Personally I like the third installment in the Wicked Lovely series much more than the second book. I adored the first book, the second book I didn't really like much at all. Though I was pleased when with barely finishing the first chapter I loved the third book.
The writing was better and the characters were much more interesting and engaging. Even Niall, whom I hated in the second book was much more likeable in this installment. Settling into his role as the Dark King he was actually very creepy. I did feel the plot got a little repetitive in parts, Ash loves human Seth, Seth loves Ash the Summer Queen. Ash is torn between love for Seth and duty to Keenan Summer King. Keenan wants Ash but is also in love with Donia the new Winter Queen. Donia loves Keenan but won't do anything about it. And on and on in this circle of Ash trying to push Keenan and Donia together. Seth will do whatever it takes to stay with Ash and Keenan just can't make up his annoying mind.
While it did get very samey and annoying, at certain points throughout the novel the emotional impact of all these characters trying to figure out who they loved and where they stood was quite moving. At the same time of course, faerie court politics are of course coming into play making things all the more complex.
Also in this installment we see more of Queen Sorcha and evil Bananach (who was rather frightening) and see a little more of the surprising friendship developing between Seth and Niall. And of course Seth being a mortal and boy in love makes a monumentally stupid decision towards the end. But it turned out to be quite a good plot twist.
And of course the world building and faerie lore is just breathtaking. Took me a while to get through this but I'm so much more impressed with this book and now once again really looking forward to the next one.