Monday, August 4, 2008

Melissa Marr at Kepler's

As I mentioned yesterday, Melissa Marr, one of our favorite authors, was also at the store. And she brought t-shirts for two lucky fans who just happened to be browsing in the store while she was there! If you haven't read Wicked Lovely, try it. About a girl, Aishlinn, who had followed the rules all her life: don’t stare at invisible faeries, don’t speak to invisible faeries, and don’t ever attract the faeries’ attention. And it has kept her safe although she can most certainly see the invisible faeries. But suddenly one of the faeries starts to follow her and somehow the rules don’t seem to apply anymore.

This is a dark fantasy about a feisty girl who may hold the key to a faery curse. I read it in a gulp. Ask yourself, what would you risk for your freedom, your future, for love itself? Would you be brave enough?

Ink Exchange followed. Even better. Set in the same world as Wicked Lovely, with many of the characters playing minor roles here, the story revolves around Leslie, one of Aislinn's school friends, Irael, king of the Dark Court, and Niall, part of the Summer Court.

Leslie's life is difficult -- her mother has run away, her father drinks too much, and her brother sells drugs. She is looking for something to help her feel independent and decides to get a tattoo -- one from a special book of designs. She has no idea that this tattoo will REALLY change her.

This is a darker story than Wicked Lovely and ponders a lot of questions. What is a king willing to do for his court? What are we willing to give up for love? What will we trade for the absence of fear? And are any of us strong enough to survive all that fate throws at us?

At its heart, this is a book about survival, addiction, temptation, and about the choices we make. I couldn't put it down.

Melissa made a short video book talk about her books for us.


DarlingDiva said...

Melissa Marr is amazing. I adore her books and she was a pleasure to meet at your book store. I hope that she comes back again for her next book in the series. I would totally come back

Bookgeek said...

I'm a huge fan of Melissa's work too (and she is lovely). When I interviewed her, she recommended a book by Carrie Ryan called The Forest of Hands and Feet, which she loved (and I couldn't find any trace of). Recently, Justine Larbalestier recommended it too and I went searching for it again. It won't be published until March 09 sadly, but it is SO worth the wait. I just read it and could not put it down. It's amazing.

DarlingDiva said...

Ahhhh!!! that was the name of the book you recommended to me. I could not remember the name of it to save my life. Thank you for that reminder. I will have to keep it in a safe spot. I have read both of Melissa's recommendations since her visit earlier this year.

I wanna be your Joey Ramone and The Graveyard Book, both are amazing reads and if she has recommended this one also, then I know I will love it.

Thank you for the recommendations. I have loved all of them so far.

DarlingDiva said...

Ahhh..i found the author's blog and there is an excert from the book on this web page.

weasley@heart said...

My friend and I were lucky enough to meet Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong, as well.

As for Melissa's site, check out the fan art posted there--not only is it well done, but some of them are absolutely hilarious. Jace and his pasta birthday bath...need I say more?