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Summary

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes - not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils.

©2008 Melissa Marr (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Another highly addictive read....Compulsive enough to give the Twilight series a run for its money, and dizzyingly more sinister." ( Publishers Weekly)
"This dark fantasy about survival and transformation is as mesmerizing as its urban faery subjects." ( Booklist"Readers will be drawn in by Marr's darkly poetic imagery and language, her vivid portrayal of the art of tattooing, and her shadowy love triangle. This is indeed a delicious, smoky delight." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

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dark, and addictive!

The Ink Exchange follows on and intertwines with Wicked Lovely, which was the first in this fabulous trilogy! I cant wait for the third and final part and may have to buy the book, as I don't think I can wait for the audiobook to be made to find out how everything works out!! The writing is very dark in this book, much more so than in Wicked Lovely, and I became totally absorbed in this modern Fairy story - definitely recommended.

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  • Jennifer
  • 16-01-09

average

There's not much to say is wrong with this book- the author is a compelling storyteller, the plot developed, the characters real and complex, the narrator is good- but nothing about it resonates. Perhaps it's just that I don't feel the fascination about tatoos or because I've never been drawn in by the drug scene, but whatever it is, the book is quite good and entirely forgettable. If you're into tortured souls and broken homes, have a whack at it- it might resonate with you, but if not, its just a way to pass the time. Still, I'd go on reading the author. She's excellent.

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  • Leanna
  • 15-07-10

Best book in the series

I was recently introduced to the fairy-focused Wicked Lovely series and have now listened to the first four books. I can honestly say that Ink Exchange, which is the second book in the Wicked Lovely series, is the best book in this series. Ink Exchange delves into the inner working of the dark fairy court. Melissa Marr creates a rich background for both Niall and Irial while highlighting the dark court. In the process of creating a background for Niall and Irial, Marr creates the two strongest characters in this series. Niall and Irial are fantastic because they have lived life but are not broken by it (hopefully). Ink Exchange, and the Wicked Lovely series as a whole, does deal with more mature topics than the age group recommended for this book. I AM NOT suggesting that preteens and teens stay away from the books in this series. I AM suggesting that parents might enjoy reading these books with their kids and discussing the characters and the choices they make.

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  • DangerMouse
  • 14-09-08

dark and enthralling

good book. darker than the first, and centers around the dark court instead of the summer and winter courts. it was positively enthralling.

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  • Victoria
  • 14-04-09

Enjoyable but Simplistic

Ink Exchange was well written and the narration was quite good. However, while the book constantly refers to the characters dark nature, there's very little real depth to back up those natures. There's more teen angst than an episode of Angel and you never really feel connected to the characters.

That being said, it was well written and was enjoyable to listen to, if fluffy.

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  • Brigid
  • 17-08-18

love

I adore this story line and LOVE the Author.... I would most definitely recommend this series to anyone who likes gritty mythological characters that are seeded in the true legends of these creatures. . not the fluffy sparkle fairytale's of the present

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  • kiwi
  • 23-03-18

Ok

What did you like best about Ink Exchange? What did you like least?

I like the story line - and the way the book is written, but I feel like there is room for more and was a lil too expected of the outcome and a lil cheesy in places.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I still love the fairy story line and the interaction between Fae and humans - the differences between the courts - would like to know how the high court interacts with the rest of the courts and humans to be honest.

What does Nick Landrum bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

At first I actually like the first reader better (from book 1) but I felt like his voice grew on me as the book went on. He did keep me enthralled and has a relaxing feel when he reads the book.

Did Ink Exchange inspire you to do anything?

Get book #3 : )

Any additional comments?

I think I agree with a lot of other comments out there - I still think book 1 was the best so far - so we will see how book 3 goes!

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  • sean m cain
  • 05-10-17

Amazing series

I love this series have read the first couple 3 or 4 times they suck u in right away I couldn't put them down

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-10-16

My Favorite Book for Years

I've read this book around 5 times completely, and adore it more than I'd likely admit. Figured I'd give an audio version a try, but have to say I'm not super into this particular performance. The tone felt of, and really gave the feeling of someone reading a story they weren't interested or invested in. Totally understandable, and something I find to be a problem with most audiobooks.

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  • Shelby Schipper
  • 23-02-16

the storyline was more of a flat line

It put me to sleep constantly. I rather just get my money back. it's good if your into 2 weird fairy people fighting over some human girl. but it's just not my cup of tea

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-09-15

3/5

this book wasn't quite as interesting as the 1st book. I'm not sorry that I read it though