Friday, February 24, 2012

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2)

Pages: 325
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 29, 2008
Rating: 1/5

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. . . .


I'm done. I just simply couldn't finish this book. 50 pages left and I just don't care enough about the characters to continue.

This one stars Leslie (took me a second to remember her name). She is the best friend of Aishlyn, former main character. She lives a hard life at home, with her father being an alcoholic and her brother being a druggie and selling her into prostitution. Leslie is obsessed with tattoos, and wants one of her own. What she doesn't know is that the tattoo she wants will forever bind her to the king of the faery Dark Court, Irial.

So, we had Summer Girls and Winter Girls. Now we have the Shadow Girls. Yay~ :/

Really, the only interesting part of the plot is her home life, and that is just simply mentioned in the beginning of the book, and barely touched upon again.

Leslie as a main character was boring and forgetable. Every time I picked up this book, it took me a second to realize who she was! I just have to say one thing:

Being obsessed with tattoos is NOT a personality trait. Characters need substance. Being obsessive is a trait, but NOT when it's being forced upon you by magic. :)

That brings us to interests(?), Irial and Niall.

The scenes between her and either of them is sickening.

Leslie: Ohheyy~ *Touch touch*
Them: I will protect you.
Leslie: Okayy~ *feel feel*
Me: -_- *Puke puke*

Irial and Niall are both part of the Dark Court (though, as you know from the first, Niall left it for the Summer Court), which makes them addictive to humans. Humans become "drunk" when they touch know, like kissing...or sex.

Niall actually has feelings for Leslie. Don't know why, but he does. Irial...I don't even know. I got the impression that he's used many human girls over the years.

I understand that these faeries are old, but I just couldn't stand the old speech. As time passes, they should pass with it. So, like, talk like normal people as to fit in.

The one star went to the writing, because let's face it, it's pretty damn good.

That is all I have to say. I just don't care enough about the book to downright
bash it.

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