Melissa Marr was voted in high school the "most likely to end up in jail". Instead, she went to graduate school, worked in a bar, became a teacher and did a lot of writing. Wicked Lovely is her first novel.
Returning to the faery world of Wicked Lovely, Marr serves up another highly addictive read, this time centering on Leslie, a mortal girl who made a cameo appearance in that earlier work as a friend of its protagonist, Aislinn. Broken by terrible trauma, Leslie seeks to anchor her mind from slipping into oblivion. She finds salvation--or so it seems--in a strange tattoo that gives her power and strength like she's never felt before. But Leslie's euphoria is short-lived, and the tattoo comes with a shocking price. Its ink has been laced with the blood of Irial, king of the fey's Dark Court. Upon the tattoo's completion, Leslie will be bound to Irial as if a slave, with Court rules forbidding even Aislinn, the new Summer Queen, and Summer King Keenan's guard, the handsome Niall, to sever this dark attachment. Once again readers will find a love triangle that simmers, this time among Leslie, Irial and Niall--all of whom face choices that could cost them everything they prize. Compulsive enough to give the Twilight series a run for its money, and dizzyingly more sinister. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Gr 9 Up-In Melissa Marr's debut novel, Wicked Lovely (HarperTeen, 2007; Recorded Books, 2007), we met Aislinn, destined to become the queen of the summer court faeries. This companion volume (HarperTeen, 2008) picks up the story with Leslie, Aislinn's mortal friend, whose life has fallen to pieces. Leslie's mother is gone, her father is swirling in alcohol, and her brother bartered her for drugs. Leslie decides a tattoo will help reclaim her life and her body. What she doesn't know is that the ink she selected will bind her to the king of the Dark Court faeries who feed on the human passions of fear, despair, and hatred. Leslie, a survivor of rape, would make the perfect conduit for these dark emotions. Aislinn assigns Niall to protect Leslie with the directive that, as a fairy, he is not to romance a mortal, but his protection soon turns to obsession and eventually to love. Although Nick Landrum's delivery and pacing is fine, the voicing of Leslie's story by a male is jarring and distances listeners from her emotions. The sexual tension is subtle but makes the story most appropriate for high school students. Teens will appreciate this title more after listening to/reading the first volume. Twilight fans will enjoy this dark, brooding audiobook.-Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"Another highly addictive read...Compulsive enough to give the Twilight series a run for its money, and dizzyingly more sinister." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)