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Faery Tales & Nightmares Hardcover – February 21, 2012
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Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments, dark and light, by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from under the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly.
From the gentle tones of a story-teller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with . . . or to fear.
Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it.
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
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.
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 9 months ago by Samantha
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 15 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 15 months ago by Tiffany Secoy
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 21 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 on October 21, 2014 by Nicole Hinds
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