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.