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Woo hoo! Here's when the story becomes mildly interesting So, Devlin vows to protect Ani at the risk of going against his mother-sisters. Huge spoiler coming Bananch raids Irial's house for Ani, Devlin declares his allegiance and willingness to sacrifice his life to save Ani and Irial is attacked in the crossfire all in a short span of a few pages. Overall, I found most of Radiant Shadows boring and drawn out and I'm ready for this series to shift back to the Wicked Lovely storyline. I hope Marr is done tinkering with the different courts and causing contrived strife.
She's overdeveloped the fairie lore, as well as introduced lackluster twists that are suppose to serve as intriguing events. I've got enough information that could have actually been chopped in half, so hopefully she'll bring the storyline back to what originally captivated me Keenan, Aislinn, Donia and Seth. I'm just glad there is only one more book, anymore than that, and I'd be throwing in the towel.
View all 99 comments. So, Radiant Shadows was better than Fragile Eternity. Just when I thought all the new elements of this faery world had been revealed, Marr presents a bunch of additional characters with new and interesting abilities. It really reinvigorated the story and pulled together some pieces I think are going to be important in the final book. Take my conservative rating with a grain of salt. Compared to other YA, the Wicked Lovely series is strong. Compared to my personal tastes atm and the broad array of robust fantasy novels I'm reading, it's a little too angsty.
I'm looking forward to seeing how the series ends and imagine it will continue with good quality writing, interesting world, and broody characters. Recommendations: Since I said what I meant in the last review, here's a repeat: this highly character-driven YA Paranormal Romance is something I wish I'd continued shortly after reading and loving the first two books.
Wicked Lovely is one of the strongest in the genre and I still recommend it with gusto to older teens and up. If you're in the mood for a YA story as lovely as it is unique, this is the series for you. Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www. View 2 comments. May 05, Katerina Kondrenko rated it it was ok Shelves: character-driven-plot , expected-smth-better , fae-fairies , magic , seeming-love-geometry , bromance , fantasy , read-in , upper-ya , finished-with-an-effort.
I didn't like Ani. I liked Rae, though. But all this trio thing and we saw it before in this series makes me sick. Also, I think Sorcha is a crazy banana. And Bananac see the irony? The idea with Keenan's disappearance is ridiculous. I can imagine how angry I would be while reading the last book. View all 5 comments. Sep 12, Jenny added it.
I'm in the middle of it. View all 4 comments. Jan 16, Aly rated it liked it Shelves: audiobook , There is almost no mention of Keenan, Aislinn, or Doniya. I don't mind getting to know more of the characters and the courts, but it is a bit hard for me to keep it all straight. I think they said in the book that Keenan was missing, but I have no idea when that happened. I did like seeing more about the Hounds and Gabriel's children. The idea of the Hound's "steeds" is pretty interesting. They look like motorcycles or cars, but they are alive and can change shape. I wish I had a car like that.
I think Sorcha is weak, especially when she gets so upset that Seth isn't there that she puts the faeries to sleep. Like, he just left you, chill out. And Bananach is unnecessarily cruel and why can't they just kill her already? There's all these rules that make everything harder than it needs to be and nothing is straightforward. I also had a hard time understanding Rae's character. Is she dead? Why does she share bodies with Devlin all the time? Overall, it wasn't a bad story and it went by quickly.
I'll read the last one because I want to know what happens, but I may need to spend some time on the Wiki page to get things straightened out. Nov 17, Lorena Lopez rated it it was amazing. One of the biggest things I noticed about Radiant Shadows, if not the first, was that it was lighter than Ink Exchange. You wouldn't think anything surrounding the Dark Court could be taken in such a manner. But as I closed the cover of the book, I found myself feeling This isn't a feeling I normally associate with the Wicked Lovely stand-alones, but it just felt so right.
There's such a feeling of triumph and completion to be had when this book is finished, it's just blissful. I One of the biggest things I noticed about Radiant Shadows, if not the first, was that it was lighter than Ink Exchange. I couldn't think of a better novel to start the year off with.
I'll take this time to admit it, I'm a sucker for the antihero, and who could be a better candidate for such a character than a man who is the pure embodiment of logic and war. Devlin is such a well crafted character, that throughout the entire novel I wanted nothing more than to understand his point of view. A need to follow his court, his queen, while at the same time controlling his desires and his heart.
