REVIEW: “Wicked Lovely” by Melissa Marr

Posted in Blatant Romance, Review, Three Stars by - May 27, 2015
REVIEW: “Wicked Lovely” by Melissa Marr

Title: Wicked Lovely
Author: Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely #1
Release Date: June 12, 2007
Publisher: HarperTEEN
Source: Library Audiobook
Rating:  L-1 | S-2 | V-2

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“What have you got for us today, Andie?”

I guarantee this is somebody’s favourite book.  It just wasn’t really for me.  I read it.  It was a book.  It wasn’t a bad book, and I don’t regret spending my time reading it, but I probably wouldn’t revisit it, and I don’t intend to continue with the series.


“At least tell us what it’s about.”

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr stars a high school girl named Aislinn who has genetically inherited the ability to see faeries.  She spends her whole life avoiding them and striving to appear like she can’t see them, at risk of them getting mad and blinding or killing her.  But naturally, she attracts the attention of a fae named Keenan, whose official title is the Summer King, and who’s been looking for his queen for nearly a millennium.  No matter what she says or does, she can’t seem to shake Keenan’s attention, even though doing so could mean the difference between life and death.


“This is a YA romance, right?  So it has to have a love triangle.”

That’s what you’d assume, and you’d be assuming correctly!  It’s more like a love rectangle, though, I guess.  There are two love triangles at any rate.  Keenan/Aislinn/Seth, and Keenan/Aislinn/Donia.  Keenan is the king of the Summer fae, searching for his queen, who he believes to be Aislinn.  Seth is Aislinn’s best-friend-and-crush-but-not-boyfriend-because-reasons.  Donia is essentially Keenan’s ex, although that descriptor doesn’t do her character justice.  She’s easily the most interesting character in the book.


“Is the love triangle at least unique? Like at all?”

Definitely.  It’s not strictly typical in terms of YA romance triangles.  But I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’m going to explain in ROT13*: Va guvf ybir gevnatyr, gur zber “obevat” thl npghnyyl jvaf.  Ng gur raq bs gur abiry, Nvfyvaa unf nterrq gb or Xrrana’f dhrra va anzr bayl.  Fur shyyl vagraqf gb xrrc Frgu ba nf ure oblgbl (orpnhfr gurl fgneg qngvat bire gur pbhefr bs gur abiry, naq ur gbgnyyl tbrf qbja ba ure, N-cyhf sbe Zryvffn Znee).  Gur gevnatyr srnghevat Xrrana naq Qbavn vf n yvggyr zber pbzcyvpngrq, naq vfa’g pbzcyrgryl erfbyirq ol gur raq bs gur obbx.  Gur guvat vf, vg’f oyngnagyl boivbhf gung guvf havdhrarff vfa’g tbvat gb ynfg.  Guvf vf n frevrf, naq lbh xabj whfg ol iveghr bs gur cybg gung Nvfyvaa naq Xrrana ner tbvat gb raq hc gbtrgure ol gur gvzr gur frevrf ernpurf vgf raq.  Naq gb or ubarfg, V qba’g ernyyl pner rabhtu gb sbyybj gur frevrf guebhtu gb pbapyhfvba.


“Tell us what you liked about it.”

Each of the characters definitely had awesome moments, and the dialogue really shone in places.


“We sense a ‘but’ coming on.”

But, it’s pretty obvious that this is Marr’s first novel, and it could have used some more love from an editor, substantively speaking.  Aislinn’s character development isn’t great.  She has all the makings of a spunky, awesome heroine, but when it comes down to the wire she doesn’t put up the fight I felt like she should have.  She wasn’t angry enough with Keenan the choices he took away from her, and Keenan was far too unconcerned about Aislinn’s feelings for me to genuinely come to like him.  Especially not when he keeps calling her “my love” and he’s known her for like a week.  Give me a break.


“You’re being really negative for a book you gave three stars to!”

I am, and I’m sorry!  I don’t mean to be.  I genuinely didn’t mind this book, and I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who love it, and they have every right to.  Maybe if I’d read it when I was a little younger, I’d be more enamoured with it.  Definitely tell me what you guys think, though!  What did you like about it?  Did you have the same issues with it as I did?  Why or why not?  Let me know in the comments.


“One last thing—what the fuck is ROT13?”

It’s just a cypher code used to hide spoilers.  If you want to read what the ROT13 text says, simply click the link (or go to, paste the gibberish into the box, and hit Cypher, and it’ll decrypt it for you.  Piece of cake.

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Andie is a 27-year-old romance aficionado who enjoys Netflix, sleeping, video games, and treating her dog like a human baby. She's a triple Aquarius and works to make the world a better place by signing many petitions.

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