Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Review: Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely 3)

Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 21/04/2009
Published by: Harper Collins


Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

This is one of those books that was very middle ground for me. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but felt like this one in comparison was slow moving. I think it had more to do with the fact that it the story-line had made it to one of those in between places than the author's writing.

There wasn't a whole lot of excitement in the beginning of this novel. It comes to a point in the series where the reader experiences almost nothing from the mortal world and spends more time learning about fey politics which are about as interesting as normal politics. We also come to a point in the novel where Aislinn grows closer to Keenan and needs to make a choice betweenher two love interests. This book reminded me a lot of 'Eclipse' in terms of the storyline.

However, As always this novel was exceptional in terms of the writing style and the creativity. The descriptions of the creatures and the ideas behind them was really well done. This was definitely one thing that was different from 'Eclipse'. I really liked that she continued to introduce new ideas through the series as it went and not just at the beginning.

The novel definitely does get more interesting as it goes on though. There are definitely some of those OMG moments that are definitely expected from YA. There were a lot of twisted things about it and some unusual relationships were built. I also enjoyed learning about how the character is defined by their role. It was interesting to see how the role brings out the evil in an otherwise good character and that natural rivalries are there.

I gave this book 4 stars. It was lacking in places, but there were definitely a lot of things that saved it. I would recommend this series to people who enjoyed other faerie books or who like books that are a little dark and twisted.

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