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review 2016-05-21 05:23
Ink Exchange- 3 Stars
Ink Exchange - Melissa Marr


Okay, first of all, let me say, I thought this was going to be a continuation of the first book. So... it wasn't and that's okay. Kind of wish it had been, but oh well. That said, this story was totally different than the first. It was much darker, even the writing itself. There were quite a few very deep subjects: drug abuse, rape, abuse. The writing flowed well and I enjoyed it.



Plot is tricky just because ink Exchange isn't what I thought it would be, and honestly, what I was looking forward to. So, I'm already bias. Still, this was a strong stand alone story. I didn't like it as much as Wicked Lovely, but that's okay. There were a lot of places where this story dragged for me. It was like Marr was caught up in flowery language or too many descriptions. Maybe I'm just being picky lately, but it's not my favorite.



Leslie is an easy character to feel sorry for. She's been abused, raped, abandoned. Yeah, it is pretty sad for her. But she's resilient, or at least tough, but that's only the exterior. She is pretty desperate on the inside for someone else to take care of her for once. She's pretty understandable. Irial was a pretty complicated character. For so much of this book and through nearly everyone's perspective, he's absolutely horrible, but there are rare occasions where he is actually pretty decent in his own way.



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review 2014-07-14 16:30
“We are what we are, Niall, neither as good or as evil as others paint us. And what we are doesn't change how truly we feel, only how free we are to follow those feelings.”
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely) - Melissa Marr

I choose to do a review of the entire Wicked Lovely series under INK because it is my favourite. I am obsessed with this book, its world, its prose, and its characters. Characters that come alive on the page and make you want to know them at a personal level. I am going to try and be as unspoily as possible because I want someone to read this and enjoy every twist and turn, every tear, every laughter as much as I did. What I loved about these books is the characters, as a writer myself I am very character driven, and Melissa delivers some of the most real and amazing characters i have ever read. They are not one dimensional, good or evil, they all have flaws and fears. A character who is the hero in one book could be the villain in another. No one is black and white which even in a fantastical world about faeries makes it believable. 

The series in its entirety is:

Wicked Lovely

Ink Exchange

Fragile Eternity

Radiant Shadows

Darkest Mercy

The Desert Tales Manga and Novel

and many short stories in the Anthology Faerie tales and Nightmares 

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review 2014-07-11 00:00
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely)
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely) - Melissa Marr

tl;dr |✭✭✭✩✩| So... I did not enjoy this one as much as Wicked Lovely. It was extremely dark, and it almost felt unsuited to the previous book in how dark it was. Plus, you are following a new set of characters in this book, and I don't think I'm overly fond of that style...

Description (from Goodreads) 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. . . .

Ok. So, this book. It was very, very dark. Leslie has a really shitty life - there isn't really any other way to put it. Her brother is a druggie, brings around his creep drug friends and dealers who look at Leslie like prey and a piece of meat. Her father is a drunk who is never around, and her mom skipped out on them. Leslie has to work to help pay the bills, since both her father and brother can't be relied upon to make sure they'll continue getting electricity or cable. 


I wanted to badly for something good to happen in Leslie's life. But she just goes from one crappy situation into another terrible situation. She's constantly taken advantage of, drugged, forced to do things she doesn't want to do. You feel absolutely awful for her the entire time. And I guess it pretty real, there are people out there who end up in situations like that (minus the supernatural magic and Faeries). But you just want Leslie to have a happy ending, and with every turn of the page you don't get that happy turn of events for her. 


The dark court was really intriguing to me. The way it works, and the way it was run was very well thought out. After reading this book though, I didn't know if I wanted to carry on with the series. I really hated everything that happened to Leslie, and if I had more of that to look forward to, I didn't want to continue on. The end of this book was what it needed to be. Any other ending would have been a cop out, and really would've just been the author looking to tie up lose ends and make things neat. I didn't like the ending, but it was the right one. Thats for sure. 

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review 2014-04-14 18:36
"I'm so tired of being here/Suppressed by all my childish fears"
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely) - Melissa Marr

Bullet Review:

In some ways better than "Wicked Lovely", in some ways worse. Leslie is a way cooler character than Aislinn, and I like her struggles AND the choice she makes at the end. On the other hand, super-emo Faerie boy Niall made me laugh at how emo he was while Irial makes feminist me rage. I'm also not happy how violence and possession are mistaken for romantic intentions.

2.5 stars graciously rounded to 3 (mostly because of Leslie and her final choice). While this is an OK series, it's dark and rather dull. I won't be pursuing sequels.

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text 2014-04-12 00:25
Reading progress update: I've read 92%.
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely) - Melissa Marr

And Irial is basically a rapist. At the very least, he's committing abuse and assault, hiding her from her friends and family, even if it's in the name of "protection". Oh, and he's cloaking her feelings. How the f@#$ can you call this a Team Irial/Team Niall thing??? This is just so WRONG.

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