Melissa Marr was voted in high school the "most likely to end up in jail". Instead, she went to graduate school, worked in a bar, became a teacher and did a lot of writing. Wicked Lovely is her first novel.
Gr 9 Up-Fans of the fey world will devour this sequel to Wicked Lovely (HarperTeen, 2007). The groundwork laid in that book makes navigating the world of the Summer Queen, Winter Queen, and Dark Court easier, although determined readers could make it through this book alone. Marr has created a world both harsh and lush, at once urban and natural, with decaying buildings covered with blooming vines, unkempt Victorian mansions, an overgrown park for the Summer Court, with living Rowan people, gazing ravens, and a mysterious fountain. This world exists within the mortal world and yet remains invisible to most. Aislinn moves uneasily between high school life (although she rarely seems to attend class or study) and her "job" as Summer Queen, a role that increasingly pervades every aspect of her life and draws her deeper into Faerie. Chasteness is not a particularly valued faery trait, and descriptions of interactions, while not explicit, have a mature sensuality and desire. Keenan, Seth, and "Ash" are respectful of boundaries, although the longing to be physically close is never far from the surface, and is sometimes acted upon. Tattoos, body piercing, pool halls, and smoking are portrayed as glamorous parts of teen life. Wicked Lovely, Fragile Eternity, and their companion, Ink Exchange (HarperTeen, 2008), would be good suggestions for fans of Maggie Stiefvater's Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Flux, 2008).-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.