Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Ink Exchange, by Melissa Marr

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

It's been a very long time since I did one of these! But this week's TTT topic is just too hard, and I am FINALLY, after about a year of wanting and meaning to, re-reading Ink Exchange! It was my first Melissa Marr novel and I figured out that it was book 2 in the series a couple chapters in, but I just couldn't stop reading anymore. The re-read now, knowing what I do about book 1 and the rest of the series, is very interesting and enjoyable :)

Don't know the Wicked Lovely series? Have some Niall and Irial, two of my favorite characters. This is from Niall's perspective.

He realized now, though, that no matter how carefully he'd guarded his secrets, he'd been transparent to Irial. If the Dark King could read his emotions, could taste them, he'd known of Niall's weaknesses each time they'd met. I've been exposed to him the whole time. Irial didn't shame him for it. Instead he held out the same acceptance he'd offered centuries ago - and Niall didn't, couldn't, reply.
Irial said, "It's been a long time that you've been living for Keenan, paying back some perceived debt. We are what we are, Niall, neither as good or as evil as others paint us. And what we are doesn't change how truly we feel, only how free we are to follow those feelings."
Then he slipped away into the crowd, dancing with mortals as he went and looking every bit like he belonged there among them.
- Ink Exchange, pages 252-253 (bold emphasis is mine)

About Ink Exchange
Release date: April 24, 2008
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: Paperback,  352 pages

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. . . .

What do you think of my teaser? Have you read the series? I love how dark and sensual and unapologetic it is. It's one of my favorite fairy serieses because all the courts are so distinct from one another but they need balance to coexist. And I love the characters. Saying goodbye was really hard.
What are you sharing teasers from this week? Link me up!


  1. I haven't read this series. But I usually love a good story about the fey, so I'll have to make it a point to pick these up. Plus, that teaser is all kinds of beautiful. :)

  2. I haven't read these. I don't read a lot of fey, but maybe I should try it.
    Here's my Teaser!