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Faery Tales & Nightmares [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Marr
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 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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Editorial Reviews


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)


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: 1485 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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
By KristiS
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase

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
Format:Kindle Edition
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: An intriguing collection of short stories. Just enough to make you need to read her other books.

Opening Sentence: The green glow of eyes and sulfurous breath shimmer in the fog as the Nightmares come into range. **From: Where Nightmares Walk**

The Review:

This book is a collection of twelve short stories, all written by Melissa Marr, six of which follow the characters from her Wicked Lovely series. The other six are unrelated stories, apparently based on a variety of inspirations, according to her introduction.

In the story Old Habits, we first meet, at least in this publication, her characters from the Wicked Lovely series. Niall and Irial are the past, current and future faery Dark King (there is a transitional phase in the beginning). We witness, in this story, what all comes with being the newly appointed Dark King, and what lengths some of his subjects would go to protect him, and keep him happy. When challenged by the faery High Court, everyone, including the new Dark King, must join in the fray. Ms. Marr almost makes this fight sound like a good time.

The story Stopping Time features Niall, Irial and their mortal love, Leslie. Leslie once resided in the faery Dark Court and discovered she was better off living in the mortal world. What she has, though, is trouble living without the two main faeries in her life. It is a most unusual love triangle, for all three of them are in love with each other. In this story, Leslie comes under attack by her very own brother, who kidnaps her in an attempt to draw out Niall or Irial, his true objective being the capture of a "freak." Niall, Irial and others must then come together to save her from him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 16 days 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 27 days ago by Melinda Gordon
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
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... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Auggie
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 2 months ago by Tabby Sweet
4.0 out of 5 stars great short stories!
**3.5 Stars**

Before I begin my review, this was intended to be my Halloween read and only take me about 3-4 days to read… It turned out to be a month long read and not... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brianna's Bookish Confessions
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
So glad I got even MORE insight into the Wicked Lovely world. I also really enjoyed the other nonrelated short stores.
Published 7 months ago by Caitlin St. Pierre
3.0 out of 5 stars misses the mark
Each story should begin about 5 chapters sooner. Each one leaves me feeling as if I missed something. No character or plot explanation or clues. I have no idea what is going on. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melinda Easley
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I would read this book over and over again. I just loved it i could not put it down. When i did put it down i could not wait to pick it back up what a great book.
Published 12 months ago by Marcel Faucher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great stories! I got them for the short stories that go with the Wicked Lovely series, but I read all the other ones. Love Melissa Marr and her fantasty world!
Published 12 months ago by Jen
4.0 out of 5 stars Wicked Lovely
There are a lot of Wicked Lovely stories in it which I really enjoyed. it did give a little more insight into some of the characters so you were able to understand them better. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kainoa's mom
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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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