Book Review: Wicked Lovely #2.5-2.6: Stopping Time and Old Habits by Melissa Marr

Rating: StarStarStar

E-book Novella

bought this ebook at Kobo – it contains two stories in between Ink Exchange (book 2) and Fragile Eternity (book 3).

book #2.5


Leslie walked away from the Dark Court, determined to reclaim her life and live it on her own terms-even if it meant leaving behind the two faeries who love her. She knows Niall and Irial watch over her, and she would give almost anything to keep them from hurting. But she resists the pull to be with either one of them.

Someone knows about Leslie-s past, however, and is intent on using her to reach the fey. And he doesn’t care who gets hurt.

book #2.6


Recently anointed king of theDark 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.

***** ***** *****

since i bought this as one ebook only, i have a single review to cover both e-novellas.

Can i just say that Irial is among my fave characters in WL series (besides Devlin and Keenan)?

There’s really not much in here though, just answers on unaswered questions in Ink Exchange. mostly Stopping Time revolved on Leslie-Iri-Niall love triangle (dunno if it is fit to call them that since they all love each other). Then Marr delved on Iri-Niall’s complicated relationship in Old Habits.

what i love about Irial: he knows what he wants (and he goes after it), he knows what he is (and isn’t afraid to show it), and he loves unconditionally 🙂 be it to Leslie or Niall, it is apparent that his love knows no bounds. and i love that the most about him!

the only problem i have is Marr’s continuous insinuations on what kind of relationship Iri and Niall have. so they love each other sexually, romantically. so what? faeries are known to not have any sexual preference right (just like vamps in Sookie Stackhouse series)? it’s not wrong. it just is. i’m so frustrated with Marr, i wanted to shout, “just say it! just tell me they love each that way!” gosh, if she’s worried YA audience will get the wrong idea about it, well, let them! it is still the reader who will be the judge of that. it’s pretty disappointing, because the fact that she keeps on implying Iri and Niall are more than friends yet doesn’t say it aloud makes their relationship look like somehow… wrong. and i don’t think it’s wrong at all.

oh well. bits of the story in Old Habits intrigued me. Irial consorting with an unlikely regent. Niall’s relationship with a specific summer girl. 🙂 Ha. these made reading this book worthwhile.




“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


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