So I was expecting to read a nice YA book, but let me tell you this book was so good that I read it in 6 hours without stoping I loved all the characters and the way everything developed Specially the end I really liked how the author gave a smart solution to every problem.I really enjoyed to read something different from all the books that are out there Wicked lovely is a nice, refreshing and original story Ash is a great heroine, with one of the best personalities I ve seen and Seth is the sweetest thing If you like paranormal romance and YA books, you ll love this series I m glad I finally read it I would give this book 4.5 stars if I could So good. People tell me I have a short attention span They mention, on some rare occasions, that I tend to space out easily That one moment I ll be listening and paying attention and the next moment Oh sparkly With that I m lost It s amazing how many teachers have been the ones to remind me of my poor ability to pay attention Remarkable reallyWhat was I saying Oh yeah So it takes a little bit to capture my attention and to keep it Usually an abnormal amount of sex, violence or suspense will do the trick Or if the writing is super duper fabulous By the way, if only you knew how many times I ve gotten distracted and forgotten to keep typing, you d be surprised Or maybe not Anyway, point of the matter is that Marr has my number She knows what people like me are like It s insidious really Her nefarious schemes to keep my wavering attention with sex and horror have not gone unnoticed though I m onto her What does she think of her audience That they ll overlook the TERRIBLE editing job and shaky story telling with sex Okay, so maybe it worked a little just a little bit Because every time you start getting bored, some hot guy starts putting the moves on, or his fingers start roaming, or flirting starts happening That, or you think you re about ready to yawn and some evil person shows up and starts hurting other things.It took me a little while to get what she was doing What with the oral sex and the obvious lust inducing moments, it was hard to force my brain into action I had to keep refocusing, shaking it off and trying to see the book for what it was as opposed to imagining half naked men with incredible bodies all oiled up and posingOkay, never mind, back to the point In a market flooded with cookie cutter YA paranormal and Urban Fantasy novels, this one is trying to be different It s trying to be contrary Marr must figure that if fails, at least there s lots of pretty to look at.Well, it did fail to be different It was entirely forgettable In fact I m having trouble remembering everything already and I just finished it today I suppose of course that if it wants to fall back on pretty sparkly men oh, I m sorry, this one GLOWS It s different, see At least this one doesn t try to hide the fact that he s a fairy that s ITS prerogative, however on a hawtness scale of 1 10, I rate Keenan and Seth a bit, fat, walloping meh How could they possible compare to Clayton Or Barrons, V Lane or Howl, Christoph, Con or any of the other REAL literary crushes I have In fact I ve had to create a whole new bookshelf in honour of this book I m calling it my Meh Shelf It s for books like this one don t be deceived by the stars, it s not really 3, it s 2 1 2 that aren t terrible, aren t fantastic, and that I ll barely remember in a week or so.So if you want to read some fairly PG schmexing and some interesting Fae mythology then go ahead Give it a shot.Maybe if I keep reading books like this, I ll cure my insatiable fascination with sparkly things It s what got me into this trouble to begin with I was looking for a diamond in the rough but this book was pretty much mostly rough. Rule Don T Stare At Invisible FaeriesAislinn Has Always Seen Faeries Powerful And Dangerous, They Walk Hidden In The Mortal World Aislinn Fears Their Cruelty Especially If They Learn Of Her Sight And Wishes She Were As Blind To Their Presence As Other TeensRule Don T Speak To Invisible FaeriesNow 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 AnswerRule Don T Ever Attract Their AttentionBut 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 DesiresSuddenly None Of The Rules That Have Kept Aislinn Safe Are Working Any, And Everything Is On The Line Her Freedom Her Best Friend, Seth Her Life EverythingFaery Intrigue, Mortal Love, And The Clash Of Ancient Rules And Modern Expectations Swirl Together In Melissa Marr S Stunning Twenty First Century Faery Tale Oy vie What a horrible book I decided to change it s title to Beautiful and Vapid Hormones Melissa Marr held so much promise for a feisty female protagonist, willing to fight the allure of immortal beauty and power for our mundane yet necessary mortality Sadly, Aislinn the main character faded into nothingness in the last few chapters It seemed as though Marr couldn t sacrifice either of the two worlds for her Aislinn and so gave her both, which in my opinion, gives her nothing Life demands sacrifice for true happiness Hormones ruled, not love or the quest for right, just penises and breasts, sorry to be so blunt, but it s too true I m thoroughly disappointed Perhaps if the story started the way it began I wouldn t be so upset But Marr set a beautiful stage, perfect characters with bright promises of illuminating lives It s as if Marr put all her energy and wit into the first act It was