What if I told you that you were special? With just a few words, you could save humanity and the hidden world. But Aislinn’s decision is not that simple. Not only are there risks, but her future, friends and family are at stake in this fast paced fantasy novel. Aislinn has been warned to avoid the faeries that only she can see. She knows what to do when she sees one: Don’t react, don’t stare, and don’t acknowledge them. However, as problems in the faery kingdom arise, Aislinn is forced to break these sacred laws. Not only are faeries following her, but she is mesmerized by Keenan, a royal faery that starts appearing in her life. It’s hard not to fall for him, with his charm and handsome looks. And then there is Seth, Aislinn’s mortal best friend and boyfriend, who she does not want to leave behind. Swiftly, Aislinn is caught up in a messy war between two groups of faeries: Winter and Summer. Aislinn may be the lost Summer Queen who everyone has been looking for, desperately, for centuries. However the stakes are soon raised when Aislinn discovers a piece of vital information: if she is not this famed Summer Queen, she will be condemned to an eternity of frozen torture. But if she is the Summer Queen and refuses to take the throne, the faery realm and the human world will be overridden by an eternal winter. Can Aislinn risk her life at the chance of this bleak future? Is she willing to put the hope of the Summer faeries over her desires? The decision, she is told, is up to her.
Wicked Lovely follows Aislinn through her struggle to decide what is worth risking. Set in modern times, Marr cleverly connects the present day mortals and ancient faeries. In an intelligent mix of past and present, Marr writes a unique story that raises the stake with every page.
Each character in Wicked Lovely is full of personality. From Beira, the murderous Winter Queen, to sweet Donia who is condemned to a life of frost, Marr creates dynamic characters that make the story come alive. Aislinn’s unique commentary engages the reader from beginning to end. Through use of descriptive language, Marr weaves a stunningly original tale of a girl who has the power to decide her fate, but each decision comes with potential consequences.
Marr brought in three key elements to Wicked Lovely: voice, realism, and action. Firstly, Aislinn’s voice was never dull or uninteresting. As well, the novel was realistic. The novel came alive through Aislinn’s reactions and how the other characters act. Everything was easy to visualize because Marr described them so effectively. Finally, Wicked Lovely is full of action that makes the story always an interesting read. Marr knew exactly what to focus on and brought the story to life by always keeping it exciting. Overall, Wicked Lovely was a fantastic book that had me gripped throughout.
Book Reviewed By Sarah Wissman
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