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. . . . from GoodReads.
Before I start the actual review, I want to say how much I LOVE this cover. The image is just amazing and I became obsessed with the tattoo as much as Leslie. Okay, now, onto the review.
I read Wicked Lovely a couple of years ago and loved it but I was reluctant to pick up Ink Exchange because my friend told me it wasn't as good. Finally, I decided to see for myself. You won't believe how surprised I was.
Ink Exchange is darker, more serious, and definitely more wicked than Wicked Lovely. I loved Ink Exchange, perhaps not as much as the first one, but definitely a lot. I loved how Leslie was a strong character who went through very dark moments in her life. I think that she is definitely some kind of role model. Her goal is to be strong and happy and I believe it. Niall is just plain gorgeous and their romance is more passionate and sensual than Aislinn and Seth's. I loved and believed it. It was beautiful to see the dangerous part of it, too.
In this book, is hard to hate any character. While we can say the 'bad guy' is Irial, I have to admit that I actually felt for him during this book. I cared about his intentions and emotions and I even grew to love him. This, in my opinion, is what makes a great book: characters that, even if they're portrayed as 'bad', still manage to take a piece of your heart and you can relate to them.
Apparently, I can't stop talking about how much I loved this book and I definitely recommend it.
In one sentence:
A dark and stunning sequel!