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Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance between the Faerie 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.
17-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 that Leslie had 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 faerie world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils.
After reading “Wicked Lovely” by Melissa Marr, I had high hopes for this novel. I have to say, I was BLOWN AWAY. This tale of an ordinary girl thrust into a world of extraordinary circumstances is definitely one of a kind.
After getting the tattoo that she felt would change her life, Leslie became bound to Irial, the King of the Dark faeries. This relationship was formed originally for Leslie to give sustenance to the Dark King so in turn he could feed his dark faeries, but the relationship and outlook of both were changed. Leslie actually became “addicted” to Irial, and vice versa. These characters were irrevocably changed. It was interesting to read that Leslie was trying so hard to get away from her life that was changed by drugs (ie. Ren, her drug dealing brother) and she ended up becoming addicted to a different type of drug. And Irial started the Ink Exchange with not a care for Leslie but ended up caring for her more than he had ever cared for anything in his lifetime.
The downward spiral of both these characters was intriguing to read. The depth of emotion and tolerance that Marr gave these characters was phenomenal. Getting into the mind of a drug addict, no matter what drug it is, is dark and disturbing, but very real. I give two very big thumbs up for this masterpiece and I only have great hope for Marr in the future with her novels.
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