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Faery Tales & Nightmares [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Marr
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Faery Tales & Nightmares is an anthology of short stories by Melissa Marr, many set in the world of her Wicked Lovely series.
 
Marr revisits favorite fan characters such as faeries Niall and Irial, and introduces fascinating new beings, including a vampire, a pair of selchie brothers, and a goblin. The strange creatures can appear anywhere, coming from the sea, from the woods, from inside storms; they may come seeking to bring destruction or to find a passionate encounter…
 
Lush, seductive, and chilling, the stories in Melissa Marr’s Faery Tales & Nightmares blend fairy tales and folklore, horror and fantasy, and allow us to revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it.
 



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Simple but lyrical language, resourceful female protagonists, and a mixed bag of supernatural delights should hold an allure for fans and newcomers alike. (Publishers Weekly)

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Simple but lyrical language, resourceful female protagonists, and a mixed bag of supernatural delights should hold an allure for fans and newcomers alike. (Publishers Weekly )

Product Details

  • File Size: 1399 KB
  • Print Length: 437 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061852732
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LC1NZ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Faery Tales and Nightmares is an anthology of short stories that will transport readers into a fantastic mystical world filled with intrigue, gothic magical realms, and dark forbidden fantasy. All of these short stories are cleverly written, filled with twists and turns, and wonderful character development. Marr possesses this amazing ability to draw readers in and keep them entranced, her writing is clear and concise, and her world building skills are phenomenal. Most of her character's, whether old or new, are full of so much grit, strength, determination, and spirit that it's hard not to like even the most unlikable ones. The otherworlds she's able to transport readers to, are unlike any other that I've personally read before. They are beautifully dark, deeply rich with lush overwrought emotion, and are as dangerous as they are seductive.

The beauty in Faery Tales and Nightmares is the variety Marr offers with her short stories. Some of them are set in her Wicked Lovely series, allowing readers to re-visit beloved characters and other's are new and introduce different characters with interesting stories of their own to tell. All of the stories possess vivid descriptions that are wickedly dark and alluring, intensely grotesque in a sense, or bittersweet and charming. There's a lot brought to the table with these original shorts that will resonate with readers on a deeper level. Marr has this fantastic way of giving a fresh and exciting spin on the myth's that few of her short works are based in. There's a wonderful sense of balance between all of the short stories, which there are twelve all together, included in this collection of stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
THE FAERYS VIEW

Melissa Marr is one of my favorite authors, of course me loving all things Fae has nothing to do with it but The Wicked Lovely Series will forever be one of my favorite series so I had to give Faery Tales and Nightmares a try even though short story compilations aren't really my thing. In Ms. Marr's case, she made reading short stories so pleasurable that I'm hoping against hope that she'll do it again!

Faery Tales and Nightmares is compiled of twelve short stories, most of them revolving around characters in Ms. Marr's most wickedly awesome Wicked Lovely series but not all of them. There are some fabulous stories that delivered deliciously dark and decadent reading-in true Melissa Marr style. Ms. Marr's creative imagination knows no bounds and I'm forever in awe of her ability to draw me into a story to the point where I'm right there with the characters-in living color! Very few authors are as accomplished as Ms. Marr: her characters are well fleshed out, beautifully portrayed and step off the page realistic. Every story is vivid with exquisite detail and carried me along on a tide of pure happiness from start to finish. Every ending was absolutely perfect for each story which left me with an extremely satisfied feeling!

My favorite non-Wicked Lovely Stories:

Transition: a vampiric pleasure that I truly loved! A young girl get's the last laugh in this creepy yet clever tale.

Love Struck: This was fantastic! A tale about two Selchie [Selkie] brothers and an unwitting girl on a beach. It had a great story based on Selchie lore and a beautiful love story but... what love story ever goes off without a BIG hitch? Especially when someone's underlying feelings are anything but honorable?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing February 22, 2014
By Auggie
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't impressed at all by this book. When I discovered that it was a book of short stories I was really optimistic because short-story books can be really fun with the constant changing and movement between characters and storylines.

However... this book contained stories that were neither entertaining nor well written. Many of them were not even developed enough to be considered stories. I had to ask myself more than once "What was the point of that?" after reading one of the shorts.

There were a few that were promising, but were too centered around "magical destiny" romance interests to be good.

I felt like many of the stories could have been written by an overly romantic 12 year old, writing about subjects that she knows are popular but doesn't understand... like the drug issues.

All of the stories were very much surface and I find that unappealing in a short-story. To me, though a short story is...well...short, its power is in conveying a message or emotion effectively in a small space of words. Without doing that it just becomes an incomplete thought or an odd and half thought-out daydream.

Honestly, I can't say that none of these stories wouldn't have been good as books. There were a couple that probably could have been enjoyable with a bit more love-and-care. It just seemed like the author was trying to jot one story after another out for the sake of a compilation.

Anyway. Disclaimer here... this is totally my opinion and Ms. Marr's books are popular despite my nonfavoritism. This means that there are PLENTY of people out there who love these books. You may be one of them. Take my review with a grain of salt and go find out for yourself if you like the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great anthology be wary of spoilers for her other books though.
Amazing book with a lot of different stories, some of which pertaining to her world in wicked lovely. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kimberly
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing with bright spots
This book reads like out takes from her other books, and in fact, I get the impression that's exactly what it is. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bubbletrouble
3.0 out of 5 stars Short story tie in
Loved the short stories that tied into the author's previous work. Also had fun little stories that had different takes on the average "monsters".
Published 5 months ago by Nicole Hinds
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful prose; some lack impact
This anthology of fantasy stories about half stories set in the world’ the author created in ‘Wicked Lovely’, using characters from that story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Laurie A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Paranormal Short Stories
This book is composed of several paranormal short stories. There are five that are about the Wicked Lovely world. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting selection with 6 Wicked Lovely shorts
Twelve short stories with half of them occurring within the Wicked Lovely paranormal romance series.

Series:
“Old Habits” (Wicked Lovely, 2. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kathy Davie
5.0 out of 5 stars Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr
This is an anthology, which means it’s made up of short stories that may or may not be related to each other. Five are in the Wicked Lovely world, which I loved! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cutie10139
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book
Love this book, have read it over and over again. Everyone should honestly read this book. It's very different from your normal book
Published 11 months ago by kymber-Nichole
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought by my daughter and she loves it
I can't really speak for my daughter other then to say she has enjoyed every book she has bought so far.
Published 12 months ago by Melinda Gordon
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Wicked Lovely?
I absolutely LOVE the Wicked Lovely series, but this book was not what I expected. It said various short stories, so that's what I thought it would be. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tabby Sweet
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Hmm, I'm never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises--graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.

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