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Author: Melissa Marr
Year of Publication: 2009
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 389
First Line: "Seth knew the moment Aislinn slipped into the house; the slight rise in temperature would've told him even if he hadn't seen the glimmer of sunlight in the middle of the night."

Summary: Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

(Source: Back of book)

Review: Throughout half of this book, I wanted to rip my hair out and stop reading it. It was so darn political! I don't mind a little bit of politics--espceially in Faerie, but this was just too much. The book was lacking something the other two had, though I'm not quite sure what. It seems that ever since Wicked Lovely, the "series" has gone downhill. Ink Exchange, wasn't awful, but wasn't as good as WL, and FE just isn't as good as IE. Hopefully Marr can do better with the next one. I'm expecting some serious Keenan hotness to make up for it, Miss Marr! ;) I will say that the analogies and similes are well done still. There was lots of dragging on for awhile, too, where nothing happened (ie almost the whole book).

Worst part: So darn political.

Best part: Keenan. *drools*

Grade: C-

Other Books by This Author: Wicked Lovelyand Ink Exchange.

Author: Carol Plum-Ucci
Year of Publication: 2006
Genre: YA, Mystery
Pages: 216
First Line: "The night my sister went missing, I sat in a back corridor of the police station staring at a tinted glass window to an inner room."

Summary: A tiny pistol, passed from friend to friend at a party on an abandoned pier, suddenly fires, and Casey Carmody falls into the water below. Kurt, Casey's older brother, endures a seemingly endless night at the police station while the coast guard searches for his sister and his friends are questioned, one by one.

Who was foolish enough to pull the trigger? Was the gunfire accidental or deliberate? Or was the whole drama one of Casey's practical jokes? And where is Casey--or her body--now?

Dark secrets are revealed and petty jealousies rear their ugly heads as each eyewitness comes to the questioning room with his or her own version of "the truth."

(Source: here)

Review: I usually don't read mysteries, but I was looking for some books on romantic brother/sister relationships and this one came up when I was searching "incest". It was not a brother/sister relationship that was the story, however. It was much more interesting than that, and definitely surprised me with a few twists. The story is well-written and well-put-together. Plum-Ucci obviously put a lot of work into planning the plot and it shows. Some characters could have used a little more depth, but all-in-all, they were pretty well done with enough depth to be believable.

Worst part: I felt there were a few loose ends.

Best part: The obvious effort put into the plot--it surprised me more than once.

Grade: B+

Other Books by This Author: Streams of Babel and The She

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