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Ink Exchange

by Melissa Marr

HarperCollins | March 31, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Ink Exchange is rated 2.931 out of 5 by 29.

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. . . .

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 in

Published: March 31, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061214701

ISBN - 13: 9780061214707

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr -- With the new Summer King and Queen, Leslie notices some changes in the way Aislinn has been behaving. But Leslie is closer to the faery world then she’ll ever know… until she decides to get a tattoo. A tattoo that will change her life forever. With the Dark Court losing it’s power thanks to the seasonal rulers, the Dark King – Irial – is looking for anyway to make sure that his fey are fed and safe… and Leslie is the perfect way to do that without starting war. She just wants there to be no more pain, no more worry, no more fear – and just to forget. Forget, forgive, and most importantly, survive. -- I have to say, I didn’t have any trouble at all getting into this book. I don’t remember what I rated the first one, but there were parts of this book that actually made me like it better than Wicked Lovely. I really liked how more of the Dark Court was showed. I think that the way their court worked was a lot more interesting than it just revolving around the two seasonal ones. The parts where Leslie had completed her ink exchange and was tied to Irial were kind of boring though. I mean, I think they were necessary to write but on my part it was kind of boring to read. All she did was black out and cling to Irial and black out again. And the parts where she couldn’t feel anything were just overwritten, I mean… I got it after the first couple times!!! Overall though, I thought that this was an interesting book to read. I liked how the main character changed from the first one but it was still all in the same setting with the same people. That made it more fun because you knew a background story before you even started the book. I’ll give Ink Exchange a 3.5 out of 5 An enjoyable book! I think the series is just going to go from here… isn’t there about 5 books out now? I have some catching up to do! http://www.melissa-marr.com/ Later Cheese Graters, MRR
Date published: 2011-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wasn't expecting to get a different side of the story I was really hoping to get my fix of Seth in this novel but little did I know it focused of Aislinn’s friend Leslie. I was a bit disappointed that Seth wasn’t in this novel but it was still pretty good. I liked being able to get the perspective of the Dark Court, where are the cruel fairies are from. We do see a soft side of Irial the king of the Dark Court which you’d wouldn’t expect him to have a soft side. I liked how even though he pretty much ruined Leslie’s life he still cares a lot about her. It was kinda sweet in a weird way. I’m crossing my fingers that the third novel has my fix of Seth in it because I dunno what I am going to do if I don’t get my Seth fix. The Rating: 4.5 out of 5 For more reviews please visit www.vampsweresandcassay.blogspot.com
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Take it or Leave it I love Irial! what a perfect character. He just oozed sexiness and charm. I really do like the idea of the Dark Court and it makes perfect sense how Irial can lead it - he absolutely fits the role like a well worn comfortable shirt. The characters that make up the Dark Court were fascinating and well done. Leslie was also well written. Living in a horrible home environment, an extremely horrible brother, and a father who’s hardly there, it’s no wonder she’s so filled with negative emotions and thoughts. I like her though. I think she’s a much better character than Aislinn (I still don’t like her don’t think I ever will unless she undergoes a complete personality makeover in the next books). What bothered me a lot about Aislinn is her reluctance to tell Leslie (who happens to be a good friend) about the faerie world and she had a hunch on what was going on..so why the reluctance? it wasn’t just her though, it was Seth too. Why didn’t they at least warn her or tell her about the faerie world?. These two were just so frustrating to read. I never liked Aislinn in the first place, and I used to like Seth but now, I’m not so sure. The plot was all right, although I found it a little dry. (Yet I also found Wicked Lovely rather dry too) I’m not sure why, perhaps it’s the writing style or perhaps I’m just not really that interested in faeries. I’m sure fans of this series would enjoy this book. The little twist in the end got me good and because of that I will probably read the rest of this series. Although it’s not the best I’ve read, it’s certainly not the worst. Overall, it’s a great companion book to Wicked Lovely and the little twist at the end will have fans wanting more. In my opinion, you could either take it or leave it.
Date published: 2010-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Welcome to the dark side As you can see in the title, the second book to Wicked Lovely is about the dark side of the fae courts. It's about the summer queens friend Leslie, and how she get's a tattoo that is linking her to the dark side. I don't want to say too much, but if you liked Wicked Lovely you'll definatly enjoy Ink Exchange. Melissa Marr does it again.
Date published: 2010-01-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from kind of disappointing If you want me to be perfectly honest, I was kind of disappointed with 'Ink Exchange'. I had very high hopes after the incredible 'Wicked Lovely', but I was disappointed. The characters are not the ones that you know and love, but random characters that are barely mentionned in the first book. However, reading this helps you understand what is going on in 'Fragile Eternity'.... No matter what - whether you read this first or just skip to fragile etrnity and are a bit confused - DON'T GIVE UP ON THIS SERIES! Wicked Lovely and Fragile Eternity are worth it!