Following him was an intense ride to say the least. There is a point I'd like to make out before I go on a rant about how everyone should read Radiant Shadows. While it can be read as a stand-alone, I would strongly recommend reading the first three books Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, and Fragile Eternity before picking it up. There are many parts of the story that, while irrelevant to the plot, would just make a lot more sense with the knowledge of the previous novels.
Now to the wicked ones and the lovelies, to the fans of fantasy, to those hopeless romantics, and anyone who is willing. I say to you, read this book. Melissa's intricate fusion of strong characters and amazing storytelling will transport you to a place that's not too far from home, and still feel out of this world. This was the best one since Wicked Lovely. Also the first one since Wicked Lovely to have a decent ending. I actually considered not reading it because after reading Fragile Eternity I was pretty upset with the series and just wanted to skip to Darkest Mercy and be done with it.
I am glad I didnt. This is the second book in the series not to focus on Ash, Seth, and Keenan, although Seth was in it quite a bit. Books 1, 3, and 5 focus on that aspect of the story, while books 2 and 4 take a bit of This was the best one since Wicked Lovely. Books 1, 3, and 5 focus on that aspect of the story, while books 2 and 4 take a bit of a break and focus on other characters. Book 2 was easily my least favourite of the series so far. And I am reading this series pretty much just for Seth and Ash, so I wasnt sure if I wanted to bother with this one.
But this is so much better than book 2! I love Devlin. He was pretty amazing. Sooo much better than Keenan or Irial. I hate them. Irial was still in this one but not as much and he was portrayed in a better light. But I still dont like him. But Seth is the best. He is delish. Great ending and setup for the last book. I really hope it has a good ending! Oct 08, Julie Zantopoulos rated it really liked it Shelves: own-it , read-in This book in particular I really loved. Ani and Devlin are amazing characters and I loved seeing more of the world and drama unfold without a focus on Ash and Keenan who were, honestly, starting to annoy me.
Give me more! Feb 04, Ellz Readz rated it really liked it. My thoughts Once again Melissa Marr whisks readers off to a magical world where the veil between Moral and Faerie worlds is thin. She uses her writing talents to manipulate readers into falling for, even rooting for, the characters in the story, even when its the villain. The characters were brilliantly written. I felt sympathy for Devlin; felt his indecision as he is torn My thoughts I felt sympathy for Devlin; felt his indecision as he is torn between sisters and his own will.
Ani proves to be a very strong heroine. She struggles to find her place within the hunt and to control the way she feeds. Ani's strengths are growing as she becomes less Mortal and more Faerie. We also meet several new characters who help build the story and keep it interesting. The plot of the series continues to develop strongly in Radiant Shadows. A large chunk of the story takes place within the Dark Court. Readers get to ride along on a hunt, listen in on conversations with the old King and the new one, and live through Ani and Tish.
There is a fair share of violence in the form of fairy fighting, romance, and new mysteries. One of my favorite parts of Radiant Shadows is the introduction of a steed. I found myself concerned for its welfare and whereabouts. I stumbled a bit through the beginning of the book. I would recommend readers to go back and reread the last few chapters of Fragile Eternity before jumping in to Radiant Shadows. I had to get re-acclimated with the characters, their roles, and relationships to each other.
If you are new to the series, you need to start at the beginning. Their world is too complex to enjoy without having the background from the previous books. Fans of this series will not be disappointed with this installment of the series. Radiant Shadows held a satisfying ending, but it did leave many questions unanswered. I will be anxiously awaiting the next installment.
May 09, DarkHeart "Vehngeance" rated it it was amazing Shelves: young-adult , fae , , best-releases. As big of a fan as I am of the other books in this series, I didn't immediately jump on this book when I got it. I wasn't particularly intrigued about Ani and I didn't know Devlin - so the draw to read their story wasn't there initially. However, when I picked up the book yesterday and immersed myself back in Marr's world of Faerie, I was completely entranced. The book was made all that more special by featuring my favorite faeries of books past - Niall, Seth and Irial - their inclusion and that As big of a fan as I am of the other books in this series, I didn't immediately jump on this book when I got it.
The book was made all that more special by featuring my favorite faeries of books past - Niall, Seth and Irial - their inclusion and that of the Dark Court made the story much more interesting for me. Devlin quickly proved himself a character befitting his status as one of my favorites in the series with his strength and loyalty and his ability to question his beliefs when faced with his destiny.
Ani developed into a wonderful character full of spunk and strength and a unending desire to test her boundaries and restrictions - I think she was a brilliant match for Devlin. Beyond the main story line there were hints of developments in the story lines of the other courts including a continuing improvement of relations in Niall and Irial's complex relationship, Keenan's role in the Summer Court and Seth's role amongst all of the courts.
