WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr sat on a discount shelf at Border's for only $5. But it wasn't the ridiculous price that lured me to pick it up. The absolutely stunning cover grabbed hold of my shoulders and shook violently until I wrapped my fingers around the hues of indigo and pretty frozen flower thingy. Once I did, the book fused with my hand and no matter how hard I tried to flick it off, it wouldn't let go until the very last word was read.
When I finished WICKED LOVELY, I told everyone I knew to read it and we created a small cult of two people to worship the shelves the book sat on.
It's the same for every book in the series. So, needless to say, RADIANT SHADOWS rocks. It's a must read. But first, read WICKED LOVELY, INK EXCHANGE and FRAGILE ETERNITY if you haven't already.
One time, at a book signing, my friend and I met Melissa Marr. I know, I know, big deal. That's what happens at book signings. But still, it was rad. My friend even told her about one of my (unpublished) books, which made me embarrassed and turn all red and pretty much swallow my tongue. I punched my friend in the arm after we left.
Proof that I know Melissa Marr:
Proof that she wants my books to be published-- (because that is my loveliest dream):
Proof that I own three of the WICKED LOVELY series in paper form and hold them close often. This pic was taken before Radiant Shadows, of which I own the e-reader version. (I know, silly, but oh well.) (Note, I'm way younger in these pics, by like two years or so.)
Synopsis from Melissa Marr's website:
"Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.
Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.
Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani's death.
Ani isn't one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin's plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?
Alluring romance, heart-stopping danger, and sinister intrigue combine in the penultimate volume of Melissa
Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series."
RATING: WHY DON'T YOU MARRY IT?
Link to RADIANT SHADOWS trailer.