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Fans of Sarah J. Maas and Holly Black won’t be able to resist the world of Melissa Marr's #1 New York Times bestselling series, full of faerie intrigue, mortal love, and courtly betrayal.
Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in 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.
- ASIN : B0015DRO28
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Reprint edition (January 9, 2009)
- Publication date : January 9, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 3598 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 340 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #71,383 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So that’s all fine. The story is Keenan trying to make Aislinn fall in love with him and her resisting and not that much happens as far as a plot goes. I didn’t mind any of the characters but they were almost grossly underdeveloped. Keenan seems like he should be a somewhat tragic, proud faerie who we should be able to pity and root for. But he comes across as whiny and way too volatile with his emotions. It’s part of the character of the summer fae to have less controlled emotions but he switched almost page to page. He’s too forceful then not forceful enough. He’s impatient then suddenly he’s willing to wait forever. Unpredictable emotion is one thing but the fast paced back and forth gave me whiplash.
Aislinn just isn’t very interesting. She’s incredibly uncomplicated and doesn’t change her mind much throughout. She’s given an impossible choice and makes the best of it that she can. Beyond that, she doesn’t do a lot.
The biggest let down of this reread was the worldbuilding. I remembered a little about the faeries but not much. After this, I see why. There isn’t much to hold onto in here. We hear about the faerie courts and we see many many types of faeries. But we never learn how the courts work. We never understand the relationship between faeries. We never really learn how much power an average faerie has. We don’t see many interacting with each other or what it’s like to live among them. The faeries rarely, if ever, interact positively with humans so we don’t see how the worlds intertwine at all.
Part of the plot is that both the fae and the mortal realms are threatened but there’s nothing that makes me care much about the fae. Keenan is annoying at times and there are few others to care about. So it ends up coming off as a very superficial problem that Aislinn doesn’t care about because she, also, doesn’t care about any faerie in particular. There wasn’t enough weight to the ending where A LOT of stuff is upended in the fae realm. None of it felt like it mattered to anyone, let alone me.
The whole thing is very romance heavy. If you’re into fast, strong romance that remains very PG, then probably check out this book (and series). If that’s not what you’re into then skip it because there isn’t anything else to keep you going here.
In this book, you get to meet the main characters Aislinn, Keenan and Seth. And some secondary characters that I am sure, a few become more so in the coming books in this series. The way Keenan is determined to get his Queen for Summer, the way Aislinn is determined to not Be the Summer queen for Keenan and so much more, all of it, just pulls you in. There are not too many details that make you want to skip page after page of nonsense. Nor are there too many characters that make things confusing. It is a truly gripping story that will make you want to hurry to get to the next book installment and yet make you hope you don't get to the end of the story. Either way, be prepared to Feel all sorts of emotions and to occasionally miss a meal and some sleep. I did.
I highly recommend this book and series!
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.
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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.
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.