Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

The second novel in Marr's series, Wicked Lovely, we get to follow Leslie's story about the Dark Court in Ink Exchange. While we visited Aislinn, Seth, Keenan, and the Summer Court throughout this novel, Leslie was our main focus and the reader was able to finally see Leslie's personal life and how she transitioned into the faerie world as Aislinn did throughout the first novel.

Again, Marr created a love triangle in this novel, tying Niall, Leslie, and Irial into a web that was so tight, it was hard not to fall in love with each characters. Niall and Irial are so similar that it seemed Leslie was almost falling for the same person sometimes.

However, for me Niall won because of his heart - he tried to do the right thing for Leslie whereas Irial, being the Dark Court king, had to do things for his court instead of what was right for Leslie.

Don't get me wrong, Irial had some great moments throughout this novel, especially the end where the king of the Dark Court started thinking of someone else's feelings and got trapped by Leslie's viewpoint. He also did the right thing with his court at the end of the novel. I just think overall Niall was able to fight the temptation throughout the novel better than Irial did.

Leslie is definitely a different character than Aislinn was in the first novel, which is why I like her so much. If she was another Ash, I would have gotten bored with the story, but Leslie was a victim in the beginning of the novel. She was scared, timid, frightened and she just wanted to get out of the situation that her family put her in.

Throughout the novel, Leslie was able to grow farther and start to make her own decisions - due to mainly Irial's bad intentions, but at the end of the novel, Leslie was able to finally make her own choice, whereas in the beginning of the novel she wouldn't have have the courage to do so.

While I didn't get to see the storyline grow between Keenan, Seth and Aislinn, I'm very glad that I was able to see one of Aislinn's friends background and how she conquered her fears in this novel. I also liked how Marr was able to change the viewpoint in the series because we obtained more information about another Court in this storyline, tying some more key points together from the first novel and leaving more holes to be answered in future novels.

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