal...
In spite of the interesting-sounding plot, the book was rather slow, and felt more like it should have been a subplot in another novel, rather than have a novel of it's own. The book is more than halfway over before Leslie gets the tattoo, and after that, still not much happens. It wraps up a bit too quickly in the end, and takes a long time getting there. Leslie was a rather one-dimensional character, not someone you'd want to spend a lot of time with, and Irial was only a bit better. A strange subplot in which Niall (a faery of the Summer Court) inexplicably falls in love with Leslie isn't used to any great advantage. Nor is another subplot in which the the once-mortal Summer Queen, Aisleen, agonizes over Leslie's fate, without taking any steps one way or another. It's a book with a lot of potential, but that's about it.
Needless to say, the book's pretty dark (considerably darker than "Wicked Lovely"), especially for the under-13 set, though none of it's very graphic.
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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.