Blog Tour: Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr | Scavenger Hunt + Giveaway!

22nd Feb 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Blog Tours, Giveaways

Blog Tour: Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr | Scavenger Hunt + Giveaway!

Blog Tour: Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr | Scavenger Hunt + Giveaway!Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr
Published by HarperCollins
Pub Date: March 1st 2016
Pages: 400
Buy the book! | Goodreads

This riveting fantasy marks Melissa Marr’s return to the world of faery courts that made her Wicked Lovely series an international phenomenon.

Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal—she’s half human, half fae, and since the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humans and faeries. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of the fae courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir due to the actions of reckless humans.

Lily’s father has always shielded her, but when she’s sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, she’s delivered straight into the arms of a fae sleeper cell—the Black Diamonds. The Diamonds are planted in the human world as the sons and daughters of the most influential families and tasked with destroying it from within. Against her will, Lilywhite’s been chosen to join them...and even the romantic attention of the fae rock singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the familiar world she knows.

Melissa Marr returns to faery in a dramatic story of the precarious space between two worlds and the people who must thrive there. The combination of ethereal fae powers, tumultuous romance, and a bloodthirsty faery queen will have longtime fans and new readers at the edge of their seats.

Happy Monday, friends! I’m so happy to be kicking off the blog tour for Melissa Marr’s Seven Black Diamonds! Below is an excerpt from the book, where you’ll find the first scavenger hunt clue in bold red. Each scavenger hunt stop will have a clue so make sure you keep them somewhere safe!

Excerpt

Seven Black Diamonds
By
Melissa Marr

“A dead baby. A score of slaughtered sailors. The truth of what started the war was a matter of which side you were on and how you spun the story. In her grief, the queen wept seven tears into the sea, one for each of her brightest diamonds, and then she waited” (The Cost Of Secrets by Iana Abernathy)

Chapter 1: EILIDH

“You were created to serve.” The Queen of Blood and Rage sat on a throne inside her small throne room. The throne in this room was nothing more than wood and vine. It flowered at her will, but the blooms were absent today. The queen herself needed no ornamentation to evoke terror. Her eyes did that without any seeming effort from her. Today, she was worse that usual as she’d been preparing to spar when the Sleepers were brought before her. Her hair was bound back in a tight braid. Her hands were gloved, and she wore armor the color of battle-blackened blood.

Behind her on the wall were an assortment of sharpened blades, swords as well as axes and daggers. In front of her, kneeling on the bone-white floor, were five of her Sleepers, half-fae, half-humans who were created to serve as soldiers in her war on humanity. At the queen’s either side were her two living children, her Unseelie son Rhys and Eilidh, the queen’s daughter with the king of Seelie court.

No one else was in the room. The usually crowded chamber seemed almost cavernous with so few people present. Unlike many meetings, this one was secret. Neither of the courts knew of the queen’s Sleepers.

Eilidh wished she didn’t know either—especially when the girl kneeling in front of her mother said, “I’m not a murderer.”

“Truly,” the queen murmured.

Anyone who lived in the Hidden Lands would recognize that tone. Eilidh suppressed a wince. She was the queen’s heir, and whether or not she wanted to be the next in line to the Hidden Throne, Eilidh had a duty. She would stand in this small room with her mother and brother. She would witness the proceedings with an emotionless mien.

“I understand that we were born to serve your cause,” the girl said. “We all do.”

The five Sleepers behind her said nothing.

“We will not kill for you though,” the girl said. She was still on her knees, but her voice was strong, echoing slightly in the queen’s private throne room, despite the obvious danger in disobeying the Queen of Blood and Rage. The other five Sleepers remained silent. At least one of them looked as foolishly brave as this half-fae girl who was facing the Queen.

Their silence condemned them.

Endellion ruled both the Seelie and Unseelie courts, and even those fae-blood who lived outside the Hidden Lands. Possession of any fae blood was enough to be declared her subject—by decree of both fae and human law.

