02/25/11



Book Review

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

Release Date: February 22, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Age Group:
Pages: 336
Source: ARC
Other Titles in the Series: Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity & Radiant Shadows
Interest: Series
Challenge: None
Buy the Book: Amazon

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.

Darkest Mercy was more than a just satisfying ending to an unforgettable series…. it was brilliant. Epic even. I shall miss it.

Let me just get this out of the way right now. That whole thing with Keenan… how painfully obvious was that! I mean seriously…. did you give yourself the duh slap with that one, or what!?!? And for those of you that haven’t read it yet, that won’t probably mean anything, sorry about that.

I love this story and I love the characters. I’m going to miss them so much! Usually I enjoy a certain character because I can relate to them, honestly there wasn’t any character that I felt I could relate to in these novels. I mean they’re bad-ass… tattoos, piercings… dangerous fae…. but they are FASCINATING! I couldn’t help but come to love each and every one of them.

Marr did an excellent job creating threads in each novel and finally weaving them together to make this stunning ending a masterpiece….. loved it. There are so many story lines one might find it easy to become confused but somehow Marr makes it work, and makes it work wonderfully well. Did I mention I loved it? I was actually hesitant to start this one because I didn’t want it to end, but once I started I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t put it down until the last page was turned.

If you haven’t read this series I recommend that you do! Can’t wait to see what Marr has for us next!

04/13/10



Book Review

Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Release Date: April 20, 2010
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352
Source: Traveling to Teens
Interest: Series
Challenge: None
Other Titles in the Series: Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange & Fragile Eternity

Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.

Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries’ coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani’s death.

Ani isn’t one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin’s plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?

By far my favorite book of the series!

This fae series is one of a kind. Each novel could possibly stand alone, but the series is better savored if read in the order of release. The Wicked Lovely Books are not your average tale of twinkling fairies of hope and love. The fae in these stories are dangerous, destructive and lethal. Their world isn’t sunshine and rainbows, it’s despair and longing. It’s so richly layered, so stunningly crafted, I was just taken aback by the entire thing. I didn’t put it down.

I’m honestly amazed at the initially unseen connections within the entire series. The plot is just so intricately woven… just wow. I was impressed by the entire novel… writing, plot, characters. Everything was right on.

I loved both of the main characters in the novel, Ani and Devlin. In the previous novels I always wanted to see more of Seth and Ash, their minor roles were just never enough. With Radiant Shadows, I couldn’t get enough of Ani and Dev, I was completely engrossed in “their” story! Seth & Ash who?

I also give kudos to Marr for writing what she does. I love that she isn’t afraid to cross the “normal” relationship barriers. She stays so true to the limitations she has set, it’s refreshing to see an author stick to what they started with. Marr doesn’t write for a reader, she writes the story as it’s meant to be told.

I’m very much looking forward to where we are taken next.

04/21/09



Book Review

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

Release Date: April 21, 2009
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 400
Other Titles in the Series: Wicked Lovely & Ink Exchange

Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he’d ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who’d always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she’d ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr’s third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

If you are a fan of the Wicked Lovely series, you are going to love this sequel. It’s the best book of the series by far. Fragile Eternity begins right where we left off on Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange. I’d recently read Ink Exchange, but it had been a while since I’d read Wicked Lovely, but fortunately I didn’t have any problems getting right back into the story.

I love Melissa’s Marr’s writing, and I think I enjoyed it even more this time after reading her previous two books. It’s very lyrical alluring. I was completely captivated while reading. I managed to read this one in a day, I was that enthralled!

It was fascinating to gain the insights to the Faerie Courts. After two books, we finally get to see some of the inner workings, that make the courts so different and yet very similar to each other. And the introduction to the new characters worked seamlessly within the plot.

As for the characters, Naill is still by far my favorite and I think the most complex. Aislinn’s character on the other hand becomes a little tiring. I don’t understand how she can continue to be so naive! She actually had common sense in Wicked Lovely, I just wonder what happened to it.

Overall, I loved it, well except for the whole cliffhanger ending! I’m dying to know what happen’s next. Tons of plot twists, and unexpected revelations at every turn, this one will keep you turning the pages!

04/21/09



Book Review

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Release Date: April 29, 2008
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 336
Other Titles in the Series: Wicked Lovely

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

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. . . .

Ink Exchange is the companion novel to Wicked Lovely, which basically means that it is not the sequel to Wicked Lovely, but is still set in the same world and has many of the same characters as Wicked Lovely.

Personally, I like Ink Exchange better than I did Wicked Lovely. To be fair, WL was one of the first fae novels that I’d read, along with the Holly Black series, so I was just getting to know about the glamours and the sight and all that fae lingo.

Ink Exchange is definitely the darker novel of the too, this one is basically about addiction. It revolves around one of Ash’s friends Leslie, Irial, the king of the Dark Court, and Niall, Keenan’s adviser.

I love this world that Marr has created where faeries and mortals co-exist. She paints a beautiful world full of mayhem and chaos! And I love that she doesn’t give a happy fairy-tale ending, well the ending that I wanted to see anyway, and yet I find that it was very satisfying.

The characters in this novel are fantastic. You have the Dark Court, which obviously is supposed to be bad, but are they really? Every character is flawed, they have these wonderful qualities and yet they also have these bad qualities. It’s refreshing to be unable to label who’s good and who’s evil.

There was a lot more depth than I was expecting. My first impressions of Leslie from Wicked Lovely were extremely off. She is one of the most complex characters and it was totally unexpected. I really recommend this one for dark fantasy fans.



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