Review: Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr

Title: Faery Tales & Nightmares

Author: Melissa Marr

Publishing Information:  February 2nd 2012 by Harper Collins Children’s Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Short Stories, Paranormal

Series information: Standalone

Format: Hardcover, 418 pages

Source: Borrowed from my local library

Recommended For: Fans of Melissa Marr and readers looking or vibrant and dark short stories

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.

I did not read the Wicked Lovely stories in this novel, I have never read the Wicked Lovely series so I didn’t want to ruin anything for myself!

“Where Nightmares Walk,” “Winter’s Kiss” and “Transition” were all beautiful stories. I was especially interested in “Winter’s Kiss” and found it to be truly fairy tale-esque with very sweet details. I thought Marr did a nice job with her vampire story, “Transition,” vampires with attitude have a special place in my heart, especially snarky female ones!

The story “Love Struck” is where I fell in love with Marr’s writing. Though I have been reading some mermaid books lately I was so interested in the way Marr twisted the traditional selchie tale into something different. I found myself wanting more and wishing that it was a full length novel and not just a short glimpse into the selchie world.

I also wanted more from “The Art of Waiting” and the messages of this and “Flesh for Comfort” were not lost on me. Both of these stories read like fairy tales but were also somewhat dark and twisted in a way that I really enjoyed.

Finally, “The Sleeping Girl and The Summer King” was the last story I read and I absolutely loved it. The descriptions of the winter world in contrast with the summer land were vibrant and gorgeous in my mind. This story has been described as a sort of sequel for Marr’s Wicked Lovely series and I can assure you that after reading this short story I will definitley be picking up the series very soon.

The only book by Melissa Marr that I had read before this novel was Graveminder (which I loved) but it is not really a “fairy tale” and therefore I was wary that I was missing something by not reading her Wicked Lovely series. Reading this short story really made me understand how Marr weaves different elements into her story, she sets up a vibrant setting that really draws the reader in and makes you long for more.

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One thought on “Review: Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr

  1. Yay!! I'm so excited that you seem more enthusiastic to read Wicked Lovely now. I loved the whole series, it's really much more mature and dark than other fey series I've tried (*cough* Iron Fey). I am SO excited to read Love Struck; that and the WL Cotton Candy Skies are THE reasons I've been dying to read this collection for months. Thanks for making a Salute Your Shorts post, made my day! =D

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