Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr

Release Date: 21st February, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 432pgs

The Story

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 favourite 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.

The Review

A big thanks to HarperCollins Australia for sending me a review copy of this book!

Anthologies aren't usually my cup of tea but that's not to say I don't enjoy all of them. If they're written by a certain author such as Melissa Marr or any other popular author for that matter, then I'm going to read it anyway since I'm already aware of how those authors write. In this new book edition, Melissa Marr does it brilliantly in this beautiful collection of work and for Wickedly Lovely fans in particular, you're going to love this piece of fiction.

In FAERY TALES & NIGHTMARES, it's a book of twelve short stories that Marr has written over the years - both the published and unpublished. Several of these stories contain characters that readers will be familiar with (ones you love from Marr's series) and you will also remember the Faery Court featured in her Wickedly Lovely world which some of her stories take place in also. Most of the stories are wonderfully written, but you may find some more enjoyable than others. Some of my personal favourites included The Sleeping Girl and the Summer King, Love Struck, and Winter's Kiss.

If you're not sure whether to read this or not, if you're a Melissa Marr fan or simply looking for something light-but-beautiful, then be sure to pick this book up when you can. It's definitely worth your time and money! There's a lot to love about FAERY TALES & NIGHTMARES with all sorts of elements between betrayal, new beginnings, first love, and all the way to the damn right creepy! Overall I thought it was a wonderful book with intriguing characters - which is surprising considering they're short stories! But then again, we're talking about Melissa Marr here whom always impresses me with her writing!

The Rating

5/5 stars


  1. Oooh definitely need to get my hands on this! I think I'm in need of a fix from the Wicked Lovely world again, so I can't wait to see some new snippets from the lives of the fey we've grown to love again. I don't often read a lot of short stories either, but after Laini Taylor's "Lips Touch" I want more! And this is Melissa Marr, afterall. Fantastic review! <3

  2. OMG Erin, you got me excited to read this. I loved Wicked Lovely series and needed more of that book! Awesome review, Erin! Glad you loved it!

  3. Oh my gosh, I'm SO SO SO happy you loved this book!!! I'm such a huge fan of Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series and I knew I wanted to read this book from the first time I read about it. But I'm not a big fan of anthologies either, so it makes me extra glad that you really enjoyed this! :)

    Awesome review, Erin! I'm even more excited to read this now! x)

  4. Awesome, I'm so excited for this! I really liked what I read of the Wicked Lovely series. And I'd love to see these short stories she's whipped up.

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  5. I'm not usually a huge fan of anthologies either, but since you rated this 5, I'm going to have to check it out! I really liked Wicked Lovely, and since there are some intriguing characters in the stories, I'm definitely more interested in this one now. Great review! :)

  6. Ooooh! Have to read this! I remember hearing about it on MM's blog AGES ago... and then completely forgot about it. But Oh. MY. GOODNESS. You're reminded me what a wonderful storyteller Marr is.

    Hehe--I gave my mum Graveminder for Christmas, and she loved it... my point being she has wide appeal. Disgustingly fabulous review, as always :P

  7. I haven't heard of this one, sounds great . I do enjoy Melissa Marr. I just have Darkest Mercy to read to complete Wicked Lovely series.


  8. All of you have to read it. It's a must for Marr fans! :)


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