I don't know why it took me so long to get to these books. I really don't, because I was missing out! Of course, now I'm glad it took me a while because it means I don't have to wait as long for the next ones, and I've got the rest of the stuff in the series to read in the mean time.
I do intend to review some adult books and some steampunk books soon, too, since I've always been a steampunk author, and lately I've become an adult author as well :)
But now, Wicked Lovely:
From the first page, this book hooked me. There is a lovely, and very short, prologue about the Winter Girl, and then the book throws you into the action and literally doesn't let go until the end of it.
Normally I'd give you an idea of the premise, but I'm kind of assuming that everyone has at least heard of this book.
I loved Aislinn, and I loved Aislinn and Seth. In so many urban fantasy books, you get girl main characters who are either too badass to handle, or too meek and stupid to live to handle. Aislinn was neither. She has the Sight, which means she can see faeries, so there's a natural element of fear for her when going out. But she was by no means stupid. She stood up for herself when she needed to, which was so refreshing, but she wasn't stupid in her choices. She didn't just accept that the faeries wanted her for something. She fought it until she quite literally couldn't anymore.
Seth was... so yummy. He was one of those love interests that I simultaneously loved, and then mourned the fact that no guy is actually that great in real life. Plus he was all pierced and tattooed. Double yum.
There was one thing I found really frustrating about the plot, though I could understand why it was like that. Once Keenan (the Summer King) chose his next girl and potential queen, she couldn't be un-chosen. She was going to transform into some sort of faery whether she liked it or not. I hate not having choices. The good thing about this was it showed a really great side of Aislinn. Because she hates not having choices, too, and you can really see that in the second half of the novel.
I thought Keenan was a little creepy at times, too. He was so much better with Donia (the Winter Girl--a girl who loved him, but who wasn't his summer queen) than he was with Aislinn. I can see a love... square (in lieu of a triangle) being set up here that I'm sure plays out in Fragile Eternity (which I MUST buy.) Donia/Keenan/Aislinn/Seth.
Anyway, I give it 5 stars, because the tiny weak spots weren't enough to eclipse the pretty writing and fantastic story.