“She watched him – the boy she’d fallen in love with these past weeks.  She’d never dreamed he was something other than human, but now his skin glowed as if flames flickered just under the surface, so strange and beautiful she couldn’t look away.”

Aislinn has grown up in a life of strict rules.  Being gifted with the ability to see the faerie race, who are normally invisible to humans unless they choose to be seen, she’s been taught that to reveal she can see them would put her in terrible danger.  The loss of her mother due to not following these rules has made this point even more poignant.  So she’s lived her life striving to ignore them in every way possible, to not attract their attention.  She’s managed to keep herself safe so far.

Unfortunately now two of these faeries have taken a deep and frightening interest in Aislinn.  Keenan and Donia have been searching for centuries for a human to save them and their entire race from Keenan’s evil mother, the Winter Queen.  Now, unaware that Aislinn can see them for who they are, they are trying to force or trick her into taking a dangerous chance and possibly become the new Summer Queen.  However, Aislinn wants nothing to do with them, instead she wants to focus on her life as a human, with her best friend and possible boyfriend, Seth.  But however hard she tries, her life has been forever changed and there’s no way to go back to the way it was before.

I’ve taken an (probably unhealthy) interest in the books that have begun to appear in the teen/young adult fiction realm since Twilight and it’s influence have hit the market.  Now teens are being inundated with romance centric novels set in supernatural universes, whether vampire or faerie or witch, they’re out there.  This book is part of one of the more popular series, the Wicked Lovely series.  I busted through this book in one night.

While not the greatest novel, it was a better read than anything I’ve read by Stephanie Meyers.  Aislinn was a much stronger character than Bella, and therefore for me, much more interesting.  She wasn’t bowled over by a world she wasn’t a part of, despite how beautiful and dangerous it is.  The fact that she was fighting on her own terms made me enjoy the book all the more, and I enjoyed how this book could very easily have turned out several different ways, but the way it chose was fully satisfying.  I’m eager to read the next book in the series.

“Wicked Lovely” was published in 2008 and written by Melissa Marr.