Thursday, April 12, 2012
Book Review: Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
Title: Fragile Eternity
Series/Sequel? Third in the Wicked Lovely Series, followed by Radiant Shadows
Author: Melissa Marr
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Age Level: YA (13-18)
Page Count: 389 (Hardcover)
Summary from inside flap of book: 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 a 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.
Review: WARNING: REVIEW MAY CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS.
There was so much tension in this book! Ahhh! Bananach is growing stronger, her whisperings of war closer to being heard, and with all the tension in this third book of the Wicked Lovely series, it's obvious to see that war will be coming.
Seth and Aislinn's relationship is definitely growing more stressed in this book. Seth wants to be a faery, wants to stay with Aislinn forever, but neither Niall or Keenan will help him. Keenan is growing more ruthless and cruel, wanting to all but dispose of Seth to have Aislinn to himself in order to make his court stronger. I normally like tension in books - heck, with a good amount of tension, the book can become addictive and one of my favorites - but with this novel I couldn't help empathizing with the characters... and feeling bad because of the things they have to go through.
I didn't like how needy Aislinn was in this book. One of the reasons I loved her so much in Wicked Lovely was because how self-sufficient and strong she was, not needing Seth or Keenan to hold her up. In Fragile Eternity, she was a whole lot more needy, and there were a couple of times I felt like taking her by the shoulders and shaking her a few times. Stop wallowing in self-pity and get over it all ready! Alas, she is a book character, and I couldn't exactly do that.
Sorcha, the High Queen, plays a major part in this story, and I found her interesting, if not confusing at times. The bond she shares with Bananach and Seth was very interesting to read about, and not what I had expected at all - in a good way.
With this book, a lot of the stakes have majorly changed. Everyone has all but become someone else, and relationships have changed drastically. I have the next book, Radiant Shadows, sitting right next to my bed, waiting to be picked up later tonight!