REVIEW - Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Type: Library

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.

First Sentence: The Summer King knelt before her. "Is this what you freely choose, to risk winter's chill?"

I have kept my eye on this book for such a long time, and ever since Gina from YAFictionFreaks recommended it, I have longed to get the book. I finally checked it out from the libaray. Luckily I did!

The story is told from 3rd omnicious between basically Keenan, Donia, and Aislinn. I thought that that POV was the best way to tell the story -- having each character have their emotions put across to the reader made it easier to become attached to the charcaters like I did. Unfortunately, I did not really become attached to Aislinn. Of course, she's been seeing the fey for all her life (and that's not a spoiler just ta let ya know) and everything that comes with that, but when I was telling her to go along with Keenan (who happens to be my favorite character in the whole book) and be his Summer Queen and fall in love with him, she ignored me and did what I didn't want her to do. Keenan didn't do anything to her. Why should she act like a total jerk to him? That's one of the reasons why I gave it four stars.

And also the author made it obvious to hate one of the characters. Beria (I think that's how you spell it. I don't really have the book in front of me.), the Winter Queen, is a major "biotch", and if I could pop up into the book, I would kill her in the most slow and painful way. Yes. I hated her that much.

But personally, the ending, even though it's not with the same pairings as I would want, was a very beautiful and wonderful way to wrap up the story and lead others gracefully to the sequel, Ink Exchange. I can't wait!

 Overall Appeal:
An awesome read if you're looking for adventure and twists. In some areas the writing was sort of hard to follow (or it could be my ADD mind wandering), but all in all, a very enjoyable book. If you're not really into books like this, still check it out. It's worth the time.

Last Words / Recommend?
Of course, I have not read the Iron Fey series (I am so far behind), but I guess if you liked the Iron Fey series (since it's about the same matter: faeries and the different courts), you will like this series as well! I'm going to get Ink Exchange sometime soon! (:

Cover: A+
Such a beautiful cover! The flower resembles something (like THE MAJOR CONFLICT IN THE STORY if you think deeply like I do~) and the whole purple hues that eventually fade to black near the bottom. This is a simple yet gorgeous cover.


REVIEW - Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Al her world's a stage.
Welcome to the Theatre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. The actors are bound to the Theatre by The Book, an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of the actors, but they are her family. And she is about to lose them all because The Book has been threatened, and along with it the Theatre. It's the only home Bertie has ever known, and she has to find a way to save it. But first, there's the small problem of two handsome men, both vying for her attention. The course of true love never did run smooth. . . . 

Grade: 4 out of 5.

Book Type: Own

First Sentence: The fairies flew suspended on wires despite their tendency to get tangled together. 

When I first saw this book at BooksAMillion, I was captivated by the beautiful cover. The hues of the colors, the beauty of Beatrice (which is the person in the cover FYI), and the realistic touch the illustrator put into this cover. After realizing it was about Shakespeare and the theater, I felt like it was Heaven in a book. Both things I love -- a beautiful cover and Shakespeare -- were in one, and I was excited, so of course I read it.

Beatrice, as a character, sometimes got on my nerves with her mistakes she constantly makes in the process of the novel, but her story told in the novel (which you will know when you read the book) is very captivating and unique. The characters Mantchev used from the Shakespeare plays - Ariel (The Tempest), Cobweb, Peaseblossum, Moth, and Mustardseed (Midsummer Night's Dream), and Ophelia (Hamlet) - along with Nate, who was from The Little Mermaid, were just as I would have imagined them! Other characters from the plays that she presented as minor characters - Lady MacBeth (MacBeth), Othello (Othello), Hamlet (Hamlet) (Are you catching a trend that most of the plays are names?) - were a hilarious touch to an overall funny novel.

You also have Ariel and Nate competing for Beatrice's heart. Both are very tempting in their own ways, but I have to say that I personally am Team Ariel. He's just my kind of guy: dark, seductive, and controls an element. Besides, he's the only one in the love triangle that's ACTUALLY from a Shakespearian play. Yummy, yummy. (: (I am such a loser. . .)

Overall Appeal:
Humorous and an exciting read! I suggest this to ANYONE who has a love for theater and Shakespeare. A beautiful and exciting mash of both. It certainly does deserve the cover it was given.

Last Words / Recommend?
It's very theatrical. If you love major plot turns, an exciting story, and a character that's past is just so interesting, you would love this book! Can't wait to get Perchance to Dream

Cover: A+
Who doesn't love this cover? Everyone who's gotten this book has mentioned how the cover captures their attention. I love it!