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. . . .
Title: Ink Exchange
Author: Melissa Marr
Genre: Young Adult
Sub-Genre: Fantasy, Faerie
Publisher: HarperTeen (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
My Rating: 4.5/5
This is the second book in the "Tales of Faerie" series by Melissa Marr. It was exceptionally well written, especially for how dark the story gets. We see the dark and addictive side of Faerie and how Leslie deals with her ties to Irial, and her relationship with Niall. I loved the character development for both Niall and Irial, and how they deal with their growing feelings for Leslie. I thought that the ending was brilliant and it opened it up for a follow-up book to continue the storyline with all 3 characters. I find that there is a lot of depth to Melissa's characters (in both Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange) and that they draw you right into the story. The story flows fluently and makes for an easy and interesting read.