By Tqwana B.
Hmmm… Reading this review gives me pause. Not because of my feelings about the book, but because the Me of right now would never want to censor books for teens because of adult content. The Me of now also has no plans to finish this series. Hell, I barely remember reading this book at all.
Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty – especially if they learn of her Sight – and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.
Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.
Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.
But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.
Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.
Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book left me feeling a bit unsatisfied. It just felt so anticlimatic in all the big moments, especially since the plot seemed to drag and drag and drag unneccesarily. We get it, Ash is scared of faeries. But seriously, why was she afraid of these particular faeries? Because they pulled her hair? We hear from her and her Grams that they killed or blinded those with the Sight, but then they turn around and actually GIVE it to people, like Keenan and Donia were willing to do for Seth? Uhhh…yeah. They seemed to be more violent with each other than with humans. And…I don’t know. The chapters seemed abrupt and choppy. It felt as if she didn’t really know her characters, so the reader couldn’t connect to them. But, I guess since its a series, we’ll learn more about them later on. I mean, is Keenan a tragic hero or manipulative monarch or callous playboy??? His personality wavered so much. When I thought I should hate him, I ended up liking him and being angry at Donia and Seth for “interfering”. I get the feeling we shouldn’t trust Seth anyway; no one is that perfect; he also seemed to be hiding stuff from Ash about what he knew about what was happening to her…And talk about leaving a huge plot thread hanging with him not even realizing that he left the info on the computer for Donia to find or facing any consequences for it. There also could’ve been more backstory in the prologue, at least to show that Donia’s feelings weren’t actually one-sided…I’m still confused on how she became Winter Queen or even the process for mortals to become fae anyway… And just b/c the characters are teens, doesn’t make this a book for teenagers. The F word and allusions to oral sex are a bit much for very young teens.
All that said, its a series and I’ll finish reading it (when the price comes down on the Nookbook), but I hope it gets better.