“Stand,” the queen commanded.

“You need to understand . . . I was raised as a human. We all were. You can’t expect us just to murder them. It’s—”

“Them or us.” The queen spoke over her as she descended from her throne.

“I’m both,” the girl argued as she came to her feet. “My mother is human. There is no them or us for the Sleepers. Can’t you see that?”

The queen glanced at Rhys, her gaze conveying the order.

When Rhys walked toward the girl, Eilidh stayed beside the queen’s throne. Protocol was a part of life in the Hidden Lands, even in the tiny private room where there would be no living witnesses beyond the royal family. Eilidh’s role as heir was to observe the proceedings, to learn, to see what a queen must do for her subjects.

The girl stood, but she did not move.

Rhys could’ve made her. He was the queen’s most trusted guard and truest servant. If she wanted him to move the young half-fae, half-human girl, he would do so, but the queen held up her hand.

She stepped down and walked over to face the girl. “Do you speak for your whole team?”

Eilidh wanted to tell the girl, to tell all of them, to stop what was about to happen. Instead, she forced herself to watch, knowing that these moments were what defined a future queen. She didn’t ever want to take the Hidden Throne, but as she had so many times already, Eilidh swore to herself that she would be a different sort of ruler than her mother.

The girl lifted her head to meet the queen’s eyes. “I do. We are a unit, but not the terrorists you’ve tried to make us become.”

None of the other five people dissented when the queen’s gaze drifted over them. “So you all choose to be human rather than fae? So be it.”

In the next moment, a scream began and ended. One of the queen’s various blades sliced across the girl’s throat. Between one breath and the next, she was dead.

Eilidh didn’t let her wince show on her face. Showing her feelings was not something she was allowed to do, even when the witnesses would be soon dead. Weakness wasn’t ever acceptable.

Looking up from the body at her feet, the queen ordered, “Mind Eilidh’s safety.”

Rhys stepped closer to the heir of the Hidden throne, as their mother glanced at the rest of the group.

In mere minutes, they were dead. They stood no chance against the queen. She had held the Unseelie throne for centuries and had bloodied her blade with every fighter who came close to being her equal. Even the Seelie King himself wasn’t so foolish as to raise a blade to her. Centuries ago, when she walked into his court, dripping with the blood of his best fighters, and announced that they would mate and unify their courts, he simply acquiesced.

Standing in the room with her children, the floor strewn with bodies, Endellion sighed. “I need to speak to the other handlers. Most of the Sleeper cells are not performing as they need to be.” Her longsword was pointed at the floor; blood dripped from the fae-wrought steel to the stone floor. The queen herself wasn’t even winded. She sighed and said, “My jewels are the only Sleepers that haven’t needed to be eliminated . . . yet.”

“Why?” Eilidh asked before she could stop herself.

Her mother smiled. “Because they were created with a different level of attention.”

Eilidh had questions, but she didn’t bother asking. The queen shared only what she thought necessary. That was the privilege of ruling. Eilidh bowed her head and held her silence.

Rhys drew their mother’s attention then. “Shall I clean this or do you still want to spar?”

Endellion looked briefly at him and then back to her heir. “Eilidh will tend this. You will spar with me. Come”

And then she walked away with no other word, leaving Eilidh with five dead bodies.

Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Schedule

Week One:

2/22/2016- Gone with the Words– Scavenger Hunt
2/23/2016- Katie’s Book Blog Review
2/24/2016- YA Book Madness– Scavenger Hunt
2/25/2016- Pandora’s Books– Review
2/26/2016- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Scavenger Hunt

Week Two:

2/29/2016- The Best Books Ever– Review
3/1/2016- Me, My Shelf and I– Scavenger Hunt
3/2/2016- Rabid Reads– Review
3/3/2016- Once Upon a Twilight– Scavenger Hunt
3/4/2016- YA Bibliophile Review

 

About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Review: Carnival of Souls (Carnival of Secrets) by Melissa Marr

17th Sep 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Carnival of Souls (Carnival of Secrets) by Melissa MarrCarnival of Souls (Secrets) by Melissa Marr
Series: Untamed City #1
Published by HarperCollins
Pub Date: September 4th 2012
Pages: 306
Format: ARC | Source: Gifted
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures--if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

All Mallory knows of The City is that her father--and every other witch there--fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it's only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.

