Who couldn't relate to seventeen-year-old Aislinn? She's facing all the usual teenage problems of how to act around boys, saying no to alcohol and drugs, doing schoolwork, and getting ready for college. She's got a few girlfriends and one young man who may just turn into a real boyfriend. Sounds like your average girl . . . but Aislinn can see faeries.
And faeries are everywhere, even in a small steel town outside of Pittsburgh. Fey folk are not nice. Ever wonder where those mysterious bruises come from? Why you tripped on that smooth sidewalk? It's faeries; they poke and prod and do mean things to humans. And when they put on their glamor and become visible, they seduce and kidnap unsuspecting lovers.
The ability to see faeries runs in families, and Aislinn, who was raised by her grandmother, has been well taught. She's been told to never, ever let the faeries know she can see them. Aislinn can maintain a blank face even as she watches the fey play their tricks on the unsuspecting. She knows all the rules and has never once slipped up.
The faery world is made up of a number of kingdoms. And Aislinn's town is the current home of the summer king, Keenan, and the winter queen, Beira. For centuries, Keenan has been searching the human realm for his destined summer queen. Not until he finds her will he come into his full power and strength. Meanwhile, Beira is gathering her forces and making progress in her quest to bring the whole world under the influence of winter.
Wicked Lovely is classified as an urban fantasy and has been called a modern fairy tale. There are few surprises in the book, but that is of no significance. What surprises do we find in Cinderella? Yet that story has endured. This tale, however, takes place in our world, our time. As I look out my window, I wonder, What is really happening on that seemingly empty lawn?
The novel is elegant in its simplicity, and we are drawn in as easily as is a child listening to a bedtime story.
I experienced this book via digital download from my library. Wicked Lovely may be the perfect audiobook and is perhaps my all-time top listen (and I've heard hundreds of audios). Alyssa Bresnahan doesn't read the book, doesn't narrate the novel; she tells you a story in the finest of oral traditions. I was spellbound.
Print published by HarperCollins, 2008
Audio published by Harper Audio 2008
Challenges: Audiobooks, YA, A-Z Author, New Author, 999, Support Your Library, 100+
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