Is it weird to start a series and not expect a happy ending??? Normally I’m begging and pleading for happy endings, and I don’t want to spoil anything, because I definitely didn't see this ending coming, but I was definitely satisfied. Darkly satisfied.
I started Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, thinking of it as the beginning of a series. But since I’ve finished reading Wicked Lovely, I’m getting a feeling like it’s more of a series of companion novels that fit well together, with the same characters, but can also stand by themselves. And it’s kind of refreshing.
I LOVE series. Because if I fall in love with a story or an author, I don’t want it to end—I’m greedy; I want more. But on the opposite side, it can be really frustrating to invest so much time and emotion being sucked into a story, and left without an ending. I want closure. I love the journey, the anticipation, the thrills and surprises. But in the end, I want to BE somewhere, not just left on the side of the road until the next ride comes along.
I went into Wicked Lovely imagining it as the story of Aislinn, a mortal girl who can see fairies and is sucked into the world of the fey. But it’s more than just Aislinn’s story, it’s also the story of Donia and Keenan and Seth. Donia used to be mortal, too. Now she’s been doomed to warning other girls about what can happen when you fall in love with a fairy king. Keenan is the Summer King, but he is powerless unless he can find the Summer Queen. And Seth is a mortal boy who fell in love with a mortal girl who sees fairies.
Wicked Lovely definitely has the feel of a dark fairy tale, both old and modern. Aislinn would do anything not to see fairies, but it wouldn’t have mattered, because Keenan had already set his sights on her. I kept expecting Seth or Donia to fade away, for either Seth or Keenan to do something to indicate who she should choose, who she should fight for. But Melissa Marr is truly an expert at weaving her characters together—Everything they did, just endeared me to the characters that much more. The story was dark and thrilling and contagious, racing through page after page, each twist more unexpected. And the closer to the end I got, the harder it was to imagine that I would ever be satisfied—And that was the biggest surprise of all—A very pleasant surprise.
p.s. Thanks to Melissa Marr, I won this book from her contest on the Supernatural Underground!!!!