perfectly coordinated, hopeful lives waiting for tough decisions to show their true beauty and strength The happy ending never came because as the curtain ascended to reveal the last act the actors, once graceful and awe inspiring, crashed into each other, tripped, pulled down the beautiful set, ripped their glittering costumes, shouted profanities and uncovered their base savage hormones I hope Ms Marr becomes a great author she has it in her, but she needs to learn, as we all do, that life is lived beyond physical desire, in what we sacrifice for others and ourselves to gain wisdom and love. Aislinn has always followed the rules Her Grandmother has drilled them into her since she was a young child Don t stare at invisible faeries Don t speak to invisible faeries Don t ever attract faeries attention Aislinn has developed the skill to ignore them She walks passed them without flinching even when the faeries are pinching or touching others around her like they love to do Faeries come in many shapes and sizes and Aislinn has seen them all She s seen them in the glamours they wear in order to pass as humans and can pick one out of a crowd even when they are trying to blend in Aislinn has never been surprised by what she has seen them do that is, until they start breaking the rules Faeries don t like steel It causes them pain and weakens them Because of that, Aislinn s safe place has always been Seth s house Seth is a long time friend who happens to live in a converted steel train car Aislinn always knew if she could make it there she d have peace because the faeries could never follow her into the train yard But, something has changed They are creeping closer and closer and paying attention to her They are even gathering outside Seth s place Aislinn really begins to worry when two faeries, Keenan and Donia, approach her and speak directly to her She gets away from them as quickly as possible now hyperaware of the growing number of faeries surrounding and following her She hears them say things like, Do you think she s the one Aislinn realizes that in order to figure out what they want from her she is going to have to break the rules she s grown up with all her life Keenan is the Summer King His mother, the Winter Queen, has limited his powers and is slowly taking over the elements Days are colder and eventually everything will be covered in ice, unless, Keenan finds the girl who is meant to be his Summer Queen Together they would have the power to overcome the Winter Queen s chill Keenan thinks Aislinn is the one and she is in danger because of it The Winter Queen will do everything she can to prevent her son from getting the power he needs to overthrow her Another problem of course is Aislinn doesn t want to be Summer Queen She has avoided faeries all her life and she sure doesn t want to become one now Especially when her feelings for Seth have developed into than friendship and becoming the Summer Queen would mean spending an eternity with Keenan Melissa Marr has written a wonderfully inventive story that incorporates actual quotes from books written on the subject of faeries dating back to the 1800 s Her ability to keep a complicated story with several important characters clear to the reader is phenomenal The relationship she creates between Aislinn and Seth is heartwarming, leading the reader to fall in love right along with them If you aren t usually a fan of faerie stories, you might want to give this one a try The blending of the realistic world and the world of the fey is masterfully done You ll almost believe faeries are all around you. Well guys, for over a year I had a review of this I gave this book 1 star, so to say the least, my review was not positive But see, I got tired of constantly having to delete all the troll screaming comments, so I ultimately removed the review.The reason I didn t like this book is because it was one of the first YA titles I ever read, and I was really put off by the content That s my prerogative I know that probably sounds like a revolutionary concept, but whatever.If you are curious about the book, I ll refer you here 5 out of 10 This review on my blogLiving A Thousand Livesplease use Chrome Yandex browser or Android IOS to see the page otherwise, spoiler tags I use to make my post compact may not work Short Soundtrack Gemma Hayes Wicked GameFollowed by Ghosts King, My QueenJulee Cruise Summer Kisses Winter Tears Genre urban fantasy, YAStuff canonical faery in the real worldFail urban partWOW mythologyPOV 3rd person, multiSetting Hunstdale fictional city in USA Love Geometry strange, cause 95% of characters are polygamousQuote CoreMaybe you should slow down, so I can catch youWicked Lovely is a wicked book or rather a wicked series Why Seems like you love the story and hate it at the same time Isn t it wicked enough I had changed my rating than once, cause I had no idea what kind of feelings toward the book won after all Marr is a nice teller, I like her style, I adore the world building you may not see it in the first book, but I ve already read 3 parts and 2 bonuses of this series and have seen and fae mythology of Wicked Lovely these faeries are super close to canon And there is one big plus we have about 5 MCs so far, there would be and each of them has his or her story, each of them is a person though again you won t see much in the first book , but important is that Marr doesn t promote