Released Date: May 1, 2008
Pages: Hardcover (325 pages)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Wicked Lovely #2
Author Website: http://www.melissa-marr.com/
Overall Rating: (4 out of 5 stars)
Description: 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 to the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .
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"Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter."
"What does it mean when nightmares dream of peace? When shadows wish for light?"
"Do you ever wonder if what you look at is the same thing everyone else is seeing?'
He went even stiller at her side. 'Sometimes I'm sure it isn't the same...but that's not so bad is it? Seeing the world in a different way?'
Creative vision creates art' he motioned around the gallery 'that shows the rest of the world a new angle. That's a beautiful thing."
My Musings: Ink Exchange is a companion novel to the Wicked Lovely series. If you are looking for the sequel to the first novel, you would want to pick up Fragile Eternity, but I wouldn't suggest it due to material from this book carrying over to the next.
At first I wasn't sure how I was going to like this, because of being a companion novel. Basically, that means that secondary characters from the first book will step up to the fore front and become main characters in stead. After finishing it, I come to love and respect it.
You begin to learn alot of back story about Leslie, who was a brief character from the first book. What's shocking about her is that she hasn't lived a very comfortable life. She has suffered rape in the sight of someone who should have been protecting her all along. Melissa Marr was not afraid to get dark in any scene. It made me feel great sympathy for Leslie.
The upside to this is Niall. I really am glad to learn more about him and his life with the Dark Court. I kind of over looked him in Wicked Lovely, but I absolutely fell in love with him in this one. He is definitely in a tie with Seth for my love.
The true remarkable thing about the Dark Court is that the faeries are not that evil. You would think so based upon the name, but they are only trying to survive by the only way they know how. I found my self seeing them in a kinder light in some of the scenes.
Cover Art: As all ways, the Wicked Lovely books all have gorgeous covers. This one is no exception. It almost made me want to get a cool tattoo on my back...but luckily I came to my senses.