Thursday, February 24, 2011

Review: Old Habits (Novella) by Melissa Marr

Published: HarperTeen (January 11, 2011)
Pages: not sure :(
Format: eBook
Series: this is Book 2.6 in the Wicked Lovely series.
Source: I purchased this book

Rating: 5/5

GoodReads Summary: Melissa Marr returns to the ravishing world of Faerie with a story set between her bestselling novels Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity.

Recently anointed king of the Dark Court, Niall struggles to forge a new relationship with his subjects—and with the former Dark King, Irial, his once-friend, once-enemy, and now possible-advisor.

My Thoughts: I tell you no lies, people. If I could make one book world come to life, it'd be Melissa Marr's gorgeously written faerie world. It's not enough that her books have beautiful titles and infinitely more beautiful covers. She just so happens to have concocted one of the most irresistable characters in any paranormal romance I've read EVER. (Looking at you, Irial.) What a twisted, enticing specimen that one is.

And can you believe that this novella was $1.99? I feel like I'm stealing from you, Melissa Marr. Truly, I do.

This novella happens to take place between Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity, after Niall and Irial are on relatively non-homicidal terms. The two fey have a rather tortured history. They are totally the co-mayors of New Angst-erdam. (OMG THAT WAS LAME! I don't care, I'm leaving it in anyway.) The tension is still there--ohhh, the beautiful tension--but they're trying to pick up the pieces of their shattered "relationship." I've never read about a M/M relationship before, but if they're all like this, then I need to read more. Melissa is a freaking GENIUS at Niall/Irial's dialogue and they way that they feed off one another. Witty, charged banter aplenty. I pretty much sighed and fanned my face the entire time.

There is no major plot development in Old Habits, nor does anything pivotal happen. It's an intimate look at the re-budding relationship between the Dark King and the former Dark King. Sigh. I know this is a pathetic review, but I cannot find the words to describe my love for these characters and their dynamic.

My only complaint? That it's not 7,000 pages long. It's like drinking a thimble of Dom Perignon. NOT ENOUGH!