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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

I normally shy away from young adult books, but this book has gotten high reviews from so many people who seem to like the same types of books that I like, that I decided to give it a chance.

And I really enjoyed it. The characters were engaging, the world building is excellent, the plot is perfect, and the ending was satisfying.

Here's the blurb:
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.

Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning 21st century faery tale.

For parents trying to figure out if this book is okay for your daughter, I'm pretty conflicted on that. I'm thinking this book isn't really that good of a book for teens. For a child who wants to read it and has friends reading it, I'd say absolutely no younger than a junior or senior, and even then I've got some problems with it. Aislinn appears to be a junior - she talks about the SAT, and she will be 18 "next year". And yet her Grams (Aislinn's sole guardian) rarely knows where Aislinn is, doesn't ask her to check in with her (until Grams realizes there is trouble), and has no problems with Aislinn spending the night with her boyfriend (who she hasn't even met). There is no intercourse, but there is oral sex (described as being kissed "down there"). And there is underage drinking, and the idea that if you're drunk you aren't responsible for what happens. If your daughter doesn't bring the book up, I wouldn't mention it. If she has friends who are reading it and she wants to, then that puts you in a difficult position. You don't want to make a book "forbidden", but at the same time there are books that just don't give the right message to teens.

I give Wicked Lovely a 9 of 10 for adults who are reading it. As a young adult book I would not give it that high of a rating because I don't think it's a good book for teens to read. I will be putting it away before my daughter gets old enough to want to read it, so it's isn't out for her to ask to read it.

Book Rating: 9 of 10

1. Wicked Lovely
2. Ink Exchange
3. Fragile Eternity
4. Skin Starved (summer or fall 2010)

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