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Fragile eternity / Melissa Marr.

By: Marr, Melissa.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Marr, Melissa. Wicked lovely book: 3.; Marr, Melissa. Wicked lovely: #3.; Marr, Melissa. Wicked lovely: ; Marr, Melissa. Wicked lovely: 3.; Wicked lovely: bk 3.Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2009Description: 389 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780007267217.Subject(s): Fairies -- Fiction | Kings, queens, rulers, etc. -- Fiction | Fantasy | Young adult fiction | Fairies -- Teenage fiction | Kings, queens, rulers, etc. -- Teenage fictionGenre/Form: Young adult fiction. | Fantasy fiction. | Fantasy. | Teen fiction.DDC classification: [Fic]
Contents:
Sequel to: Wicked lovely. -Aislinn and Seth struggle with the unforeseen consequences of Aislinn's transformation from mortal girl to faery queen as the world teeters on the brink of cataclysmic violence.
[Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone - but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen. Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her - but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined]
Summary: Aislinn and Seth struggle with the unforeseen consequences of Aislinn's transformation from mortal girl to faery queen as the world teeters on the brink of cataclysmic violence.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in this cool, urban 21st century faery tale.

Sequel to: Wicked lovely.

Sequel to: Ink exchange.

Sequel to: Wicked lovely. -Aislinn and Seth struggle with the unforeseen consequences of Aislinn's transformation from mortal girl to faery queen as the world teeters on the brink of cataclysmic violence.

[Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone - but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen. Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her - but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined]

Aislinn and Seth struggle with the unforeseen consequences of Aislinn's transformation from mortal girl to faery queen as the world teeters on the brink of cataclysmic violence.

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Excerpt provided by Syndetics

Fragile Eternity SNY Chapter One The High Queen walked toward the lobby with a sense of trepidation. She normally required that visitors be brought to her, but in this case, Sorcha would make an exception. Having Bananach roaming the hotel was far too dangerous. In the past few months, Sorcha had moved the High Court to the edge of the mortal world, taking over a city block and remaking it as her own. Stepping within that block meant one left the mortal realm and entered the edge of Faerie. Her domain stood separated, divided from all else. The rules of the mortal world--their sense of time and place, their laws of nature--were all moot within Faerie, even in this space-between where she'd brought her court. It was the closest to the mortals' realm Sorcha had taken her court in centuries, but now that the other courts were shifting, Sorcha couldn't stay quite so far removed. Her being in the mortal realm too long was untenable, but living at the edge of mortality wouldn't alter their world. It was the reasonable path. The boy king was enthroned with his centuries-missing queen in the Summer Court. His beloved was holding the Winter throne. And Niall, Sorcha's almost-temptation, had taken the Dark Court throne. None of it was unexpected, but all had changed in barely a blink. She ran her hand along the stair rail, touching the smooth wood, cherishing the reminder of simpler times--and promptly dismissed the lie of nostalgia. She'd held her court for longer than memory. She was the High Queen. Hers was the unchanging, the heart of Faerie, the voice of the world removed, and she was the Unchanging Queen. The alternative--her antithesis, her twin, Bananach--stood in the room. She swayed toward Sorcha with a slightly mad look in her eyes. Every stray thought of chaos and discord that could have been Sorcha's found its way to Bananach's spirit instead. As long as Bananach existed to host those feelings, Sorcha was mostly spared the burden of such unpleasantness. It made for an awkward bond. "It's been a while," Bananach said. Her movements were tentative, hands glancing over surfaces as if she needed to familiarize herself with the world, as if the tactile experience would anchor her to reality. "Since we've spoken. It's been a while." Sorcha wasn't sure if these were questions or statements: Bananach's grasp on reality was tenuous on her best days. "It is never as long as I'd like." Sorcha motioned for her sister to take a seat. Bananach lowered herself to a floral divan. She shook her head, unsettling the long feathers that spilled down her back like mortal hair. "Nor I. I dislike you." The bluntness was off-putting, but war wasn't concerned with delicacy--and Bananach was the essence of war and violence, carrion and chaos, blood and mayhem. The Dark Court might be Sorcha's opposing court, but it was Bananach who was her true opposition. The raven-headed faery was neither contained by the court nor divided from it. She was too primal to be within the Dark Court, too conniving to be without it. Bananach's unflinching attention was disquieting. Her abyss-black eyes sparkled unpleasantly. "I feel less right when you are near me." "So why are you here?" Bananach tapped her talons on the table in a discordant way: no music, no pattern. "You. I come here for you. Each time, no matter where you are, I will come." "Why?" Sorcha felt herself caught in the centuries-old conversation. "Today?" Bananach tilted her head at an angle in her avian way, watching, tracking the slightest movement. "I've things to tell. Things you'll want to know." Sorcha held herself still; not reacting was usually safer with Bananach. "And why should I listen this time?" "Why not?" "Because you're not here to help me." Sorcha wearied of their eternity of discord. Sometimes she wondered what would happen if she simply did away with Bananach. Would I destroy myself? My court? If she knew that answer, if she knew she could kill her sister without damning them all, she'd have done so centuries ago. "Faeries don't lie, sister mine. Where's the reason in not listening?" Bananach crooned. "You're Reason, are you not? I am offering you Truth . . . is there logic in ignoring me?" Sorcha sighed. "So acting on what you tell me will presumably cause some sort of chaos?" Bananach swayed a bit in her seat, as if she suddenly heard a thread of music that no one else could--or would want to--hear. "One can hope." "Or failing to act will cause chaos . . . and you are prodding me to get me to do the inverse," Sorcha mused. "Do you ever tire of this?" Bananach tilted her head in several small increments and snapped her teeth as if she truly had a beak. It was a version of laughter, a curious gesture Sorcha disliked. The raven-faery peered at her with an intent gaze. "Why would I?" "Why indeed." Sorcha sat in one of the innumerable water-carved chairs that her staff had scattered throughout the lobby. It was studded with uncut jewels, ruining the comfort of the thing but heightening its raw beauty. "Shall I tell you then, sister mine?" Bananach leaned closer. Her dark eyes glittered with a sprinkling of stars, constellations that sometimes matched the mortal sky. Today, Scorpius, the beast that killed Orion, was in the center of Bananach's gaze. "Speak," Sorcha said. "Speak so you can be gone." Bananach's demeanor and tone became that of a story-teller. She quieted, leaned back, and steepled her hands. Once, many centuries past, they would have been near a fire in the dark for these disagreeable conversations. That was when she liked to come with her mutterings and machinations. But even here, in the near opulence of the mortal-made palace, Bananach spoke as if they were still at a fireside, the words lilting in the cadence of tale-tellers in the dark. "There are three courts that are not yours--the one that should be mine, the court of sun, and the court of frost." Fragile Eternity SNY . Copyright © by Melissa Marr. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Fans of the fey world will devour this sequel to Wicked Lovely (HarperTeen, 2007). The groundwork laid in that book makes navigating the world of the Summer Queen, Winter Queen, and Dark Court easier, although determined readers could make it through this book alone. Marr has created a world both harsh and lush, at once urban and natural, with decaying buildings covered with blooming vines, unkempt Victorian mansions, an overgrown park for the Summer Court, with living Rowan people, gazing ravens, and a mysterious fountain. This world exists within the mortal world and yet remains invisible to most. Aislinn moves uneasily between high school life (although she rarely seems to attend class or study) and her "job" as Summer Queen, a role that increasingly pervades every aspect of her life and draws her deeper into Faerie. Chasteness is not a particularly valued faery trait, and descriptions of interactions, while not explicit, have a mature sensuality and desire. Keenan, Seth, and "Ash" are respectful of boundaries, although the longing to be physically close is never far from the surface, and is sometimes acted upon. Tattoos, body piercing, pool halls, and smoking are portrayed as glamorous parts of teen life. Wicked Lovely, Fragile Eternity, and their companion, Ink Exchange (HarperTeen, 2008), would be good suggestions for fans of Maggie Stiefvater's Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Flux, 2008).-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