Date published: 2010-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Freaking Addiciting, NO JOKE I was really addicted to the book and so will you. I finished the book in like 2 days after I bought it. I even stayed up for a while just to read it. I hope you will enjoy it too. =)
Date published: 2009-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It will keep you hooked I read better books to be honest, but when your're serious, who hasn't? This book was definitly when I was reading it at the time, the book of the moment, but now that I finished it a few motnhs ago, I can honestly tell you that I can barely remember the book, just a few main details here and there, but not even nearly enough to give you a summary of it. And in my world, if a book isn't worth remembering, it's not worth 4 stars, or ever 5 stars. When I was reading it I may have in the moment given it 4 stars but that would have been an exageration. Reccomend it for anyone who likes faeries, and all of that genre. Or who likes creepy stories, because at times this one crosses the line. I'm 13 years old and and smart enough to know that, you don't give away ratings.
Date published: 2009-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wasn't a Bad Read I read Melissa Marr's first book {Wicked Lovely} of this genre and I honestly loved it! I know that she wrote this book as a standalone that didn't neccesarily have to be read, but would help you with the story of her other books if you did read it. I was a little dissapointed when I found that out, but I got over it. It wasn't a prequel, but it wasn't a sequel, either. As far as the book goes, it was alright. Nothing too special, although, I did really love the characters. The story really revolves around the art of tattooing. Overall, an alright book, its good to read if you've read Wicked Lovely and want to read Fragile Eternity, although it is not mandatory. Enjoy !
Date published: 2009-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Book. The book was totally awesome. Yall who're saying the book sucked because they main chars from Wicked Lovely were not in it need to do a bit more research before posting your reviews, and turning people away from an awesome book. Ink Exchange is a COMPANION novel to Wicked Lovely, not a direct sequel, but still necessary to read before the actual sequel, Fragile Eternity.
Date published: 2009-09-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another good one. This book was good just like the first one. It is definitely something that you can loose yourself in and then before you know it, you're done. This book is more about the Dark Court of the Fae. Iriel, the Dark King, bonds himself with a mortal so that he can feed his weakening court emotions, which is what they survive on. Since that mortal is connected to the characters from the first book, we get to see them again, which is something that i love. I really don't have much to say about this book, it was a great read and I enjoyed it. One thing that dissapointed me for a short time was the 'romance-ness' that showed up in the book. The whole 'I loved you when I first met you and would now do anything for you' thing. I HATE that!!! It did show up in this book and i was ready to scream, but it did not dominate the story or anything and after a bit i totally forgot about it. I will say that i REALLY enjoyed the ending. I loved how everything turned out, and am really looking forward to what i THINK will happen in the next book. Melissa Marr is a great writer and i am very greatfull that i picked up these books.
Date published: 2009-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh! I was expecting a lot more from this book since I loved the first one. It took me a long time to read because I couldn't really get in to the book. Overall it was OK!
Date published: 2009-08-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Practically the Same I adored Wicked Lovely so when I heard Ink Exchange was coming out, I was reeaally excited. I bought it in hard cover because I couldnt wait a few months til the soft cover came out- Big Mistake. It was really disapointing. Except for the change of characters and situation, it has practically the same storyline (Leslie being Aislinn, Irial being Keenan ect.). It didn't have a terrible ending but it wasn't that good either. I don't think Melissa Marr should have bothered writing this. If she just continued on with Aislinn, Seth, and Keenen, it might have been worth reading.
Date published: 2009-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's good I thought this book was really good. At the ending of Wicked Lovely Melissa Marr writes that the next one isn't about the main characters of her first novel so if people actually read it they wouldn't be so surprised about it
Date published: 2009-07-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not As Good As It Could've Been The first was much better. It was interesting, but it was a completely different read than the first one.
Date published: 2009-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from How come so many bad reviews? Surprisingly I've read quite a few bad reviews of this book...and I'm surprised because I thought it was pretty good... I was a little skeptical of this book since most of the main characters from Wicked Lovely (who I loved) became secondary characters... and Niall (who was barely present) and Leslie (who was rather an annoying nobody in) became the stars of the Wicked Lovely sequel. Anyway, I do admit that Ink Exchange has a rather slow start, but it definitely picks up about halfway through and ends up as a pretty good novel. Again Marr proves the reason her books sell is the characters. They all provide interesting insight into each of the fey courts...those that are good are not all good and those bad are surprisingly good if that makes any sense. The characters from the previous novel are all given tons of new dimension which makes you both love and hate them more. I think plot wise, the ending mostly is it's saving point...although you do get a happy ending, it is pretty much slightly tainted with darkness all around. Compromise seems to be a running theme in Marr endings.
