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Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely (Quality))Leslie has led a troubled life ever since her mother walked out on her family. Her father has turned to alcohol and can’t be depended on to do anything like paying the bills unless he’s in a good mood. Her brother Ren has turned to drugs, and unfortunately, hanging out with than crowd under the influence has caused horrible things to happen to Leslie. But Leslie is so ashamed and tries to hide it. She refuses to tell her friends and works as a waitress so she can pay the bills. She feels trapped inside her life.

Release comes in the form of a tattoo, only Leslie doesn’t know that it’s just another trap. She sees the tattoo as a way of finally claiming her body as her own, as a symbol of taking over her life. What she doesn’t know is that Irial, the king of the Dark Court, is forging a bond between the mortal and faerie world in order to gain nourishment for his court. Leslie still doesn’t understand until she is forced into Irial’s world.

Throughout the novel, Leslie experiences attraction for two different faeries who both like her too. Unfortunately, both those faeries, Niall and Irial, have a sort of drug inside their skin that makes them addictive to mortals such as Leslie. Niall’s job is to protect Leslie from the faerie world, so he’s not allowed to get close to her; in fact, it’s forbidden by Aislinn, the Summer Queen and friend of Leslie. Irial on the other hand, does not expect to fall for Leslie, but after spending so much time, he realizes that he loves her.

In some ways, Ink Exchange was just as confusing as Wicked Lovely, also by Melissa Marr. However, if you get into the book, it becomes easier to understand. This novel is primarily in Leslie’s perspective, although there are sections told from with Niall’s or Irial’s point of view. The characterization is amazing, and although none of these three characters were very developed in Wicked Lovely, I felt that I had read about them for a long time. The plot is filled with so much emotion, but not to the point that I started crying. Ink Exchange is a beautiful story about the choices you make, how they affect your life, and how you can live with them.

I definitely recommend every fan of Wicked Lovely and other faerie books rush out to buy Ink Exchange at the end of April or pre-order a copy now. And if you haven’t yet read Wicked Lovely, go do so now before Ink Exchange gets published. This is definitely one of my new favorite books, and one I will recommend to everyone.

Rating: 5.0

Review copy from personal collection

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the story siren said...

this book sounds so good! i can't wait to read it!

Nurin said...

xD I just wrote a review on Ink Exchange as well.

Isn't it just great!

I can't wait till Melissa Marr's third book comes out =]

Anonymous said...

I've heard only good things about this series, I can't wait to read it! ^^ Great review.

Anna said...

i can't wait to read this. i have it on hold from my library. :D hopefully i'll be first to get it once it comes out now. [[:


Melissa Marr said...

(A reader sent me to your review.) Thank you for the kind words in the review, and thank you to those of you in the comment thread. There's something very surreal--in a good way--about knowing that my characters are finding good homes with you all.


Em said...

I can't wait to read this one. :-)

I just tagged you for a meme. Feel free to ignore it if you want. :-)


Megan said...

You HAVE to check out the harperteen interview/podcast with Melissa Marr. I really really really enjoyed it!

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