Friday, May 10, 2013

ink exchange

ink exchange
wicked lovely #2
melissa marr
published 2009

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .

Melissa Marr writes dark.  Drugs, suicide, murder, sex, lies, rape, nothing is hidden in the Wicked Lovely books.

At first I was disappointed to find that Aislinn, Seth, Keenan & Donia weren't the main characters.  In fact, we never even see Donia here.  She's just mentioned off-page!  But as I got to know Leslie it was okay.  Just like Aislinn, Leslie is a rich and powerful character.  She's strong without denying her fears & weaknesses.  She's no idiot, she's proud and determined to make things better for herself by herself.

She continuously surprised me with her actions.  She's not some namby-pamby female lead.  She was great.

Melissa Marr writes the dark fae well.  It's madness and addiction and fear, but she writes it drenched in reality.  It reminds me a little of Holly Blacks fae except where Marr is trying to portray a darker side to teenage life, Black just writes the dark to shock the reader, to be faux-edgy.

Marr ends Ink Exchange with a bit of a cliff hanger.  Kind of like what she did with Wicked Lovely.  Things were resolved, in a sense, but we were looking forward to the aftermath.  I wonder if she'll deliver that in the next book.

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