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Faery Tales & Nightmares by [Marr, Melissa]
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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: 1397 KB
  • Print Length: 437 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 21, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LC1NZ8
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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 and windows when I was going to bed. Definitely nice creep factor going on here..
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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 iffy in my mind. I do need to read the last book, Darkest Mercy, but I may have to re-read the series. I really liked Love Struck. The whole selchie (selkie) story was cool. Flesh for Comfort was pretty creepy. The Sleeping Girl and the Summer King was interesting to read since it inspired the Wicked Lovely series. Other stories just didn't make an impression.
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Amazing book with a lot of different stories, some of which pertaining to her world in wicked lovely. There are spoilers so be wary if you are picking this up before having finished our read her other series. All in all I absolutely love her use of mythological creatures and folklore as I feel she does the myth justice with many undomesticated figures.
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Like all successful authors, Marr has released her 'best of' previous short publications.

If you liked her bestselling Wicked Lovely series then you'll like this collection as well over 60% of it is editing rejects from the series.

If you're interested in something new however, Faery Tales and Nightmares may disappoint. The short stories outside of the Wicked universe are brilliant and brutal, but lack in quantity.
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