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 Court 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. . . .
I loved the characters in this one so much more and the story was even better than Wicked Lovely.
The three main characters were brilliant, I loved Leslie and Irial and Niall - Niall and Leslie were minor characters from Wicked Lovely that I really liked and I love that we got to see more of them in this book, only as main characters.
Leslie's story is heartbreaking -- really, the relationship between all three characters is heartbreaking and it's such an unusual story in the sense that you're wishing the characters will get a happy ending but even the happy endings have their thorns, it's bittersweet no matter what happens.
Although I did like this book a lot and better than the first book, there was still a small part of me that had similar issues as I did with Wicked Lovely, in that I didn't like the ending. This book definitely worked better for me though, perhaps it was because I liked the characters much better in this one and the character I hated from Wicked Lovely wasn't really in Ink Exchange.
I think that maybe Melissa Marrs style just isn't my kind of thing because although I thoroughly enjoy reading her stories, I always have issues with the endings and that's the kind of thing that will irritate me long after I put the book down, it's like I don't get that sense of closure for the story after I finish the last page (which I explained in my Wicked Lovely review).
This a free online sort of sequel to Ink Exchange (but I think it is included as an extra in the Fragile Eternity paperback?) and I was so happy when I saw Melissa had written this because I wanted to see more from those three characters. I really enjoyed it a lot. I can't say much else about what I think of it without spoiling it -- or the ending of Ink Exchange -- for you guys so I'll just leave it at that. Click HERE to find it on Harperteen (for free, although it is on some other sites too).
You should definitely check out Ink Exchange because despite my somewhat bipolar opinions of Melissa's books she is a great writer and her stories and characters have you hooked from the first page right through to the last.