Writer: Melissa Marr
Genre: YA/Urban Fantasy
The premise: Leslie is Aislinn's best friend, but she's got problems of her own. Her life's gone to hell in a handbasket since her mother left her alone with a gambling father and a drug-addict brother, and the latter liked to drug her up and pass her around to his friends for some cash. So Leslie's decided to make her body her own again: she's getting a tattoo. Unfortunately, her perfect tattoo has ties to the faery world that Aislinn's trying so hard to keep her out of. Even worse, the tattoo, once completed, links her to the Dark King of the Dark Court, Irial, and he has his own plans for her, which threaten to undo everything that Leslie's trying to build for herself.
Must Have: Every time I finish one of Marr's books, I think to myself that if I had a daughter, I would have no trouble letting her read these books. I love what Marr does with her heroines and giving them hard choices to make and giving them chances to stand on their own two feet, and I love that the romantic relationships aren't storybook or fairy tale and in that sense not traditional at all. Ink Exchange doesn't have the same level of action or conflict that Wicked Lovely has, but that doesn't make it a lesser book. The conflict is internal, and more to the point, it's a very important message, especially to young girls. That it's wrapped up in a pretty package with a solid story is a good thing too, and I look forward to continuing this series.
The full review, which does include spoilers, may be found in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.
REVIEW: Melissa Marr's INK EXCHANGE