Parents' Guide to

Wicked Lovely

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Modern fairy tale fascinates; some iffy content.

Book Melissa Marr Fantasy 2007
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age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 17+

Better choices available

I found this book at the thrift store along with the second in the series. The first book is just okay. While not graphic, there are a lot of negative things covered, which I would not recommend for younger teens. As the series progresses, the writing just becomes garbage. Not only is it boring, the main character is sexually trafficked by her brother to pay for his drugs. She is later sexually abused by a dark fairy king. Not a positive message. I would say that there are many far more engaging books and series for teens to read. Marr's writing style is not very noteworthy to begin with and her subject matter just makes this whole series forgettable.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (4):
Kids say (12):

Marr hits all the right notes -- strong characters, a bit of suspense, a tinge of horror and fantasy, and romance that's not laid on too thick -- all placed in a resolutely modern setting. Unlike so many novice authors, Marr is careful and nicely restrained. She doesn't feel she has to let loose with every idea she has ever had in some sort of pyrotechnical display that leaves the reader's head spinning. She keeps her story focused, which helps build the suspense and keeps the attention on the characters.

All of them, major and minor, are interestingly complex (except possibly Seth, who's a little too much like every teen girl's fantasy), and operating with mixed motives. There's even a nice bit for Niall, one of Keenan's advisers, who stays in the background for most of the book but steps forward near the end to talk Keenan back into his better self. The book is an assured piece of work from a newcomer to watch.

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