Date published: 2009-07-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Thougth it would be better This is the sequel to Wicked Lovely, so I thougth I would enjoy it as much as the first. I did not. This is one of the few books i wish I had never bothered with. This story is about Leslie, she gets a tattoo and is drawn in to the dark fae court. I like the characters, leslie and Irial, the dark courts king and Niall, but overall this book is just depressing. When the book finally ends, everyone just walks away. After all the struggles, pain, love, everyone justs basically walks off in their own directions. i was left thinking thats it. I was just disappointed from beginning to end.
Date published: 2009-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deliciously Dark I was pleased with Wicked Lovely, and looked forward to reading Ink Exchange. Unlike many other reviewers though, I loved Ink Exchange far more than Wicked Lovely. Both books are nice variations on teen Fae books. Ink Exchange embraces the darkness of the Fae but still gives the characters humanity. I especially enjoyed Niall's struggles with himself and his monarchs.
Date published: 2009-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful! In Ink Exchange, we see one of more minor characters from Wicked Lovely come to the forefront. Leslie is one of Aislinn’s good friends. Someone Aislinn is desperate to protect from the Fey world, and the knowledge of what Aislinn has become. The only other mortal in her life that know’s anything of her world is Seth. We also see Niall & Irial come to the forefront in this book, along with the introduction of a few new characters, such as Gabriel. Niall wants nothing more to serve his Queen and protect Leslie. There is something between both Leslie and Niall and Leslie and Irial from almost the beginning of the novel. We learn that through Rabbit, a half mortal/half Fey & tattooist, Irial has been creating Ink Exchanges, linking the human who chooses the individual Dark Fey’s tattoo to that particular Fey. Leslie has been saving for quite a while and is finally ready to get her ink. After looking over Rabbit’s tattoo’s many times, she still hasn’t found anything she wants, and asks Rabbit to design something for her. Instead, he shows her to a small room, and takes out a book of ‘one of a kind tattoo’s. Almost immediately she is drawn to one. The tattoo that, through the ink exchange , will link her to Irial, King of the Dark court. After her first session, she feels stronger, no longer the weak girl she was – struggling to keep things together with awful things happening at home and the difficult time she’s had with other horrible things she’s had to face. She starts to feel more confident. Many twists and turns happen in this book, with both Niall and Iri obviously falling very deeply for a mortal girl. Niall trying to keep her from harm and Iri trying to protect her while at the same time using her to help his court survive. As with the first book, we see a lot of growth in our MC and struggles to overcome what appear to be insurmountable obstacles. Leslie is strong and resilient and is thrown a lot of curveballs. The second book in the Wicked Lovely series and another success. Although I didn’t like it quite as much as the first, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. As with the first, the writing was once again excellent and the plot flowed smoothly with twists and turns along the way, keeping it unpredictable. Another book I would strongly recommend, leaving you waiting to read Marr’s third book, Fragile Eternity.
Date published: 2009-04-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I was really excited to read this book since I loved Wicked Lovely, but then once I got around to reading it, I was really disappointed cause the great characters from Wicked Lovely were barely in it adn the plot was slow and kind of confusing.
Date published: 2009-03-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't really like it... This book Ink exchange by Melissa Marr was a sequel to Wicked Lovely. I honestly thought this book was pretty bad. There was just something about it that I really disliked... I think It was the ending or possibly the whole plot. All I know is that i would not recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2009-03-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A slight disappointment, to say the least... After thoroughly enjoying Wicked Lovely I was excited to go out and buy Marr's second book in the series. But to my disappointment, it wasn't very good. The story line completely changed where the main characters you began to love from the previous book played little to no roll at all. The new characters weren't endearing and the reader doesn't feel any reason to be sympathetic to them. The ending was rushed and inclonclusive and simply felt like a cop-out to me. If you really liked Wicked Lovely I don't suggest you purchase this one as it may ruin the story for you. If curiosity gets to the point of strangling you I suggest you borrow it from a library or a friend who was unfortunate enough to spend money on it.
Date published: 2009-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What the h**l, it's good!! After I read all the bad review I was expecting something very bad when I began reading Ink Exchange. As I read I was founding myself wondering why everyone think badly of it. Personnaly I think it IS an awsome book, maybe a little too much on the same pattern of Wicked Lovely but still interesting. I love Irial's point of view and Lesli's. Maybe it would have been better if she has had the tattoo sooner but I can't help it. Her struggle to find her own way was so inspiring. Anyway I think it's you should read it with an open mind and don't began with a bad opinion of it and not expecting seeing much of Ash or Keenan or Seth because then it's sure you'll be disapointed.
