INK EXCHANGE by Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely #2
Released: April 24, 2008
Page Count: 325
Rating: It was okay
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.
Oh, how I wanted to like this book! After reading about Aislinn and Seth working through their problems with Keenan to get together, I was so hoping that the same would be possible in Leslie's story. It's always so frustrating when you want something to happen and it doesn't! (Especially when you've deluded yourself into believing it can still happen . . . and have to admit it won't only a couple of chapters from the end.)
Alas, I should stop pouting. I still love Marr's writing, and I loved that she dealt the with difficult issues in the story instead of glossing over them as the female protagonist falls in love, as many authors do these days. The plot in this book also adds to the series as a whole, so, even though it was a bit upsetting, the story still adds to the overall series. The grade is purely a result of me being cranky about the ending of the book. And who knows, maybe after I've finished the series I will have changed my opinion of this book and will need to come back and update this review. (I can hope, at least!)