Book Review: Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely #4) by Meliss Marr


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?  

Finally!  A Melissa Marr book with a conclusive ending!  Closure!  Yes!  Two characters (I'm not saying who) get their happily ever after and I'm so happy...just when I was despairing for the series as a whole.

In the previous books (namely, Ink Exchange) all I could think was, what about Seth and Aislinn?  Yeah, yeah, Irial and Leslie, but give me Seth and Aislinn!  Then I finally got more from Seth and Aislinn in Fragile Eternity but we got no definitive ending.  Well, Seth and Aislinn were conspicuously absent in Radiant Shadows, but for once I didn't mind because I was very into Ani and Devlin's story.

Just One Gripe: 
I didn't really get into the book until the last 75 pages. The whole time, up until the very last, I was thinking, "this is going to be another 3 star book," then Melissa Marr went crazy with the plot and it was great!

The Best Thing About This Book: 
Melissa Marr stays true to the plot she first laid out in Wicked Lovely.  She weaves the plot together with so many layers and so much back story that this does not feel like YA.  Her books are smart, and you have to think sometimes to keep up with the different characters and plot twists.  I really like that.  Marr doesn't follow the typical YA pattern, she does her own thing and that sets her apart from most everyone else.

Appropriate for a younger audience: 

Characters: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Setting/Imagery: 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Ending: 4/5
Total Score:  22/25

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1 comment:

  1. I like the covers for this series but this cover is my least favorite.


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