From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series and Graveminder, comes a brand-new tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one's own destiny.

Carnival of Souls is one of the most unique stories I’ve read this year so far. Melissa Marr has created this imaginative realm of daimons and witches, fights to the death, and so many secrets. It was amazinnnnnnnng!!

One of the things I loved about Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series was how many characters and love stories were in those books. In Carnival of Souls, we get the same thing. There isn’t just one boy and one girl, there’s two!! And their relationships are far beyond the normal romances in YA. There’s love, but there’s secrets too. So many that I know I’ll be in heart-wrenching pain when the truth comes out, because it cannot end well for any of them.

Out of our two heroines, Mallory and Aya, I liked Aya most. Nothing against Mallory, but the problem with her character is that she’s pretty much in the dark about who she is throughout most of the book. She’s always being watched out for, and even though she’s more than capable of kicking someone’s ass, she’s almost babied the whole time. I actually fist-pumped at the end when she finally took control and started acting fierce.

Now Aya, started out fierce. The lengths she goes to to win a spot as a ruler of The City so that she doesn’t have to become just a wife and a mother with the daimon she loves are beyond most anyone’s capabilities, physically and emotionally. Aya is probably the one hiding the biggest secret of all, but you don’t have to wait long to learn what it is. I have my theories about her…parentage wise. But that’s all I’ll say about that because I don’t want to spoil anything.

Melissa Marr has a gift for creating male characters I instantly fall for, inspite of their flaws. Take Seth, Niall, Irial, and Keenan from Wicked Lovely for example. I LOVE ALL OF THEM! Ok, maybe not Keenan so much, lol, though I did feel for him. Here we have two new characters that had me swooning, Kaleb and Belias. I can’t help it..I love them already. And they couldn’t be more different from each other! Kaleb comes from the slums of The City. He’s a strong fighter and will do anything to protect and take care of his family. His heart is what really drew me to him. In turn, Belias is just a strong a fighter, but he is also high caste, meaning he’s practically royalty. What I found irresistible in him was his passion and devotion.

I loved the way they all had a voice in this book. I always want to hear what all the characters are going through and thinking. It makes the story so much more engrossing. Especially in one with so much depth. This book was also really bloody. It’s graphic, but not gross, which I really appreciated. I really loved the masks concept, that each color represented a service. That was really interesting and I hope we see more of it in future books.

Carnival of Souls swept me away into a realm that was terrifying and beautiful at the same time. Its intricacies left me in awe and in wanting for it to continue beyond the last page.

Check out the awesome trailer!

Update On This Series

Since posting this review, the name of the book and cover have changed as follows…

Carnival of Secrets

About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Review: Graveminder by Melissa Marr

9th Jun 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Graveminder by Melissa MarrGraveminder by Melissa Marr
Series: Graveminder #1
Published by HarperCollins
Pub Date: May 9th 2011
Pages: 324
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

The New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series delivers her first novel for adults, a story about the living, the dead, and a curse that binds them.

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you."

Now Maylene is dead and Bek must go back to the place--and the man--she left a decade ago. But what she soon discovers is that Maylene was murdered and that there was good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected. Beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D--a place from which the dead will return if their graves are not properly minded. Only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.

The only thing I knew to expect from Graveminder was that it was going to be great, and heck yes, did it deliver! Melissa Marr has a way of writing that, to me, can only be described as poetic and cinematic. She lays the words out in a way that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into this world she’s created. It is descriptive enough to give you the perfect picture, but doesn’t over saturate you with details and the way the words just flow so smoothly…*sigh* It’s really amazing.

