Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr - WARNING! This is the secondd novel in a series. I cannot talk about this book without spoiling the first one. Don't read any further if you plan on reading Wicked Lovely.
Again, I love the blurb on the back of this book, so I'll give you that again.
"Images cluttered the page. But only one set her nerves on edge: inky black eyes surrounded by wings like coalescing shadows..."
After suffering a terrible trauma Leslie becomes obsessed with getting a tattoo. And when her local tattoo artist shows her a book of his own designs, she finds one of them irrisistible.
Soon, her back is adorned with a pair of eyes, framed by black wings. Leslie feels good - more than good. But what she doesn't know is that her new tattoo binds her to the faery whose symbol she chose: Irial, the exquisitely dangerous king of the Dark Court...
Ink Exchange is a companion novel to Wicked Lovely, not a sequel. Characters from the previous novel do appear in this book, but this is Leslie's story. Again, multiple POV, in this book we get inside the head of Leslie, Irial, and Niall. This book is a much, much darker novel. Serious issues are brought up in this book, and it's difficult to read Leslie's POV at times because the emotions are just so real and raw. Although we get the main characters' stories, I cannot make myself like Irial. Yes, I understand why he does all he does, but understanding doesn't make things any easier to forgive. I have nothing against Irial himself, I'm sure, in a different situation, he would be an all right guy, but the things he does in this novel are just so awful, in my opinion. But I suppose that is what makes this such a great novel. Again, the characters are well formed, and very real, and you can't help but feel for Leslie - who unlike Aislinn, doesn't have the Sight, and knows nothing of this world. You've got to love Niall, though. Struggling with who he is, what he is, and how he feels puts him between a rock and a hard place when it comes to what he wants, but what he also feels is right, and best for Leslie.
Ink Exchange is as equally amazing a book as Wicked Lovely is, but I do prefer the latter. Not because Ink Exchange is lacking in anyway, but just because of how I react to it; I enjoyed reading the book, but I didn't enjoy witnessing the things that happened. I guess the fact that I am effected so just makes Melissa Marr the incredible writer she is. As difficult as it is to read, I still strongly recommend Ink Exchange. It's a must read!
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Melissa Marr's Website
My other reviews in the series:
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely Book 1)
Other reviews on Ink Exchange:
My Friend Amy
The Story Siren
So Many Books, So Little Time
I Heart Monster