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ISBN: 0061214701     ISBN-13: 9780061214707
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2009
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Annotation: Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes--not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .

Click for more in this series: Wicked Lovely (Paperback)

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
- Young Adult Fiction | Romance - Paranormal
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 13-UP
Grade Level: 8-UP
Lexile Measure: 720(Not Available)
Series: Wicked Lovely (Paperback)
Physical Information: 0.72" H x 5.36" W x 8.06" (0.57 lbs) 325 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 124178
Reading Level: 5.1   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 11.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Marr, Melissa: -

Melissa Marr is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not traveling, Melissa can be found in Phoenix or online at www.melissamarrbooks.com.



Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall)
Leslie, a teenager seeking to forget her traumatic past, acquires a tattoo that, unbeknownst to her, makes her a living tool for the Dark King of the faeries. Heavier and more ambitious (if less enjoyable) than Wicked Lovely, this companion novel also centers on a love triangle but explores a bleaker emotional landscape, resisting a tidy ending. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2008 April #4)

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)

[Page 140]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 June)

Gr 9 Up— This urban fairy tale, a sequel to Wicked Lovely (HarperTeen, 2007), is impossible to put down. Leslie lives with a father who has given up on life, a drug-abusing brother who allowed his dealer to rape Leslie in lieu of payment, and a burning desire to banish pain and fear from her life. Unable to confide in her best friend, Aislinn, she devotes herself to working to pay the family bills and to get the tattoo she believes will help her reclaim her body. What she doesn't know is that the art she has selected will bind her to Irial, the king of the Dark Court of Fairy. He removes her emotions like fear, panic, or anger, and uses them to nourish the fairies of his court. What Irial doesn't expect is his growing love for Leslie and her desire to make her own choices. In Leslie, Marr has created a damaged, wounded character who still comes across as being incredibly strong. Irial needs to care for his court, knowing them too weak to win a war, but his feelings for Leslie make him unwilling to do what needs to be done. The lesser characters are also well drawn: Rabbit the tattoo artist, his father, Gabriel, and also Aislinn, Keenan, and Seth from Wicked Lovely . While reading that book first would give more shades to some of the characters, it isn't necessary to appreciate the intricate world that Marr creates.—Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library, MA

[Page 146]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
 
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