I was completely engrossed in delving deeper into these characters and this story. There were so many layers to both. Just when I thought I had it figured out, something unexpected and/or original would negate that theory. I really liked Bek. She was tough, independent, doesn’t take crap from anyone, and I loved that she took everything in stride and with good humor, for the most part. The only problem is that she doesn’t feel she deserves happiness with the one person she’s loved for years, Byron. Byron…oh, Ms. Marr knows how to write her men (Irial, Niall and Seth from the Wicked Lovely series are some of my all time favorite males in any series). He is sensitive but not a pushover or weak. He’s ruggedly sexy with his jeans, boots, leather jacket and his Triumph bike. And when he promises to always be there for you no matter what, he honors that promise with all of his being. Being pushed away by the person you made said promise to makes it a little harder though. Once Bek comes back to town for good, he wants to make her realize once and for all that they belong together…if she can finally let go of the abundance of guilt she feels for loving him as much as he loves her.

I loved the originality of the world also. Because of a deal the town founders struck with Charles there are two individuals who have to visit the land of the dead time and again: the Undertaker and the Graveminder, now Byron and Bek. Their duties are to make sure your body and soul are taken care of when you die. If everything goes normally, you are buried and the Graveminder will perform a very simple ritual that will keep your body in the ground and your soul in the land of the dead. Every now and then, somebody misses a dead body somewhere and the Undertaker and Graveminder have to lead this soul in there by the hand, literally. What happens when you die and the Graveminder doesn’t know, is what the characters in this story are dealing with. See, if left unattended for an extended period of time, the undead begin to munch on humans. The more they kill, the stronger they become, the harder it is for the Undertaker and Graveminder to find them and lead them underground.

Simply put, I loved this book. It was a yearning love story, with some mystery, intrigue and original gothic, supernatural aspects. One book wasn’t enough. I am making a plea to Melissa Marr…please! We need more Bek and Byron!

UPDATE: Melissa confirmed to me on Twitter that there will be one more Graveminder book!! Totally made my day! :D

 

About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Waiting on Wednesday: Graveminder

20th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Graveminder

Waiting on Wednesday: GraveminderGraveminder by Melissa Marr
Series: Graveminder #1
Published by William Morrow
Pub Date: May 9th 2011
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Three sips to mind the dead...

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the small town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each one Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: She took three sips from a silver flask and spoke the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you."

Now Maylene is dead, and Bek must go back to the place she left a decade earlier. She soon discovers that Claysville is not just the sleepy town she remembers, and that Maylene had good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in Claysville the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected; beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D. If the dead are not properly cared for, they will come back to satiate themselves with food, drink, and stories from the land of the living. Only the Graveminder, by tradition a Barrow woman, and her Undertaker—in this case Byron Montgomery, with whom Bek shares a complicated past—can set things right once the dead begin to walk.

Although she is still grieving for Maylene, Rebekkah will soon find that she has more than a funeral to attend to in Claysville, and that what awaits her may be far worse: dark secrets, a centuries-old bargain, a romance that still haunts her, and a frightening new responsibility—to stop a monster and put the dead to rest where they belong.

I make no secret of my love for Melissa Marr and her books. Now, after the end of the Wicked Lovely series, I am stocked to see what’s next. Graveminder sounds awesomely dark and I cannot wait to read it!

 

About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Music Monday: Darkest Mercy + Nothing Like You and I

7th Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Music Monday, Tunes for Books

Music Monday: Darkest Mercy + Nothing Like You and I

Music Monday: Darkest Mercy + Nothing Like You and IDarkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely #5
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Send the messengers for the Faery Courts. This is the end.

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win...and some will lose everything.

The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

Music Monday is a feature where I post a video of a song that reminds me of something or someone I’ve read…anything that relates to it in my mind.

What songs remind you of certain books or character?? Create a post and leave the link or just tell me about them in the comments. I’d love to know!!

This song could be for no other than Niall and Irial.

