Review Time! Darkest Mercy is the fifth and final book in the Wicked Lovely series written by Melissa Marr. If you haven't read the series, you're lacking a proper paranormal romance education. It's a series every reader should read :) Big thank-you to Harpercollins for the review copy, your guys are the best!
(Goodreads) The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey. Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life. Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.
The Short Story ? - An epic finale to a brilliant series! Heart-stopping romance, non-stop action and a dark and captivating plot! I couldn't have imagined a better ending! All the loose threads from the previous novels were finally tied together and I going to miss these brilliant characters and this wonderful world the Melissa has created! A phenomenal conclusion to one of the best paranormals out there!
The Long Story ? - It's a weird series. It's very clever how Marr wrote it and can I just say the five is a weird number to end on? Is it just me? It's not three and it's not an even number. Anyway, the series is written so that each novel follows the individual stories of different characters, it's like sharing the spotlight. However while each book has it's own characters with it's own issue, all the issues are based around this one BIG idea. SO they're all connected but they loose threads that all become tied together in this epic ending, Darkest Mercy is THE END.
Putting it out there - the plot was EPIC. My favourite part of the whole novel, it was brilliant. Best part - everyone gets their own little happy ending! That's right, did I mention there's like a love triangle ( or a few)? I salute you, Marr, for your ability to give everyone a happy ending without introducing babies for character's to fall in love with. Epic and not creepy at all! It was clever how Marr captivates our attention, the plot is layered. We're drawn in by all this action and tension and just as we're thinking 'boring, this is getting old' something else happens and we're thinking 'ohhh, hang on, it's only just getting interesting. Before you know there's no more pages to turn! A page-turner, fast-paced, dark, suspenseful and mysterious...it's wicked :P
Characters are brilliant as always. By the time you read Darkest Mercy, you're pretty familiar with the crew. You have your favourites and you know who to hate. I was really drawn into the development of relationships between the characters. Marr has portrayed her characters to be dark, scary, enticing and dangerous. These faeries are mean and manipulative but in Darkest Mercy, we see the better side of them. They are capable of "mercy" and they are rational and they do care for each other. Lots of love going on in this novel whether it's a romance, a bromance or what do you call the "mance" between parent and child?
Lastly, Marr you are a brilliant writer. Secretly I think you're a faerie, the way you write is ...inhuman. Very distinctive YA voice, it's mature and sounds old yet young at the same time ( another reason I think you're a faerie). Very unique writing style and the flow of words suggest something dark and sinister ( are you sure you're not a faerie?). Marr definitely has an original writing style!
Bottom line, I'm lost! I've just finished reading this phenomenal, dark and twisted paranormal series. It's engrossing, captivating, enticing. It's brilliant, amazing, beautifully written. It's dark, sinister, edgy and dangerous. It's a 5/5 for me! BUT, what am I to read now? Melissa Marr, I can't wait to see what you have planned for us next! If you haven't read The Wicked Lovely series, um, you're lacking a proper education!
Rating - 5/5
Badass Bookie xx