04 November 2010

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their shadowy power struggles. When she is attracted to eerily beautiful tattoo, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of the the changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes-not the kind that Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that bind Leslie to Irial, a dark and dangerous faery king fighting for the soul of his court. Slowly, Leslie is drawn deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils...

Melissa Marr continues her tails of Faerie in a dark, ravishing story of temptation and consequences, and of heroism when least expected.

So, this book is actually very frustrating until the very end. Mostly because everybody is an asshole and you expect Leslie to have to choose between two relationships that are very unhealthy. But she doesn't, and therein lies the brilliance of Ink Exchange.

Okay, to start this off we are going to talk about Aislinn, who is supposed to be Leslie's best friend. However, in the few months between Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange their relationship has deteriorated so that they no longer confide in one another despite hugely traumatic events and changes happening to both of them. As the new Summer Queen, Aislinn is distant and doesn't feel that she can share her world with her friends. Leslie is coping with the aftermath of a rape instigated by her brother and isn't ready to confide in anyone. The relationship is tense, but things get worse when Irial, The Dark King, Begins to take an interest in Leslie.
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