Wicked Lovely

Book review by
Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Modern fairy tale fascinates; some iffy content.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 14 reviews

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Educational Value

In an author interview on the Harper Collins Web site, Marr says she was influenced by her love of folklore. Readers -- even those new to fantasy -- might be inspired to explore other folk tales after reading this book.

Positive Messages

A blend of adventure, romance, and fantasy, this story is light on the violence and sensationalism and heavy on good storytelling.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Strong, fluid, and respectful characters are an asset to this novel. Readers will root for the smart Aislinn -- and Seth, too -- as they tackle difficult decisions.


Some faeries are killed, a human injured, a wolf bites a man, a punch and kick in the face, a mention of suicide.


Some kissing, discussion of virginity, obliquely implied oral sex, a discussion of STDs.


A couple of instances of "f--k."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Smoking, teen drinking and drunkenness, a mention of crack.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, while there's nothing graphic, there is discussion of sex, virginity, first times, STDs, and other sexual content. There's also a bit of swearing, alcohol, and drugs. Strong, fluid, and respectful characters are an asset to this novel. Readers will root for the smart Aislinn -- and Seth, too -- as they tackle difficult decisions. This book has inspired sequels and an upcoming movie.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJodi M. March 31, 2017

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 co... Continue reading
Adult Written byApril R. February 12, 2016
Kid, 12 years old August 16, 2014

Amazing book for mature readers

I absolutely love the plot of the story. This book has some mature content but is suitable for readers who are quite mature and love reading. Young girls will l... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous October 24, 2013

Not much point in reading...

I didn't even finish this, it just wasn't cutting it. They were talking about tattoos and sex, which I don't even want to read about. I didn... Continue reading

What's the story?

All her life, Aislinn has been able to see faeries, and they are everywhere, invisible to mortals except for her. And these are not your average cute Disney pixies -- they are the same size as humans, and can be very nasty, especially to those mortals who can see them. To survive, Aislinn has had to learn to pretend not to see them, and to live behind steel walls, which keep them out. All Aislinn wants is to explore her growing relationship with Seth, finish high school, go to college, and lead a relatively normal life. But now she's being stalked by the faeries, especially one, Keenan, who is the Summer King and wants her for his Queen. Keenan is able to endure steel, and will have Aislinn whether she agrees or not -- if she doesn't, the power of his mother, the Winter Queen, will be unchecked, and winter will descend on the earth forever.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the mix of content here: This book has both fairies and discussions of sex, virginity, etc. What age do you think this book most appeals to? The author says that she made her own daughter wait until she was 13 to read it.  Do you agree?

  • Why do you think fantasy novels are so popular with teens right now? What do you find appealing about them? How does this book compare with other fantasy novels you've read? Can you think of any common elements?

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