‘Wicked Lovely’ by Melissa Marr is about a seventeen year old girl, Aislinn, who has been able to see faeries her whole life, while the people around her, apart from her gran, have been oblivious to them. She has had to keep this sight a secret due to a few rules her grandmother bestowed upon her, in order to keep her safe. These faeries are not cute little people with wands and wings. They are malicious and frightening. Aislinn has seen them grope, push and mock people all her life and if they knew she could see them and what they do, Aislinn knows they would blind, or worse, kill her.
When two faeries begin following her it’s understandable how scared she is. Not only that but one of the faeries, Keenan, is a court fairy. He is the Summer King and he wants to make Aislinn his queen so he can beat his mother, the Ice Queen, who has kept him powerless for years. His Summer Court is suffering under his mother’s reign and he owes it to them to finally regain his power and rule his court as it should be ruled.
I don’t know how to feel about this book. I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it. I suppose, I am just utterly indifferent to it.
‘Wicked Lovely’ is a quick urban fantasy read. It is certainly not as descriptive or as in depth as the likes of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ or ‘The Mortal Instruments’ and focuses solely on faeries. I suppose that TMI and LOTR have the advantage of having other beings like shadowhunters and vampires in TMI, and orcs and hobbits in LOTR, but I still feel that Wicked Lovely could have been a lot better. Faeries are very popular also so I think Marr could have created a more descriptive and interesting world for the huge faerie fan base.
That being said I would say this is a good fantasy book for beginners. It is not hard to follow and introduces interesting characters and situations throughout. There are only faeries in it so you are not being bombarded with different creatures as you read. I think newcomers to fantasy would appreciate this.
However, I am a huge lover of fantasy books. Therefore, I found Wicked Lovely lacking. It lacked memorable characters and I found the storyline easily forgettable. I can’t pinpoint exactly what I didn’t like about the book. I just felt like it was all so very predictable and I didn’t feel any connection to the characters. It was just too underwhelming. There was no real excitement. You had your classic villain, a love story or two and overall a happy ending.
I know this book is a bestseller and that there is a huge fan base for this series, but I am not one of those fans and I don’t think I will continue with the series. Let me know your opinions in the comments below. Would love to see if anyone understands where I am coming from.