Sunday, February 13, 2011
Wicked Lovely Bites
All teenagers have problems, but few of them can match those of Aislinn, who has the power to see faeries. Quite understandably, she wishes that she could share her friends' obliviousness and tries hard to avoid these invisible intruders. But one faery in particular refuses to leave her alone. Keenan the Summer King is convinced beyond all reasoning that Aislinn is the queen he has been seeking for nine centuries. What's a 21st-century girl to do when she's stalked by a suitor nobody else can see? A debut fantasy romance for the ages; superlative summer read.
There are times that this book fades into meh territory in my head, but then there are things that stand out now, 2 or 3 years after reading it. It can feel a little write-by-numbers, with big neon signs over the plot points, and yet there's stilla part of me that likes it and recommends it. And I think the reason is one silly little thing.
Donia and the history of the Winter Girls. This one little painful gem in the story, with Donia suffering endless cold for love of the Summer King, sold me. I wanted to read Donia's story, I wanted to read the story without the happy, easy resolution. There were other things, too, that helped me like it and dragged it out of meh territory, but the mythology of the Winter Girls, the danger of becoming one, and Donia herself were what made it for me, and are the biggest motivator behind me recommending this book to people.
Beyond that, it's a super quick read, so even if you're not completely sold, it won't take you long at all. It's fun and fast, and come to think of it, would have made a great choice for one of the fluff reads for Winter Wonderland...
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