In this sequel to Wicked Lovely (2007),Marr shifts the focus back to Aislinn, now the Summer Queen, and her mortal lover, Seth. With summer approaching, Aislinn finds herself increasingly attracted to Keenan, the Summer King. Yet Aislinn clings to her love for Seth, refusing to release her connection to the mortal world. A paragon of patience, Seth knows that Aislinn's immortality will eventually separate them, and he pursues a dangerous remedy as tensions within Faerie increase and allegiances shift. Slim on plot and heavy with Aislinn's inner conflict, this will nevertheless be popular with fans of the series.--Rutan, Lynn Copyright 2009 Booklist

Horn Book Review

Marr's eerie supernatural soap opera builds on the interpersonal and political intrigues established in Wicked Lovely. Aislinn, now the new Summer Queen, attempts to maintain her relationship with mortal Seth, whose bid to become a faery becomes part of a larger power struggle within Faerie. Though occasionally lacking direction, this sequel hooks readers with plenty of angst and strong emotional underpinnings. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Book Review

Three months after the events of Wicked Lovely (2007), Aislinn and her boyfriend, Seth, are still trying to figure out the complex world of Faerie. Though Aislinn, as the Summer Queen, has an antagonistic relationship with the Winter Queen, Donia, Donia's frigidity is the least of Aislinn's problems. Elsewhere in the city, two sisters representing Order and Chaos predict war for Faerie. The overwrought, repetitive writing (one character "quirks his brow" at no fewer than three points in the book) that is Marr's trademark does not let up for a moment here. In spite of this, the plots of multiple love triangles and impending war manage to move much more smoothly from scene to scene than in Wicked Lovely or the companion Ink Exchange (2008). Romantics will be touched by Seth's undying, if blind, devotion to the ever-more-untouchable Aislinn; he goes so far as to become a faery himself in order to be with her forever. Like its predecessors, this book is a few hundred pages of mediocrity underneath an exquisite cover, and it will fly off library and bookstore shelves. (Fantasy. YA) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.