Book Review: Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2) by Melissa Marr

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts 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...

I loved Wicked Lovely, so I was expecting to feel the same way about Ink Exchange.  I still liked Ink Exchange but it did not have the same appeal as Wicked Lovely for me.  The book felt very dark, since it focuses on Irial, ruler of the Dark Court and the emotions the court thrives on.  Leslie becomes enmeshed in the Dark Court when she chooses a certain tatoo.  I'm not really into tatoos, and the focus on them here did not help me like this book.  I was anxious to read more about Aislinn and Seth, and we didn't get much more of their story in Ink Exchange.  Don't get me wrong, this is still a good read, it just wasn't one of my favorites.

Just One Gripe:
The book as a whole was kind of depressing since it was all so dark.

The Best Thing About This Book:
I love Marr's faery world.

Appropriate for a younger audience:

Characters:  3/5
Plot:  3/5
Setting/Imagery:  4/5
Originality:  3/5
Ending:  2/5
Total Score:  15/25

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