any of her characters, she develops everyone without pressure, without favoring any of them That s why is so hard to get whom you like, whom you hate and about whom you don t care at all I knew only one thing Seth sucks He is Mal Jeb every annoying humanling from other series I hate such a type of characters, so I despised him from the first sight.What I disliked is an urban part of the story I mean such a good fae society Such colorful Courts and they live in an average city Why they chose this particular place And why Keenan was looking for his queen only here Winter Queen and Dark King were stupid enough and didn t come up with an idea to choose a girl from the other part of the Earth It would be so much difficult to find the very girl, if she was living in China or Russia or New Zealand And faeries have to live in their magical lands, IMO They should have some passages into the real world, those are connected with every corner of it I see no reason for all the Courts to live in Hunstdale Yes, it s a fictional place but this is a part of the human realm Why Winter Queen lives there, while she could move to South Pole Why Dark Fey didn t choose a huge city More people, emotions they need them Why Summer Court is here Why not on a tropical island This is illogical Let s go further We have 4 courts. Summer I don t even know what to say This has been the first book that I ve thrown across the room and felt extremely happy about it Needless to say, I absolutely despised it The beginning was a wonderful solid four starsand then the ending came SPOILERS Wicked Lovely is the story about a 17 year old girl who s had the Sight her entire life Aislinn lives in fear every day of attracting the attention of any faerie, only to have it all come crashing down when the Summer King, Keenan, claims her as the next Summer Queen Keenan has been searching for the one for over nine centuries, only to condemn each wrong girl to the burden of being a Winter Girl, who has to carry the awful winter chill until the next unlucky girl comes along Reasons why it sucked and yes, it sucked majorly in my opinion Seth, Aislinn s mortal friend boyfriend it takes the author a ridiculous amount of time to clear up which is way too perfect I love the idea that he owns his own place, yet has no job.THE ENDING.It really is a huge letdown to read the whole book realy enjoying it only to reach the end knowing that it s all going to end up awfully.The thing is, I loved Donia and Seth I loved Keenan and Aislinn.How did it end up Keenan and Donia, and Seth and Aislinn.WTH The end.Who wants this book I would be glad to send it to you, some of the pages bend up of course from its impact on my wall. Readable but bland.Most of my dissatisfaction with this book stems from the fact that what passes for a plot with Wicked Lovely would have been used as a sub plot in any other It can be summarised like this KEENAN gives Aislinn a choice between two options AISLINN flees SETH waits for Aislinn KEENAN waits for Aislinn DONIA waits for Aislinn BEIRA issues occasional Ursula like threats AISLINN AISLINN AISLINN makes choice BOOK ends So the entire book revolves around Aislinn, which could have been interesting if Aislinn s interactions showed the slightest spark But no Towards the end, it feels as if other characters start kicking her towards character development because she s not going there by herself.There s also the fact that Seth was a cardboard prop boyfriend with tattoos If he were secretly an interesting character made one dimensional by love for Aislinn, I would be fine with it well, okay, I wouldn t, but I would be willing to adjust to that than I am to Seth as he is now But in every scene, he s doing something to help Aislinn, or that revolves around Aislinn There s not even a hint that he ever does anything else or that this is wrong Seth would make a wonderful RL boyfriend, but in fiction, he is extremely boring. I liked this book a lot than I thought I would I mean, usually when a book is hyped up a lot my immediate reaction is to roll my eyes and wonder if it s worth the hype I didn t start reading the Harry Potter series until the third one was already out and then I read them all in one sitting So, I m a book cynic and was worried that I would mind trash this baby Ok, first of all the most gorgeous cover ever Provocative, beautiful, and well, well done Harper Collins Here s the thing about the writing, I felt like this was a good book I really enjoyed it, i got caught up on it I liked the concept a lot it just felt like it could ve used one polish if that makes sense Some of the sections feel disjointed from one another, just in terms of narrative I absolutely love how the main character avoids the fey, but then suddenly it s a huge about face that I didn t quite follow with her I also thought that the relationship between her and the two male characters was interesting but I wanted to fall in love with the King and instead I dunno I liked the human boy And that colored how I was reading the rest of the book, I wanted her to have to struggle but she didn t, but neither did I So, here s my rec d, since I saw a god awful one in VOYA of this book I d buy it I d read it I think this author is only going to get better and better, so I m looking forward to the next book on your pub list But if you have a huge history of reading faery books this one might not be your favorite.