These two have the most intense relationship in the series, and I love them. The fact that they are sexy and deadly, but love with such an intensity is what makes them so appealing to me. I think especially Irial. He’s loved Niall all these centuries, even when Niall refused to even talk to him. And now, they are both together in the Dark Court and Niall could not live without Irial, even if he tried.

The Perishers are a band that has been around a while now. I first heard this song during a very touching scene in a rather crazy movie called “London” with Chris Evans (yum!) and Jessica Biel. I instantly fell in love with it!

It’s always made me teary eyed, but not as much as I thought of it relating to Irial and Niall, especially in Darkest Mercy. Hope you love it!

 

 

 

 

About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Review: Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr

5th Mar 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Darkest Mercy by Melissa MarrDarkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely #5
Published by HarperCollins
Pub Date: February 22nd 2011
Pages: 327
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

Send the messengers for the Faery Courts. This is the end.

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win...and some will lose everything.

The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

If you have not read any books in the series or if you don’t want to read spoilers, I wouldn’t suggest going any further, but just so you know, this book was amazing! And you should DEFINITELY go read this series now!!

Darkest Mercy picks up where Radiant Shadows ended. On her quest to start a war and become a regent, Bananach has fatally injured Irial and has been leaving a trail of destruction wherever she goes, leaving the Summer, Winter and Dark Courts to figure out how to stop her.

Keenan and Donia..le sigh. They had the saddest relationship in my opinion. They have loved each other for years but they could never really be together. Just when she’s finally made it clear that she will no longer put up with him, he comes back intent on winning her back. Keenan really surprised me in this book. I would say I felt the same way about him that Aislinn did, but he was a manipulator, and therefore I couldn’t really empathize with him. He completely redeemed himself though. I never knew he was really like this, and I guess the only one who did was Donia. As soon as he showed up at Donia’s as a solitary, he won me over.

I was so happy that Seth finally got Ash all to himself. He deserves happiness…they both do! Ash coming into her own, and ruling her court with confidence was incredibly nice to see.

On to my favorites…Niall and Irial. I’m not going to lie…I cried a little for these two several times throughout this book. I think I might have thought I’d go crazy with grief right alongside Niall. I don’t know what it is about them that makes them my favorite, aside from being hot, sexy, and loyal, I mean. I think the idea of someone loving a person for centuries and not being able to be with them just kills me, and I think that’s why I was rooting for them to make it the most out of all the couples.

I was glad Bananach FINALLY got what she deserved, but I do wish it hadn’t been at the expense of some of the lives she took. There were a couple of surprising kills!!

Overall, the book was about love and loss, and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ending. I was completely over the moon at how perfect this book was, that I couldn’t even write about it right after finishing it. The way Melissa Marr writes is so beautiful to me! So poetic! And even though this series is over, I will anxiously wait until more of her books are out, because I guarantee you I’ll be reading them.

 

About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Music Monday: Fragile Eternity + Melt My Heart to Stone

28th Feb 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Music Monday, Tunes for Books

Music Monday: Fragile Eternity + Melt My Heart to Stone

Music Monday: Fragile Eternity + Melt My Heart to StoneFragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely #3
Buy the book! | Goodreads

Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone - but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her - but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

Music Monday is a feature where I post a video of a song that reminds me of something or someone I’ve read…anything that relates to it in my mind.

What songs remind you of certain books or character?? Create a post and leave the link or just tell me about them in the comments. I’d love to know!!

This song is solely dedicated to Keenan…from Donia.

To me Keenan and Donia have the most heartbreaking relationship in this series. If you’ve read the series you know that Keenan is in search of his Summer Queen, for once he finds her his powers will no longer be bound and the Summer Court will thrive and rise to its full potential. He’s been searching for nine centuries with no success. But when he meets Donia, he falls in love with her like he has never with any other potential queen. They fall in love with each other. She loves him for who he who is, enough to risk the test to find out if she truly is his missing Summer Queen. She isn’t, and this breaks Keenan’s heart because he has to put his feelings for her aside and continue his search for the sake of his court. Donia, not being the missing queen and having risked the test, is now the Winter Girl. Her duty is to warn and dissuade any of Keenan’s future prospects so that he may never find his queen. That is her curse, and she hates him for it.

