Published: June 12, 2007
Goodreads Blurb: Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty – especially if they learn of her Sight – and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.
Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.
Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.
But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.
Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.
Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning twnety-first-century faery tale.
Aislinn is thrown into a world she knows about, but wishes she didn’t. There isn’t a lot of big downs in this book, but the character development is pretty good.
Some characters give you warm fuzzies while others are easy to be afraid of. The Winter Queen is one of the scary ones. She is so full of hate it’s insane. I do love how this book has such strong female characters. Even in moments of weakness, both Ash and Donia pull through. The male characters’ actions were mostly decided depending on how Ash acted. I loved Seth! He is loyal and patient. He never pushes Ash and lets her decide things for herself.
The love aspect was refreshing. You go in expecting insta-love and love triangles, but you get something completely different.
I won’t go into the plot because I don’t want to give anything away, but I really enjoyed this book about faeries. It was a different spin from most of what’s out there. Although I do have a few questions regarding Aislinn.