Date published: 2009-01-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Seriously? I loved Wicked Lovely and I could not wait to read Ink Exchange, until I started. The characters I loved from Wicked Lovely like Aislinn and Seth, are rarely in this book. I honetly had no clue what was going on most of the time when I was reading this book. If you were expecting this to be as good as Wicked Lovely you will be very disapointed.
Date published: 2009-01-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from well... there is really nothing to say. other than that it was a total failure.
Date published: 2008-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Living Up To Expectations? After reading Wicked Lovely I was very tempted to pick up Ink Exchange and after a short amount of deliberation I did, hoping for a book as amazing as the first book in Melissa Marr's new series of fey. I have to admit I was a little bit disappointed. The first book was such a strong, intricate novel and I did not feel as though Ink Exchange lived quite up to its caliber. Pushing that feeling of a let down aside, especially at the climax, I have to admit its a pretty good novel. There is a key event within it, so if you are entranced by the series you have to read this one to avoid confusion later on down the road. With some excellent descriptions (especially the taste of emotions) and a moderately strong story line and the captivatingly complex twists, that intrigue is the only thing keeping you hooked, curious about what the end result will be. All in all Ink Exchange was a good book, a little bit more lusty and a little bit more of a moral, inner struggle that was, in all honesty, very well done, and some key events, Ink Exchange proves its self a good read. If you loved Wicked Lovely, you are sure to like Ink Exchange. I look forward to experiencing later installments in Melissa Marr's series of fey. Ravishing and dark tales packed full of intrigue. Enjoy your reading!
Date published: 2008-08-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible One of the worst books I've read in a long time. There was no character development and they pretty much complained about the same thing over and over.
Date published: 2008-07-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely Horrid Worst book I've read in a long time. Forced myself to finish it yet wish I had tossed it aside after the third chapter. Will not be reading anything by this author again.
Date published: 2008-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good companion book to Wicked Lovely This book was very good. A companion book to Wicked Lovely, it follows Aislinn's friend Leslie, a hard-working girl who's had a tough life and who knows nothing of the world of Faerie. When Leslie decides to get a tattoo from her friend Rabbit, the world of Faerie suddenly becomes her own, and she must make hard decisions that will affect her for the rest of her life. If you enjoyed Wicked Lovely, you will enjoy this as well. Though not as good as Wicked Lovely, it is a page-turner and you become quite attached to Leslie, wanting her to be able to finally take control over her own life. Pick this book up, you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2008-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely stunning! This long anticipated (at least by me) companion (not sequel) to Melissa Marr's terrific debut novel, Wicked Lovely, won't disappoint readers. Leslie, a good friend of the new Summer Queen, Aislinn from Wicked Lovely, has a tough life. Ever since her mother left, Leslie's father has given up all responsibility and the household falls to her and her druggie brother to run. Except Ren isn't exactly the best brother. He routinely brings home dangerous people, people that make Leslie terrified even of her own home. Because of an incident involving said dangerous people, Leslie finds herself wanting to take control of her own body through a tattoo. Since none of the usual tattoo designs seem to call to her, Rabbit, the tatoo artist, shows her a book with special designs. Of course Leslie falls in love with one. And has to have it. The tattoo is a catalyst, one that will cause her to see a world that she's never seen before and help her grow into herself. Reading this book was a pleasure. The story is undoubtably darker than Wicked Lovely as it deals with rape and drug addiction. However, Melissa Marr pulls if off realistically and truthfully and the book feels very sincere. Main characters such as Seth, Aislinn and Keenan from Wicked Lovely also play roles within Ink Exchange. Also, the book isn't without it's own touch of romance. Niall, Aislinn's guard for Leslie and Irial, the King of the Dark Court, both are prominent characters in the story. To say much more would ruin the entire novel and we wouldn't want that! If you haven't ordered it already, do so! The only fault I found was that it didn't quite live up to the magic of Wicked Lovely. That being said, it still was such a lovely book that any fan of Melissa Marr or faery stories should get it ASAP!
Date published: 2008-03-16

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Ink Exchange

Ink Exchange

by Melissa Marr

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 in

Published: March 31, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061214701

ISBN - 13: 9780061214707

About the Book

The author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Wicked Lovely" continues her tales of Faery in a dark, ravishing story of temptation and consequences, and of heroism when least expected.

From the Publisher

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. . . .

About the Author

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novelsGraveminderandThe Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

Editorial Reviews

“A delicious, smoky delight.”

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17