Title: Ink Exchange
Author: Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely
Previous Book in the Series:
1. Wicked Lovely
Original Date Started: October 26, 2013
Original Date Finished: November 1, 2013
Format: ebook from the digital library
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. . . .
I honestly don’t know why I read books by Melissa Marr. I know I’m going to be in for something dark. Something supernatural. And something that is confusing. And yet I keep reading her stuff anyway. In my continuous stretch of books that are part of a series, but really aren’t, there is Ink Exchange. Where the events of Wicked Lovely have already happened and Ash is living her life as the Summer Queen while also trying to stay in her old mortal life. One of her friends Leslie has had bad things happen to her, which makes the Dark Court King start paying attention to her. In events that are too confusing for my brain to process, Irial is looking for someone to help him with ‘feeding’ his court and the only way to do so in his eyes is to create an ink exchange with mortals – a tattoo artist uses his faerie blood and essence as ink in special tattoos on humans. Leslie is his next victim, but what he doesn’t expect is to fall for her. Then there’s Niall the Summer King’s Uncle who also has a thing for Leslie and used to be part of Irial’s court…
It’s confusing and the blackouts that Leslie has when she takes the tattoo of Irial really make me lose my freaking mind. Again, I always feel like there are pages missing when I read these books and that things are going on outside of what the reader sees. It’s stressful.
Final Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. I liked the whole Niall/Leslie/Irial relationship aspect and wished that had been really focused on instead of the politics between courts. I have a feeling though that some of the things that happened at the end will play apart in the next novels.
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