Ink Exchange (book review)

Written by Melissa Marr.

Ink Exchange is the second book in the Wicked Lovely series.  While it does follow the story of Aislinn, Seth, Keenan and Donia you will find that they are not the focus.  The story seems much darker and more dangerous this time around.

Ink Exchange is written from the perspective of Leslie, a high school student who is friends with Aislinn... but knows nothing of faeries.  Leslie's life is difficult.  She lives with her father (who isn't very present in her life or his own) and her brother (who is a drug addict and actually let his drug dealer rape Leslie to pay for his drugs).  She lives in constant fear.

In an attempt to take back her body and her life Leslie decides to get a tattoo.  She is drawn to a particular tattoo design... and once she sees it she just must have it.  She isn't aware that it is a special design, one that will create a connection between herself and Irial, the King of the Dark Court.

Changes and power struggles in the world of fairy have caused the Dark Court to weaken.  Irial hopes that the connection that he arranged with Leslie will help him to strengthen his dark faeries (who feed on the dark emotions of mortals; fear, lust, hatred, betrayal, etc.).  Leslie is suddenly pulled into a world she never knew existed. 

Definitely another quick page turner.  As each chapter closed I couldn't help but rush right into the next.  It's almost addicting.  Since the story is focused on the Dark Court it is definitely much darker and in some parts is downright disturbing.  I'm less inclined to call it "young adult" reading. 

I was slightly disappointing when I started the book.  I was expecting it to continue right where it left off with Aislinn.  It didn't take long before I was completely over it.  Marr, once again, has a way to draw you in and become almost immediately connected to her characters.  It was actually very impressive that the story in Ink Exchange WAS connected to everyone and everything in Wicked Lovely, but still was a strong story that could stand on it's own.