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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love her short stories! One of my favorite authors and so happy to have added this to my collection!Published 24 days ago by Samantha
Have had this one for awhile and finally wrapped it up this weekend. Loved the short stories that had to do with her other series, and frankly a couple had me checking the doors... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephanie Sandefur
I haven't read the Wicked Lovely series in a few years so I was a little lost reading the novellas. Some things were familiar, names and such, but the circumstances were a little... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elyse
If you love the wicked lovely series then this is for you. :-) absolutely wonderful read that makes me want to read her other books again.Published 7 months ago by Alicia A.
This was a satisfying read. It was especially enjoyable to read about main characters from the Wicked Lovely series after their stories were finished!Published 7 months ago by Tiffany Secoy
Amazing book with a lot of different stories, some of which pertaining to her world in wicked lovely. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kimberly
This book reads like out takes from her other books, and in fact, I get the impression that's exactly what it is. Read morePublished 12 months ago by bubbletrouble
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 15 months ago by Nicole Hinds
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