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|| #17,740 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#101 in Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths for Children
#208 in Teen & Young Adult Dark Fantasy
#349 in Teen & Young Adult Fairy Tales & Folklore
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But it was, and I did . . . And it remains my favorite YA series about Fae.
Aislinn, like all of her female ancestors, has the Sight. She can see through faery glamour, magic used to either make the Fae invisible to humans entirely or to make them appear to be human themselves.
There are many rules her grandmother taught her to ensure her safety, but they're all extensions of a single concept: keep the secret.
Faeries don't want to be seen, and if they discover a human who <i>can</i> see them, that human will be lucky to simply have their eyes gouged out.
Like I said. Dark.
But that by itself isn't unusual . . . and I love Fae, sooooo . . . what was my problem?
This time around, I finally figured it out. B/c despite improving with the reread, I enjoyed it for the authenticity, for the underlying message I had previously overlooked, for the anticipation of what I know will come next . . . not for <i>this</i> story. Not for <i>these</i> characters.
Aislinn and Keenan . . . Not a huge fan of either of them at this point. Donia, yes. Niall, also yes, but not nearly as much as I will in INK EXCHANGE. Seth . . . meh. For now, at least.
Part of my dislike of the main characters (Aislinn and Keenan) is superficial---I don't like their names. #sorrynotsorry Maybe you can completely overlook MEH to blergh names, but I can't. A rose by any other name and all that.
By itself that would never be enough to make turn my nose up at a book, but when I have other issues with those same characters . . . it compounds.
And with Keenan, especially . . . He embodies the capriciousness that categorizes the Fae, but he lacks the whimsicality, the charisma, that endears the "good" version of Fae to me. Instead of liking him for his Faeness, I was irritated by his narcissism.
There wasn't anything specific about Aislinn that I that disliked, but there wasn't anything I <i>did</i> particularly like either.
As for Seth . . . I'm not even remotely attracted to this incarnation. I got over my fascination with über pierced Bad Boys who may or may not have a pet snake (*rolls eyes*) when I was in high school.
Marr is a true scholar when it comes to fairy folklore, and the aforementioned authenticity is fantastic. It's not limited to the physical descriptions of various types of Fae, she weaves the rules for dealing with Fae, the practices, the consequences, the temperaments (Keenan excluded), ultimately creating a captivating Fae world overlapping our own.
This setting, the WICKED LOVELY world, is so well established in this first installment that, in hindsight, it's not at all surprising given new main characters, I loved the next book.
Beyond that, Marr gives us a heroine who despite being backed into a corner, despite escaping the Fae free and clear being an impossibility, grabs the reins of <i>her</i> power, making the best of a situation she wants no part of, but can't escape.
Aislinn accepts the world as it is and makes it work for her.
I may not have connected with her, but I respected her.
SO. While I consider this first installment to be significantly weaker than those that follow, it isn't terrible, and I still highly recommend it to anyone who loves the Fae.
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.
I also loved the characters. I loved the strength and endurance of the female leads, Aislinn and Donia, and I enjoyed the dynamics between the male characters, Keenan and Seth. I found the relationships were interesting, realistic, and emotional. I also loved the evil Winter Queen. As much as I love a villain with a good backstory, I also love a villain who is just hateful and malicious for the sake of it! The cast brings a lot to the table and I’m eager to see where the series takes them.
The writing is one of my favorite things about this book. Marr has a way of writing about this dark, magical world of faeries that really captures the essence and brings it to life on the pages. While Marr does write in a way that seems a bit melodramatic at times, I still loved the story. The plot, the characters, the faery lore, the writing; I found all of it to be enjoyable. This book is a delightful guilty pleasure you can dive into and enjoy without investing too much. I’m excited to read future novels in the series and I hope they’re as entertaining as Wicked Lovely.
Top reviews from other countries
-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.
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 😉
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.
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.
Was really good. I liked the characters the storyline was confusing at times, but if you like fae books and romance I would recommend:).