Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr

Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr: Aislinn has a secret. She can see fairies. And they’re everywhere. So far, she’s managed to keep her head down –the fey don’t take kindly to mortals who can see them. But when the Summer King, Keenan, chooses Aislinn as his next Summer Queen—a position with potentially devastating consequences—she’s thrust into a centuries-old war, and nothing will ever be the same for her again.

I held off on this book for a long time, because a lot of ‘fairy’ books are the same, with just a change of character names. But this was a standout in a field of copycats. Not only was it beautifully written, but there was a really welcome romantic twist on the usual, “girl meets supernatural, immortal boy, falls in love…” storyline. Aislinn really shines as a strong, down-to-earth heroine, flawed at times but wonderfully brave. And as a bonus, I finally found out how to pronounce ‘Aislinn’ (Ashlyn, if you’re interested). If you’re thinking about venturing into the ‘urban fey’ subgenre of YA, this might not be the one to start on…you’ll be ruined on everything else.

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