Title:  Wicked Lovely
Author:  Melissa Marr
Release Date:  June 12, 2007
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Pages:  352
Genre:  Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Source:  library

I decided to read Wicked Lovely because I feel as though I’m the last person on earth to have read this series, and I felt like it was time I tried it out.  In case you’re like me and haven’t read the book yet, here’s a brief summary:  Aislinn is just a regular teenager, living a regular life, except for the fact that she can see faeries most people cannot.  And despite the fact that she’s spent her entire life avoiding them, ensuring that they don’t know she can see them, and being utterly terrified of their presence in her life, suddenly a few of the faeries are stalking her.  One in particular, Keenan, seems to be particularly drawn to Aislinn, and as she learns more about him, it seems that he wants her for himself, to be his Summer Queen, at any cost.

I had, unfortunately, very high expectations for Wicked Lovely.  I was expecting a truly amazing book.  My first reaction when I was reading this novel was something along the lines of, “that’s it?”  Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book and I’m glad I read it.  But I think it was just a tad too hyped up for what it actually delivered.  Let me see if I can explain this better… I was expecting some amazing journey, something magical and emotional and completely different from anything I’ve read before.  I don’t quite know why I thought it was going to be all those things, but that’s the impression I guess I had from all the reviews I had read of this one.  The story was interesting, the characters were pretty well-drawn, and I found myself getting involved with the story, but it definitely didn’t sweep me away like I thought it would.

The moral of the story, for me, is not to have expectations for books.  Sometimes it’s hard, though, and in my case I almost always have a preconceived notion of what a book will be.  But I definitely need to work on this, because Wicked Lovely is a lesson to me that just because a book isn’t everything you thought it would be, it can still be an enjoyable experience.  Because that’s what this read was for me:  an enjoyable experience.  And by the end of the novel, I cared about Aislinn enough that I’ll most likely read the rest of the series.

The bottom line is that I liked this one, I didn’t love it, and I’m glad I read it to see what all the fuss is about.

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