Publisher: HarperTeen, 2007
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance
Rate: 3/5 – It Is Okay!
‘All teenagers have problems, but few of them can match those of Aislinn, who has the power to see faeries. Quite understandably, she wishes that she could share her friends' obliviousness and tries hard to avoid these invisible intruders. But one faery in particular refuses to leave her alone. Keenan the Summer King is convinced beyond all reasoning that Aislinn is the queen he has been seeking for nine centuries. What's a 21st-century girl to do when she's stalked by a suitor nobody else can see?’ From Goodreads.com
his is Melissa Marr’s debut novel and I think she did a really good job for a first time novel. Aislinn, the main character – our heroin, is a somewhat likeable character. When reading through the book you can really feel her annoyance against the faeries, especially Keenan. That is beautifully described. I like the fact that she did not really succumb to him, but that he tricked her and drugged her. Then she becomes indecisive, which is a bit annoying, but it is a tough decision that she has to make.
The universe of the faeries is really well developed. I am really fond of the different courts and how they all have a purpose that is described beautifully in later volumes of this series.
However, it would be a less interesting book if it were not for the fact that there is not one guy after her, but two. She has a best friend, Seth, who lives in an old train. But that might be the only interesting thing about him. He is extremely boring, though this was not intended I am sure. It seems to me that Marr tried to create a cute alternative guy here, so all the pretty guys are not Justin Biebers (NOT SAYING JUSTIN IS PRETTY!!!!!), but she failed miserable. He does nothing that adds to his character in this book. All he does is wait around for Aislinn to realise that he loves her.
So what saves this book is the fact that Keenan has to find his summer queen, and he is driven by will power, and he will not take no for an answer.