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Ink Exchange

Friday, May 16, 2008


Ink Exchange
Melissa Marr
2008
336 pages

This is the follow-up to Wicked Lovely, the darker, gothy, fairy version of Twilight. Okay, not really. But sort of.

So at the end of Wicked Lovely I had all these issues. Ink Exchange took care of two of them. Seth is around, and you get to see Aislinn as both a high schooler and a queen. But Donia is entirely absent. Although this book isn't about her. It's about Leslie. Leslie appeared in Wicked Lovely as the faintly slutty, party-girl friend of Aislinn. At least that was the impression I got.

I liked Wicked Lovely lots more. The faeries are still interesting, but Irial (the king) and his court are dark. Way dark. Gee, maybe that's why they're called the Dark Court. They feed on emotion and through an ink exchange (tattoo) can create a link to a human who then becomes an emotional conduit. Nice for the fairy, not so nice for the human. Leslie spends a grim few months hooked up to Irial, until she finds the strength to break the spell/reverse the tattoo/whatever you wanna call it.

So the end is good because the girl finds the strength to let go of the guy and find her own way. Kind of like The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, which will be my next post. Although that's pretty much all these two books have in common. Anyways...the end is good, but the last third of the book before that point is pretty disturbing, since Leslie is acting like a drug addict. It pretty much put me off faeries for awhile. I'm not sure if Melissa Marr plans on continuing with the faeries, although there are lots of questions and characters to follow. But I don't know if I want to follow her down that path.

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