Title: Faery Tales and Nightmares
Author: Melissa Marr
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Various/Wicked Lovely
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 432 Pages
ISBN-10: 0061852716 (Harper Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0061852718 (Harper Teen)
Reviewed by: Kiwi
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.
Quick & Dirty: An intriguing collection of short stories. Just enough to make you need to read her other books.
Opening Sentence: The green glow of eyes and sulfurous breath shimmer in the fog as the Nightmares come into range. **From: Where Nightmares Walk**
This book is a collection of twelve short stories, all written by Melissa Marr, six of which follow the characters from her Wicked Lovely series. The other six are unrelated stories, apparently based on a variety of inspirations, according to her introduction.
In the story Old Habits, we first meet, at least in this publication, her characters from the Wicked Lovely series. Niall and Irial are the past, current and future faery Dark King (there is a transitional phase in the beginning). We witness, in this story, what all comes with being the newly appointed Dark King, and what lengths some of his subjects would go to protect him, and keep him happy. When challenged by the faery High Court, everyone, including the new Dark King, must join in the fray. Ms. Marr almost makes this fight sound like a good time.
The story Stopping Time features Niall, Irial and their mortal love, Leslie. Leslie once resided in the faery Dark Court and discovered she was better off living in the mortal world. What she has, though, is trouble living without the two main faeries in her life. It is a most unusual love triangle, for all three of them are in love with each other. In this story, Leslie comes under attack by her very own brother, who kidnaps her in an attempt to draw out Niall or Irial, his true objective being the capture of a “freak.” Niall, Irial and others must then come together to save her from him. As a result, Leslie realizes that to sever all ties is unreasonable, and delivers the two best lines ever. “But it’s okay to stop time every so often to be with someone you love.” and “Letting you go in the morning will hurt, but I don’t mind hurting a little if it’s for something beautiful.”
In the story Unexpected Family, we become more acquainted with Seth, the onetime mortal friend of Niall, and now the faery King of Order (though he hates the title) and apparent opposite, or balance as it were, of the Dark King. Seth receives a letter from his mortal parents requesting his presence at some campground hidden in the mountains of California, far away from civilization. When he finally arrives there, with Niall in tow, he realizes quickly that his parents are surrounded by faeries. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your view, taking care of this group means he must reveal his new self to them and his parents. But all is well, as apparently the fey are just there to pay their respects to their new King, and Seth’s parental units are just plain amazed.
This book also includes:
- Love Struck – A beautiful little story of a selchie and his mortal love.
- Transition – A story of vampires, deceit and murder. Remind me never to attend any parties with you, Ms. Marr. Especially if this story is where such inspiration leads. *shudder*
- Flesh for Comfort – A seriously creepy tale of supernatural “plastic surgery.”
And so much more.
The one thing I have to say is this; I now NEED to read her other books, specifically those in her Wicked Lovely series. If only I could afford them. Maybe, one day, I will win the lottery so I can buy myself a couple thousand dollar giftcard to Amazon or B&N so I can pay for all the books that I want to buy after doing reviews for Angela and Dark Faerie Tales. Damn her for introducing me to all these new authors and series’, laugh out loud. Seriously, the best “job” ever.
FTC Advisory: Harper Teen provided me with a copy of Faery Tales and Nightmares. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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