Wicked Lovely Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost - regardless of her plans or desires.
Suddenly, none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.
Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning 21st-century faery tale.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 10 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 29, 2008|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #22,472 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#133 in Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths for Children
#218 in Teen & Young Adult Dark Fantasy
#368 in Teen & Young Adult Fairy Tales & Folklore
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Enjoyed that the book played around with historical fairy lore.
I wish that there had been more emphasis on that Aislinn was the Summer Queen because of something instinctive about her personality and not just destiny or the like.
From what I have read it sets up the rest of the series but the Love triangle is not the most balanced. You don't have that many reasons to route for Keenan
Aislinn looses her agency that she begins to develop. The novel Nevers returns to the pool hall of the first scene or explain Aislinn's love of the pool hall.
Could have used more scenes like Aislinn telling the fairy that he looked sexier with the tusks to show that her experiences with the sight were going to make her a different kind of summer queen.
First off, I love the world building. I liked learning about Ani and why she is the way she is. She can see faeries but must not acknowledge she can see them. She must keep it her secret.
We than meet her friend aka crush Seth. Seth was HOT. I loved all the mention of his piercings. Usually I'm not into guys with piercings but the way the author described his physical aspects wowed me.
Than Keenan. It took me a while to like Kennan. He seemed kind of conceited but think about it, how can he not be? He's waited a long time for his queen, and I'm sure by this point he's getting kind of impatient and wants to get it on with already!
Basically, long story short, Keenan meets Ani, and feels drawn to her. He thinks she is the one, the queen he's been looking for all along. He must get her to like him. To choose him. Of course, Ani knows better and she wants nothing to do with him. Plus his mother wants to stay in control so she does everything in her power to try to keep them aapart.
Want to know what happens? Read the book.
Loved Wicked Lovely!
Overall: Amazning! This is a great start to a series, and I can't wait to read the rest of the books!!!
Cover: Beautiful! Its quite stunning, isn't it?
What I'd Give It: 5/5 Cupcakes
Review Based On Hardcover Edition
Taken From Princess Bookie (blog)
When I picked up this book, I finally set it down that night, sad that I had finished it so early. I immediately went out to buy the second one, which is equally good. It is a little hard for me to write this review because I want so bad to tell you guys the entire story and talk about how wonderful the book was, but I am really against telling people everything about the story and doing the whole **spoiler alert** thing. So instead, I'll just suggest that you buy this book, because I am positive that you'll like it just as much as I.
What can I say about this book?
Aislinn (or Ash) can see faeries. Her mother could see faeries and her grandmother. At least, she thinks her mother could, as her mother is dead when the book starts and she lives with her grandmother who is very strict about the rules of the faeries. She sees them, but they don't know it and she pretends like she doesn't. But when a few of them start stalking her... she knows something is changing, something is wrong. Something that has to do with her. Then she see's him, Keenan in human form, and he's talking to her! Trying to catch her attention and that's when she knows something is definitely wrong. She tries to avoid Keenan and go about her life like she always has. Until Keenan shows up at her school and expects Ash to show him around and after that, he follows her around like a puppy dog. Her friends approve of her going out with him because he's gorgeous! And they don't seem to be fan's of Seth... and so, everything starts to unravel. Secret's come out, surprises, and the biggest decision that Ash will ever have to make. For herself and for her loved ones.
In the end, this book was a fantastic read. After getting through the first few chapters, I enjoyed every second I spent reading this book. The characters were amazing, their stories were addicting, the plot was definitely a page turner. The Winter Queen was the perfect villain; ruthless, heartless and control hungry at it's finest! Seth was adorable, seriously every time something cute happened between Seth and Ash I wanted to give my husband a big hug and tell him to not let the faeries get me lol.
It's so hard to review this book without giving spoilers! I'm not a really big fan of faeries, but this book changed that. I'm looking forward to reading the rest in this series and learning more about their world.
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-Whenever I read a book with a love triangle I just know I won't be able to rate it over 3 stars. Love triangles are not for me, that's why now I will always research the book first to check if there is one before reading. I hate the trope and this book was jam-packed with it.
-An indecisive and annoying main character.
-The plot and world building confused me.
-Very unmemorable, predictable, done before plot. Nothing unique or different to this series at all.
However, always make up your own mind so if this sounds interesting to you I would definitely recommend giving it a go as loads of people seem to love it.
I really loved Seth as a character and loved that he was so open and honest throughout the whole book, it was refreshing to have at least one character that wasn't hiding something and I also loved that he wasn't described as a typical `preppy' boy. He's a goth/emo (It's not quite clear) and he has piercings and tattoos and still he's described as beautiful. I love that Marr broke the mould with this character and I think he fits in well with today's society and he's more `real' than any other character I've come across even if he does live in a train.
Aislinn on the other hand is a character that I can't quite relate to. I really loved her in the beginning because her reactions to the situations she manages to find herself in are real and believable but once the faeries start interfering more in her life, her whole personality seems to change and she forgets every rule that she's been brought up with. She goes from being a wary teenage girl to a gullible one. It makes the story less believable and confusing.
I couldn't stand Keenan in the beginning because although he is meant to be this old, wise king, he acts like a typical teenage boy and when things don't go his way he begins to act like a spoiled brat. His feelings for Donia were completely predictable and I could see that coupling a mile away even if he seemed to be clueless. I felt her appearances in the story didn't add to it as a whole and weren't necessary or they could have been, if they were longer and more relevant to the situation instead it just seems that she is a whiny, jealous ex.
And Beira? She's supposed to be this scary intimidating villain but I wasn't convinced. She's portrayed as almost too cruel if that's even possible? And there wasn't much of a backstory involving her, except that she killed Keenan's father and bound him using the Dark Court. I haven't found an explanation as to why. She is just a power driven woman with no personality.
I enjoyed this book as a whole and I really love the concept of the courts and the invisible faeries, Marr made it all believable but I feel that the characters should have been revised because they lacked a certain...something. They didn't feel real to me and I didn't believe that their actions are typical of who they are. I am excited to see where the characters go from here and I hope that Marr manages to give them more depth, I feel that this was more of a starting point for a story than a story as a whole and I am looking forward to being thrown back into it.
Don't get me wrong it was well written just not to my taste as I thought it would be, it had all the great dots to form a line in a great story, but anyways thanks for the read, it was deffo interesting and made me want to keep reading so 😉
Welcome to the summer and winter court faeries. Who is destined to be the next queen and will love shine through.
A must read for all fans of the realms of magic.