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Ink Exchange & Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

After reading Wicked Lovely, I hurried and got the next two in the series: Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity.

Ink Exchange focuses mostly on Leslie, a friend of Aislynn’s, and Niall, one of Keenan’s court advisers.

Here’s the synopsis from Melissa Marr’s site:

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. . . .

Here’s the thing: I don’t usually like sequels that aren’t about the same characters from the first book.  Aislynn, Keenan and Seth do make appearances in this book, but only peripherally.  (This is the same thing that bothered me about Holly Black’s Modern Tales of Faerie series– the books weren’t all about the same characters.)

That being said, I did like the book a lot, and after reading the third book, the second one seemed to fit a lot better.

Ink Exchange was a lot grittier than Wicked Lovely.  Leslie has had a lot of horrible things to deal with in her life– a runaway mother, an absent father and a drug addict brother who basically prostituted her to his friends against her will.  But she does find happiness and a way to be herself again at the end, and you know how I like a happy ending.

Three stars because even though it didn’t feature my favorite characters from the first book, I liked it.  But that’s all.  I didn’t really like it or love it, I just. liked it.

In Fragile Eternity, the story really focuses more on Seth and Aislynn.  I totally love the character of Seth.  He’s loyal and charming, and he totally loves Ash, even when she’s busy being somebody else’s queen.

Here’s the synopsis:

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.

I mentioned that I love Seth, right?  Because I do.  So I really enjoyed a book that was mostly about him– how he is dealing with Aislynn’s royalty, her new-found faery powers, and her king who keeps trying to steal her away.  Not to mention that his best friend, Niall, has some issues to deal with (as you will find out in Ink Exchange).

Seth wants to be with Aislynn forever.  But how can he be?

Dun dun dun!

I’m still waiting for the fourth book, Radiant Shadows, to come in at the library, but so far I’m enjoying this series.

Three and a half stars for being good.  Not as good as the first, but slightly better than the second.  Three down, one to go!

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