Thursday, August 06, 2009

Wicked Lovely

Wicked Lovely
By Melissa Marr
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 2008
ISBN-13: 9780007263073
327 pages

Synopsis from the back cover: RULE 3: NEVER STARE AT INVISIBLE FAERIES. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world.

RULE 2: NEVER SPEAK TO INVISIBLE FAERIES. One of them, a beautiful faery boy name Keenan, is trying to talk to her, asking questions. Aislinn is afraid to answer.

RULE 1: DON'T EVER ATTRACT THEIR ATTENTION. Now it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King and is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost. Without her, summer itself will perish...

First sentence, Prologue: The Summer King knelt before her.

Fiction Genre: Young Adult. Paranormal Romance. Fantasy.

What led you to pick up this book? I won it from a giveaway on Vivienne's blog at Serendipity.

Summarize the plot minus spoilers: Please see the synopsis above.

What did you like most about the book? I liked the story and it is different from the kind of stories I have read about faeries. Aislinn, the protagonist, is a young lady who can see faeries around her. Focus. Control. She has to keep reminding herself that so that she would remember not to give away the fact that she can see them. That effort takes up a lot of her energy but she has no choice. Unlike her school friends, she is conservative and does not sleep around with any boys that they find "hot" and "with finesse" i.e. experienced. She also strives not to cross the line with her good friend, Seth (a good looking guy with the bad boy image), whom she likes. One thing she is not aware of is his affection for her. Also unknown to her is Seth's abstinence because he is waiting for her, which is totally unexpected because of his reputation to bed girls.

What did you like least? I think the author has to realize that she is writing for readers aged 13 and above. There is nothing wrong with sex but when it is being projected as “getting laid” and sleeping around with boys—sometimes without an inkling of who they are or if they even know who you are—is diluting its beauty and sending out the wrong message to these young readers. They should not be “ambushed” this way. I am fully aware that this is a modern world and all of that, but why bring such awareness when parents, schools, and various other institutions are trying so hard to inculcate good values? The author needs to evaluate her motives for incorporating such ideas into a seemingly harmless and unique story about faeries. Is she sending out a message that says: “Girls, it’s OK to sleep with any Tom, Dick and Harry (or maybe Tammy, Donna and Harriette, for the boys)”? As an adult reader, I think she is probably trying to inject the "real world" into the story, but in my opinion it will still work nicely without those unnecessary additions.

Having said that, at least there is a redeeming value in the story: Aislinn is not like the other girls, and Seth, because of his love for her, changes his playboy behavior.

What did you think of the main character(s)? Aislinn is brave and strong. Seth is understanding and protective. I know this story has been compared with Twilight. Unlike for Edward in Twilight, I felt nothing for Keenan the Summer King, except maybe slight pity. In fact, I did not connect with any of the characters.

What about the ending? I liked and disliked the ending. I think a clever agreement is reached for the ending. I do not want to risk spoilers so you will have to read it for yourself.

Would you recommend this book? Yes, but I felt uneasy giving it to a 13-year-old to read.

Should anyone NOT be encouraged to read it? Why? For the reasons I mentioned earlier.

Would you read more books by this author? Yes, I'm curious to know what will happen in the next two books Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity.

Would you re-read the book? I don't think so.

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