Books

Book Review: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Wicked Lovely
by Melissa Marr
Genre: Young adult fiction
ISBN (UK): 978-0-00-726307-3
ISBN (US): 978-0061214677
Harper Collins
Published: April 2009
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Back of the book blurb:
The seductive worldwide bestseller.

Rule 3: Never stare at invisible faeries. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world.

Rule 2: Never speak to invisible faeries. One of them, a beautiful faery boy names Keenan, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule 1: Don’t ever attract their attention. Now it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King and is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost. Without her, summer itself will perish…

My review:
I was really looking forward to reading this book for a long time so my expectations were high, and I’m happy to say they were met. I first saw mention of Wicked Lovely on Supernatural Snark in a list of books she was going to be reading, but even though it grabbed me right away I only got a copy at the start of this year (due to putting it on a Christmas gift list in case my husband was stuck for gift ideas). So it was the first book I read in 2011.

Before I started reading the book itself, I read the “about the author” page at the front and immediately liked the sound of Melissa Marr. She seems to have had a really exciting and varied life, which made me want to read the book even more. I felt ready for a story of new and exciting things, an adventure of sorts like the way she had described her life.

The flow of the story is very well written. We start with a snippet into the faery world but without much context to know what to do with that bit of knowledge yet, further drawing you into the book. Then getting to know the main character, Aislinn, and the world she lives in. I felt very much drawn into her world, feeling her ups and downs and wanting to know more about her and everything surrounding her.

Even though this is a young adult book, it kept me gripped and the pace of the story was just right – I read it in one day because I just couldn’t put it down. The characters felt very real and the amount of detail, even though vast, didn’t weigh you down or feel as though it was being dragged out. It gave so much detail but in a way that made it feel just right with the flow of the story.

There are really five characters that drew focus in the story, Aislinn, Seth, Keenan, Donia and the Winter Queen. Each felt very much an individual character and came to life on the page – there wasn’t a time where I felt one character had been rehashed to form another one. I loved the character interaction and felt very strong emotions tied to certain scenarios in the book.

My one qualm is towards the end of the book. Not the plot, that stays consistent and good. But the pace, flow and style of writing seem to suddenly change in the final 8th of the book. It almost felt as if the author had suddenly changed at times but then the next line would show that it was definitely still the same author. So I’m thinking perhaps this book was originally a lot longer than 328 pages and had to be edited down…or maybe even that she got to that point, realised the length and then sped up to cram the final parts into the story. It didn’t ruin it, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and storyline! But it did feel a bit out of place the way the flow suddenly changed and became “this happened, then this, then this, then this and this and this!” all in a very short space of time.

So, I’m afraid, a bit of a rating reduction for that point purely because it was such a noticeable change. But overall I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to read the next one – which I shall be going to buy tomorrow 🙂

Rating: 4.5/5

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Life

‘Twas The Night Before Halloween…

Halloween is my favourite time of the year 🙂 Unfortunately noone in England seems to celebrate it… except for me!

I’ve been having a Halloween party every year for the past 7 years, with the exception of this year because of wedding plans, honeymoon and moving country I’ve just had too much going on to plan something big. I did see my best friend, my Mom and a family friend though and we had a lovely pre-Halloween dinner (on the Saturday) while watching Paranormal Investigation Live (which seems to be the replacement for Most Haunted Live). I have to say, we laughed more than anything but it was fun to have on in the background while we chatted and ate together 🙂

I decorated the dining room with orange lanterns, a candelabra that’s been in the family a long time, and some general Halloween decorations and cobweb tablecloth.

Here is the lounge (couldn’t get it all in one shot), I didn’t put all of my decorations up this year to keep it more “homey” and autumnal rather than spooky and cluttered.

Several years ago my Mom and I made some ghosts to hang around the house, and they’re still going strong now! Keeping an eye on the guests and having a good time 🙂

These are really simple to make and so effective! You can give them any expression you want and it’s a great project for children 🙂

To make the “floating” ghosts you will need:

White cloth (we cut up an old bed sheet)
Aluminium foil (kitchen foil)
Black marker or felt tip pen
Needle and white thread (adult supervision here!)
White tac (or blue tac…we ran out of white)

First tear off some aluminium foil and scrunch it into a ball. This can be any size you want, depending on the size you would like your ghosts to be. Then cut the white cloth into several circles – we used a dinner plate to measure each circle (use adult supervision with this, or have an adult do the cutting).

Next, draw on your funny ghost faces – one face on each circle of material, a little bit away from the center – if you put your aluminium foil ball under the cloth, in the middle, you can see exactly where the face should be drawn.

Next, place the aluminium foil ball under the cloth, in the center, and sew them together at the top (adult supervision or assistance here), making a couple of knots to hold it in place and leaving a length of cotton free to use as a hanging thread.

You now have a ghost! Attach him in doorways or on picture frames, or anywhere you like with white or blue tac (or tape if you prefer). They swing and twirl really nicely in doorways 🙂 You could give your ghosts a scalloped or zig-zag edge to the material instead of the clean lines of the circle too!

Last, but by no means least, is a discovery I made last year when my then-fiance (now husband) took me Halloween food shopping on the air base. What I found were Pillsbury ready-to-bake sugar cookies with cat shapes in them! We bought a box to try and they were delicious! So this year I went and grabbed a couple of boxes of the cat ones but also tried the pumpkin and ghost cookies too. They’re such an easy addition to a Halloween table and so tasty – I like them fresh from the oven when they’re still a little bit gooey in the middle. Yum 😀

The plate of non-cookies in the first picture are Marks & Spencer Wicked Whoopie Pies, which were new this year. I’ve got to say they were way too sweet for me, but my Mom loved them and ate almost a whole plate of them lol!

The cats got a bit stretched..well, I suppose cats do like stretching a lot!