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Review: Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely #4) by Melissa Marr
Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Fae
Hardcover (HARPERCOLLINS, 352 pages, $16.99)
ISBN# 0061659223
Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.
Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.
Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani's death.
Ani isn't one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin's plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?
Alluring romance, heart-stopping danger, and sinister intrigue combine in the penultimate volume of Melissa Marr's New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series.

Author Site: www.melissa-marr.com

Didn't entertain me this time... (3 stars)

Devlin is caught between two natures. His sister-creators made him and because of their duality he is cursed to be ever conflicted. He is chaos and reason, the balance between the unbalanced. He serves his sister Sorcha, Queen of the High Court, without question save one choice he has made of his own free will. A decision that nows haunts him. Ani, the halfling he did not kill, has now grown to be a young woman. She is both part Hunt and not of the Hunt. Ani must feed on both touch and emotion but what she really longs for is to belong.

Now War and Order threaten the world of the Fae and only Devlin and Ani can put things to right. But will doing so unravel their world or can they save the whole of Faery and themselves in the process?

I know it's not a terrific synopsis I've provided there and for that I really am sorry. I wanted to like Radiant Shadows. I really, really did. Wicked Lovely was just such a terrific story and it was written so well! So naturally as part of that series it has to be compared to this one. For me it just did not deliver. I liked the basic plot idea and the characters conceptually speaking. I loved the Hunt and got very excited to see what would happen with Ani's role in and outside it. Devlin's part of the story didn't work for me so much. Aside from some kind of weird lust-at-first-sight type attraction I felt no chemistry between the two as romantic partners. If that had been left out of the story I think I would have actually liked it a little more.

What really killed this book for me was how slowly paced it moved along. So much talking and indecision and reflecting on boring stuff. I didn't care about any of the politicing with Niall and Irial. I began skimming these scenes out of sheer desperation for something interesting to happen. There's also Rae. She makes no sense to me. How did she get into Faery and why? What is the point of her other than to be a pivot point for Devlin? She's a likable character but so little is really explained about her (and her bit of story has no real conclusion) that it was hard to not think of her as pretty superfluous.

If you're a die-hard fan of the series you may like this one. I think Marr has written better stuff in her previous installments of this series but that's just me. I think I'm just gonna fence sit on this one. It wasn't horrid but there was a lot about it I did not like. Good story but not well executed.

Other Reviews:
Jesse Potts @ Amazon.com
Kate of I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!

Notes: I received this book through the Amazon Vine program.

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