Synopsis: "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. . . ."
I actually enjoyed reading Ink Exchange more than Wicked Lovely. I liked more because it was infinitely darker, which made for a more interesting read.
Another thing I liked about this book was how Aislinn, Seth, Donia, Keenan weren't really there, but yet they were. Which loosely tied the books togther without making it all about the characters from Wicked Lovely. Giving Leslie a chance to tell her story without losing the limelight and being overshadowed.
I found Irial to be a fascination character who was just old and tired of ruling over the darkcourt and the brutal dark faeries.
The only thing I didn't like about Ink Exchange was how Leslie willingly lost herself temporarly to the allures of the dark court. But she did impress me when she decided that enough was enough and found a way out of the ordeal and started to move on and rebuild her life.
One the coolest thing about the book were the different tattoos, like, the one that she got. I found it to be weirdly fascinating.
All in all I prefered Ink Exchange over Wicked Lovely.