Thursday, March 29, 2012

Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr

Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr was published by HarperCollins on February 21, 2012 and has 418 pages in print. 

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 beneath 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 storyteller’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.

Table of Contents:
"Where Nightmares Walk"
"Winter's Kiss" (Fairy Tales)
"Transition" (Vampires)
"Love Struck" (Selchies)
"Old Habits" (WL World)
"Stopping Time" (WL World)
"The Art of Waiting"
"Flesh for Comfort"
"The Sleeping Girl and the Summer King" (WL World-ish, the short story that started the series)
"Cotton Candy Skies" (WL World)
"Unexpected Family" (WL World)
"Merely Mortal" (WL World)


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?

My Favorite Wicked Lovely stories are [Spoiler if you haven't read Darkest Mercy] :

Unexpected Family: This takes place AFTER Darkest Mercy when Seth receives a letter from his parents who are on vacation. They rarely contact Seth and they are in trouble, Seth takes Niall
with him and what happens when they reach Seth’s parents is not exactly what they were expecting.

Cotton Candy Skies: Rabbit, sweet Rabbit! Always taking care of Tish and Ani finds himself without anyone to take care of. He ends up in Faery and although he has everything he could possibly want at his disposal, he’s lonely and grieving the loss of Tish. Then he meets Olivia, remember her? She’s the artist that paints with the sky and completely anti-social, talking to nobody- that is until she meets Rabbit. Will Rabbit finally have a life and love of his own? 

I truly loved Faery Tales and Nightmares and I can’t say there was one story in there that I didn’t like, I loved them all but to review them all would take me pages so I plucked out some favorites!



  1. I've really been wanted to read this book JUST so I could read "Cotton Candy Skies." Glad to see that you enjoyed it, Kristi!

  2. I'm so sad. I haven't started the Wicked Lovely series yet. I have the first 2 on the old tbr, but haven't had time to get to it.

    I need to add this one to my wishlist too. I'm also curious about that Selkie story. I love mer-tales. :D Thanks for putting this one on my radar!!

  3. Great review! I'm so glad this is good, I have it. I should start reading a couple of the stories. Good review!!


  4. This is one that I need to get my hands on. I love Melissa too! I've met her twice and she's hilarious.

  5. Huh! now I have another book in my who-knows-when-i'll-get-it shelf. I loved your review!
    Thanks for sharing and make this book be more wanted!