Aislinn has always seen fairies, but she can’t let them know. These are not fairytale fairies, but scary, monstrous, mischievous creatures that Aislinn is terrified of. And then two begin to follow her…
Okay, so I have issues with fairies in books. They always end up being these absolutely perfect, beautiful creatures who no one can resist. Think Tithe or Wings. Absolutely ridiculous. I hate it. I complained about it in both of those reviews. So while I’ve been looking forward to Wicked Lovely for a very long time, I’ve also been worried. Worried that the fairies would be the same boring old perfect. Worried that the humans would either be completely negligible like in Wings or unadmirable like in Tithe. I ought not to have worried. This book was beautiful.
The fairies weren’t perfect. They weren’t even beautiful most of the time! Even the summer king, at full beauty brightness, needed manipulation to get people to love him! And then Aislinn still resists! Here is a strong, female protagonist who can resist, except when drugged (and that doesn’t count), the beautiful fairy! I love it!
I love just about everything about this book. I love Aislinn, who is strong and decisive and yet still scared and vulnerable at times. I love Seth, her good friend, who despite his scruffy-like appearance (long hair, tattoos, piercings all over the place) is a really good role model. He’s responsible and honest and kind. Totally stereotype-breaking, and a stereotype that I love to have broken! I loved that the situation between Aislinn and the summer king, Keenan, was completely unpreventable, and yet Aislinn still made the best of it. I’m really looking forward to the next two books now.
The only negative things I can think of were a few places where the dialog needed to be cleaned up. Some of it was awkward and twisted off in weird directions, not very naturally. Otherwise, I loved the execution, I loved the cat-and-mouse game, I loved the way I couldn’t figure out how everything was going to end the whole time. And best: I loved that all my expectations about this YA fairy story – flippant beautiful fairies, shallow pointless humans, etc – were proven wrong.