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Fragile Eternity

Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3)
by Melissa Marr

I have a love-hate relationship with this series. I loved Wicked Lovely. I did not like Ink Exchange. This book? Well, I bought it the day it came out in 2009… and you might notice that it is now 2011. It took me a while to get to the book as I am a mood reader and I finally picked it up last summer. I got 74 pages in and I gave up. I just couldn’t stomach Ash and Seth’s constant pining for each other. I couldn’t. So I put it away and read other things.

With the release of the final book, Darkest Mercy this month I realized I had some catching up to do with the series so I picked up Fragile Eternity today and continued on from page 74 all the way until the end. Oddly the book did not rub me the wrong way this time around. I truly am a mood reader and if I am not in the mood for something there’s little that can be done to sway me otherwise.

I don’t know why, but I seem to dislike any character named Seth in a story. I disliked Seth in Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven books almost all the way until the end of that series and I can’t say that I am fan of Seth in this series. Sure he lived in train cars but that wasn’t even a plot point this time around (boo! hiss! I love trains!). His obsession with doing what he thought would fix the relationship with Aislinn was just stupid. He was a selfish idiot and though I can sort of see how he would be blinded by his love for Ash and do stupid things, I still feel this was idiotic.

Donia’s character was much more interesting this time around. All dark and bitter and I loved that. I love that being the Winter Queen is forcing her to BE the Winter Queen and despite her love for Keenan, she’s trying very hard to fill her role. I wouldn’t have been as happy if she didn’t have that mean streak in her.

Also, I totally want to be able to make snowflakes in the palm of my hand. So. Freaking. Cool.

Hey, I was born in January, I am a 100% Winter Girl. 😉

In the end I was quite pleased with how the story ended and knew that I made the right choice in finally finishing the book. I now need to buy Radiant Shadows (which apparently I never got last year) but I am in a pickle because the hard cover is no longer for sale and I can’t buy the trade paperback because MY SERIES WILL NOT MATCH! ARGH! I am forced to wait and see if/when Chapigo will put it out as a bargain book and I can pick it up right away. I even received Darkest Mercy for review and I didn’t even realize that I didn’t have the 4th book! Ack! Ack! I would like to read more NOW!

(My crappy library also does not have a copy of Radiant Shadows (why would it?) so I can’t read it that way either. Ugh!)

Wicked Lovely series

  1. Wicked Lovely
  2. Ink Exchange
  3. Fragile Eternity
  4. Radiant Shadows
  5. Darkest Mercy

Ink Exchange

Ink Exchange by Melissa MarrInk Exchange
by Melissa Marr

I was wowed by Melissa Marr’s first novel, Wicked Lovely and had been eagerly awaiting the release of her second book, Ink Exchange. Marr had created a world where mortals and fey co-existed, though not particularly in harmony. I was sadly disappointed in her second book, though set in the same town and same world, the characters in Ink Exchange were nowhere near as likable as in the first book.

This is not a sequel to Wicked Lovely, this is a stand alone story which takes side characters from the first book and elevates them to main characters and quite frankly I hated Leslie and her obsession with getting a tattoo (though it is an obsession I can relate to 100%!) and Irial, the Faerie who stalks her.

Whereas in Wicked Lovely I was drawn to the characters and the story, I found Leslie way too whiny and at times bratty. I understand she was supposed to be troubled and fighting back at the world, but darn it I just wanted to smack her and tell her to grow up and get over it!

I liked the Fey in the first book and I did not like them in this one. Perhaps it was just the difference in personality between the Summer and Winter Courts, but I think it was more that this book tried too hard and didn’t have the same flow and feel as the first. It’s not that I liked the other characters more and would have preferred to read about them, it was more that this story wasn’t as flushed out as the first one.

I feel guilty for not liking Ink Exchange because I am afraid it might be an insult to the author, who I know writes a great story. It’s just that this one didn’t do anything for me. Even with the tattooing! And I am all about tattooing! 🙂

Cover art on both books is stunning and if there is ever another novel set in this world I will surely buy it because I can’t help myself. I am addicted to Faeries as much as I am addicted to tattoos. 😉

Wicked Lovely series

  1. Wicked Lovely
  2. Ink Exchange
  3. Fragile Eternity
  4. Radiant Shadows
  5. Darkest Mercy

Wicked Lovely

Wicked Lovely
by Melissa Marr

I finished this book yesterday afternoon and I was quite pleased with the whole experience. The story didn’t quite follow the path I thought it would, although there still were many predictable points. I shall not hold it against the story though as it was still entertaining enough to keep me turning the pages. What I was surprised with however was the fact this seems to be a stand-alone novel. No clever cliff-hanging ending to make you throw the book down and curse the author for dangling that carrot in front of your nose.

If Melissa Marr does ever write a sequel to Wicked Lovely, I’d be interested in reading it just to see which way she takes the characters.

There were some parts of the story I wasn’t all that keen on. A couple of times I found it dragged just a little too long, and occasionally I found Aislinn to be slightly irritating (but nothing compared to Bella in Eclipse, which I fear I might never finish! Even now I am busy reading Rebel Angels by Libba Bray rather than go back to Eclipse…). I also found Aislinn to be sarcastic and fun. And her friend Seth lives in train cars! Oh, how awesome! I want to live in train cars, too!

I also like to think of faeries in a more friendly sense than is portrayed in this book. Plus I like to think of them as tiny like Tinkerbell, not human-sized. Even if they weren’t all humanoid type creatures. But that’s just me and my innocent imagination.

I am kind of sorry the book is over. I was rather enchanted by it. And I loved the cover art.

Wicked Lovely series

  1. Wicked Lovely
  2. Ink Exchange
  3. Fragile Eternity
  4. Radiant Shadows
  5. Darkest Mercy