I can't wait to see where it will and lead and what Marr has in store for us next. Sep 10, Thomas Edmund rated it it was ok. Unfortunately Radiant Shadows quickly descends into the same mire that plagues her other books. The lack of scene-setting gives us the impression of disembodied voices, jabbering on about fairy politics which is impossible to follow, and even more difficult to enjoy hearing about. There are some major plot developments, however Marr shows a reluctance to get her hands dirty and rev the tension up.
Mar 31, Angie rated it liked it Shelves: urban-fantasy , ya , good-uns. So I've been fairly itching to know where this series would go after the third book-- Fragile Eternity --came out last year and utterly realigned my loyalties as far as the faery courts go. Well, that's perhaps not entirely accurate. They were already leaning heavily in that direction after Ink Exchange. But the developments in Fragile Eternity cemented the shift so firmly, I wondered if I would ever recover my early fondness for some characters or if, alternately, anything on God's green earth wo So I've been fairly itching to know where this series would go after the third book-- Fragile Eternity --came out last year and utterly realigned my loyalties as far as the faery courts go.
But the developments in Fragile Eternity cemented the shift so firmly, I wondered if I would ever recover my early fondness for some characters or if, alternately, anything on God's green earth would be able to uproot my newly acquired devotion to others.
Given the way I loved Ink Exchange , I, for one, was definitely looking forward to a couple of fresh, new characters, a possible mention of how Leslie was doing, and being back in the Dark Court with less tiresome Keenan and Ash and more magnetic Irial and Niall. Ani is a halfling. Daughter of the Dark King's chief enforcer and a mortal woman, she sits astride the precarious line between several worlds.
Raised among the Hounds, along with her two halfling siblings Rabbit and Tish, Ani comes into her own when she makes a rather unsettling discovery. Like the Dark Court she feeds off emotions, but she is also able to feed from actual contact with both humans and faeries. And it's not just a desire, it's a compulsion. Restricting her impulses, following her father's innumerable rules, Ani is on the brink of wasting away. Only the form Dark King Irial truly understands what she is. He helps her when he can, occasionally allowing her to feed off his own emotions, as he searches for a way to use her powers to benefit their people and keep her alive in the process.
Devlin is the High Queen Sorcha's brother and assassin. Known as the Queen's Bloody Hands, it has been his eternal task to negotiate a path betwixt his two sisters--Order and Chaos--and maintain the balance between their opposing powers and purposes. And Devlin has never shirked his duty or fallen short in any way. Except one. When he inexplicably spared a life he was ordered to take. Since then he's stayed away, shoved any treacherous instincts he's had aside, and worked tirelessly on behalf of the High Court.
Until one day he encounters the mortal who's life he spared. And all hell breaks loose as a result. This series is wreaking havoc with my emotions and that is all there is to it. The thing is, I thought Wicked Lovely was wicked fun. I thought Ink Exchange was impossibly dark and achingly good, despite leaving me feeling a little bruised.
I found Fragile Eternity problematic in many ways, but was glued to the page for the last third of the book and emerged in deep smit with a couple of Dark Kings who shall so not remain nameless. And I do mean deep smit. My love for Irial and Niall is deep and wide and full of shadows. And, as far as I'm concerned, this book and any other she writes in this world is worth the hardcover purchase price just for the few scenes they are in together.
I am dead serious, people.
I don't know how she did it but Melissa Marr has me wrapped around her little finger when it comes to the former and the current King of Nightmares. Just tell me one or preferably both are going to make an appearance and I am there. Their tortuous, touching relationship slays me. And such was the case here. I never really connected with Ani or Devlin, despite the fact that I thought he had some crazy good potential after his role in Fragile Eternity.
I mean I love the Gabriel Hounds and their awesome steeds and pack culture. And Bananach--the War faery--is deliciously heinous and I simply love it when she tromps through a scene, bloody feathers and all. But, for some reason, I didn't care that much what happened to Ani. Not like I cared what happened to Ash or Leslie or Seth in the previous three books. And the dream subplot just did not hold my attention at all. Now, I will freely admit the possibility exists that I am actually so far gone on my two Dark Court boys that I have become insensible to the charms of lesser fae.