When he finally does find his queen in Aislinn, she’s already in love with another, and she will not give him up or try to have a relationship with Keenan. But she does care for him, and so she finds a way for Donia and Keenan to be together on certain days of the year. Keenan and Donia are finally able to attempt some sort of relationship…except he’s still drawn to his queen, not out of love but out of want. If he were to be with Aislinn, their Summer Court would be much more stronger. So now anytime Keenan sees an opportunity to try to sway Ash, he leaves Donia. And that is where this song comes in…

Adele is an amazing artist. Her voice is just incredible and her songs wrap themselves around your heart.

 

 

 

About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Ink Exchange, Revisited

24th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Ink Exchange, RevisitedInk Exchange by Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely #2
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: April 24th 2008
Pages: 325
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Court 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 together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils...

To me, Ink Exchange is a story about 3 people trying to find themselves and happiness in the situations they are in. Leslie is dealing with a broken home and a family who doesn’t keep her safe. In fact, her own brother puts her in the most vile situation, all for drugs. Niall has been trying to find redemption ever since leaving the Dark Court for things that were happening to mortals that he didn’t know about. He thinks himself dangerous and not good enough for Leslie. Irial is trying to find a way to maintain his court’s strength. He thinks he finds the perfect solution with Leslie, but he doesn’t anticipate what she’ll do to him. These three are in a complicated “relationship” because they all care for each other and this book’s ending doesn’t resolve it. It does leave all them in a new place in their lives though. Some happier than others.

I love Melissa Marr’s writing. It’s so poetic! This is probably my favorite book in the series so far. I really can’t wait for Darkest Mercy.

 

About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post

Wicked Lovely, Revisited

13th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Wicked Lovely, RevisitedWicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan, Nick Landrum
Series: Wicked Lovely #1
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: June 12th 2007
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.

I read Wicked Lovely last year and thought it was so different from everything else out there. I really like the tone of this series…dark, mysterious and seductive..I just love it. I am eagerly awaiting the release of Darkest Mercy, the last book in the Wicked Lovely series.

While I wait, I’m going to listen to the audiobook versions of the books. The the audio version of books I’ve read sometimes end up giving me a different perspective and a new appreciation for the details in the story. A good narrator will sometimes also make you feel more deeply for the characters. They give them life in a way. That is what’s happening while listening to this series right now. It may also be that it’s been a year since I’ve read them and experiencing them from the beginning again is making me nostalgic.

Wicked Lovely‘s world is rich and absorbing. It makes me want to be IN the book right along with these amazing characters. The characters..le sigh. Aislinn is the perfect blend of vulnerability and strength. Seth is perfect for Ash..I don’t think he would be that perfect with just any other girl, but interestingly enough, he wouldn’t treat these other girls bad either, even if they were just one night stands. Keenan..you want to dislike him, but he’s so honest that it is very difficult to do so. You feel for him and the centuries old quest he’s been on. I actually found myself rooting for him and wanting to comfort him when he was down. Keenan and Donia’s relationship is so heartbreaking. We meet Donia in the very beginning of the book, where Keenan is wishing and hoping beyond hope that she is the one. She is the Winter Girl…the one who chose Keenan hoping she would be it but wasn’t and is now paying for it. Her job is to warn and dissuade any of Keenan’s latest prospects from taking the risk she took and becoming what she became, even though them choosing this risk would free her. I felt sad for Donia, well, until the end, that is. We also met Irial, King of the Dark Court, and Niall, adviser to Keenan. These two are in a league of their own…but more on them when I tell you about my feelings on Ink Exchange, which I’m almost done listening to.

 

About Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

View Post