But I'm pretty sure I'm fine with that. As long as I get more Irial and Niall in the next book. Which, as it is also the final book in the series, is going to have to be enough to last for me a very long time indeed. Oct 26, Alicia rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Anyone who has stuck with the series through the first three. Shelves: young-adult-fantasy , reviewed , urban-fantasy , faeries , paranormal-romance. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. With Radiant Shadows , the fourth installment of Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, readers were introduced to a vast number of fast-paced plot developments as well as new, or previously unexplored, characters.
The numerous changes that took place in the fairy world with Radiant , including deaths, injuries, new kings, new queens and a sealing of the portal to the mortal world it rhymes! I still don't feel anything beyond a general "meh" for this series, so I'm not too sure why I've continued with it other than the fact that it gives me something easy and sleep-inducing ie boring to read when I'm up with insomnia.
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This book was pretty much par for the course - some interesting ideas, but some very slow sections and some confusion due to lack of proper explanation of how things work in Marr's fantasy world. The plot seemed a bit jerky in Radiant , with an entire pages where nothing much happened, and then major conflicts and character deaths just being sprung out of nowhere without proper buildup and tension.
Radiant centered around Ani, a halfling Dark Court hound who I found to be very oddly characterized. Ani seemed to be written as a very childish character, even though she would be around the same age as Aislinn and Leslie. In comparison to Leslie and Aislinn, Ani read about 10 years younger.
Whether it's a question of them being very mature for their age or Ani being childish for her age I do not know, but since Ani had her own share of hardship and loss it just didn't make sense for her to be such a baby. I felt like Ani was a very inconsistent character - she didn't seem to have a lot personality traits that stuck with her throughout the book, aside from her love of fighting and running which were innate traits due to her being a Hound.
I suppose it makes sense that she didn't have consistent character traits, since throughout the book she was in the process of going through changes as she became less mortal and more fully Hound, but it was hard to empathize because there was nothing for the reader to really anchor themselves to about her. Also, Ani was constantly whining about all the things she wasn't allowed to do, and if there's one thing I can't stand, it's a whiny character! I really liked the "dreamwalker" Rae, although I would have loved to hear more about where she came from I assume she was Irish?
When she was first introduced, it was mentioned that she had been arguing with her guardian and an aunt was mentioned, yet she never once talked about missing her family. I would have liked to hear more about her life before she came to faerie so that I could better understand her as a character. It also would have been interesting to hear if her body in the cave was ever discovered by anyone, and if not, what her family believed happened to her or what excuses they made up to explain her disappearance.
It would have been nice to learn a bit more about dreamwalkers, too, and how they get their abilities, if the abilities run in families like Aislinn's sight did and if they can live forever as a spectre.
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The whole thing with Sorcha going crazy because of Seth being away was just weird and kind of creepy. I mean, I get why she wanted a son - she wanted a family connection. I get that she became more vulnerable and less rational because she was made partly mortal, but it's not like Seth died or anything. He was just away for a limited amount of time, she could send him messages, and she knew he would be coming back, so I don't really get why she went insane without him. It just seemed like some really creepy, obsessive, almost incestuous thing.
Being a mother doesn't mean being THAT obsessed with your son. I mean, she was acting like she couldn't live or go on without him, which seems more of a reaction one has to a lover leaving, not a son. She was acting as though she was in love WITH him, rather than loving him as a son. Maybe it's just me, but I found that whole plot line really bizarre. I liked that a romantic relationship between Irial and Niall was hinted at, as I've been itching for some non-straight characters, but I don't know why it had to be hinted at so vaguely.
It felt like Marr was trying to shy away from coming out and directly saying that they are bi or gay I assume bi, because they were both in love with Leslie at one point or that they've been together. It was left purposefully ambiguous, with them talking about loving each other, but in a way that could be interpreted as just friendship or go right over the head of a less perceptive reader.
I guess you take whatever scraps you can get, though. When I finally got through the book, I cringed massively when I saw that Marr's Ani had supposedly been named after one of my absolute musical and personal idols - Ani DiFranco. I'm not sure why the real Ani never popped into my head when I was reading about the Fragile Ani.
I suppose I just didn't pay a lot of attention to the name and make the connection because I assumed it was just another trendy, fantastical sounding name like Irial, Niall, Aislinn, Sorcha, etc. Anyways, I just don't get how Fragile Ani was supposed to be real Ani's namesake. Ani DiFranco's politics and music are strongly anti-violence, and Ani the book character is an innately violent creature who feeds off of creating fear, hunting and insecurity.
I guess maybe she was just borrowing the name and not actually making the character a tribute to Ani DiFranco, but either way I kind of wish that I hadn't known that information at all because now I feel like some of my favourite music has been soiled by trite urban fantasy. May 08, Bex rated it it was amazing Shelves: own.
As a young child Ani, Tish and Rabbit were hidden safely as their mother was killed in the mortal world. They were taken in and protected by the previous Dark Court King, Irial. Ani is now beginning to change, but she needs both the emotions of the Dark Court and skin touch like the Hound Radiant Shadows book 4 of Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series is my favorite. Ani is now beginning to change, but she needs both the emotions of the Dark Court and skin touch like the Hounds for nourishment, so she is a danger to mortals and faerie.
Devlin follows the wishes of his High Court Queen Sorcha, except when she asked him to kill Ani as a young child he spared her life. Now Sorcha is concerned only with Seth, her mortal son, and is becoming as unbalanced as her twin Bananach. All Devlin wants to do is protect Ani from everyone. Marr has enlarged and enveloped us in her faerie world again. These are familiar characters if you have read her previous Wicked Lovely books, however it is not necessary to have read the previous books to enjoy this one. I was lost in the book from the first page.
There is the familiar bad boy, but this time there is a bad girl too, both of course with the complex desire to protect family or friends from the coming dangers so the characters are likeable. The characters are complex and personable with human needs, wants, and problems. I believe Radiant Shadows is the best of the four Wicked Lovely books. The writing is often from Devlin's point of view and Ani is from the Wild Hunt, so there is plenty of action for boys who want to read in this genre. I could write more about the book, but that would spoil the reading and you must get lost in this faerie world on your own.
Oct 27, Anthi rated it it was ok Shelves: ya-pnr , fairies , wicked-lovely-series. Not bad, but "not bad" is definetely not what I expect from mrs Marr, I thought I was reading another writer. Throughout the Wicked Lovely series we saw strong heroes and heroines that take matters into theis own hands, make tough desicions, challenge fate if there is really one wove their own paths, and be brave when it's time to pay the price for the choices they made.
All these things are the ones that made this series extaordinary. So I don't understand mrs' Marr choise to make the 4th b Not bad, but "not bad" is definetely not what I expect from mrs Marr, I thought I was reading another writer. So I don't understand mrs' Marr choise to make the 4th book of this series ordinary by taking the cliche trope of the starcrossed lovers that are destined to be together not just because their love is so great but because it will help the well-being of the world eye-rolling!!!! I could accept it if it actually worked on paper, but it doesn't.
Devlin's and Ani's attraction feel's forced, their characteres 2-dimensional, specially Ani and I'm feeling dissapointed. I'm still though anxiously waiting for the fifth and final instalment of this series and I hope that mrs Marr will be back in shape because Seth and Niall deserve only the best!! Nov 13, Jenny rated it really liked it Shelves: bookshelves. This might be my favorite book of the series so far!
I just love Devlin and Ani! Actual rating 4.
The books in this series have a slow pace in general but they're still easy to read and addictive. I specially liked the new kinds of magic introduced in this one. Writing Style - 4 out of 5 stars I really like Marr's writing style. It feels very deliberate as you read and it's incredibly detailed. The POV of these books are always changing and the voices all sound distinc Actual rating 4.
The POV of these books are always changing and the voices all sound distinct, yet the world feels cohesive and familiar. This one in particular wasn't as dark as some of the other books have been which was a bit of a let down though it was incredibly suspenseful and there's a new aspect to the writing that was interesting. Characters - 4 out of 5 stars All these books highlight different main characters that pop up throughout the series and this book centers around some more new points of views.
This particular dynamic is one of the more interesting ones that I've seen in this series. There are technically two main characters in this book but I want to talk about Ani first. She's the one that caught my attention the most. She's really mischievous and reckless. She throws herself into crazy situations even though everyone is telling her to be careful and to protect herself. However, she cares deeply for her family and she's a very passionate and powerful character. I really liked reading from her point of view.
There is also Devlin, who comes from an even more complicated situation than Ani does which is insane to think about. I guess you can say he's kind of an antihero. He works hard to restrain himself and his baser impulses. He's really smart and powerful but also unforgiving and logical in a way that is almost harsh. Yet he has a soft caring side that comes out once in a blue moon that blew me away. Their dynamic is really intense and really interesting.
There's also some emphasis on characters from previous books which I loved! Emotionally view spoiler [I have to say that I was kind of disappointed with the way this book in particular played out. The plot was good and interesting but not as dark as I've come to expect from this series something that I really enjoy about it.